The Tour de Yorkshire Returns to Calderdale in 2017!
Yorkshire host towns have been unveiled and racing for the third edition of Tour de Yorkshire which takes place from Friday 28th April – Sunday 30th April.
Stage 1 named the ‘Coast & Wolds’ starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough.
Stage 2 is the ‘Iconic Market Towns’ route, starting in Tadcaster with a Harrogate finish.
Stage 3 named 'Yorkshire terrier' starts in Bradford and finishes at Fox Valley.Calderdale welcomes the third stage of the race on Sunday April 30th, this time through the lower valley. The race offers 194k of route and 3,500 metres of climbing across eight categorised climbs!
Entering Calderdale from Northowram, the race descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn. Cyclists will then make the sharp, steep, cobbled ascent up Lee Lane, more commonly known as Shibden Wall, this 0.8km climb at 15.5% gradient is a beast!.
Some may remember this section of route featured in the 1988 Milk Race and proved so tough that the riders of the 1988 Kellogg’s Tour (Sean Kelly, no less) climbed up on the pavement, resulting in a satisfying Mexican wave of spectators pirouetting off the asphalt and onto the cobbles to watch the thin line, featuring Joey McLoughlin and Yvon Madiot, ride up to the summit.
Cyclists head down towards Halifax, skirt the town and ascend up Beacon Hill Road and out towards Southowram. Riders will then race towards Brighouse, through the town and out through Clifton before entering Kirklees.
Scott Thwaites, local Yorkshire Pro Cyclist will be racing his first Tour de Yorkshire next year and comments that it will be great to have another cobbled incline, however believes most cyclists will be in ‘survival mode’ throughout stage 3, acknowledging just how tough this stage is going to be.
We will be keeping locals and visitors and businesses up to date with information on the website and social media and through a series of roadshows in the towns along the route for what is sure to be a fantastic long weekend of cycling.
What is Tour de Yorkshire?
Tour de Yorkshire is a 3 day race taking place from 28th – 30th April 2017
It is a UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2017 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a women's race on Saturday 29th April. It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and worldwide. It has 3 stages: Stage 1 starts in Bridlington and finishes on Scarborough. Stage 2 starts in Tadcaster and finishes in Harrogate. Stage 3 starts in Bradford and finishes at Fox Valley, Sheffield.
Where does Tour de Yorkshire come through Calderdale?
The race enters the borough from Queensbury and into Northowram, descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn. Cyclists will then make the sharp, steep, cobbled ascent up Lee Lane, more commonly known as Shibden Wall and ride up to the summit. Cyclists head down towards Halifax, skirt the town and ascend up Beacon Hill Road and out towards Southowram. The race will then travel along Elland Road towards Brighouse, through the town and out through Clifton before entering Kirklees.
There will be route guides with useful information available from Halifax and Hebden Bridge Visitor Information Centres from Mid-March.
What time is the race coming?
These are the approximate timings for when the Peloton is expected to reach Calderdale.
12.30pm Ceremonial start of the race
2.40pm Peloton arrives in Calderdale
2.50pm Race arrives at Cote de Shiben Wall
3.00pm Race arrives at Brighouse
3.05pm Race leaves Calderdale
5.00pm race finishes in Sheffield
Will there be full road closures?
Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than 45 minutes; these will be managed by 30 moto police. In Calderdale Shibden Wall will be fully closed for a few hours because it is expected to be very busy as a key King of the Mountain section. Brighouse town centre will also be fully closed, to accommodate the market and the race going through Bethel Street.
Please note, if you are intending to watch the race at the King of the Mountains Stage – Cote de Shibden Wall, please do not attempt to come by car. There is no parking in the vicinity and parking on the cycle route is prohibited. Along Shibden Wall there are a number of sry stone walls - please refrain from sitting on them.
We strongly recommend that you use public transport; there are several buses from Halifax Bus Station to Stump Cross, these are:
• Arriva 255 every hour
• First 508 every half hour
• First 548 549 every 15 minutes
• First 681 682 every half hour
• Yorkshire Tiger 533 534 every hour
Can I use the Tour de Yorkshire Logo?
Only sponsors of the event can use the Tour de Yorkshire logo. You can find further details here.
I’d like to organise a community event on the day, what should I do?
There are lots of celebratory community events taking place throughout the weekend. To make sure your event is safe and successful call the Events & Film Office on 01422 384796 for advice. If you would like to promote your event on Visitcalderdale.com e-mail email@example.com with the event details. Tour de Yorkshire merchandise is available from Halifax Visitor Centre based in Central Library.
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