Tour de Yorkshire 2015 FAQs
We hope that the answers to these frequently asked questions will be helpful when you are planning your visit to Calderdale to see the Tour de Yorkshire.
Whilst enjoying the race please don’t forget to protect the natural environment by leaving no trace of your visit and taking your litter home.
Please do not climb over or sit on the dry stone walls or climb fences, as they can be easily damaged so please treat them carefully as they are important part of the environment.
If you are bringing your dog please keep it under control and on a lead if crossing open access land.
If you are walking across the lovely local countryside to the race leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available. Wild animals and livestock are unpredictable so please give them plenty of space. We don’t want any moorland fires please be very careful if you smoke in the countryside.
What is the Tour de Yorkshire?
A new UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part and a women's race on 2nd May. it will be broadcast live on TV in the Uk and throughout Europe.
When is it taking place?
The Tour de Yorkshire will be held for the first time from 1st - 3rd May 2015.
How long is the route?
The complete course will cover three stages, one stage each day, at apprximately 180km per stage.
Where will the race go?
Here are the routes each stage of the Tour de Yorksire will take. The Tour comes to Calderdale for Stage 3
Here are the routes for the Tour de Yorkshire Ride.
What are the timings for the race?
On May 3rd, Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire from Wakefield to Leeds, via Calderdale, starts at 12.15pm from Wakefield Cathedral. The finish is expected to be circa 4.30-5pm at Roundhay Park, Leeds.
The Peleton is expected to reach Calderdale at circa 2.07pm, travel down Cragg Vale circa 2.34pm with the Hebden Bridge King of the Mountain stage at circa 2.48pm.
Will there be the same level of road closures as for Tour de France?
No. Delays of up to an hour will be inevitable, however the disruption will be kept to a minimum and essentially most of the roads will be managed by police motorcyclists in a rolling closure style which moves with the race. In other words; roads will basically remain live to traffic. For start and finish lines and some specific climbs physical road closures will be in place for a longer period.
How Do I get To see the Race?
A normal bus and train service will be running over race weekend and you can check out the times and plan your route at wymetro.com. Bus and train routes are expected to be busy so plan to travel early and why not stay in Calderdale after the race – there is no rush to get home.
Travelling by car
Roads will be busy on race weekend so allow plenty of time to get to your viewing spot. There are a number of car parks close to the route. Please visit: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/transport/parking/index.html
for a list of Council Car Parks. NB: Please note that St George’s Square Car park in Hebden Bridge will be closed on race day, as a market is taking place there.
The route is a clearway and there will be a rolling roadblock to allow the safe passage of the cyclists. The ‘rolling roadblock’ means that the race route will be closed to all vehicles for up to 45 minutes prior to the cyclists coming through. Once the cyclists have been through, the roads will reopen.
If you want live travel updates tune into our local BBC radio station – BBC Radio Leeds which has regular traffic news. Don’t forget to turn on the live travel updates on your radio for the latest news.
On the Day
Plan ahead and be prepared! Follow advice from the stewards and tour makers, they are here to help you enjoy the race. If you are watching the race from one of our towns and villages why not sample the local food and drink in the cafes, bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to charge your phone before you set off, and pack your camera. You can tweet your pics to @innercyclist
Is There a Viewing area for disabled Visitors?
Whilst a lot of the route is accessible for disabled visitors, there is a viewing point by the side of the route on the grassed area at the junction of Scout Road in Mytholmroyd. This is a designated disabled spectator area.
This grassed area will be cordoned off and stewarded for disabled access. Access will be on a first come first served basis.
Accessible toilets are also located within the vicinity of the viewing point. The location is five minutes from Mytholmroyd Railway Station.
Who is paying for the road repairs?
The roads on the route of the Tour de Yorkshire are fit for the race and only a few minor repairs will be needed.
Will the route be the same each year?
No. The route around Yorkshire will be different every year.
Who is organising the race?
The race is being organised by Amaury Sport organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by British Cycling and local authorities throughout Yorkshire.
Which riders and teams will be competing?
Details are still to be announced, but we are expecting to see top international cyclist teams back in Yorkshire for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.
How many spectators are expected?
We are expecting circa one million people to turn out to watch the race. Many more will watch the race on television as it will be broadcast in the UK and throughout Europe.
Where can I watch the race?
Spectators will be able to watch the event for free anywhere along the route, but obviously start, finish and climb locations will be most popular.
How can I get involved/volunteer?
Welcome to Yorkshire will be contacting the Tour Makers who supported the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 and recruiting a smaller number of Tour Makers to support the Tour de Yorkshire.
Will there be another Yorkshire Festival?
The next Yorkshire Festival will be held in 2016, however there will be a smaller Tour de Yorkshire Festival in the lead up to the race. It will take place from 1st April to 3rd May 2015.
Why does the Tour de Yorkshire not go to some parts of Yorkshire?
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will take place predominantly in areas which missed out on the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Welcome to Yorkshire worked with local authorities who were keen to support the new race (Bridlington, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield, York, Leeds, North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding Council) and ASO (the Amaury Sports Organisation) regarding technical requirements to select the best route for this international road race. Also – it’s not possible over 3 days of circa 500km of racing to cover all the 10k kilometres of roads in Yorkshire!
What is the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride is the unique opportunity for sportive riders in the UK to experience the Tour de France legacy and to pave the way for the pro riders. The sportive takes place on the same day and roads as the 3rd and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire pro ride (Sunday, 3rd May). Some of the roads used were also in action at the Yorkshire Grand Départ. Three distances and a women-only Cycletta will be available. The sportive will be on open roads.
There are three alternate routes for the Tour de Yorkshire Ride, only the long route which is 147k comes to Calderdale.
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride Long Route comes into Calderdale on the A629 through Ogden, turning:
- Right onto White Gate
- Right onto Clough Lane, travelling past Mixenden Reservoir.
- Left onto Mount Tabor Road
- Right onto Heath Hill Road continuing onto Workhouse Lane, Warley Town Lane and down to the A646 via Cliffe Hill Lane, Water Hill Lane and Blackwall Lane
- Right onto the A646 and continuing on through Mytholmroyd and into Hebden Bridge.
- Right onto Commercial Street (A6033), climbing through Peckett Well and exiting Calderdale at Cock Hill.
2,500 cyclists have registered for the long route and will set off in small groups on open roads. It is estimated that first riders will be entering the borough at 8.11am and leaving Calderdale above Peckett Well at 8.49. The last of the riders are estimated to enter the borough at 11.20am and leave Calderdale at 12.21 pm.
You can see maps of all the sportive routes, including the Long Route that comes through Calderdale here.
What's great about the Tour de Yorkshire Ride?
- Similar routes, structures and spectators as for the pro race;
- Finish on the Tour de Yorkshire finish line;
- Winners’ ceremonies on the Tour de Yorkshire podium;
- Tour de France legend and 5 times winner, Bernard Hinault, to ride the route
- Yorkshire style support through the towns and villages;
- Comparison climb times with the Pros (check how you compare with the best);
- Mechanical support – like the pros;
- Medical support;
- Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route;
- Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations;
- Electronic chip timing;
- Finisher’s medal
What are the Do's and Don'ts for my Business when promoting the Tour de Yorkshire?
Please read this advice from Welcome to Yorkshire