Tour de Yorkshire 2018
Calderdale is delighted to host the Tour de Yorkshire 2018. The success of this event has meant that the race has been extended to a four day spectacle from 3rd May – 6th May, which promises to secure even more interest from professional cyclists across the globe. Halifax and in particular The Piece Hall will celebrate the start of the fourth day of racing.
Stage 1 starts on Thursday 3rd May. This ‘Arts & Culture’ stage from Beverley to Doncaster. A largely flat stage, the 179 kilometres of route will start with the women’s race in the morning, followed by the men in the afternoon.
Stage 2 Barnsley to Ilkley showcases ’Yorkshire Heritage’ and promises an exciting summit finish and for the first time, the ladies will compete for a second day, followed by the men.
Stage 3 on 5th May is aptly named ‘Market Towns’ and starts in the stunning market square of Richmond, finishing after 181 kilometres in the coastal town of Scarborough.
Stage 4 is summed up in two words; ‘Yorkshire Terrier’. On Sunday 6th May the race finale starts at the beautifully renovated Piece Hall in Halifax. This beast of a race and includes nearly 3,500 metres of climbing.
Cyclists will exit the Southgate of The Piece Hall, across Cross Street and turn left onto Horton Street before turning left onto Square Road. They will ascend Winding Road and take a left onto Commercial Street before passing The Victoria Theatre on route to Skircoat Road. The race then bears right onto Heath Road before turning right onto Free School Lane and past Saville Park. At the junction of Kings Cross the Peloton will bear slight left onto Burnley Road and then race down through Friendly, Luddendenfoot and Mytholmroyd before tackling the first of six King of the Mountains climbs - Cote de Hebden Bridge. Cyclists ascend Keighley Road on route to Oxenhope. The race culminates in Leeds for what will be an amazing finish to a spectacular four day event.
Halifax Town Centre
We expect a lot of spectator interest in seeing the start of the race and timings for this will be available from early March. Access to The Piece Hall will be on a first come first served basis and this is a free spectacle; there will be lots of fun activities taking place throughout the day including a big screen for avid cycling fans to watch the entire race! Visit the Piece Hall website for more information. There are lots of opportunities to see the race throughout the town centre and along the route also.
Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than 30 minutes; these will be managed by 30 moto police.
In Halifax, the centre of the town will be fully closed to unauthorised vehicular traffic from 6am until 3pm on Sunday 6th May. This is to accommodate the team buses and support vehicles for the race that will be parked along Horton Street, Market Street and Russell Street. The area is fully accessible for pedestrians that will have the opportunity to see the cyclists arriving on the team buses and preparing for the race. Click here to see which parts of the town are not accessible to vehicular traffic.
If you are coming to Halifax to see the start of the race, please consider using public transport; there will be a regular bus service to and from Halifax Bus Station and the usual train service. Check out the times and plan your route at wymetro.com If you intend to come by car please use peripheral parking facilities on the outskirts of the town centre, Car parks in Halifax please note that Eureka! will be open for usual business and their car park is primarily for Eureka! visitors.
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.
The next roadshow will be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 26th March from 2pm – 4pm. Local communities and businesses have the opportunity to find out more about the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. Click here to register.
After the Race
Once the race has passed by there is lots to see and do in Calderdale. There’s plenty of information in our Tourist Information Centres or find out more on the rest of the VisitCalderdale site
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