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.
The Piece Hall gates open at 9am. Sporting greats from the cycling world will enter the main Courtyard to sign on at the podium used for the Tour de France. This is your chance to meet your heroes and see the bikes up close before the race departs. At 12.10pm 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 12.21pm the race leaves its neutralised state and the peloton will begin to race across the junction of King Cross the Peloton will bear slight left onto Burnley Road and then race down through Friendly. At 12.28pm the race reaches Luddendenfoot and is expected at Mytholmroyd at 12.31pm before tackling the first of six King of the Mountains climbs - Cote de Hebden Bridge at 12.36pm. Cyclists ascend Keighley Road, reaching Pecket Well at 12.41pm before leaving the borough at 12.45pm on route to Oxenhope. The race culminates in Leeds at 17.11pm for what will be an amazing finish to a spectacular four day event. (Note all timings are approximate and may change slightly on the day)
Halifax Town Centre
This is a free spectacle; there will be lots of fun activities taking place in Halifax throughout Sunday 6th May. We expect a lot of spectator interest in seeing the start of the race. Access to The Piece Hall will be on a first come first served basis so get there early!
If you're coming to Halifax town centre on your own bike, then please be aware that members of the public are not allowed to bring their bikes into the Piece Hall this Sunday, as The Piece Hall does not have space for public bikes on site on this occasion. Secure bike racks are placed around the town centre, the nearest is at the North Gate by Woolshops and here you can find a full list of bike racks and cycle storage in over 20 locations in Halifax (and more across Calderdale).
Once the race has departed the Piece Hall you can watch it continue on their big screen. Throughout the day there will activity and entertainment including a pop up from the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library, family workshops, six-piece Halifax-based band Jump, Jive and Wail who will be bringing their brand of 1940s and 50s swing jive music; a one-man kaleidoscope of circus, music and comedy courtesy of Circus Fudge as well as ukulele player Gary “Gacko” Bridgens. Food and beverages will be available all day – in addition to The Piece Hall’s regular offers, food can be bought from pop-up street food vendors. The independent shops will also be open as usual.
Broad Street Plaza in Halifax will also be having entertainment and a big screen for you to enjoy the festivities throughout the day.
Halifax Minster is providing refreshments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and are offering guided tours each day at 2pm (There is no need to book). On Sunday the daytime services are cancelled and there is a Choral Eucharist at 6pm instead.
Halifax Borough Market will be open. Not all traders have decided to open but you will be able to visit My Crepe Fusion, Babushka Russian Shop & Café and more for some fantastic food & drink.
Friendly Brass Band will be playing in the Westgate Arcade from to 11am - 1pm. There’s also a family photo opportunity with a Tour de Yorkshire-themed display featuring several Halifax landmarks that you can pop your faces through and take some fun photographs, courtesy of Halifax BID.
The Gundog Pub is opening early at 10am for a Tour de Yorkshire street party. You can watch the riders go past on Commercial Street from the street party, then watch the race on their big screen and dance away to Northern Soul vinyl djs from 4pm.
The Grayston Unity is opening early at 12pm and has live bands performing from 4pm in their back yard including Steve Adams & The French Drops and Rook & the Ravens.
Calderdale Industrial Museum will be open on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May to coincide with the start of the Tour. As part of the celebration, the museum will be exhibiting some antique bicycles. Open 10am to 4pm (Last entry 3:30pm). Admission £5 Adults/£4 Concessions – Accompanied Children (up to aged 16) and CIMA members go FREE.
Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than 30 minutes; these will be managed by 30 moto police. There is a clearway along the route and parked vehicles must be off the race route in good time.
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! is 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.
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.