Tour de Yorkshire 2019
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In 2019 the Tour de Yorkshire will host four days of men’s racing and two days of women’s racing. Some of the Tour de Yorkshire will follow parts of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships route which takes place later on in the year.
Calderdale is delighted to host Tour de Yorkshire 2019 and this year, the four day spectacle from 2nd- 5th May promises to secure even more interest from the international cycling professionals. Halifax and namely the Piece Hall will, for a second year, be the start venue for the fourth day of racing.
Stage 1 Starts on Thursday 2nd May. This ‘Heritage’ stage is from Doncaster to Selby. Stage 2 Barnsley to Bedale on Friday 3rd May is entitled the ‘World’ stage which showcases some of what the cyclists can expect in the World Championships taking place in September 2019. This 132k route sees the ladies compete in the morning, covering the exact same route which the men will race in the afternoon.
May the 4th be with the ladies and gents on Stage 3 when they tackle the aptly named ‘Yorkshire Coast’ Starting in Bridlington and finishing in Scarborough. Stage 4 is summed up in two words; ‘Yorkshire Classic’. On Sunday 5th May the men’s only race finale starts at the beautifully renovated Piece Hall in Halifax. This is a real test of endurance with many climbs and several sprints before finishing in Leeds.
Tour de Yorkshire Route & Expected Timings Through Halifax and Calderdale
Cyclists will exit the Southgate of The Piece Hall at 12.35pm in a ceremonial start, 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 Kings Cross the Peloton will turn right and travel along Aachen and Burdock Way before reaching the large roundabout where the race will turn left onto Ovenden This is when the race leaves its neutralised zone and the peloton really starts to race at approx 12.48pm
The peloton will pick up Shay Lane and commence up Holdsworth Road to enter the pretty village of Bradshaw at 12.54pm, before leaving Calderdale at Green Lane at 12.57pm on towards Haworth. (NB: all timings are approximate and may be subject to change on the day)
Tour de Yorkshire Road Closures in Halifax and Calderdale
Halifax Town Centre will be closed to vehicles from 6am until 3pm to allow for the race support vehicles and team buses; all of which a great spectacle and buzz throughout the town, giving spectators the opportunity to get close to the cycling professionals. Unauthorised vehicles will not be able to access the area highlighted pink on the map below from 6am onwards on Sunday. The route (shown in red) will also be closed to traffic for 1/2 hr to allow the cyclists to race
There is plenty of peripheral parking and public transport will be operating a usual weekend service.
All buses accessing Halifax town centre will drop off and collect at Halifax Bus station.
The rest of the route will be closed on a rolling road closure which means roads will be closed by police motorcycles for about half an hour before the race and open immediately after the race has passed by.
Halifax Town Centre on Sunday 5th May
Halifax town centre will be host to team buses and race cars on Sunday 5th May and is therefore a no car zone for normal traffic. However you can access the town centre on foot and explore to see the tour buses and cyclists as they prepare for the race.
Throughout the day there will be a series of mini guided rides in Halifax on a closed road circuit; with bikes and helmets provided. You can pre -register at www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Calderdale Bikeability. Young children can experience a mini pump track at Westgate Arcade.
This is a free spectacle; there will be lots of activities taking place in Halifax throughout Sunday 5th 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! There will be entertainment throughout the day at the Piece Hall go to The Piece Hall What's On for more information.
Halifax Minster will be open as usual and is providing refreshments on Saturday (11am - 4pm), Sunday (10am - 4pm) and Monday (10am - 3pm followed by an organ recital at 4pm).
Calderdale Industrial Museum is open from 10am - 4pm
The Woolshops Shopping Centre has fun weekend full of FREE activity on both Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th. Kids can join in with eco-friendly crafts to pimp their own mini bikes on Saturday and make your own sheep keyring crafts on Sunday which are all completely FREE to take home. Plus, take part in a giant Halifax community art project doodle wall and cycle on smoothie bikes.
The Imperial Crown Hotel are having a BBQ on their terrace, with drinks, fun and a fabulous view of the action! 11.30am - 2.30pm
Westgate Arcade Friendly Brass Band will be playing outside Dolly Peg Boutique with Callum Butterworth from The Voice will be singing outside TDF (11am - 2pm).
Travel & Parking in Halifax on Sunday 5th May
If you're coming to Halifax town centre on your own biicycle, 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.
With thanks to CityConnect, Calderdale Council are pleased to be able to offer a free valet bike parking service from 9.00am until 3.00pm. This is a safe and secure storage area on Russell Street. Bikes are checked in and out, complete with a tag system, and stored by our authorised staff, so that you can enjoy the event, confident in the knowledge that your bike is safe. You can then simply collect your bike when you’re ready to leave!
If you’re not travelling to Halifax on your bicycle, please consider using public transport. There will be a regular bus service to and from Halifax Bus Station and the usual train services to Halifax Railway station. 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, as the town centre will be a no car zone for normal traffic. To help you plan, here is a list of Car parks in Halifax
FREE parking is available all day on Sunday 5th May at Dean Clough, which is a 10 minute walk away from the Piece Hall. Dean Clough has approximate 1,300 car parking spaces which are free all weekend and on evenings after 6pm. In addition to the parking, Dean Clough also offers restaurants, cafes and bars.
Please note that Eureka! the National Children's Museum is open for usual business as usual on Sunday and that their car park is primarily for Eureka! visitors.
If you're holding a celebratory community event for the Tour de Yorkshire 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Calderdale will see the Tour de Yorkshire come and go on Sunday 5th May, but Yorkshire is expecting an exciting year as the County hosts UCI Road World Championships in September! Find out more at: the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire.