TOUR DE YORKSHIRE 1ST TO 3RD MAY 2015

I have received the following information from the Council’s Chief Officer, Culture and Sport, which may be of interest to you:

“As you will be aware, due to the overwhelming success of the Tour de France, including the positive economic and social benefits generated, Welcome to Yorkshire, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) and British Cycling wish to create a strong, long-lasting race on the international elite calendar and contribute to the cycling legacy for Yorkshire.

May 1-3 has been confirmed, and made public, as the date for the new UCI 2.1 Europe Tour world-class cycle race – The Tour de Yorkshire.

I am writing to let you know that an announcement about the actual routes of the race will be made tomorrow, Wednesday 21 January, at 11am at Bridlington – all the following information remains confidential until then:

I’m delighted to inform you that the race will finish in Roundhay Park on Sunday 3 May and will either pass through, or along the boundary of, your Ward.

Set out are race stages:

 Friday 1 May                      Bridlington to Scarborough

Saturday 2 May                 Selby to York + women’s race in York

Sunday 3 May                 Wakefield to Leeds + mass participation ‘sportive’ starting and finishing in Roundhay Park.

The proposed route on 3 May will see the race get to Roundhay Park from the West via Otley, Pool, Arthington and Allwoodley with a finish in Roundhay Park at approximately 5pm.  The route will feature two ‘King of the Mountain’ climbs in Leeds – on East Chevin Road and Black Hill Road.

Specifically the route will take the following route: Bingley Road, Menston; Buckle Lane, Menston; West Chevin Road, Otley;Birdcage Walk, Otley; East Chevin Road, Otley; Bramhope  Old Lane, A658 Pool Bank New Road, A659 Arthington Lane, Black Hill Road, Arthington Road, King Lane, Alwoodley Lane, Wigton Lane, Wike Ridge Lane, Rounday Park Lane, A6120 Ring Road (Shadwell), A58 Wetherby Road, Wetherby Road with the finish on Princes Avenue.

The race will be covered on terrestrial UK TV, as well as international channels.

Staff in Culture and Sport, Highways, Events and Parks and Countryside staff have been liaising with Leader of the Council, Councillor Yeadon, Tom Riordan and myself on logistics and costs of the city hosting the finish on 3 May 2015.  A funding package is being developed to cover the costs of hosting the Tour de Yorkshire.  Funding is likely to come from a number of sources but will not impact on the Council’s mainstream budget.  Exact numbers are still being worked on but will be far lower than those for the Tour de France.

Road Closures and Traffic Management

Unlike the Tour de France, road closures on the whole will be managed by the Police on a rolling road closure basis.  This should mean a maximum closure period of 45-60 minutes as the race passes by, apart from at a small number of key points.

There will be no impact on waste collection and less disruption for Adult Social Care and Health Services and the rolling road closure programme will result in less disruption to residents and businesses.  We will be writing to residents and businesses on the route as soon as possible after the announcement.

The closures will mean minimal disruption to some public transport operations, whilst the race passes.

Sportive

A mass participation sportive is also being planned for Sunday 3 May.  This is being organised by Humanrace in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO.  The sportive will involve several thousand cyclists riding to and from Roundhay Park, on three different routes, taking in parts of the route of the professional race.  The cyclists will arrive back at Roundhay Park well before the professional riders arrive.  There are no road closures for the sportive, with riders setting off in small groups in managed intervals – it is not a race.”