TOUR DE YORKSHIRE – ROUTE ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 – 2nd May to 5th May

I have been sent information in respect of next year’s Tour de Yorkshire Route.  A précis of the information is below:

“As in 2018, Leeds will once again feature heavily in this year’s race culminating with the Stage 4 finish in Leeds City Centre on Sunday 5th May. A significant part of the route will also pass through Leeds during Stage 2 on Friday 3rd May. The details of each stage are below:

Stage 1 (Thursday 2nd May) will run from Doncaster to Selby – route does NOT pass through the Leeds City Council area

Stage 2 (Friday 3rd May) starts in Barnsley and will pass through Kippax, Garforth, Barwick-in Elmet, Scholes, Shadwell, Slaid Hill, Alwoodley, Bramhope and Pool in Wharfedale  before finishing in Bedale (women’s and men’s races). [More specifically the race comes through the back of Alwoodley down past King Lane where Headingley Golf Course is on both sides of the road then turns right onto Arthington Road and then left down Kings Road into Bramhope by Cairns and Hickey, along the main road through Bramhope to the Dyneley Arms then down Pool Bank New Road into Pool through the village and out over the bridge and turns left to Leathley and then goes on up through North Yorkshire to Bedale.]

Stage 3 (Saturday 4th May) runs from Bridlington to Scarborough – route does NOT pass through the Leeds City Council area

Stage 4 (Sunday 5th May) is a repeat of last year starting at the Piece Hall in Halifax except that the route between East Chevin Road and Spen Lane differs to that used last year. The race will enter the Leeds boundary at Otley passing through Cookridge, West Park, Kirkstall, Armley, and Burley before reaching the city centre and finishing on the Headrow outside Leeds Art Gallery. This stage includes a ‘King of the Mountain’ element on East Chevin Road and a sprint on Tinshill Lane in Cookridge. [More specifically the race comes from Otley up the Chevin across the Carlton Crossroads, down Otley Old Road round past the Leeds Mods, along Cookridge Lane then turns right down Green Lane and Woodhill Road on to Tinshill Road and then turns left and goes up Tinshill Lane and then turns right down Otley Old Road to Spen Lane and then as per last year to the finish in Leeds.]

The annual ‘Sportive’ amateur ride will also take place on this day with an early start anticipated from Woodhouse Moor with all riders crossing the official race finish line on the Headrow.

As in previous years the traffic management measures / disruption to our roads along the general route will be kept relatively short on a ‘rolling’ road closure basis controlled by the police. There will however be extensive measures required to safely facilitate the Stage 4 finish in Leeds City Centre plus other key spectator and sporting points of interest along the route for which plans are currently being drawn up.

Following [The] official announcement full details of the route including maps and detailed information will be available at the official Tour de Yorkshire website at www.letour.yorkshire.com.

The actual race timings will not be confirmed by Welcome to Yorkshire until early in the New Year by which we should then be able to more accurately predict the times of disruption. We will then provide further information and signage to those local business and residents most affected.

The Tour de Yorkshire is just one of a number of major sporting events in the city this year including the World Triathlon Series, Cricket World Cup, Ashes Test Match, World Road Race championships and – who knows – even the possibility of promotion for Leeds United to the Premiership for the club’s centenary year!