Tour de Yorkshire
The ‘Yorkshire Classic’, will head out from Halifax to Leeds, starting at The Piece Hall at 12:35pm. The courtyard will be open to visitors from 9:00am and whilst not a ticketed event, will operate on a first come first served basis, so it is advisable to get in early to enjoy the build-up.
Cyclists will exit the south gate 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 en route to Skircoat Road.
The race then bears right onto Heath Road before turning right onto Free School Lane and past Savile Park.
At King 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 Road. This is when the race leaves its neutralised zone and the peloton really starts to race.
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 on towards Haworth at 12:57pm.
Halifax Town Centre will be closed to vehicles from 6:00am until 3:00pm to allow for the race support vehicles and team buses; all of which create a great spectacle and buzz throughout the town, giving spectators the opportunity to get close to the cycling professionals.
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.
If you are able to cycle in, there are bike racks around the town where you can lock your bike.
Things to see and do on the day
In the spirit of all things cycling on Tour de Yorkshire day in Halifax, you have the opportunity to ride a 1km closed road circuit in Halifax town centre, escorted by British Cycling Ride Leaders. There will be bikes available to use from the Active Calderdale Bike Libraries. There are several rides each lasting 15 mins. The registration tent & start / finish area will be situated on Southgate, outside Wilko and the east entrance of Borough Market. You need to arrive 15 mins before your start time to check in and be allocated a bike. If you are late, places are not transferable onto other start times. All children must be accompanied by an adult riding. Children must be able to ride a pedal bike, no stabilisers, due to the section of cobbles. Book your place here!
For younger cyclists there is a mini cycle track at Westgate Arcade where little budding cyclists can just turn up and have a go.
The Piece Hall has lots of fun entertainment taking place throughout the day including the West Yorkshire Police band, ‘Landlubbers’, ‘Jump, Jive n Wail’ and Gledholt male voice choir. For more information click here
The Calderdale Industrial Museum will also be opening especially for the Tour de Yorkshire. Located just outside the east gate of The Piece Hall (Square Road, HX1 1QG), the museum will be open from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
The Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, HX1 1QG will be opening specially on Sunday 5 May, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire will depart from the Piece Hall, and as well as the cycling there is plenty to enjoy on the day.
Take your chance on the day to visit the incredible Calderdale Industrial Museum.
Halifax has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag Award for several years in a row, which recognises both great entertainment and hospitality. The award is only given to towns and cities that meet or surpass standards of excellence and Halifax definitely does that.
The West Yorkshire town is home to some amazing attractions including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and The Piece Hall – a Grade I listed building and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain, now a contemporary leisure, retail, cultural and heritage destination.
On Sunday 5 May stage 4 of the TDY will depart from the stunning Piece Hall, and as well as the cycling there is plenty to enjoy on the day. The Piece Hall will host an afternoon programme of entertainment including Halifax’s number one sea shanty band The Landlubbers and Jump, Jive & Wail who will perform swinging hits from the 1920s through to the 60s. In the courtyard kids can get creative with lots of fun bike-themed crafts including badge making, key ring making and canvas bag decorating. Crafters from the buildings resident Spin a Yarn group will be spinning some colourful pom poms and letter ‘Y’s to celebrate the tour, and alongside The Piece Hall’s resident food and drink spots there will be pop-ups from La Tradizione, Roast and Wrap, Toast of Harrogate, Fishfinger Bar and Zorba.
Businesses and residents in Calderdale are invited to find out more about the Tour de Yorkshire at an upcoming roadshow event which will take place at Bradshaw Cricket Club, 15A Bradshaw Lane, Halifax HX2 9XB on Monday 11 February from 6pm.
Welcome to Yorkshire will be joined at the event by representatives from Calderdale Council’s tourism team, who will help share information on how to get involved and inform local residents, businesses and community groups about the many exciting opportunities that come with the race.
The Tour de Yorkshire begins on Thursday 2 May, with the race coming to Calderdale on Sunday 5 May, starting from the Piece Hall in Halifax.
In the run up to the race, Welcome to Yorkshire is hosting a series of information events across the county, with an event at Bradshaw Cricket Club on Monday 11 February from 6pm.
Details on road closures and Welcome to Yorkshire’s various cycling legacy projects will be discussed, along with ways people can volunteer to become Tour Makers or take part in the ever popular best dressed and land art competitions.
As part of the celebration, the museum will be exhibiting some antique bicycles.
Open 10:00am to 4:00pm (Last entry 3:30pm).
Admission costs £5 Adults/£4 Concessions – Accompanied Children (up to aged 16) and CIMA members go FREE.
On Sunday 30 April 2017, the Tour de Yorkshire will be passing through Brighouse town centre. We would like to decorate Brighouse to welcome the cyclists and visitors, but to do this we need your help.
Do you have spare wool that you could donate, can you knit, crochet or sew? You could help make yellow jersey bunting, flowers, pom poms, leaves, squares, strips which can then be sewn together to create features. If you can make it we can use it!
The chosen charity of the Tour de Yorkshire this year is the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimers Disease is the most common cause of Dementia. The logo of the Society is the Forget-me-not, so we would like as many knitted/crocheted Forget-me-nots as possible to create a special feature.
As the Tour de Yorkshire takes place on the same weekend as the Brighouse Spring Market we hope to create a Yarn Trail to entertain visitors, young and old alike.
To find out more about how you can get involved drop into Wesley House at Central Methodist Church on Tuesday’s at 7pm, information can also be found at Baa Baa Brighouse in Rastrick, Pot Spot in Brighouse and Samuel Taylors at Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Halifax Road.
Donations can also be dropped off at any of those locations.
Welcome to Yorkshire are on the lookout for passionate and reliable volunteers to become Tour Makers at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
Tour Makers are the welcoming face of Yorkshire for the millions of spectators who travel to the county to witness the world’s best cyclists in action between 28-30 April, and are deployed right along the race route… read more …
Welcome to Yorkshire are inviting people to register their interest at letour.yorkshire.com/tour-makers before Friday 24 February.
Welcome to Yorkshire has announced new dates for its popular Tour de Yorkshire roadshows which give local residents and businesses everything they need to know to make the most of this year’s race… read more…
The Halifax Roadshow takes place on Thursday 26 January – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Welcome to Yorkshire will team up with local authorities to run the shows in towns and villages along the 2017 route and information will be shared on how to get involved, build excitement and maximise the benefits of global media coverage.