Time to set your clocks for the big event

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey). Photo: PA Wire
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey). Photo: PA Wire

Tour De France organisers have released times when riders will be powering their way through Calderdale this summer - practically down to the minute.

The world’s biggest cycle race comes to Yorkshire for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, and this week race organisers timetabled when they expect the cyclists to pedal into the Calder Valley on Sunday, July 6, racing through Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd before tackling England’s longest continuous climb at Cragg Vale then briefly skirting into Greater Manchester at Blackstone Edge.

They will re-enter Calderdale to race through Ripponden and Greetland before heading for Huddersfield en route to Sheffield.

Earlier in the day on they will begin the stage at York and head for Calderdale via Knaresborough, Harrogate and Keighley, while the previous day they will have raced from Leeds to Harrogate taking in many parts of North Yorkshire.

The final day of the Tour in the UK runs from Cambridge to London on Monday, July 7.

The tour entourage, race caravans and team support vehicles leave York at 9am on July 6 ahead of the 11am start for riders including British stars Chris Froome, who won last year’s Tour De France. The 2012 winner and British Olympic cycling star Sir Bradley Wiggins is also expected to take part.

The caravan and support cars are due to reach Knaresborough by 9.54am with the riders cycling though between 11.51am and 11.54am. The forward entourage reaches Harrogate at 10.05am and the first riders at noon, then onto Keighley for around 11.06am before the riders reach the town between 12.55pm and 1.06pm.

Riders will already have pedalled for around 116 kilometeres when they reach Oxenhope Moor preceded by the race caravan which is expected to lead the way at 11.37am with the racers following at 1.24pm. However, race organisers give three times for when riders are expected to appear, depending on how fast the pace is, giving estimated times for speeds of 41km per hour, 39km per hour or 37km per hour depending on conditions.

This means they are expected to make the transition from Keighley Road to the main A646 at Hebden Bridge at 1.33pm, 1.40pm or 1.47pm, preceded by the caravan at around 11.47am.

They are expected to race up the stretch of the A646 Burnley Road from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd by 1.36pm, 1.43pm or 1.51pm (preceded by the caravan at 11.51am), ready for the ascent up through Cragg Vale.

They are expected to have reached the top of the B6138 Cragg Road and Turvin Road to head into Blackstone Edge at around 1.52pm, 2pm or 2.08pm (with the caravan preparing the way around 12.08pm).

Riders are expected to be heading towards Ripponden by 2pm, 2.08pm or 2.17pm, making the transition from the A58 to the B6113 at Ripponden by 2.04pm, 2.11pm or 2.20pm, the caravan preceding them there at 12.22pm.

Switching to the B6112 after reaching Greetland at 2.09pm, 2.18pm or 2.27pm (caravan time 12.27pm), by the time they reach the 119.5km mark there at 2.15pm, 2.24pm or 2.34pm (caravan time 12.34pm) they will be heading towards Huddersfield on the A629, leaving Calderdale.

The first riders reach Huddersfield at 2.18pm (caravan time 12.37pm) before heading out to Holmfirth by 2.38pm (caravan time 12.59pm) and the climb over Holme Moss, down into Derbyshire and into South Yorkshire.

Having begun their day at York at 11am - with the caravan setting out by 9am - their day is expected to finish at Sheffield at 4.14pm, 4.29pm or 4.46pm, the leading caravan having reached the South Yorkshire city at 2.46pm, completing the 201km stage.