Get your plans in place for the Tour de Yorkshire

The crowds at last year's Tour de France in Calderdale
The crowds at last year's Tour de France in Calderdale

The first ever Tour de Yorkshire is almost here and organisers are encouraging spectators to finalise their plans ahead of the historic race.

People are being advised to plan where they will watch the race and allow extra journey time.

Sprints and climbs look set to be extremely popular for spectators, so people are being urged to allow extra time for journeys.

To minimise disruption, most road closures will be rolling road closures, lasting approximately one hour, with roads closing on average around 30 minutes before the peloton arrives. There will be full road closures around the start and finish lines and some key locations.

If travelling by rail, spectators are advised to arrive early as some stations may have queuing systems in place at busy periods.

Please also allow extra time if you’re heading to an airport on race days, especially Leeds Bradford International Airport on May 3 for afternoon and evening flights.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These three days spanning May 1 to 3 are set to go down in history. It’s the first ever Tour de Yorkshire and the first time Sir Bradley Wiggins will have ridden for his own team. The eyes of the world will once more be on Yorkshire and we want everyone to have a fabulous, memorable time. So that means planning ahead, allowing plenty of time and making some memories.”

Several spectator hubs across the three stages will be set up including Pickering, Danby, Whitby, Norton, Wakefield and Ilkley. Roundhay Park is holding a range of special events for the family too.

Thousands of amateur riders will take to the streets of West Yorkshire on the morning of May 3 as part of the mass participation sportive ride.

Motorists are being asked to be aware of the cyclists and avoid the sportive route where possible that day, with crowds being encouraged to come out and cheer the amateur riders on.

We’d love to see your pictures of the Tour de Yorkshire, so if you’re going to be watching the race on Sunday, send your photos to and tell us where they were taken.