Ready, set, go! The wheels of the Tour de Yorkshire are spinning through Calderdale again and as host town, Halifax has planned a huge celebration!
The Piece Hall is where Stage Four – The Yorkshire Terrier arm of the race – will start on Sunday May 6. There’s plenty of room for people to come along and offer a warm welcome to the cyclists as they set off on the first of six categorised climbs on the Côte de Hebden Bridge. And The Piece Hall has planned a full day of Tour de Yorkshire fun!
As in past years, there are bound to be lots of surprises and excitement along the way. The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire saw Sir Bradley Wiggins unexpectedly pull out of the race on Greenhow Hill coming out of Pateley Bridge, while the 2014 Tour De France: Grand Depart race saw Mark Cavendish crash just before reaching the finish line in Harrogate.
One thing is certain though – Yorkshire will put on a good celebration! There was a huge turn out for the race last year, with local communities getting into the spirit of the day and putting on great events and fun activities.
Mumbler has compiled a list of what’s happening on the day, the best places to eat, drink and visit along the route, as well as other attractions in Calderdale for anyone visiting our area for the event.
Where and when to see Tour de Yorkshire 2018 in Calderdale!
The Piece Hall gates open at 9am. Sporting greats from the cycling world will enter the main Courtyard to sign on at the podium used for the Tour de France. This is your chance to meet your heroes and see the bikes up close before the race departs. At 12.10pm Cyclists will exit the Southgate 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 on route to Skircoat Road. The race then bears right onto Heath Road before turning right onto Free School Lane and past Saville Park. At 12.21pm the race leaves its neutralised state and the peloton will begin to race across the junction of King Cross the Peloton will bear slight left onto Burnley Road and then race down through Friendly. At 12.28pm the race reaches Luddendenfoot and is expected at Mytholmroyd at 12.31pm before tackling the first of six King of the Mountains climbs – Cote de Hebden Bridge at 12.36pm. Cyclists ascend Keighley Road, reaching Pecket Well at 12.41pm before leaving the borough at 12.45pm on route to Oxenhope. The race culminates in Leeds at 17.11pm for what will be an amazing finish to a spectacular four day event. (Note all timings are approximate and may change slightly on the day)
THE FULL ROUTE: TDY 2018
STAGE ONE: 182km – ARTS AND CULTURE – BEVERLEY TO DONCASTER. Thursday, May 3.
The race gets going in Beverley’s historic market place before proceeding to the seaside resort of Hornsea. The peloton will then tackle a 16km loop before heading back through Beverley and into the Yorkshire Wolds. The first classified climb at Baggaby Hill will get the legs pumping before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening intermediate sprint. After passing through Holme-on-Spalding Moor the pace will gradually ramp up again for a second sprint in Howden and then it’s full steam into Doncaster on the newly opened Great Yorkshire Way. The riders will sweep past the world-famous Racecourse before a flat-out finish along South Parade.
STAGE TWO: 149km – YORKSHIRE HERITAGE – BARNSLEY TO ILKLEY. Friday, May 4.
The peloton will start outside Barnsley’s impressive Town Hall and head towards Penistone. The route ventures into Worsbrough and the first mountains classification points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. With those in the bag the race will pass through Elsecar before an intermediate sprint is contested in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides a stunning backdrop before the riders continue north for a second intermediate sprint in Scholes, and Harewood House also makes an appearance prior to the classified Côte de Old Pool Bank climb. The route will then pass through Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf. In an added twist, King of the Mountains points will also be on offer right before the stage winner is crowned on top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.
STAGE THREE: 184km – MARKET TOWNS – RICHMOND TO SCARBOROUGH. Saturday, May 5.
The riders will roll out of Richmond’s cobbled market place and head to Catterick Garrison before the start flag is lowered. They’ll then traverse Wensleydale and continue in an easterly direction at Leyburn, on to Morton on Swale where the first intermediate sprint will be fought out. Northallerton and Thirsk will then provide warm welcomes, and no sooner have the riders crossed into the North York Moors than they’ll be faced with the fearsome Sutton Bank climb. The first contenders over the top there will be rewarded with points in the mountains classification. The action then passes through Helmsley and on to Pickering for a second intermediate sprint. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the Côte de Silpho before the race breezes into Scarborough for the first time. Hugging the east coast, the peloton will continue on to Filey and sample its picturesque seafront before heading inland and back towards Scarborough. The frontrunners will sweep along South Bay, around the castle walls, and onto the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
STAGE FOUR: 189.5km – THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER – HALIFAX TO LEEDS. Sunday, May 6.
The Piece Hall in Halifax provides a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage and the first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge. The race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before dropping into Goose Eye for the next punishing ascent. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven, the route heads through Skipton and the next climb is looming on Barden Moor. The action will then head into the Dales before the riders contest the first intermediate sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the peloton grind their way up it, and the route continues on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the formidable Côte de Greenhow Hill for the first time since 2016. The undulating terrain never relents and shortly after passing through Otley the next categorised climb is on the cards at Otley Chevin. If that wasn’t enough, the Côte de Black Hill Road must also be crested before the race sweeps into Leeds and reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on exactly the same spot as where the Tour de France started in 2014.