The Tour de Yorkshire Returns to Calderdale in 2017!
The event’s Yorkshire host towns have been unveiled and racing for the third edition of Tour de Yorkshire which takes place from Friday 28th April – Sunday 30th April.
- Stage 1 named the ‘Coast & Wolds’ starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough.
- Stage 2 is the ‘Iconic Market Towns’ route, starting in Tadcaster with a Harrogate finish.
- Stage 3 named ‘Yorkshire terrier’ starts in Bradford and finishes at Fox Valley.
Calderdale welcomes the third stage of the race on Sunday April 30th, this time through the lower valley. Entering Calderdale from Northowram, the race descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn. Cyclists will then make the sharp, steep, cobbled ascent up Lee Lane, more commonly known as Shibden Wall, this 0.8km climb at 15.5% gradient is set to be one of the main features of the entire race!
Cyclists then head down towards Halifax, skirt the town and ascend up Beacon Hill Road and out towards Southowram. Riders will then race towards Brighouse, through the town and out through Clifton before entering Kirklees.
Where does Tour de Yorkshire come through Calderdale?
The race enters the borough from Queensbury and into Northowram, descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn. Cyclists will then make the sharp, steep, cobbled ascent up Lee Lane, more commonly known as Shibden Wall and ride up to the summit. Cyclists head down towards Halifax, skirt the town and ascend up Beacon Hill Road and out towards Southowram. The race will then travel along Elland Road towards Brighouse, through the town and out through Clifton before entering Kirklees.
There will be route guides with useful information available from Halifax and Hebden Bridge Visitor Information Centres from Mid-March.
What time is the race coming?
It is estimated that the race will come into the borough between 2.15pm and 2.45pm. It will take approximately half an hour to get through the borough
Will there be full road closures?
Most will be rolling road closures lasting no more than 45 minutes; these will be managed by 30 moto police. In Calderdale Shibden Wall will be fully closed for a few hours because it is expected to be very busy as a key King of the Mountain section. Brighouse town centre will also be fully closed, to accommodate the market and the race going through Bethel Street.
I’d like to organise a community event on the day, what should I do?
There are lots of celebratory community events taking place throughout the weekend. To make sure your event is safe and successful call the Events & Film Office on 01422 384796 for advice. If you would like to promote your event on Visitcalderdale.com firstname.lastname@example.org with the event details.
Tour de Yorkshire merchandise is available from Halifax Visitor Centre based in Central Library.