“This year, the race will also visit Bradshaw for the first time and will showcase some of Calderdale’s beautiful scenery."
There’s now less than a week until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, with Halifax hosting the start of stage 4 of the race on Sunday 5 May.
The final decisive stage, known as the 'Yorkshire Classic', will head from Halifax to Leeds, taking in some of Yorkshire's toughest climbs. The race will begin with a ceremonial start at The Piece Hall at around 12.35pm, with the courtyard opening from 9am.
Watching the race is free and there’s no need for tickets, however if you want to see the cyclists sign in at the podium and the ceremonial start it’s recommended that visitors get to The Piece Hall as early as possible and enjoy the build up.
After the cyclists have left The Piece Hall, they’ll loop around the town centre, before passing the Victoria Theatre and heading on towards Savile Park. At King Cross the peloton will turn right and travel along Aachen and Burdock Way before travelling onto Ovenden Road for the official start of the race which will be at approximately 12.45pm.
In most areas, roads will reopen shortly after the race has travelled through, but Halifax will be a ‘no car zone’ on the morning of the race, so visitors are advised to use public transport wherever possible. A normal bus and train service will be running over race weekend, although buses may have amended routes around Halifax town centre.
Calderdale Council’s Director for Regeneration and Strategy, Mark Thompson, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is back in Calderdale and I’m sure many people will soon be planning their day and deciding where to watch the big race.
“There’s so much going on in Halifax so why not spend some time looking around the town centre while you're here? The Piece Hall not only hosts the start of the race, but has a packed programme of entertainment throughout the day. Other attractions around the town will also be open on race day, including the Industrial Museum, which will be opening specially, and Shibden Hall, which will be open as normal.
“This year, the race will also visit Bradshaw for the first time and will showcase some of Calderdale’s beautiful scenery. As always, visitors are asked to protect the natural environment and follow advice from the stewards to help you enjoy your day.”
Full details on the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire can be found at http://letouryorkshire.com