Where and when to see Tour cyclists

CYCLING fans around the region hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top riders next month can begin to plan their days.

Organisers of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have announced the official timings for the three-day men’s race and one-day women’s race.

The 300-mile three-day race from April 28-30, will take riders from Bridlington to Sheffield via Scarborough, Tadcaster, Harrogate and Bradford.

Kirklees will see the action on the third stage from Bradford to Fox Valley in Sheffield.

After riding through Calderdale, the cyclists enter our district at Hartshead Moor and, after crossing the M62, they follow the A643 down Moorside into Cleckheaton town centre.

They’ll then tackle Spen Lane up to Gomersal Hill Top, speed down Church Lane, cross Bradford Road and race through the centre of Birstall, before swooping down to Birstall Smithies and joining the A62 Huddersfield Road.

Riders will then travel up the A62, past White Lee and Six Lane Ends, through Liversedge, Roberttown and Mirfield, past Cooper Bridge and into Mirfield.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It’s always exciting to share these timings, as supporters can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action.

“Every time I see them I’m astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the very best riders in the world after all.

“Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over the full three days, and be sure to line the route early to see our colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.”

The timings have been calculated by anticipating the peloton’s average speed but are subject to change depending on variables such as wind speed, direction and how aggressively the riders race.

The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online at letour. yorkshire. com/ timings. Key timings include Cleckheaton (3.06pm), Gomersal (3.10pm), Heckmond-wike (3.16pm) and Mirfield (3.23pm).

Amateur riders can get in on the action by taking part in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sport-ive on Sunday, April 30. Register at letour.yorkshire.com/maserati-tour-de-yorkshire-ride.

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