Tour de Yorkshire – one month to go! Are you race ready?

03 April 2019

Tour de Yorkshire – one month to go! Are you race ready?

It’s exactly one month until the Tour de Yorkshire arrives in the Wakefield district on Friday 3 May – and whether you’re planning on watching the race or are simply planning your day around the rolling road closures, our webpage has everything you need to know.

Stage 2 of the men’s race and Stage 1 of the women’s races will both pass through parts of the district as they ride from Barnsley to Bedale. The cyclists will enter the Wakefield district at Notton and travel through Wintersett towards Nostell Priory, before heading along the B6428 into Purston Jaglin.

The riders will turn left onto Pontefract Road and ride through Featherstone towards Pontefract, travelling through Town End junction along the A645 and turning left at North Baileygate before following Monkhill Lane and Spittal Hardwick Lane into Airedale.

Once in Airedale, the cyclists will head to Redhill Drive, Queen’s Park Drive and Ferrybridge Road before arriving on Bridge Street, travelling over Lock Lane Bridge and out of the district towards Allerton Bywater.

Race times and traffic disruption – Plan your day on 3 May

The approximate race times have now been announced by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The women’s race is expected to enter Notton at around 9.25am, arriving in Pontefract at 9.45am and Castleford at 9.50am, based on a 9am start at Barnsley.

The men’s race is expected to enter Notton at around 3pm, arriving in Pontefract at 3.20pm and Castleford at 3.25am, based on a 2.45pm start at Barnsley.

To minimise disruption, rolling road closures are being put in place during both races instead of full closures. They will come into effect approximately 15 minutes before the races pass through and are likely to last a maximum of 45 minutes.

It has also been confirmed that the exit slip roads of Junction 32 of the M62 are expected to be closed from approximately 9.40am until 10.25am, and from 3.15pm until 4pm. The closures are being facilitated by Highways England on behalf of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Times are subject to change. Businesses are encouraged to consider how they will be affected by the races and subsequent rolling road closures on Friday 3 May.

This could include how staff travel to and from their place of work on the day, and how any disruption would affect your customers and ‘business as usual’ activity.

Regular updates will be posted here and will be available at the Council’s dedicated webpage For further information visit