Tadcaster hosts the start of the one-day women's race and stage two of the men's race on Saturday 29 April.
The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire kicks off an enticing double-header for Tadcaster on the Saturday, with the world’s best female cyclists riding the exact same route as the men do on stage two. They get under way on the newly reopened Tadcaster Bridge at 9.15am.
The men, meanwhile, will roll out of Tadcaster for the Stage of Historic Market Towns at 2.05pm.
Tadcaster will play host to some of the world’s top cycling teams. The confirmed men’s teams include world tour outfits Team Sky, BMC Racing Team and Orica-Scott as well as domestic teams including JLT Condor and ONE Pro Cycling. The women’s race has a top line up of teams confirmed including Boels-Dolmans, Drops Cycling Team and Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling.
On the Tadcaster start line you'll see some of the fields best cycling talent including last year’s men’s race winner Thomas Voeckler and British cyclists Lizzie Deignan and Dame Sarah Storey.
We're supporting a number of events in Tadcaster to help celebrate this unique opportunity. This means you can make a day of it in the town, with the women's race in the morning and men's race in the afternoon. The events will include the race 'publicity caravan', which gives you a chance to get your hands on some race goodies. The town will host the race ambassadors too. This is an opportunity to meet your cycling heroes and includes a chance for pictures and autographs.
The team buses will be stationed on the east side of the bridge. Here you can mingle amongst the cycling stars - keep your eye out for your favourite personalities!
Along the race route
You'll be able to see the Yorkshire Regiment Corp of Drums. They're returning to the town for the first time since helping businesses and people evacuate during the floods of 2015. Taking place between the two main race starts, there'll be a charity bike ride starting on the bridge. This is being organised by Heineken. A children's bike parade will head along the race route - further details to be announced.
In Tadcaster town centre
Throughout the town there'll be range of family-friendly activities, stalls, entertainment and refreshments. Minster FM will be hosting a special race roadshow from the town, and there'll be a fan zone including a big screen to watch the full women's and men's races.
A lot of activities will take place along St Jospeh's Street, as well as Bridge Street. Both will be closed to traffic (see below). The town's annual duck race will also take place on the day, making a special appearance in the spring to help celebrate the Tour. Over two thousand ducks will set off from the viaduct. Times to be confirmed.
Car and bike parking
We're endeavouring to offer as much car and bike parking as possible. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll publish full details here of car parking and access to Tadcaster as further details are confirmed over the coming weeks.
From the west
There'll be dedicated spectator car parking at Tadcaster Grammar School with a regular shuttle bus service into the town centre.
From the east
There'll be around 40 free spaces (first come, first served) for those travelling from the east, courtesy of Richard Rooke Ltd, York Road, LS24 8EB. From here, it's about a 20 minutes walk to the town centre.
If you're arriving by bike, head to Coors Brewery where there are around 400 spaces available.
There'll be designated Blue Badge at Tadcaster Enterprise Park on Station Road.
Places to watch
You can watch from anywhere on the race route. Check out details here of exactly where the riders will go. A popular spot will be near the starting line at Tadcaster bridge, but access to the bridge will be limited to ensure everyone's safety. Race riders will be doing a loop within the town centre, so there's plenty of space to get up close to the riders. The riders will include a loop around Stutton Road and the Woodlands area, before heading back into the town centre via Station Road. The start of the actual racing will be once the riders leave Tadcaster on the A659.
The following roads in the centre of Tadcaster will be closed for the between 5am and 8pm on Saturday 29 April:
- Bridge Street
- High Street
- St Joseph’s Street
These roads are part of the race route, or part of the 'fan zone' enabling you to move around the town freely.
Elsewhere along the race route there will be rolling road closures. This means closures between approximately 8.40am and 9.40am (for the women's race) and 1.30pm to 2.30pm (for the men's race). The rolling road closure times are subject to change on the day. After the loop through the town, riders will leave Tadcaster along the A659 towards Boston Spa.