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The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire is just hours away

There will be rolling road closures along the route on Thursday and these are expected to last no longer than 40 minutes.

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire is just hours away and residents of villages in the Wolds Weekly area don’t have long to wait before being given the opportunity to see some of the world’s top cyclists pass through their communities.

Tomorrow (Thursday 2nd May 2019), Stage 1 of the men’s race begins in Doncaster from where cyclists, including four-time Tour de France and double Olympic bronze medallist Chris Froome, will make their way through the East Riding, taking in Beswick, Kilnwick, Middleton-on-the-Wolds, North Dalton and Warter on their journey to the finish line in Selby.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the route in the aforementioned villages, with the approximate timings as follows:

3:25pm Skidby
3:31pm Little Weighton
3:35pm Walkington
3:40pm Westwood Pasture
3:49pm Leconfield
3:52pm Scorborough
3:56pm Beswick
3:59pm Kilnwick
4:06pm Middleton-on-the-Wolds
4:11pm North Dalton
4:19pm Warter

The villages will mark the passing of the race in a number of different ways, with lots of events planned throughout the day, and into the evening, in Kilnwick.

“From 3pm, the focus will be on the roadside where the cyclists will pass through the village,” said Ellen Beddows, one of the organisers of the events that will take place in Kilnwick on Thursday.

“We’re anticipating lots of flag-waving and there will be a stall selling tea, coffee and other refreshments as the race goes past.

“A group of ladies from the village, who have called themselves the Bunting Babes, have made miles of blue and yellow bunting, some of which are six feet long and will be hung from trees to make a feature.

“Also, a farmer from Kilnwick has welded a tripled-sized bike made of steel and there will be blue and yellow normal-sized bikes dotted around.

“Some large wooden lettering, spelling out Kilnwick, will be on display and we have also knitted lots of blue and yellow jerseys.

“From 4:30pm, the action switches to The Park, Kilnwick where there will be a barbecue and a licensed bar and races, welly throwing, and a tug-of-war will take place before a blue and yellow powder run.

“Everything is going well and Kilnwick is looking forward to welcoming the race with people of all ages getting involved with the preparations.”

Further along the route, Middleton-on-the-Wolds will see decorations placed on the village green and outside the village hall.

There will be rolling road closures along the route on Thursday and these are expected to last no longer than 40 minutes.

Roadside parking at key locations along the route will be suspended all day for safety reasons and signs informing residents of this should already be on display.

Market Place in Pocklington will be the focus of a number of events to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire and so will be closed between 1pm and 6pm. Also St Helen’s Square in Barmby Moor will be closed between 2pm and 10pm for their celebrations to take place.

“We are looking forward to hosting some of the best cyclists in the world in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, which will be exciting for the crowds,” said Ian Burnett, head of asset strategy at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The star riders have started confirming their participation in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire and Mark Cavendish will be lining up on the start line.

The 33-year-old has 30 Tour de France stage wins to his name and received a great reception when he competed in the race last year. German Marcel Kittel has also confirmed his place in the 2019 race and will be joined by Katusha Alpecin teammates Harry Tanfield and Nathan Haas.

The Tour de Yorkshire is expected to arrive in beverley at 3:41pm Beverley on Thursday the 2nd of May

Kittel is regarded as one of the world’s best sprinters and has not raced in Yorkshire since 2015.

Yorkshire fans will also be delighted to see Doncaster’s Connor Swift on his home roads in the national champion’s jersey.

The 23-year-old Madison Genesis rider recceed the course earlier in the year and is looking forward to the race.

“Being able to race the Tour de Yorkshire in the national champion’s jersey and having the fans supporting me will be smashing,” said Connor.

“Cycling in Yorkshire has a massive following and we’re expecting huge crowds.”

On Saturday 4th May the focus moves to Bridlington where both the man’s and women’s races will start outside The Spa. South Marine Drive and part of Kingston Road will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Friday 3 May until 6pm on Saturday 4 May.

South Marine Drive and part of Kingston Road will be closed to vehicles from 6pm on Friday 3 May until 6pm on Saturday 4 May and on-street parking will also be suspended.

Langdale Wharf car park will be closed but the Bridlington Park and Ride will in in operation.

For each race there will be rolling road closures along High Street and on-street parking there will be suspended as well.

A comprehensive list of roads affected is available here :-  

Road closures will be managed by the police, and closures and travel restrictions have also been advertised on affected routes via signage and variable message signs.

Full race and route information is available on the Tour de Yorkshire website: https://letour.yorkshire.com/

Further information about local road closures and information is on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/events/tour-de-yorkshire/

There are bus timetable and route changes on both 2 and 4 May. For EYMS bus travel disruption see their website: https://www.eyms.co.uk/bus-services/service-information-item?id=1573

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