With one month to go until the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation have unveiled the highly anticipated race timings.
Millions of spectators are expected to line the route over the four days of action with a large portion expected to see the riders leave Barnsley town centre outside the icon Town Hall on Friday 3 May.
The start in Barnsley will see the first day of the Women’s race begin at 9:05am as they leave on their 132km trip to Bedale. They are expected to arrive in Mapplewell at 9:16am before getting to Royston for 9:20am.
Later in the afternoon, the second stage of the men’s race, which is set to host 6 time Grand tour winner Chris Froome, will leave following the same route out along Huddersfield road. The men’s race will commence at 14:45pm. The men are expected to reach Mapplewell at 14:56pm and Royston at 14:59pm. Both races will officially begin the racing when the flag is dropped near the Millers Pub on Dearne Hall road after the short procession start.
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.
Timings for the race caravan and ambassadors tour have also been included and list the stop-off points ahead of the race which includes a start in Barnsley Town Centre at 12:30pm and also a stop in Mapplewell at 12:45pm. This is where fans will be treated to a host of promotional goodies from the official race partners as well as getting to meet some British cycling legends.
Executive Director for Place, Matthew Gladstone, said: “Friday 3 May will be another big day for Barnsley. Everybody who came to the town centre last year thoroughly enjoyed it, which is why we’ve seen an even greater interest this year.
“The race times mean people can now start to plan their day accordingly and we’ll soon be revealing more details of the times of our planned entertainment within the town centre during the day.”
Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “It’s always exciting to share these timings as spectators can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the race. Every time we see them we’re astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the best riders in the world after all!
“There is a whole host of added entertainment being planned en-route so be sure to line the roadside early on the days so you get to see the colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.”
The full timings for the Barnsley stages can be found at: Barnsley.gov.uk/TDY Information on the rolling road closures in the area will also be available in due course.