Plan ahead and have a great Tour … that’s the message to people in North Yorkshire, as the county gears up for the third Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

With just over a month to go before the event and with the race timings now confirmed, work is well under way to get ready for the race.  The aim is to combine maximum entertainment with minimum disruption.

“North Yorkshire is playing host to large parts of the Tour de Yorkshire again this year, with three of the six starts and finishes taking place in our county. The finish of stage 2 returns to Harrogate on the Saturday, where we hope everyone will enjoy the spectacle as much as they did at the Grand Depart in 2014 ” said County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council.

“The race also takes in some stunning locations this year, including the UNESCO world heritage site at Fountains Abbey, parts of the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast line, and of course, the newly re-opened Tadcaster Bridge – the council’s main aim is to make sure the roads remain clear and safe for competitors, and that disruption is kept to a minimum for road users, businesses and residents of North Yorkshire alike

We also want to help spectators enjoy themselves safely and ensure they can get to and from where they want to watch the race”

The three stages of the race are being held from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017:

Stage 1 – Friday 28 April

Departing from Bridlington and finishing in Scarborough

Stage 2 – Saturday 29 April

Starting in Tadcaster and finishing in Harrogate

Stage 3 – Sunday 30 April

Starting in Bradford and finishing at Fox Valley in Sheffield

The Tour passes near many towns and villages so the advice is to plan ahead and choose where you want to watch. Full details of the routes and timings of all three stages can be found at http://letour.yorkshire.com/

With the race timings now confirmed, the council is working on the specific details of the road closures affecting the county and is working with transport partners, schools, businesses and district councils.

There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for around an hour. Some areas, including the finish of stage 1 in Scarborough and the start and finish of stage 2 in Tadcaster and Harrogate some of the climbs and busier locations, will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and spectators.  The impact of road closures and parking restrictions will be kept to a minimum.

There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route – further details will be made available nearer the race weekend. The county council will be working with transport providers, schools and businesses to plan for the event and to work around the closures.

Full details of the race route are on the County Council’s website www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour.  Details of road closures will be made available over the next few weeks.  Further information on other services affected by the tour will also be added to the council website as they become available, including advice on transport, including any schools affected.