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Spectator Information

The Tour de Yorkshire is free to watch from all locations at the roadside, at the start or at the finish line. 

Some places will be very popular with larger crowds of fans gathering from early on so it is worth considering this when planning your day and deciding what time to arrive at your chosen place.

Many of the towns and villages along the route will be planning a day of special events to celebrate the race so you can be sure of plenty going on inbetween the two races on Saturday 29th April to keep fans entertained, see our Places to Watch page for more information.

Dry Stone Walls

Please do not stand on or climb up dry stone walls to view the race.

One of the distinctive features of the roads in the Yorkshire Dales is the Dry Stone Walls that line the fields and roadside.  So named because there is no mortar or cement used to hold the walls together; they are built so the weight of the stone provides the stability. 

while temping to stand on to get a better, view these walls are not designed to withstand climbing on and this could lead to them collapsing. 
 

Race times

The Women's Tour de Yorkshire race will leave Tadcaster shortly after 9am, arriving in Harrogate at approx. 12:30.

The day will culminate with the Men's race sprinting into Harrogate at around 5pm, having left Tadcaster shortly after 2pm.

For detailed races, as well as the times when the Race Caravan will be in locations along the route see the official Tour de Yorkshire website .

How road closures will work

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place within a rolling road closure which lasts on average about 40 minutes in most locations. 

In some locations there will be road closures that last longer, these will likely include Bridge Street in Tadcaster, Market Place West in Ripon and Parliament Street in Harrogate. 

There will also be traffic management and a temporary one way system in Lofthouse, going up the hill only.

Full details of road closures can be found here once confirmed.  

Lofthouse

The village of Lofthouse is at the foot of the big climb of the day, and will likely be one of the top spectator locations.  Lofthouse has very limited car parking and most of this will be taken up with vehicles of the race organisers and other key services.

We are recommending that those coming to view the race at Lofthouse park lower down the Valley at Pateley Bridge, and cycle the 6.5 miles to Lofthouse.  The road along the valley is largely flat and can be cycled at a leisurely pace in well under an hour.

Lofthouse village hall will be offering snacks and refreshments throughout the day with a pop-up café raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Michaels Hospice.  Please also note the top of the valley will be notably colder and more likely to get rain so please do bring waterproofs and extra layers if you are spending a day with us on the hill.

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