Region gears up for sporting extravaganza

The route for stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire.
The route for stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire.

This weekend sees the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire visit the area.

Created after the success of the Grand Depart, which saw Yorkshire stage the Tour de France start, the Tour will see thousands of people visit the area.

The Tour starts tomorrow (1 May) at the Spa Bridlington and will be winding its way through Market Weighton, Stamford Bridge, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Sancton, North Newbald, Foggathorpe, Bubwith and Harlthorpe during stage two of the event, on Saturday (2 May).

Stage two, from Selby to York, will have a ceremonial start at 11.20am outside Selby Abbey. Riders will have an 8km neutralised section before the official race start just outside Selby on the A163 at 11.45am. Depending on riders’ speed, the race will finish between 3.30pm and 4pm on Knavesmire Road in York.

The approximate timings for the race passing through our region are as follows: Bubwith at 11.55am, Foggathorpe at 12.01pm, Holme-on-Spalding Moor at 12.07pm, Market Weighton at 12.18pm, Sancton at 12.24pm, North Newbald at 12.28pm. A key point in stage two is the race reaching North Newbald King of the Mountain climb at approximately 12.30pm.

Stage two will also see cyclists travel through Stamford Bridge at about 2.15pm and Gate Helmsley at about 2.19pm.

There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed through the area, which are expected to last for around one hour.

The rolling road closures will be used to manage the race as it passes through the area. Road closures will be managed by the police.

Sancton Village Hall is celebrating the Tour de Yorkshire with decorations along the route, hand made by villagers and friends.

After the event, knitted bunting is to be sewn into blankets and donated to Hull Animal Welfare to help keep a rescue animal warm in yellow and blue.

Everyone is welcome to visit the hall for refreshments from 11am to 2pm on Saturday.

There will be good views of the peloton speeding down the hill into Sancton and up and out of the village.

Ahead of the race, the Pocklington Post has placed the full route, using an aerial perspective, on its website. This can be seen at

The Post is asking readers to send in their comments to us by email, facebook and Twitter, using the #tourdeyorkshire hashtag. We would also like readers to submit their photographs of the event, by emailing them to

East Yorkshire Motor Services is warning of some disruption to its timetable during the race.

On Saturday, buses will be affected in Market Weighton, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Bubwith, Sancton and North Newbald. The race will cause delays to the service 18 route in Holme-on-Splading Moor and Bubwith from around 11.30am until it reaches Market Weighton around 12.20pm.

In Market Weighton, there may be delays to services X4, 18, 45/46 and X46 between 11.50am and 12.30pm as the cyclists ride through the town.

Roads will be closed on the Wicstun Express Service X4 route from around midday until 12.40pm, which could delay buses in Sancton and North Newbald at the time.

For more details go to the East Yorkshire Motor Services website at

The complete Tour course will cover three stages – one stage each day:

STAGE 1 - Starts at Bridlington and ends at Scarborough.

STAGE 2 - Starts at Selby and ends in York.

STAGE 3 - Starts at Wakefield and finishes in Leeds.

The organisers of the race, by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, are predicting around one million people to turn out to watch the race. Many more will watch the race on television as it will be broadcast in the UK and throughout Europe.