Decide on your Tour de Yorkshire viewing point

People can plan their Tour de Yorkshire vantage points as the final preparations are underway to welcome the race to North Yorkshire.

Cyclists in the closing stages of the Tour de France in Scarborough North Yorkshire

The iconic road race is now just days away as towns and villages begin the countdown to celebrations for the race, which will run from May 2 to May 5.

North Yorkshire will be hosting three race finishes, with Selby hosting the finish point on Thursday, May 2, Bedale hosting the men and women’s finishes on May 3 and Scarborough forming the finish point for male and female riders on May 4.

Similar to previous tours, rolling road closures will be in place, which will see highways closed for under an hour to allow the safe passage of the race. There will be longer delays at the race finish points, some hill climbs and town centre locations.

There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route, including in Harrogate, where there will be no parking allowed on the race route from 8pm on Thursday, May 2 until 6pm on Friday, May 3. People affected with residents’ street parking permits, or visitor permits, can leave their cars in adjacent resident parking zones.

Road closures will be managed by police and signs will be put in place with details of the closures nearer the race weekend.

In Whitby and Scarborough, the park and ride car parks and bus services will be operating, with drop-off and pick-up points in Scarborough town centre on Aberdeen Walk.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Cllr Don Mackenzie said: “Preparations are now well underway to ensure everyone will have a fantastic time watching this year’s race.

“The race will be travelling through some stunning parts of our county; including the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, the coast and other great vantage points.

“But we ask people to remember to use their common sense when picking a place to view the race. Avoid waiting for the race on roads which are too narrow, or have no verge to stand on, and make sure our dry stone walls remain protected by avoiding climbing or sitting on them and please remember not to park on the race route.

“Whilst in the vast majority of places, road closures will be under an hour, there are places such as hill climbs and finish points where longer closures will be taking place. We urge people to be patient if necessary, check local road closures on our website and plan ahead.”

Drivers are urged to allow extra time for their journeys and can check to find out when specific roads are closed online at; www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour-de-yorkshire.

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