Flying start! Silsden is ready for the Tour de France hitting town tomorrow.
They’re off! The Tour de France sets off from Leeds. Click the picture to follow the race with The Yorkshire Post.
Silsden and Steeton go head-to-head with the World Cup, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix tomorrow.
The two clubs are playing their part in the Tour de France
as the world’s sporting media switch their focus to Yorkshire for the iconic race’s second stage, from York to Sheffield.
Both communities have entered the spirit of things wholeheartedly with Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium on the race route and Steeton not too far away.
At Silsden, a campsite has been created to cater for the thousands of cycle fans passing the area, while the Chevrons have joined in Steeton village’s Le Tour celebration weekend
Steeton are holding a penalty shoot out and keepy uppy competition at a village fun day.
A large pedestrianised area to view the race has been created on the Steeton to Keighley bypass, which is open from 6.30am.
The Tour caravan enters Addingham about 10.45am and is expected to take 45 minutes to pass.
The world’s greatest endurance cyclists are expected to follow at about 12.40pm, depending on the pace.
That means the caravan is expected to pass Silsden and Steeton at about 11am, going through Keighley five minutes later on the way to Haworth and Oxenhope.
Racers should be whizzing through Silsden and past Steeton at about 12.45pm and Keighley 10 minutes later.
Many events are taking place throughout the area and, in Keighley, Steeton’s shirt sponsor A1 Stairlifts
are setting up a viewing spot on their large forecourt in South Street with entertainment and a family fun day arranged in aid of charity, from 9am until 4pm. Entry is free and entertainment will be provided by Keighley pop punk quartet You Had Me At Hello. The event also includes a barbecue, drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic), bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, hook a duck and much more.
After leaving Keighley, the Tour heads uphill through Ingrow, Hermit Hole and Crosshills to Haworth and Oxenhope, where it passes Oxenhope Rec’s ground before leaving the district on its way to the stage Two finish line in Sheffield. See what Oxenhope has got lined up for the race, here.
Roads will be closed from 6.30am until mid-afternoon in the following places: Addingham (Village Centre), Silsden (A6034), Keighley (A629, North Street, South Street), Cross Roads, Haworth (Main Street), Oxenhope (Shaw Lane, Hebden Bridge Road).
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use and cross the route prior to the main caravan of the race.
See the full Stage Two route map, here.
More questions about how the Tour de France will affect the area are answered, here.
Read the Keighley News’ Tour de France archive, here.
Follow the Tour all the way through Yorkshire with the Yorkshire Post, here.