ALL 198 competing riders in the Tour de France will parade through Leeds City Centre as they make their way to the official Opening Ceremony Team Presentation next Thursday.
The parade will give cycling fans a glimpse of things to come, ahead of the Grand Départ’s start on The Headrow in the city on Saturday, July 5.
Riders, led by a group of cyclists from local clubs and community groups, will make their way from the University of Leeds to Leeds Arena starting just after 6pm, taking in Millennium Square as they make their way to the Leeds Arena for the opening ceremony and team presentation.
A series of road closures and parking restrictions will be in place from 4pm, see below for the full list, and some bus routes will be diverted.
Leeds City Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield said: “Seeing the riders parading through Leeds city centre will be wonderful and it would be brilliant to see a big crowd cheering them on and giving them a special welcome to Leeds to show how proud we are to be the host city for this year’s Tour de France.
“We recognise this is a working day and given the time of the event it will cause disruption to people’s journeys home from work. I would ask please for people to be patient and understand this is very much a special one-off, and if possible I would advise staying in the city centre and joining in the fun as it really will be something to see and be part of.”
Roads affected by full and partial closures include:
Willow Terrace Road;
Calverley Street (southbound);
Between Clarendon Way and Great George Street;
Between Portland Gate and Woodhouse Lane;
At its junction with Clay Pit Lane;
Clay Pit Lane (south-west bound);
Between the Inner Ring Road and Woodhouse Lane;
Additional rolling road closures will affect:
Between Queen Street and West Street;
Between Wellington Street and Park Lane;
Between West Street and Hanover Way;
Between Clarendon Road and Hyde Park Road;
Between Woodhouse Lane and Cathcart
Roads with parking restrictions:
Willow Terrace Road;
Lovell Park Road;
Between Grafton Street and Wade Lane;
Revocation of current one-way traffic flow: