Forget the Yorkshire puddings for a week
There’s only one place to be on Sunday lunchtime and that’s out on the streets of Huddersfield for a massive sporting event.
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire is bringing some of the world’s top riders quite literally to our doorsteps, just nine months after the town helped host the brilliant Grand Depart for the Tour de France.
They will be tackling the Cote de Holmfirth and the daunting Cote de Scapegoat Hill during the 167km race from Wakefield to Leeds.
So what can they expect? The Côte de Holmfirth is the Tour de France all over again, except it’s not. It’s not Holme Moss, this is the other way out of Holmfirth heading east on the A635. At 2.2km and only just over 5% it will do little more than speed up the digestion of the riders breakfasts as they head up Greenfield Road to the Ford Inn.
Experienced cyclists say the Côte de Scapegoat Hill has already been singled out by many as a decisive point in the race. It’s very early on the route but with 2km on an 8% slope some climbers could do some serious damage here heading up onto Wholestone Moor.
It’s a narrow road, lined with neat stone walls, and one that is packed with kinks and bends which will shake the bunch into life.
The race riders leave Wakefield at 12.15pm and head into Sandal and Newmillerdam before reaching Cawthorne at 12.59pm.
Then they hit the Huddersfield area and crowds can watch the race action along many miles of our local roads.
The timings are approximate but should see the peloton reach Lower Denby at 1.07pm, Denby Dale at 1.09pm, Upper Cumberworth at 1.11pm, New Mill at 1.18pm, Wooldale at 1.21pm, Holmfirth at 1.24pm and the Ford Inn by 1.28pm.
The riders then zip through Outlane at 1.52pm before heading over Barkisland for the Calderdale leg of the race.