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Drivers urged to avoid route of Tour ride

Drivers urged to avoid route of Tour ride

Published at 7:40am 30th April 2015. (Updated at 7:35pm 30th April 2015)

Motorists are being urged to avoid the route of Sunday's mass participation ride held alongside the Tour de Yorkshire.

6,000 amateur cyclists of all abilities are due to ride through places like Ilkley and Otley, using most of the same route that the professional riders will use on the final day of the race.

Roads will be open to traffic for the amateur ride, but event organiser Human Race is urging people to avoid using their cars where possible.

Drivers who do need to use the route are being encouraged to drive with caution and allow extra time for their journeys. 

Riders will set off in staggered starts from 6.30am until 10am from Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Key points will be located at Roundhay, Arthington, Pool, Otley and Menston, where there will be two-way sportive traffic making those areas particularly congested with cyclists.

Each participant will be briefed by organisers to not ride more than two abreast and to respect other road users.

A spokesperson for Human Race said: "Many participants will not be experienced athletes and will also greatly appreciate any support on the route. 

"If you know they are coming close to your home or town, the more support the better.

"It's time to showcase the fantastic hospitality that Yorkshire is famous for."