THE countdown to the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race is on.

The inaugural race, which will travel on just under ten miles of Barnsley's roads on May 3, will see cyclists enter the borough at 12.42 from Wakefield via the A61 Barnsley Road.

The race will then continue down Wakefield Road onto Old Mill Lane before turning left onto Eldon Street, Regent Street, Church Street, St Mary’s Gate and Church Lane.

After leaving the town centre the race will head on the A635 down Wilthorpe Road along Barugh Green Road continuing onto Lane Head Road before leaving the borough to Kirklees.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: "This is a great opportunity for Barnsley residents and businesses to get involved with the thrill of this outstanding race which makes up part of the international cycling calendar."

There are many places for people to view the race in Barnsley including the town centre, which will see cycling teams manoeuvre their way through the tight streets.

Those who want to watch all the action up close are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they find a spot.

Alongside the race there will be lots of fun things to do during the day which include an outdoor specialist sports market, performances from the Frumptarn Guggen Band, cycling roadshows, a Tour de France exhibition in the Better Barnsley shop on Cheapside and a town centre art installation.