Leyburn to be host town for 2020 Tour de Yorkshire

The 2019 World Championship riders approach Leyburn. Photo: Andrew Gaines.

Leyburn has been announced as one of the host towns for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire.

The eight host locations for race have been unveiled today by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O).

“This is another massive coup for Richmondshire – coming on the back of the Tour de Yorkshire start in Richmond last year and the start of the men’s junior race in the UCI Road World Championships just two months ago,” said Richmondshire District Council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“We have a great track record of putting on a good show at these events – our residents and businesses embrace them.  We expect them all to be out in force to support another brilliant days racing in North Yorkshire – watching the riders come through some of the most beautiful parts of Yorkshire.

“We have already started planning for the event – we aim to make the start the best ever, giving everyone attending – riders, local residents and visitors – the best experience.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Leyburn Mayor Richard Sanderson.

“It will be a big day for the Leyburn.

“Richmondshire District Council is responsible for the organisation of the event, meaning there will be no financial burden on the town council and its residents via the precept.

“The council will also be given some money from RDC to stage its own event on the day.”

Mr Sanderson said he was “slightly disappointing” the town council had not been informed in advance.

“It would have been nice for someone from RDC to have given us a call and asked ‘what do you think’ but there we are.

“I think it will be a great event for Leyburn and bring a lot of people into the town if it’s done right.”

Tony Clark, chief executive of Richmondshire District Council, pictured with Peter Dodd, commercial director at Welcome to Yorkshire, and Councillor Helen Grant.

The stages for the sixth edition – which will take place next year between Thursday, April 30 and Sunday, May 3 – will either start or finish in:

Barnsley

This is the third time in succession Barnsley has been chosen as a host location. The town also featured during the very first Tour de Yorkshire in 2015.

Beverley

Both the 2016 and 2018 editions started in Beverley and the town was also the main start location for the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International which preceded the UCI Road World Championships in September.

Halifax

Halifax has been a start location for the final stage of the last two editions and this will be the fourth time in total it has featured on a Tour de Yorkshire route.

Huddersfield

This will be the very first time the Tour de Yorkshire has visited Huddersfield, although the second stage of the Tour de France did pass through in 2014.

Leeds

Three of the last five editions have concluded in the city which has also hosted race starts as well; both the 2014 Tour de France and World Championships’ Elite Men’s Road Race commenced from here.

Leyburn

Leyburn is making its first appearance as a host location, although the riders received a rapturous reception when the Tour de Yorkshire passed through in 2018, just as the Tour de France did in 2014. The UCI Road World Championships also made two visits here in 2019.

Redcar

Another new host location for 2020, Redcar will be the most northerly location the race has ever visited.

Skipton

The Tour de France, 2019 UCI Road World Championships, and three previous editions of the Tour de Yorkshire have all visited Skipton but the town has never hosted a previous stage start or finish.

 

The locations were revealed by Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director Peter Dodd at a press conference at organisation’s headquarters in Leeds on Friday morning.

Mr Dodd: “It’s always exciting to unveil the host locations for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception.

“We’re delighted Huddersfield, Leyburn, Redcar and Skipton will each be making their debuts as we’re always striving to bring our race to new parts of this great county.

“The other locations have already proven themselves as more-than-worthy recipients and we cannot wait to revisit them as well.”

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and it is now one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show in 2020.”

Also confirmed was that the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will form part of the inaugural UCI ProSeries, and its new 2.Pro classification remains the highest-possible status for a multi-day race outside of the UCI WorldTour.

The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will be unveiled at a second press conference on Friday, January 17 along with an announcement regarding the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive.

4 Comments

  1. Oh no not another one, why do we get saddled with these every time? Give us the dates so we can go on holiday and miss all the rigmarole.

  2. Another day when local businesses will lose money & local people will be disrupted. This is over kill & I think most locals are sick of it!!!!!

  3. What a load of s***

    This Tour De Yorkshire, Tour de France and other big events are troublesome for Leyburn businesses and surrounding areas.

    Local businesses suffer badly when these events take place, they hinder and annoy the locals and they cost the towns quite a bit of money, which they don’t have, to setup.

    Were we ever asked to host Tour de France? where we bollocks.
    We’re just expected to follow on and try and force some kinda excitement.

    No one really cares what town hosts or what town these bike races go through.

    I can’t be arsed with it, and if you talk to the locals they’ll say the exact same thing.

    Just talk to us for once.

    Leyburn can’t host events to save its life either, the piss-poor funding they get can’t over basic infrastructure upgrades let alone a multi-county bike race which gets messed about because it rained too much.

    Such a pain.

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