North Yorkshire County Council set to approve £380,000 expenditure on Tour de Yorkshire

the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire in Richmond. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Bosses at North Yorkshire County Council are recommending the authority spends £190,000 on hosting the Tour de Yorkshire next year and in 2020.

The county council’s executive will make its decision to pay the money to cover the hosting fee and event costs on Tuesday.

Supporters say that hosting the race provides national and international exposure for North Yorkshire and the wider region, with TV coverage in 190 countries.

An independent study estimated that this year’s race boosted the Yorkshire economy by £98m.

The county council works with organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation to stage the event.

The council’s role includes managing the roads, including rolling closures, emergency planning and liaising with the community and businesses.

North Yorkshire has hosted more of the race than any other authority area, with half of 2018’s route in the county, including a start in Richmond and a finish in Scarborough.

In its four years, the race has visited every district of the county.

County council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “We know that bringing international cycling events to North Yorkshire boosts our visitor economy and our businesses, bringing benefits that last long beyond the four days of racing.

“Our support for such events since the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 has been instrumental in bringing the UCI World Cycling Championships – the World Cup of cycle racing – to the county next September.

“The Tour de Yorkshire also generates a great sense of pride. People across the county decorate their towns and villages with painted bikes, flags, bunting and amazing land art.

“They hold celebrations and line the streets in their thousands to support the race. Many communities love to make an event of the event.

“We recognise that there is a degree of congestion and delay on the route and some disruption to services, but we and our partners strive to keep this to a minimum so that there is as little inconvenience as possible to people who need or want to carry on with their normal routine.

“We have five years’ experience of managing roads and traffic during world class cycling events, so are well-placed to ensure the safety of spectators and minimise disruption.”

Next year’s Tour de Yorkshire is scheduled to take place from Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5. Bedale, Selby and Scarborough have been announced as either a start or finish location.

Full details of the 2019 route will be announced on December 7.

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  1. the amount of money spent on these events comes out of the pockets of rate payer, the amount of money gained from these events goes into the pockets of hotels, B&B owners, cafes and their suppliers, they love the crowds but the crowds will make no difference to the increase of my rates bill in April

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