Richmond named as host town for 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Sir Gary Verity with Yvonne Peacock, leader of Richmondshire District Council, and corporate director Callum McKeon. Photo: SWPix.com

Richmond has been named as one of the host towns for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) revealed the locations for the newly expanded four-day men’s race which will take place between 3-6 May today.

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – which is doubling in size from one to two days – will be held over 3-4 May.

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Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Leeds, Richmond and Scarborough will all host the start or finish of stages.

Council leaders attending the race launch in Leeds today said they were delighted with the news.

This is a massive coup for Richmond – and for the Richmondshire area,” said district council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“We don’t know whether we will be seeing the race set off from our district or welcoming the riders home but whichever we will work hard to give everyone a very memorable experience.

“The TDY brings in people from across the UK and Europe and we intend to make sure our beautiful area stands out next May.”

The eight host towns for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

The leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Carl Les, said: “We’re yet again pleased to welcome this race to North Yorkshire, which will see the now familiar cycling backdrop of Scarborough as a start or finish and also the historic market town of Richmond. We know that bringing this international cycle race to North Yorkshire strengthens the county’s economy and gives a significant boost to tourism, bringing benefits that go beyond just the race weekend.

“Now with years of experience of hosting world class cycling events in North Yorkshire, I have no doubt that the County Council will once again rise to the challenge and that the residents of North Yorkshire will once again embrace it.”

He said county council officers would work closely with district councils, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sports Organisation on route design for next year’s race to ensure any disruption to the road network is minimised and the county is shown in its best light.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just three years it has grown to become one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.

“Of course, with the men’s race being extended to four days and the women’s race now being held over two, it means we can visit more parts of the county and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire has gone from strength to strength over the last three years and we are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire.

“The way people get behind the race in Yorkshire is incredible and we are looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2018.”

Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: “Next year’s Tour de Yorkshire is shaping up to be the best yet with more stages for the men’s and women’s races and, at British Cycling, we’re looking forward to working with colleagues and partners across the county to use the inspiration of the world’s best riders to get even more people on bikes.”

Next year’s Tour will see the return of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome the millions of spectators.

Many of the host towns announced today are also home to Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, a direct legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, which aim to offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike.

So far 46 libraries have opened across the county and over 5,000 bikes have been donated.

The full 2018 race route will be unveiled on Tuesday 5 December 2017 – this announcement will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of each stage and will be available as interactive maps.