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Tour de Yorkshire 2019

Tour de Yorkshire wheels its way through our area on Thursday 2nd May

Skidby and Little Weighton will feature again this year in The Tour de Yorkshire, welcoming the first stage of the fifth edition of The Men’s race on Thursday 2nd May 

“The Heritage Stage”
The international cycle race considered one of the most dramatic and best supported events has now been upgraded to attain the highest category possible for a multi-day race outside of the UCI World Tour.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who hosted the first race from Bridlington in 2015 and subsequently each year in either the seaside town or Beverley continues to sponsor the spectacular and prestigious event, last year boosting the Yorkshire economy by £98m and attracting 2.6 million spectators in the Towns and villages lining the County’s Roads. Live TV covers the race and is watched in almost 200 countries, showcasing Yorkshire as a visitor and economic destination. The Council has recently reached a new agreement with Welcome to Yorkshire ensuring a start or finish up until 2022.

Thursday’s race will start in Doncaster and finish in Selby with most of the cycling taking place in The East Riding. Arriving in Skidby at around the halfway stage this year via a slightly different route, the peloton after coming through Brough, North Ferriby and Swanland all for the first time will come through Eppleworth entering Skidby passing the Windmill, which will be a spectacular shot from the Helicopter camera, before coming through the village on its way to Little Weighton. From there it heads off to Walkington, Beverley and the Yorkshire Wolds and descending into Selby for the finish on the first day.

Welcome to Yorkshire Director, Stephen Parnaby, OBE., said “Its fantastic to get the race back again to our part of the County and a real privilege, the organisers were very impressed with the community spirit and effort that went into welcoming the riders last year, a huge factor in the success of the event, that is being rewarded with a return visit. I am sure this year will be even better and hope everyone has a great day and thank you in advance for your enthusiasm”.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said “I’d like to thank everyone for their incredible support and getting this show on the road. I am extremely grateful, particularly for the enthusiasm shown throughout every corner of our wonderful County, “Christian Prudomme, Director of Cycling ASO and The Tour de France added “Yorkshire has everything a cycle race could wish for - the terrain, the stunning landscape, passionate crowds and towns decorated with bunting, bikes and banners”.

Stage three of the race for both the women’s and men’s will start outside The Bridlington  Spa “The Yorkshire Coast Stage” on Saturday 4th May finishing in Scarborough.

For all details, residents and organisers are advised to check final timings, but it is anticipated the race will arrive in Skidby at around 1.00 pm. No road closures will be in place, with only rolling road blocks lasting no more than one hour, however, parking restrictions will be in place along the route and access limited whilst the race passes through. Spectators are advised to arrive early to gain best advantage. Refreshments will be available, along with other venues, at Skidby Village Hall prior to and during the race. The official chosen charity for The Tour de Yorkshire this year is Help for Heroes.

 

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Tour de Yorkshire 2019 route announcement is a double delight for the East Riding


The East Riding will see not just one but two days of racing as part of the 2019 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.

At a special event this morning at Leeds Civic Hall, race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation confirmed that much of stage one of the men’s race on Thursday, 2 May 2019 will take place in the East Riding with the riders taking in a whole host of new towns and villages that haven’t seen the race before.

Stage one sees competitors cycling 178.5km from Doncaster to Selby with the race passing through communities including:

Pollington

Snaith

East Cowick

Rawcliffe

Airmyn

Howden

Gilberdyke

Newport

Ellerker

Elloughton (Sprint)

Brough

Welton

North Ferriby

Swanland

Raywell

Eppleworth

Skidby

Little Weighton

Walkington

Beverley (with the riders passing through North Bar)

Leconfield

Middleton-on-the-Wolds

North Dalton

Cote de Baggaby Hill (King of the Mountain Stage)

Pocklington (Sprint)

Barmby Moor

Sutton upon Derwent

The Tour de Yorkshire will then return to the East Riding on Saturday, 4 May 2019, with the start of both the women’s and men’s races taking place outside Bridlington Spa before the riders cycle 132km in and around North Yorkshire before finishing in Scarborough.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Today’s route announcement for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire is fantastic news for the East Riding, with our area getting not just one but two days of racing.

“It is really exciting to see so many new locations on the route for next year and will give even more of our residents the chance to see some of the world’s top cyclists competing right on their doorstep.

“With the event growing in popularity year-on-year, I am sure communities will again get right into the spirit of things, decorate their towns and villages and line the streets to cheer on the riders.

“The race gives us the chance to showcase the East Riding to audiences both at home and abroad and to put it on the map as a must-visit destination.

“The council is also proud to announce that it has secured its long-term involvement in the Tour de Yorkshire for a further three years – guaranteeing a stage start or finish in the area until 2022.”

The complete race schedule for the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 is as follows:

Thursday, 2 May 2019 – Doncaster to Selby (men’s race)

Friday, 3 May 2019 – Barnsley – Bedale (women’s and men’s races)

Saturday, 4 May 2019 – Bridlington – Scarborough (women’s and men’s races)

Sunday, 5 May 2019 – Halifax – Leeds (men’s race)


For further information about the route, visit www.letouryorkshire.com

 
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