Great news for the East Riding after Tour de Yorkshire officials announce we will see not just one but two days of racing as part of the 2019 edition of the Tour.
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:
- East Cowick
- Elloughton (Sprint)
- North Ferriby
- Little Weighton
- Beverley (with the riders passing through North Bar)
- 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