The Tour De Yorkshire for 2019 has been unveiled, and is set to begin on the 2nd and finish on the 5th May.
The journey will run through eight towns and cities which include Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby. The official full route will be announced on the 7th December.
By Christopher Boyle.
Introduced by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation in 2015 in honour of the 2014 Grand Depart, the Tour De Yorkshire has some of the world’s most talented cyclists taking part.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s always exciting to unveil the host towns for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re thrilled that Bedale will be making its debut as the town gave the riders an amazing reception when they passed through earlier this year.”
In a press release Sir Gary revealed details about the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire alongside the 2019 event. He informed the conference that “Redcar will be a host in the 2020 circuit, whilst also explaining that the 2019 route will include the circuit in Harrogate which will be used in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.”
The Tour De Yorkshire quickly became one of the highest regarded and publicly acknowledged sporting events. According to The Insider the 2017 Tour De Yorkshire had a total of 2.2 million people lining the streets, breaking records. On letter.yorkshire.com it shows that Tour de Yorkshire boosts the county’s economy by £98 million. The sport also has a huge television presence, broadcasting in 190 countries and being watched by 12.5 million viewers.
In The Insider, Serge Pauwels, 2017 race winner commented: “I’ve cycled all around the world and my favourite three crowds are for the Classics in Belgium, those in the Basque Country, and here in Yorkshire.”
He added: “Over the winter my team wanted me to take part in the Tour de Romandie to warm up for the Tour de France but I said no, I want to do the Tour of Yorkshire.”
This impressive sporting affair brings millions of people together, providing them with a unique, culturally diverse form of entertainment.
“True success story”
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just four years it has grown to become 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 2019.”
The men’s race carries a 2.HC UCI Europe Tour Classification, while the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race was awarded 2.1 status in 2016.
Next year’s Tour will see the return of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride Sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help encourage the attendance of millions of spectators. With previous years showing a significant increase of viewers and attendees, it can be predicted that this year will be just as popular.