Route is revealed for Tour de Yorkshire

Gary Verity.
Gary Verity.

Calderdale has missed out on hosting any of the starts or finishes of next year’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

The race, which will be held on May 1-3, is expected to become a flagship cycling event in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding cycle race in the international calendar, including the participation of top international teams and cycling stars.

But the majority of the route for the new race will be in parts of the county the Tour de France didn’t touch, meaning Calderdale may play little or no part in the final course, which will be announced on January 21.

The start and finish lines for the event will be hosted by Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York.

The new race is being held by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire and is supported by British Cycling.

Director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, said: “I am delighted we are returning to Yorkshire where we saw the grandest ever Grand Départ for the Tour de France.

“It is clear the people of Yorkshire are passionate about cycling and we can’t wait to bring them this new race.”

More than three million people turned out to see the Tour de France in Yorkshire and the economic impact has been put at well over £100 million. Organisers say the new race will build on the hugely successful Grand Départ and is at the heart of Cycle Yorkshire, the legacy of the Tour de France.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is another huge milestone for Yorkshire as we position the county as the cycling heartland of Europe.

“This is the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. I am confident it will become a huge annual event and something that will raise Yorkshire’s profile year on year.”