Towns to benefit from Tour de Yorkshire tour

Towns to benefit from Tour de Yorkshire tour

Businesses from across the region are set to receive a major boost as the Tour de Yorkshire reaches all corners of Yorkshire.

The full 2016 route for the tour was announced today and will provide a huge boost to businesses in Doncaster, Otley, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Settle and Beverley.

The first stage of the tour which launches in April next year is a 184km race which will see riders cycle from Beverley to Settle.

The second stage of the tour will see riders race from Otley to Doncaster for a total of 135.5km and stage three of the tour will see riders compete from Middlesbrough to Scarborough for 198km.

Welcome to Yorkshire estimated that this year’s event generated £50m for the region, and with the event going to be bigger and better in 2016, Doncaster businesses have a chance to grab a piece of the action.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "From the first moments of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, everyone who was there knew it was something special. 

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring the 2016 race to all four corners of Yorkshire. It is testament to how much the county has taken the race to its heart that we have been oversubscribed for next year’s starts and finishes.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is an event in the cycling calendar that riders want to race in and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best riders back to Yorkshire next year.”

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire held in May attracted one and a half million spectators cheering on riders from some of the world’s top teams, with over six million global television viewers.

The tour will take place between Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May.