Tour de Yorkshire to return to Scarborough

The cyclists ride to the finish at Scarborough's North Bay. pic Richard Ponter 151726a
The cyclists ride to the finish at Scarborough's North Bay. pic Richard Ponter 151726a

Scarborough has been unveiled to be hosting a start or finish for next year's Tour de Yorkshire.

After staging a finish for the two previous editions of the inaugural race, the town has once again been chosen to host some of the world's best cyclists.

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, crosses the finish line in Scarborough's North Bay to win the stage and take the overall honours this year.

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, crosses the finish line in Scarborough's North Bay to win the stage and take the overall honours this year.

The three-day men's race will take place from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30 with racing to begin or end in Bridlington, Harrogate, Bradford, Fox Valley (Sheffield) and Tadcaster as well as Scarborough.

The women’s race will be held on Saturday 29 April.

The second edition took place earlier this year with two million roadside spectators and 11.4 million global TV viewers, figures race organisers hope to improve for next year's event.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “In just two years the Tour de Yorkshire has become one of the biggest and best races on the professional cycling calendar. Riders are overwhelmed by the support they receive on the roadside and the racing is among the most exciting you will see all season.

“The third edition will continue that progression and the attention it receives will be greater than ever given that we have just succeeded in bringing the UCI Road World Championships to the county in 2019.

“The world’s best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we’re planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure.

“I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county and all six host towns will put on a brilliant show.”

Figures from Scarborough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire revealed that this year's Tour de Yorkshire race injected £1 million into Scarborough's economy.

More than 30,000 people lined North Bay on May 1 to see veteran Frenchman Thomas Voeckler win the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 after claiming victory in the final stage.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire has done itself proud in building a lasting and hugely-successful legacy on the back of the 2014 Grand Départ. The race is a true success story and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire. We’re looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2017.”

Next year’s Tour will be also see a return of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome spectators at the event.

The full 2017 race route will be unveiled in December 2016 – this announcement will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of the race.