Tour legacy race expected to come to Scarborough

Scarborough is set to benefit from international cycling event, scheduled to start in 2015
Scarborough is set to benefit from international cycling event, scheduled to start in 2015
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Scarborough is expected to benefit from a three-day international cycle race from 2015, one year after Yorkshire host the Tour de France’s Grand Depart.

The Tour’s organisers - ASO, Welcome to Yorkshire and British Cycling, will stage the international race in May for at least the next three years.

Welcome to Yorkshire CEO Gary Verity said: “This new race will rank as a major new addition to the global cycling calendar.

“It will be three days of cycling right the way across the county.”

The race is expected to include a stage through the North York Moors to Scarborough, and will start with a split stage - a time trial and short road stage.

British Cycling director of cycle sport Jonny Clay said: “This is good news for cycling fans across the country but particularly in Yorkshire, where interest in the sport has rocketed thanks to the Grand Depart.

“Principal among our criteria for approval is the long-term viability of an event - we want races which will return to inspire people year after year - and how effective it will be in getting more people and investment into grassroots cycling.”

More to follow in next week’s Scarborough News.