World cycle race to take coastal route?

A new world wide cycle race could be coming to the Yorkshire Coast next year.

It is being billed as the Tour de Yorkshire and follows on from the huge success of the Tour de France which was staged in the county this summer.

Several thousands of people lined the county’s roads to cheer on the world’s best cyclists and since then tourism chiefs have been working on a project that would build on that success.

It is being run by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (which operates the Tour de France).

The  2.1 Europe Tour world-class cycle race will take place across Yorkshire between May 1 and May 3 – with plans to potentially include parts of the county that the momentous Yorkshire Grand Départ didn’t visit - such as the Yorkshire Coast.

  Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said he wasn’t in a position to confirm anything but added he had put the case forward for the Yorkshire Coast.

He added: “This new official international cycle race heralds the start of a world-class event for Yorkshire that we want to see grow over the coming years to become known the world over.

“We already have a huge amount of interest thanks to the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which captured the imagination of millions of people globally – and the Tour de Yorkshire will be a fitting legacy.

“We’re confident that come May, we’ll deliver something very special.”

The format will see three full stages take place over the three days, and there is also an intention to have a women’s race and a mass participation sportive as part of the event.

More race information is set to be announced later this year with full routes expected to be unveiled in early 2015.

The three day race, which will have a women’s race on the second day will be televised world-wide.

It is set to further highlight what Yorkshire has to offer and boost tourism.