Tour for 2016... will it return to Whitby coast?

The Tour de Yorkshire peloton makes its way over Whitby's iconic swing bridge
The Tour de Yorkshire peloton makes its way over Whitby's iconic swing bridge

Following the success of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, the event’s organisers are looking to plan a new route for next year’s race.

Stage One of the Tour passed through the Esk Valley, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay earlier this month, and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire are now meeting with local authorities who have expressed an interest in holding a start or finish of the race.

It is believed that the event returning to the local area is still a possibility, with organisers thought to be keen to include a coastal stage in the route

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s ability to host a world class sporting event is now proven; with our partners ASO and the local authorities we have created a fantastic event which we are confident will grow year on year to become one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

“We are now seeking expressions of interest for new start and finish towns and sponsors to help deliver the Tour de Yorkshire 2016”.

The Tour was a huge marketing opportunity for the county with live coverage on ITV4, British Eurosport and 177 countries around the world. The race website had over 4million page views in the month running up to the first stage on May 1, with nearly 2 million on race days, and a Twitter reach of 55million.

Dates for the race will be confirmed in Autumn 2015 and the event’s organisers have already confirmed that they will apply for the same weekend of racing, the first weekend of May, for the 2016 edition.