Bridlington to launch new cycling race


Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire is a key beneficiary of a fresh £800,000 funding package for UK cycling, the Government has announced.

This will include a new spring international cycling race which will start in Bridlington.

The three-part Tour de Yorkshire race will see cyclists race from there to Scarborough in section one on Friday, May 1.

The remaining parts will be contested between Selby and York and Wakefield and Leeds on the weekend of May 2-3.

Ministers want the two-year funding to build on the legacy of last year’s Tour de France race, which started within Yorkshire’s boundaries.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that £300,000 of the pot will be spent on promoting Yorkshire abroad before the race. A further £500,000 will be spent on new as-yet unnamed county routes and other cycling facilities.

British Cycling, which is managing the fund, hopes to win match funding across cycling clubs, partner groups and local authorities.

The Tour de France’s opening stages brought a reported total of around £100 million into the Yorkshire economy last July. This prompted officials to stage a global cycling event in the county this year.

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Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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