Tour de Yorkshire generates £50 million for region

Published: Monday 16th November 2015 by KCFM

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The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire generated £50million for the local economy and attracted more than 1.5 million spectators, it has been revealed.

The race, which took place between May 1 and 3, began in Bridlington and also featured Beverley, Market Weighton, North Newbald, Cherry Burton, Wetwang and North Grimston along a gruelling 320-mile course.

Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, hailed the race as a huge success.

He said: “These are tremendous figures for the first edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“To generate £50 million on race weekend and attract many visitors to the county just demonstrates how popular cycle racing in Yorkshire has become and how valuable hosting the races is to our regional economy.

“Preparations for next year’s race are coming on well and we can’t wait to announce the full route on 9th December.

“The race will be a fantastic event for spectators and will be one that the best riders in the world want to compete in.”

The 2016 race will take place between April 29 and May 1 – with Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle vying to host either the opening or final stages.

KCFM

Published: Monday 16th November 2015 by KCFM

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