Bid gathers pace for Tour de France

Tour de France
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SCARBOROUGH is a step closer in its bid to host the Tour de France as race executives visit the region.

The sun was shining as Yorkshire’s tourism bosses gave a tour of the county to senior executives this week.

As well as key meetings in Leeds the visitors were treated to a helicopter tour to see all that the region has to offer.

Welcome to Yorkshire is bidding to host the Grand Depart, the opening stage of the race, in 2016.

It is anticipated the proposed route would start in Leeds city centre before taking in the Dales and the North York Moors along with Scarborough.

If the bid is successful, Scarborough landmarks would be on show to a worldwide television audience of millions and it is expected that thousands of visitors would flock to the town for the event.

The tourism board’s chief executive Gary Verity, said: “They enjoyed their time in the county and saw many of the great assets it has to offer, including its biggest asset, the Yorkshire people.

“The great county has looked splendid, the sun has shone and we have given them a real taste of the landscape, landmarks and passion they can expect to be behind our bid.”

Yorkshire faces competition to host the opening stage of the race with a joint bid unveiled earlier this month by Event Scotland, British Cycling and UK Sport.

The proposed Yorkshire route would start in Leeds before taking in the Dales and the North York Moors along with key locations including Scarborough, York, Hull and Sheffield.

Top cyclists Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift have both already lent their support.

Yorkshire’s tourism leaders now want to get as many people as possible to support the Back Le Bid campaign.

Mr Verity said: “We now want to get as many people as possible to back the bid and bring the world’s biggest annual sporting event to Yorkshire.”

You can help the bid by visiting www.yorkshire.com/backlebid