Scarborough awaits Grand Départ decision

Action from the Scarborough Cycling Festival Mens Elite cycling race at Olivers Mount Picture Richard Ponter 122871d

Action from the Scarborough Cycling Festival Mens Elite cycling race at Olivers Mount Picture Richard Ponter 122871d

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The Tour de France would be massive for Scarborough’s business and sporting future according to cycling enthusiast Debbie Richardson.

Debbie, who owns Richardsons Cycling Shop in Scarborough and is chairperson of Richardsons Cycling Club, believes the Tour would be even bigger than people’s expectations should it come to the town on July 5-6 2014 for a sprint stage, as expected.

Richardson said: “This is a massive event. Not just in terms of Scarborough and Yorkshire, but right across the UK and the world.

“If the Tour de France does come to Scarborough then it will be a carnival atmosphere and something that will stay with the town for a number of years.

“We saw a buzz across the country after the Olympic Games and that will be the same in Scarborough after this event.

“It will be huge for businesses and tourism because so many people will come here before, during and after.

“It may cause a few of the roads to close at the time if we do get it, but the fact that the Tour de France will put Scarborough on the map more than makes up for any inconvenience.”

Mike Hawtin, who recently took up the role of Cycling Development Officer with CTC - The National Cycling Charity said: “With over two billion people expected to watch Le Tour live on television it will be a wonderful advert for Yorkshire and hopefully it will prompt many people who haven’t sampled the delights of our region to book a holiday here and enjoy a bike ride during their stay.

“One thing is certain. Yorkshire will receive a massive Olympic style boost from the event which will help raise the profile of cycling in the county for years to come and it will hopefully inspire many more people to enjoy getting around on two wheels.”