Tour finale heads into town

ACtion from the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire
ACtion from the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire

Scarborough will take centre stage when the Tour de Yorkshire returns in 2016 - with the final stage of the race set for a grandstand finish in the town.

The inaugural Tour visited Scarborough earlier this year and huge crowds gathered to watch Stage One draw to a close.

Next year’s event will reach its conclusion in Scarborough, much to the delight of Matt Hewison, Scarborough & District Sports Council’s sport development officer.

Hewison said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news that the Tour de Yorkshire is again coming to our borough, with the additional element of Scarborough hosting the finish on the last stage.

“It is also great to see that the route takes in so much of the area again with the communities of the Esk Valley, Whitby and Scarborough getting the opportunity to see some quality cycling action.

“The momentum that local cycling gained as a result of the event last year will hopefully also continue and clubs like Scarborough Paragon, Whitby Wheelers, Richardsons Cycle Club and the Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling initiative seeing huge benefits from the Tour.”

Welcome to Yorkshire chief Gary Verity added: “For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.

“Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world, not many races can say that.”