Where will the tour go?

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School children from George Pindar School took to the beach in Scarborough yesterday to celebrate the town achieving host town status for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire and to encourage members of the public to start guessing whether Scarborough will host a start or a finish during the three day cycle race.

The students were joined by representatives from North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Council who will work in partnership with race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation to deliver one of the key parts of the race on the Yorkshire coast during the weekend of 29 April to 1 May 2016.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Culture said: “Last week’s announcement about the host towns created a huge amount of excitement and we are delighted that Scarborough and the Yorkshire coast will get a second chance to showcase this spectacular sporting event.

“We want to keep that enthusiasm well and truly alive in the weeks and months running up to the race and one of the ways we can do that is to encourage members of the public to start guessing which towns will host a start, which towns will host a finish and also have a stab at the routes in between.

“While it’s just a bit of fun, our aim is to get people talking about the race with their family and friends before the route is announced in December.”

Anyone wanting to guess where the starts and finishes will be and the race route can tweet their ideas to @letouryorkshire #TdY or join in the conversation at facebook.com/letouryorkshire

One and a half million people lined the route of the first Tour de Yorkshire earlier this year.

It attracted top international cycling teams and was broadcast to more than 150 countries around the world, attracting more than six million global television viewers.