COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS CRISIS 2020

Owing to the crisis caused by the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic cycling events in many parts of the world have been cancelled or deferred.  This included the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire, which had been scheduled to take place over the weekend of 30th April – 3rd May 2020.

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia 17th May 2020.]

International cycling action returns to Yorkshire

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September 2019 saw the return of international cycling to Yorkshire with the county hosting the UCI Road World Championships.

Preceded by the Yorkshire 2019 International Para-Cycling International race from Beverley to Harrogate on 21st September 2019 the week of 22nd – 29th September 2019 saw UCI time trials and races taking place in Yorkshire, with much of the action taking place in and around the pleasant spa town of Harrogate.

Unfortunately many of the events were marred by heavy rain, though the Women’s Elite Cycle Race enjoyed a sunny start in Bradford on Saturday 28th September 2019 (pictured above).  The men’s event which started out in Leeds the following day was not so lucky, however, and torrential rain meant that the route through the Yorkshire Dales had to be shortened for safety reasons, and not all of the riders were able to continue the course to reach the finishing point in Harrogate.

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia 26th September 2019.]

Fifth Tour de Yorkshire hailed a success

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Despite ongoing controversies relating to the funding of event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire in the light of a recently alleged expenses scandal and a new team sponsorship arrangement with Ineo (a company which is involved with fracking in Yorkshire) the fifth Tour de Yorkshire ran generally smoothly and has been hailed a resounding success.

Taking place over the bank holiday weekend on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th May 2019 the four day event saw world class cycling competition return to the roads of South Yorkshire, the Vale of York, the Yorkshire Dales, the Yorkshire Coast and of course Bronte Country too.

Stage One of the men’s race was won by Jasper Asselman, Stage Two by Rick Zabel, Stage Three by Alexander Kamp, and Stage Four by Greg van Avermet, with Chris Lawless being crowned overall winner of the four day event.

Stage One of the women’s race was won by Lorena Wiebes, and Stage Two by Marianne Vos, with Marianne Vos being crowned overall winner of the two day event.

For more information please visit the Cycling News website at http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/mens-tour-de-yorkshire-2019/

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia 6th May 2019.]

 

 

Four days of international cycling action at the Fourth Tour de Yorkshire

Thursday 3rd May 2018 saw international competition cycling again taking place on the roads of Yorkshire with the return of the Tour de Yorkshire – now in its fourth year and extended to a four day event for the first time since its inauguration.

Stage One of the event started at Beverley in the Yorkshire Wolds and finished at Doncaster in South Yorkshire.    Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands won the women’s race, while the men’s race was won by Harry Tanfield – who comes from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire.

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Stage Two took place on Friday 4th May 2018 beginning in Barnsley and ending in glorious weather up at the Cow and Calf above Ilkley (pictured) – the first time that any of the stages have ended with a hill climb and a summit finish.  Denmark’s Magnus Cort Nielsen won the men’s race, while the American rider Meghan Gaurnier won the women’s race on what was reported to be her birthday!

Stage Three on Saturday 5th May 2018 started out from Richmond in Swaledale and headed out across the (mainly flat) Vale of Mowbray and then the first major climb of the day with the gruelling ascent of Sutton Bank up on to hills of the North York Moors and on to the Yorkshire Coast to end the day in Scarborough with Germany’s Max Walscheid as the stage’s winner.

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Stage Four on Sunday 6th May 2018 started at the recently refurbished Piece Hall in Halifax before heading up to Hebden Bridge and Haworth (pictured above), then on up to Skipton and in to the Yorkshire Dales on an epic journey which took in a series of brutal hill climbs including the very steep Park Rash above Kettlewell.  The day’s race finished in Leeds with Stephane Rossetto of France winning the stage and Greg van Avermaet of Belgium being declared the overall winner of the four day men’s event.

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia 3rd-6th May 2018.]

Route details of Tour de Yorkshire 2018 announced

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Route details for the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire in 2018 have now been announced.

On the morning of 5th December 2017 local community leaders, tourism operators and representatives of the media gathered at the Piece Hall in Halifax for a glitzy press conference (pictured above) at which details of the 2018 race were presented by the event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation.

For the first time the event will take place over four days over 3rd-6th May 2018, with the men’s race being extended from three to four days and the women’s race extended from one day to two.

Stage One starts out from Beverley and finishes in Doncaster, taking in Hornsea Mere and the Yorkshire Wolds along the way.

Stage Two starts from Barnsley and finishes in Ilkley, taking in Wentworth House, Conisborough, Pontefract, Castleford, Harewood, Pool and Otley before heading in to Ilkley and the event’s first ever summit finish at the Cow and Calf rocks on the edge of Ilkley Moor.

Stage Three starts from Richmond and finishes in Scarborough, passing through the Vale of Mowbray and over the North York Moors along the way.  A particular challenge will be the gruelling ascent of Sutton Bank (a “Category One” climb which featured in the 2016 race).

Stage Four starts from the Piece Hall in Halifax and ends in Leeds, taking in the sights of Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales along the way.

Sponsored by Asda, the women’s race will follow Stages One and Two of the men’s race routes and will take place.

As in previous years there will be the Maserati “Ride Sportif” – where members of the public will have the opportunity to “ride the route” in aid of local charities before the end of the festivities.

The official charity for the 2018 event is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who have of course provided valuable support for the Tour de Yorkshire in the past as well as the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014.

[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia – 5th December 2017.]

Tour de Yorkshire extends to four days

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The Yorkshire region has received a huge boost with the news that the Tour de Yorkshire will grow from three to four days in 2018.

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and A.S.O. had been seeking to extend the race after its phenomenal success over the last three years, and cycling’s world governing body the UCI confirmed the decision on Thursday with the four-day Tour de Yorkshire being included on their 2018 Europe Tour calendar between Thursday 3rd and Sunday 6th May.

The news will bring far-reaching benefits to the county and further enhance the Yorkshire region’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination. The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 following the hugely successful Tour de France Grand Départ 12 months previously, and it has since grown to become one of the sport’s best-supported and most exciting races.

This year’s event was broadcast live in 180 countries and a record 2.2 million fans lined the route. The race also generated £64 million for the Yorkshire region economy and the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire remains one of the most lucrative events in the sport.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve. We are grateful to British Cycling for supporting our application, and to the UCI for granting us this extension.

“Seeing the Tour de Yorkshire grow into what it is today is one of my team’s very proudest achievements and none of this would have been possible if the people of Yorkshire – and Great Britain – hadn’t taken the race to their hearts.

“This decision will help us attract even bigger names in the future and allow us to design a more varied and spectacular route.

“Our race is growing in stature all the time and the next two editions will hold even greater prestige given that Yorkshire is also hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.

“Cycling is booming across the county and today marks an exciting new chapter for our race.”

Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and the way the race has grown over the last four years has been incredible.

“The size and passion of the crowds has not just impressed me, but the cyclists too. They are always blown away by the reception they receive and are already looking forward to coming back in 2018.

“Extending the race to four days will allow us to visit more parts of the county and put on an even greater show.”

British Cycling Chief Executive Julie Harrington said: “We welcome the decision by the UCI to endorse the increase in duration of both the men’s and women’s races at the Tour de Yorkshire as a sign of the fantastic work done by Welcome to Yorkshire in collaboration with British Cycling in building an event which inspires people across Britain to get active by getting on their bikes.

“We look forward to working with the Tour de Yorkshire team to finalise arrangements.”

[News item based on press release provided by Welcome to Yorkshire, posted 21st September 2017.  Photograph copyright Bronte Country.]