The eight host locations for 2019 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O).
The stages for the fifth edition will begin or end in:
The Tour de Yorkshire will take place between 2-5 May and the 2019 edition has been upgraded to HC status by cycling’s world governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the highest category possible for a multi-day race outside of the UCI WorldTour.
The race route will also include the circuit in Harrogate which will be used in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Simon Cotton is the Group Managing Director for the HRH Group that includes the Yorkshire Hotel, Fat Badger and White Hart Hotel in Harrogate.
Simon Cotton said:
Just heard the Tour de Yorkshire announcement and the amazing news that they’re going to include the circuit of Harrogate town centre that they’ll be using for UCI next September, this is fantastic news for Harrogate.
It yet again shows we can put on and host big sporting events; but the key thing for businesses is the footfall this will being in to the town centre as the race will not just be whizzing through but be here for a good half hour or more with the public therefore being encouraged to be in town much longer.
This is brilliant news for Harrogate !
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
It’s always exciting to unveil the host towns for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re thrilled that Bedale will be making its debut as the town gave the riders an amazing reception when they passed through earlier this year, and I’m sure Redcar will also excel in 2020. The other locations have already proven themselves as more than worthy recipients and we cannot wait to return.
The full route will be announced on Friday 7 December but we felt it was important to confirm the inclusion of the Harrogate circuit as the sport’s best riders are already planning their trips to the 2019 UCI Road World Championships and the Tour de Yorkshire will be the only chance they get to sample that circuit under race conditions before then.
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said:
The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just four years it has grown to become one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show in 2019.