Could Yorkshire host the Grand Depart again?

The riders prepare to set off from York Racecourse

The riders prepare to set off from York Racecourse

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A NEW cycling event in Yorkshire could become one of the biggest events in the sport, it has been said.

Following the success of Yorkshire hosting the Grand Depart, with millions of spectators turning out to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France across the county, tourism chiefs have announced a new annual cycling event for the county - and not ruled out staging the Grand Depart of the Tour de France again.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "When we first bid for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, I promised Christian Prudhomme that we would deliver the grandest Grand Départ the Tour has ever seen. It gives me immense pride to say that we made good on that promise."

Asked whether Welcome To Yorkshire would bid to host the Tour again in future, Mr Verity said: "It's too early to say at this point, but who knows?"

Mr Verity said: "We have done a deal with ASO to get the Tour de Yorkshire, which will be one of the biggest cycle races in the sporting calendar and will start next year, to run for who knows how long. All the top riders will compete. It won't be as big to start off with, but the plan is for it to be as big as possible."

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour, today said the Yorkshire Grand Depart had been "beyond our wildest dreams" and hinted at a possible return.

He said earlier: "I work for the Tour, but I also love the Tour, and I have seen that the people of Yorkshire love the Tour too. I can see the Tour in their hearts, and in their eyes. For that, I say thank you to Welcome to Yorkshire, and to everyone in Yorkshire who has made this Grand Départ so very, very special.

"What you did was good for Yorkshire, for sure, but what you did was also good for the Tour. When you said you would deliver the grandest Grand Départ it was the truth, you have raised the bar for all future hosts of the Tour."

 

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8:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

It's not if, but when.

When the Depart was first awarded I knew it would be huge. I said it'd outstrip every event in York in decades, and I was right.

I said Sunday could be an historic day in York - and it was. The Grand Depart has changed perceptions of York and Yorkshire. with momentum we can change the tourist profile from coaches of folk going to Bettys and looking at the City walls, to a more vibrant cycling visitor.

As for Le Tour, the 2.5m spectators have got the sponsors licking their lips for more, they'll be back, attracted not only to the roads and scenery but for the colossal crowds. Le Tour has hardly scratched the surface of the UK - we have plenty more to offer. Le Tour will be back within sic years and will hold a stage in Yorkshire. Be in no doubt.

The other point about this is for the London government. Manchester held the Commonwealth games, we've held Le Tour. My message to London is "you don't have to host everything."
It's not if, but when. When the Depart was first awarded I knew it would be huge. I said it'd outstrip every event in York in decades, and I was right. I said Sunday could be an historic day in York - and it was. The Grand Depart has changed perceptions of York and Yorkshire. with momentum we can change the tourist profile from coaches of folk going to Bettys and looking at the City walls, to a more vibrant cycling visitor. As for Le Tour, the 2.5m spectators have got the sponsors licking their lips for more, they'll be back, attracted not only to the roads and scenery but for the colossal crowds. Le Tour has hardly scratched the surface of the UK - we have plenty more to offer. Le Tour will be back within sic years and will hold a stage in Yorkshire. Be in no doubt. The other point about this is for the London government. Manchester held the Commonwealth games, we've held Le Tour. My message to London is "you don't have to host everything." MouseHouse
  • Score: 21

8:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

To you naysayers, you doom laden miseries and ye of such little faith in the ability of Le Tour to make history I say read this article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lee
ds-28196282
To you naysayers, you doom laden miseries and ye of such little faith in the ability of Le Tour to make history I say read this article. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lee ds-28196282 MouseHouse
  • Score: 6

9:19am Tue 8 Jul 14

spragger says...

Was there ever any doubt
All that Yorkshire lacks is decent infrastructure
All we need is a fraction of that spent on London & the SE
It should be a rule that ALL future major sporting events are held outside of London

That is if the establishment wishes to create fairness and really rebalance the economy
Was there ever any doubt All that Yorkshire lacks is decent infrastructure All we need is a fraction of that spent on London & the SE It should be a rule that ALL future major sporting events are held outside of London That is if the establishment wishes to create fairness and really rebalance the economy spragger
  • Score: 5

10:50am Tue 8 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

spragger wrote:
Was there ever any doubt
All that Yorkshire lacks is decent infrastructure
All we need is a fraction of that spent on London & the SE
It should be a rule that ALL future major sporting events are held outside of London

That is if the establishment wishes to create fairness and really rebalance the economy
They're not. I bet they were horrified when we got the Grand Depart. Right now their noses are well and truly out of out of place.
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: Was there ever any doubt All that Yorkshire lacks is decent infrastructure All we need is a fraction of that spent on London & the SE It should be a rule that ALL future major sporting events are held outside of London That is if the establishment wishes to create fairness and really rebalance the economy[/p][/quote]They're not. I bet they were horrified when we got the Grand Depart. Right now their noses are well and truly out of out of place. MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Zimmerman says...

How about getting the Mountain Bike World Cup or World Championships back to Dalby Forest to keep the momentum going. It too made for a great cycling weekend!
How about getting the Mountain Bike World Cup or World Championships back to Dalby Forest to keep the momentum going. It too made for a great cycling weekend! Zimmerman
  • Score: 6
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