Tour de Yorkshire to start next year

York Press: Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

A NEW cycling event in Yorkshire could be one of the biggest events in the sport.

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.

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

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour, said the people of Yorkshire had set a high standard against which future Grand Departs would be measured.

He said: “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 Depart 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 Depart it was the truth, you have raised the bar for all future hosts of the Tour.”

Mr Verity added: “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.”

The Press asked Mr Verity whether Welcome To Yorkshire would bid again to host the Tour, and he said: “It’s too early to say at this point, but who knows?”

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1:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

This is just the start I am sure. Bring it on.
This is just the start I am sure. Bring it on. MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Q&E Man says...

Let's hope it comes Selby way then hopefully we can have some roads resurfaced and all the pot holes filled ! Now that would be good
Let's hope it comes Selby way then hopefully we can have some roads resurfaced and all the pot holes filled ! Now that would be good Q&E Man
  • Score: 5

1:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bumbleina says...

Who is going to pay for all this????????
Who is going to pay for all this???????? Bumbleina
  • Score: 2

1:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

again says...

Really Yorkshire is the only county in England big enough for the TdF. With a donation from Derbyshire perhaps, and the loan of a bit Lancashire.
Really Yorkshire is the only county in England big enough for the TdF. With a donation from Derbyshire perhaps, and the loan of a bit Lancashire. again
  • Score: 9

3:18pm Tue 8 Jul 14

wildthing666 says...

Bumbleina wrote:
Who is going to pay for all this????????
Council tax payers with a yearly 1.99% increase in the bill year after year. Once they hit 2% they have to have a referendum on the rise.
[quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: Who is going to pay for all this????????[/p][/quote]Council tax payers with a yearly 1.99% increase in the bill year after year. Once they hit 2% they have to have a referendum on the rise. wildthing666
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Paradise is here to stay...........
Paradise is here to stay........... pedalling paul
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Tue 8 Jul 14

anti-rant says...

No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it!
No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it! anti-rant
  • Score: 5

4:13pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sheps lad says...

anti-rant wrote:
No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it!
Yeah but! the Lancastrians don't have to put up with PP's drivel every bl*****y day!
[quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it![/p][/quote]Yeah but! the Lancastrians don't have to put up with PP's drivel every bl*****y day! sheps lad
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

A stage doesn't have to be contained within a county, or even a country. Todays stage went in and out of Belgium for 500m or so, meaning that a stage could start in Cumbria, head through Lancashire, Cheshire and end in Snowdonia.

The golden rule should be - anywhere but London.
A stage doesn't have to be contained within a county, or even a country. Todays stage went in and out of Belgium for 500m or so, meaning that a stage could start in Cumbria, head through Lancashire, Cheshire and end in Snowdonia. The golden rule should be - anywhere but London. MouseHouse
  • Score: 12

5:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Gary Verity, if I could, I would Knight you!! Thank you for showcasing our County, the video from the chopper showing the Dales and into the Vale gave me goosebumps, I had forgot just how beautiful our County is.
Thank you!
Gary Verity, if I could, I would Knight you!! Thank you for showcasing our County, the video from the chopper showing the Dales and into the Vale gave me goosebumps, I had forgot just how beautiful our County is. Thank you! eeoodares
  • Score: 11

5:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

trailblazer says...

It was an excellent few days for Yorkshire, thank you Mr Verity, for your faith in Yorkshire folk to deliver enthusiasm and support for a fantastic event.
It was an excellent few days for Yorkshire, thank you Mr Verity, for your faith in Yorkshire folk to deliver enthusiasm and support for a fantastic event. trailblazer
  • Score: 11

6:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

yorkshirelad says...

Absolutely wonderful and the support across Yorkshire for the Tour really puts the misery comments on Press forums into perspective. Great to see all the fun and positivity. A Tour de Yorkshire would be a fitting legacy indeed.
Absolutely wonderful and the support across Yorkshire for the Tour really puts the misery comments on Press forums into perspective. Great to see all the fun and positivity. A Tour de Yorkshire would be a fitting legacy indeed. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Delighted the event was seen as a success for all involved. Even better the cones were off the A1237 for 48 hours. I'm sure the retailers, pubs hotels and numerous other businesses have benefited etc. and my what fantastic weather to showcase Yorkshire, you couldn't really have asked for more, could you? Fantastic that there is now talk of Yorkshire hosting its own event (probably have to go to Scotland and Wales too if you apply the TDF logic). Soooooo, all's well and good and everybody's giving each other a hearty slap on the back. GV will get Knighted, and hopefully JA will get crowned.
All we have to do now is work out what it has cost COY to bring the event here, and they need to be open an honest about this, so that we can start to cost out what hosting future events will be. Clearly there is an appetite for this (especially on good sunny days), but GV and co need to accept that the TDF might be a bit of a one off and we will have wet and windy days. If the appetite is there and it's affordable crack on. but please tell us what it is costing us, and how the council will get its investment back. Not seen any real figures for this anywhere yet.
Delighted the event was seen as a success for all involved. Even better the cones were off the A1237 for 48 hours. I'm sure the retailers, pubs hotels and numerous other businesses have benefited etc. and my what fantastic weather to showcase Yorkshire, you couldn't really have asked for more, could you? Fantastic that there is now talk of Yorkshire hosting its own event (probably have to go to Scotland and Wales too if you apply the TDF logic). Soooooo, all's well and good and everybody's giving each other a hearty slap on the back. GV will get Knighted, and hopefully JA will get crowned. All we have to do now is work out what it has cost COY to bring the event here, and they need to be open an honest about this, so that we can start to cost out what hosting future events will be. Clearly there is an appetite for this (especially on good sunny days), but GV and co need to accept that the TDF might be a bit of a one off and we will have wet and windy days. If the appetite is there and it's affordable crack on. but please tell us what it is costing us, and how the council will get its investment back. Not seen any real figures for this anywhere yet. nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 13

7:36pm Tue 8 Jul 14

anti-rant says...

sheps lad wrote:
anti-rant wrote:
No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it!
Yeah but! the Lancastrians don't have to put up with PP's drivel every bl*****y day!
I do like PP but this was hilarious.
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: No brainer. Yorkshire has always been the heart of English cycling - even the Lancastrians admit it![/p][/quote]Yeah but! the Lancastrians don't have to put up with PP's drivel every bl*****y day![/p][/quote]I do like PP but this was hilarious. anti-rant
  • Score: -5

7:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Full Teacake : sadly the country has been in a long recession largely due to people spending money they haven't got, coupled with pi** poor planning and by not thinking ahead enough. Is it really unreasonable to want to know what something is going to cost us and how we might recoup any outlay?
Given the cuts we have seen with JA in charge, how can they fund something along these lines without cutting back elsewhere? Unless of course you know of a way COY can directly benefit that hasn't been shared with the wider public. Assuming there isn't for now, what services would you be prepared to see go to fund another big race?
Full Teacake : sadly the country has been in a long recession largely due to people spending money they haven't got, coupled with pi** poor planning and by not thinking ahead enough. Is it really unreasonable to want to know what something is going to cost us and how we might recoup any outlay? Given the cuts we have seen with JA in charge, how can they fund something along these lines without cutting back elsewhere? Unless of course you know of a way COY can directly benefit that hasn't been shared with the wider public. Assuming there isn't for now, what services would you be prepared to see go to fund another big race? nottoooldtocare
  • Score: 4

8:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

yorkshirelad says...

Both the council and the NHS are spending vast sums already on the social and health costs of inactivity and obesity. Anything likely to help the fight against these and all their consequences (heart disease, strokes, arthritis etc etc) just has to be a good thing. It has inspired thousands and is now a sport the UK is good at.... how do you quantify that? It was inspirational and nothing I've seen has been a greater antidote to some of the misery and negativity on the Press forums...all the whingers and naysayers seem pretty irrelevant to me now.
Both the council and the NHS are spending vast sums already on the social and health costs of inactivity and obesity. Anything likely to help the fight against these and all their consequences (heart disease, strokes, arthritis etc etc) just has to be a good thing. It has inspired thousands and is now a sport the UK is good at.... how do you quantify that? It was inspirational and nothing I've seen has been a greater antidote to some of the misery and negativity on the Press forums...all the whingers and naysayers seem pretty irrelevant to me now. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 5

3:13am Thu 10 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

MouseHouse wrote:
A stage doesn't have to be contained within a county, or even a country. Todays stage went in and out of Belgium for 500m or so, meaning that a stage could start in Cumbria, head through Lancashire, Cheshire and end in Snowdonia.

The golden rule should be - anywhere but London.
I'd like to see a stage start in Blackpool, go via Manchester, Huddersfield (over Saddleworth or Holme Moss to get there), Halifax, Leeds and ending in York; stage 2 could then start in York, go via Castle Howard to Slingsby (that road by Castle Howard is fun with the narrow arches and hills), then around the bottom of the White Horse before going up Sutton Bank and over the Moors to Whitby, then going down the coast to finish either in Hull or the Humber Bridge....
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: A stage doesn't have to be contained within a county, or even a country. Todays stage went in and out of Belgium for 500m or so, meaning that a stage could start in Cumbria, head through Lancashire, Cheshire and end in Snowdonia. The golden rule should be - anywhere but London.[/p][/quote]I'd like to see a stage start in Blackpool, go via Manchester, Huddersfield (over Saddleworth or Holme Moss to get there), Halifax, Leeds and ending in York; stage 2 could then start in York, go via Castle Howard to Slingsby (that road by Castle Howard is fun with the narrow arches and hills), then around the bottom of the White Horse before going up Sutton Bank and over the Moors to Whitby, then going down the coast to finish either in Hull or the Humber Bridge.... Magicman!
  • Score: 1
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