Tour de France organisers to assess Yorkshire's bid

ORGANISERS of the Tour de France cycle race are to visit Yorkshire in May to begin deciding whether it will host the start of the 2016 event.

Tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire will welcome dignitaries from the the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), to present the region’s credentials. As reported in The Press last summer, Yorkshire is bidding to host the Grand Depart in 2016, the first stage of the race.

Over two days in mid-May the team will be shown the proposed route, view some of the hotels and facilities the Tour would need and be guests of honour at a welcoming dinner.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is big news for Yorkshire. We look forward to showing ASO that Yorkshire is passionate about hosting the race and giving them the best overseas leg in Tour de France history.

“If we get this right as a county, with everyone working together pooling resources and expertise, this will be Yorkshire’s Commonwealth Games moment. It would have a similar impact on the county as the Games did in Manchester, showcasing Yorkshire to the world and putting it on the map as a dynamic place to visit, live and do business.”

Welcome to Yorkshire is compiling a technical team to be part of the bid party, and Yorkshire’s bid has already been backed by Tour de France star Mark Cavendish, whose family lives in Harrogate, as well as Olympic triathlon hopefuls Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

Alistair said: “As proud Yorkshiremen we are delighted to back the bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire. We spend a lot of time training in our home county and know what a beautiful, challenging and inspiring landscape it is to compete in and we are sure the peloton would find it no different.”

If Yorkshire does win the right to host the Grand Depart, cyclists will start the race in Leeds city centre, then head to the Yorkshire Dales via Harrogate, then on to York, the North York Moors, Scarborough, Hull and then Sheffield.

The racing would be spread over two days and Leeds would also hosting a festival of music and entertainment in the city centre.

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10:17pm Fri 3 Feb 12

martinb says...

Great news! And much more relevant to us than the appalling London Olympics for which we will see absolutely no local benefit but end up paying for.
Great news! And much more relevant to us than the appalling London Olympics for which we will see absolutely no local benefit but end up paying for. martinb
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8:29am Sat 4 Feb 12

yorkandproud says...

Appalling London Olympics. What are you talking about. It will be the finest sporting spectacle ever seen in England. The olympics are mainly to be held in London, so why would Yorkshire benefit ? It's like saying, York get's no benefit from the Edimburgh Festival. Rubbish mate!
Appalling London Olympics. What are you talking about. It will be the finest sporting spectacle ever seen in England. The olympics are mainly to be held in London, so why would Yorkshire benefit ? It's like saying, York get's no benefit from the Edimburgh Festival. Rubbish mate! yorkandproud
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9:07am Sat 4 Feb 12

Caecilius says...

yorkandproud wrote:
Appalling London Olympics. What are you talking about. It will be the finest sporting spectacle ever seen in England. The olympics are mainly to be held in London, so why would Yorkshire benefit ? It's like saying, York get's no benefit from the Edimburgh Festival. Rubbish mate!
Let the people who care about "sporting spectacle" pay for it, then. The Edinburgh Festival doesn't (a) get incessantly touted by government propagandists as a national event or (b) cost UK taxpayers £41 million just for the opening and closing ceremony (complete with dancing nurses - how very Soviet). Unlike the Olympics - and the £41M is a public baleout of the "privately funded" management company that was supposed to meet the cost itself. And the Edinburgh Festival as a whole certainly isn't underwritten by taxpayers to the tune of £9.3 billion. That's a lot of money to facilitate some running and jumping, and the beach volleyball off Whitehall. Martinb is dead right: there's nothing in this farce for us. I'ld far rather the £9.3 bn was spent on something that actually matters.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: Appalling London Olympics. What are you talking about. It will be the finest sporting spectacle ever seen in England. The olympics are mainly to be held in London, so why would Yorkshire benefit ? It's like saying, York get's no benefit from the Edimburgh Festival. Rubbish mate![/p][/quote]Let the people who care about "sporting spectacle" pay for it, then. The Edinburgh Festival doesn't (a) get incessantly touted by government propagandists as a national event or (b) cost UK taxpayers £41 million just for the opening and closing ceremony (complete with dancing nurses - how very Soviet). Unlike the Olympics - and the £41M is a public baleout of the "privately funded" management company that was supposed to meet the cost itself. And the Edinburgh Festival as a whole certainly isn't underwritten by taxpayers to the tune of £9.3 billion. That's a lot of money to facilitate some running and jumping, and the beach volleyball off Whitehall. Martinb is dead right: there's nothing in this farce for us. I'ld far rather the £9.3 bn was spent on something that actually matters. Caecilius
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4:31pm Sat 4 Feb 12

pedalling paul says...

We managed to host the end of stage 1 of the Tour of Britain a few years ago which brought York a good deal of media exposure, even though the Finish was a suburban one on the old Malton Road.
Hopefully the ToF will bring more "Eternal Law" style publicity of the historic city centre.
We managed to host the end of stage 1 of the Tour of Britain a few years ago which brought York a good deal of media exposure, even though the Finish was a suburban one on the old Malton Road. Hopefully the ToF will bring more "Eternal Law" style publicity of the historic city centre. pedalling paul
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12:10am Sun 5 Feb 12

Omega Point says...

Like other means of transport, do bicycles go faster in France?
Like other means of transport, do bicycles go faster in France? Omega Point
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4:22pm Sun 5 Feb 12

C3PO=PCSO says...

Vive le Tour !

This would be a great event and would bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors....(event plus follow up visits.)
European cyclists love trying Le Tour stages and this would bring revenue. Really hope it comes off....
Vive le Tour ! This would be a great event and would bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors....(event plus follow up visits.) European cyclists love trying Le Tour stages and this would bring revenue. Really hope it comes off.... C3PO=PCSO
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