East Riding of Yorkshire Council has welcomed today’s announcement by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) that the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will include Bridlington as a host town.
The town famously hosted the start of the inaugural race in 2015, when a crowd of around 25,000 gathered outside The Spa Bridlington to cheer on some of the cycling world’s biggest names.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has guaranteed its involvement in the Tour de Yorkshire for the next three years after signing a commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire in the summer.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The return of the Tour de Yorkshire to Bridlington is exciting news for the town and indeed for the East Riding as a whole.
“Memories of the large crowds outside The Spa Bridlington and lining the route up to Sewerby Hall and Gardens helped to firmly establish the Tour de Yorkshire on the cycling calendar and I am sure that our residents will once again rise to the occasion in 2017.
“The council is proud to have supported the first two races and our commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire has secured our involvement long-term, helping to promote more cycling across the East Riding, and achieve our aim of growing tourism and increasing visitor spend in the East Riding to boost the local economy.”
Details of the full race route are expected to be announced in December.