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Welcome2Yorkshire plan for three-day WorldTour race in 2015

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
November 8, 2013, 15:53,
Updated:
November 22, 2013, 15:28
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, November 9, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, right, with chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity following a press conference in Leeds, England to announce the routes for the opening stages of the 2014 Tour De France.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, right, with chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity following a press conference in Leeds,...

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Officials in talks with ASO about future races

Welcome2Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity has confirmed that he is in negotiations with Tour de France organisers ASO in a bid to bring a three-day race to Yorkshire in 2015.

The English county will play host to the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in 2014 but Verity, who is keen to build on the legacy of the event, has aspirations of a Yorkshire based three-day race similar to the Criterium International, an ASO event that takes place in the spring of each year.

“We don’t want to do it in the autumn or winter time. We’d want to do it at a time when Yorkshire is at its best,” Verity told Cyclingnews.

“We’ve said all the way along that we’re keen for Yorkshire to become the cycling capital of Europe and wrestle that away from the Belgians. Clearly having the Tour de France is not going to do that on its own so there needs to be a whole series of things. We’ve had some really good discussions with ASO about bringing other races to Yorkshire.”

“It would be great if we could do a three-day race, similar to the Criterium International. Something like that would fit really well in Yorkshire. We know that we’ve got all kinds of stages we could put on and if we could do that on a regular basis, it would be a genuine legacy of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.”

The 2014 Tour de France will kick off on July 5 with a 191km stage from Leeds to Harrogate. Stage 2 will travel from York to Sheffield before a third stage from Cambridge to London.

“From out point of view, the legacy has kicked in already because we’ve seen this huge explosion of cycling, particularly around the routes but right the way through Yorkshire as people have become enthused with the Grand Depart.”

 

orbeas More than 1 year ago
And who is going to pay for all this cycling in Yorkshire ??? the local councils are already complaining about the cost of the Tour start, around £14million and rising???
powerste More than 1 year ago
"We’ve said all the way along that we’re keen for Yorkshire to become the cycling capital of Europe and wrestle that away from the Belgians" I consider myself an optimist and applaud optimism and big dreams wherever they are to be found. Having said that, there is an ocean of difference between being optimistic and being delusional.
Farcanal More than 1 year ago
Sure it's delusional. Yorkshire will never replace any classics, that's a given, but it could grow a new one. I know where I'd rather ride a bike. Yorkshire is not quite the size of Belgium (but not so far off!) but it has a far wider range of terrain and the minor climbs are certainly tougher than anything in Belgium or northern France. The only reason I would hesitate about riding in Yorkshire is the same as in the rest of the UK - the attitude and behaviour of the motoring public, both to cyclists in general and in their lack of tolerance of their journeys being delayed by a few minutes for a load of bikes going by. That's the challenge for Welcome2Yorkshire, to change the attitude
powerste More than 1 year ago
Wishing them success in the attitude-changing endeavor! And to be fair, I took him to task for his over-the-top "wrestle that [status as the cycling capital of Europe] away from the Belgians" comment but I am all for seeing more regular events off the Continent.
TourOfSardinia More than 1 year ago
Yer can always tell a Yorkshire man But yer can't tell him much
Farcanal More than 1 year ago
No yer can't. I'm a yellerbelly. Now let's see yer familiarity with English counties! Bike polishing southerner by any chance? ;-)
DAVE P More than 1 year ago
We need more than The Tour of Britain (really england), Ride London and the Tour Series in the UK. This is a great start, can't have London getting all the good ones now.
chewi666 More than 1 year ago
"We need more than The Tour of Britain (really england)" - every one of the modern ToBs (from 2004 onwards) has visited Wales, Scotland or both. So yes, it is a Tour of Britain and not just England. All for more races though, and Yorkshire is as good a place as any.
Chris Smail More than 1 year ago
Bit flat round your way Yellowbelly, but a run down the coast and back along the High Street might be a good loop. It would be good for Yorkshire to loop over the Pennines and into Lancs & Derby as well. Lots you could do in a day.