Tour de Yorkshire number five for Scarborough
For the fifth year in a row Scarborough will be an official host town for the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019.
It was announced today by race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) that Scarborough will host either a start or a finish during the Tour de Yorkshire next year between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 May. The other host towns will be Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds and Selby.
It was also announced that the 2019 edition of the men’s race has been upgraded to HC status by cycling’s world governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the highest category possible for a multi-day race outside of the UCI WorldTour.
Excitement is already building about the Tour de Yorkshire returning to the North Yorkshire coast.
Cllr Helen Mallory, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
"We’re over the moon that once again we will get the opportunity to showcase the Yorkshire coast to a global audience by hosting the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019. The race’s upgraded status is set to make the event more spectacular than ever before for spectators and we can’t wait to see exactly where in our borough the riders will be racing."
The full route of the four days of racing won’t be announced until 7 December, but it has been revealed that the circuit in Harrogate, which is set to feature prominently in the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, will be included in a bid to attract the sport’s best riders to Yorkshire ahead of the championships.
The 2019 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire will once again see the return of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome the millions of spectators.
For the council's dedicated race webpage go to scarborough.gov.uk/tdy
Information is also available from Welcome to Yorkshire at letour.yorkshire.com