East Riding of Yorkshire Council is excited by today’s announcement that the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will start in Bridlington on Friday, 28 April and will take in a number of East Yorkshire settlements, including Driffield and Pocklington, on its way to the stage one finish in Scarborough.
Similar to the inaugural event in 2015, the race will start outside The Spa Bridlington in front of a large crowd, anticipated to be in the tens of thousands, before the riders leave the town passing the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington.
As well as the picturesque East Yorkshire scenery, the race will also pass the historic Burton Agnes Hall on its way to Driffield.
The peloton will ride through the centre of the town, known as the Capital of the Wolds, and head towards Pocklington for the race’s first intermediate sprint and then on to Garrowby Hill for the first categorised climb.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“It is really exciting that the Tour de Yorkshire route will take in a number of new locations, with residents in Driffield and Pocklington being able to see some of the world’s top cyclists up close in their towns for the first time.
“Like previous years, the race will attract national and international publicity which provides an excellent opportunity to promote the East Riding as a first-class visitor destination to both domestic and global audiences.
“Through its three-year commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, the council is proud to have secured its long-term support for the Tour de Yorkshire which is rapidly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated races on the cycling calendar.”
Stage two of the event, on Saturday, 29 April, starts in Tadcaster and finishes in Harrogate and stage three, on Sunday, 30 April, starts in Bradford with the race finish in Fox Valley, Sheffield.
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