Preparations for 2016 Tour de Yorkshire already underway

Tour de Yorkshire riders pedalling through Market Weighton on Saturday May 2.
Tour de Yorkshire riders pedalling through Market Weighton on Saturday May 2.
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Organisers of the first Tour de Yorkshire cycle race have already started discussions with regional local authorities ahead of the 2016 edition.

Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation are holding meetings with councils that have expressed an interest in holding the start or finish of a race stage, while seeking regional, national and international sponsors.

The debut Tour de Yorkshire was broadcasted live to 177 countries worldwide on channels such as ITV4 and British Eurosport from May 1 to 3. Nearly 300 journalists from regional, national and international media attended the race.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s ability to host a world class sporting event is now proven; with our partners ASO and the local authorities we have created a fantastic event which we are confident will grow year on year to become one of the biggest sporting events in the world.”

Dates for the 2016 race will be confirmed by the UCI in autumn this year. Organisers have confirmed they will apply for the first weekend of May.

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