RICHMOND TO BE A ‘TOUR’ STAR

Published: Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:58

Richmond has been unveiled as one of the four start towns for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation announced today (Tuesday) that the race will start from the market town on day three – Saturday May 5.   And the riders will return to Richmondshire the following day as they enter the final stages of the race.

“This is a massive event for Richmondshire – to get the race coming through our district on not one but two of the four days is incredible,” said District Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“We have already started planning for the event – we aim to make the start in Richmond the best ever…… a start to be remembered!   We intend to make sure everyone attending – riders, local residents and visitors – has the best experience.

“The riders are going to pass through some of the most beautiful parts of Yorkshire and take in some twists and turns along the way.   It is also the first time riders have gone through our military base, which is an important element of the Richmondshire economy.”

The race starts from Richmond with a ceremonial ride through the town, heading into Catterick Garrison for its official start - the riders then travel through Bellerby to Leyburn before doubling back towards Bedale, travelling through Northallerton and Thirsk and on to a finish on Scarborough’s seafront.

It comes back into Richmondshire on Sunday May 6 on its final day route from Halifax to Leeds when riders will take in Park Rash, a narrow decent into Coverdale passing the Forbidden Corner and Middleham before leaving the district close to Kirby Malzeard.

The race has been extended to four days next year – the first time in its four year history with Richmond joined by Beverley, Doncaster, Ilkley, Halifax, Scarborough, Barnsley and Leeds as host towns.  It takes place from May 3 – 6.