- Published: Friday, 14 February 2014 15:57
Richmondshire Councillors have given their support to next year’s visit by the Tour de France – to the tune of £55,000!
The ‘Grand Depart’ of the Tour spends three days in Yorkshire – taking in 44 miles of Richmondshire on July 5, 2014. And although the exact route has not yet been announced, it enters the district by descending the Stake Pass into Bishopdale, and passes through Aysgarth, Bainbridge, Hawes, across the Buttertubs to Muker, Reeth, Leyburn, Middleham and East Witton.
Earlier this week (April 9) members of the District Councils Strategy Board agreed to allocate £55,000 for the cycle race – which includes £35,000 towards the staging fee required by the organising body Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).
“Having the world’s largest annual sporting event come to our district is a massive boost for tourism - it will lead to worldwide exposure and a huge influx of visitors,” said Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Mick Griffiths.
“Our landscape and heritage will be showcased to the world and we need to ensure we maximise this opportunity. We expect the communities on the route will get involved too but while investing £55,000 is significant to this council we believe it is right that we help businesses and residents gain the maximum benefits from this event.”