A new funding scheme to help communities celebrate the visit of the world’s leading cyclists to Richmondshire has been confirmed.
Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board have tonight (Tuesday April 9) approved a £25,000 fund to help communities mark September’s UCI World Cycling Championships.
They will reinvest surplus business rates cash into the funds which will see £5000 allocated to Richmond town and the remaining £20,000 to other towns and villages in £2000 portions.
The new fund is aligned to one of the authority’s priorities - to enable economic growth and build on the legacy of the successful Tour de France Grand Depart and Tour de Yorkshire visits. It is open to any community in Richmondshire that wants to celebrate the UCI visit, whether directly on the route or not, and the use of surplus business rates cash is a way of putting that money back into the economy.
The race visits the district twice – Richmond Market Place hosts the start of the Men’s Junior Road Race on September 26 and then three days later riders on the Men’s Elite Road Race take to the roads.
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- The UCI Men’s Junior Road Race leaves Richmond market place on Thursday September 26 travelling through Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Redmore, Carperby, Aysgarth and West Burton on its 147km journey to Harrogate. The Sunday visit sees riders enter the district from Craven and take in Aysgarth, Bainbridge, Hawes, Buttertubs, Leyburn and East Witton before heading to Harrogate.