Leyburn has been unveiled as one of the four finish towns for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire.
Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation announced today (Friday 17 January) that the race will finish in the market town on day two – Friday 1 May. And there will be not one but two finishes as the town plays host to both the men’s and women’s races.
“This is a massive event for Richmondshire and especially for Leyburn,” said District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“We want Leyburn to be a finish to remember. The riders come into the market place having ridden a grueling 124.5km from Skipton taking in some twists and turns – and climbs - along the way.”
The two races – being called the ‘Three Peaks’ stage - start from Skipton and head to Settle, Hawes, the Buttertubs and Grinton Moor before finishing in Leyburn market place. The route includes the highest point in the race and the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’ and Cote to Grinton Moor’ are two climbs that haven’t been visited since the Tour de France in 2014.
The race is once more four days - Leyburn is joined by Barnsley, Beverley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Redcar and Skipton as host towns. It takes place from April 30 – May 3.
• Children from Leyburn’s Primary School starred in the town’s ‘big reveal’ today – they were among pupils across the region helping Welcome to Yorkshire unveil which of the eight host towns are start and finish locations. The youngsters were filmed at Leyburn’s Wensleydale Railway Station last month.