BREAKING NEWS: Bridlington misses out on Tour de Yorkshire return

The start of the 2015 at Bridlington Spa.
The start of the 2015 at Bridlington Spa.

The Tour de Yorkshire will not return to the Bridlington area in 2016.

The route for the second race was revealed this morning and local cycling fans will need to travel to Scarborough or Beverley to see the sport’s big names.

Sir Bradley Wiggins in Bridlington in April

Sir Bradley Wiggins in Bridlington in April

Bridlington, which hosted the start of the inaugural race in April, has been overlooked this time around, and the action will instead begin in Beverley.

Day one sees the 18 teams begin in Beverley town centre and head out to the official start at the town’s racecourse on the Westwood. From there, the peloton heads to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough, which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014.

The opening stage ends in Settle and day two begins in Otley, travelling south to the finish line in Doncaster.

Middlesbrough is the venue for the start of the final day, with the cyclists heading over the North York Moors before a seafront finish in Scarborough.

The route was announced in Otley and Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.

“Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world - not many races can say that.

“The stages we’ve revealed are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”

Prior to yesterday’s announcement, Bridlington already knew that it would not be hosting a prestigious start or finish, but there were still hopes the race would pass throughb the resort on its way to or from Beverley or Scarborough.

Thousands of spectators turned out in Bridlington earlier this year, when the first race started outside the Spa and wound its way through the town centre and up to Sewerby Hall.

Many were there to catch a glimpse of Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, and although he has confirmed he will be taking part in the 2016 event, he won’t be coming back to Bridlington.

In addition to the professional races, the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give amateur cyclists the chance to ride many of the roads ridden by the pros in a newly designed sportive route, which will start and finish in Scarborough. 

The sportive route will follow parts of stage three of the men’s race while also taking in several alternative roads to allow for all 6000 participants to finish in their own time.

A highlight of the sportive will see amateur riders finishing with a 1km sea-front sprint finish and crossing the very same finish line as the professional riders with the same support from the waiting crowds. There will be three distances for riders to choose from, 40km, 85km and 115km. 

The sportive sold out in a matter of hours in 2015 and those hoping to secure a place in the 2016 ride can register their interest and be first to hear when this year’s event opens at letouryorkshire.com/sportive.