Bridlington confirmed as host town for Tour de Yorkshire
Bridlington's set to take centre stage once again when the prestigious Tour de Yorkshire returns.
All eyes will be on Bridlington as we serve as either a start or end point for one of the race's three stages.
Scarborough, Harrogate, Tadcaster, Fox Valley (Sheffield) and Bradford were also today announced as host towns.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "In just town years the Tour de Yorkshire has become one of the biggest and best races on the professional cycling calendar.
"The third edition will continue that progression and the attention it receives will be greater than ever, given that we have just succeeded in bringing the UCI Road World Championships to the county in 2019."
The host towns will see the three-day men's race held from Friday April 28, to Sunday April 30. The women's race will be held on Saturday April 29.
Though the second edition earlier this year bypassed Bridlington, the Tour de Yorkshire drew six million more spectators on the back of its 2015 debut.
And its "significant growth" is set to continue in 2017 - after pumping Â£60 million into the region's economy this year.
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at the Amaury Sport Organisation, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire has done itself proud in building a lasting and hugely-successful legacy on the back of the 2014 Grand Départ.
"The race is a true success story and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with such a great team at welcome to Yorkshire. We're looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2017."
Many of the host towns announced today are also home to Yorkshire Bank Bike libraries - a direct legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, which aim to offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike.
And the East Riding of Yorkshire is guaranteed an involvement in the Tour de Yorkshire for the next three years, after the council signed a commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire.
Cllr Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Memories of the large crowds outside The Spa Bridlington and lining the route up to Sewerby Hall and Gardens helped to firmly establish the Tour de Yorkshire on the cycling calendar and I am sure that our residents will once again rise to the occasion in 2017.
“The council is proud to have supported the first two races and our commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire has secured our involvement long-term, helping to promote more cycling across the East Riding, and achieve our aim of growing tourism and increasing visitor spend in the East Riding to boost the local economy.”
Details of the full race route are expected to be announced in December.