Tadcaster has been confirmed as a host town for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, which will be the second year that this event has been run.
In 2016, it drew well over a million spectators to view the 515km (320 miles) race across the striking Yorkshire landscape, and generated £50 million for our Yorkshire region. More than 140 riders partook in the first race, including the Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The Tour was inspired by Yorkshire hosting the first stage of Le Tour de France, and is hoped to grow further on the back of last year’s success. Hosting the tour will be a great opportunity to show Tadcaster’s great recovery and community spirit following the devastating floods in December 2015, and the repaired historic bridge in the middle of the town will be a great backdrop for the competition.
The event will, additionally, encourage amateur cycling, with a mass-participation “sportive” for cyclists scheduled to take place along the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire.
Welcoming the decision, Nigel Adams said: “This is fantastic news for such a great and resilient town, showcasing the best of what Yorkshire has to offer, and will display Tadcaster’s speedy regeneration after the floods, including the new bridge that I am pleased to say is on schedule to be completed on time. I’m sure spectators will enjoy seeing the beautiful town and visitors will be sure to be able to enjoy a locally-brewed pint!”