Nigel Adams says that the idea of the Figure of 8 start for the Tour de Yorkshire came from a meeting he had with Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO, the organisers of the race. The Tour de Yorkshire will attract world class cyclists because the race organisers also organise the Tour de France and have experience of working in Yorkshire.
It was ASO and Welcome to Yorkshire that organised the spectacular Grand Depart for the Tour de France from Yorkshire last year. This year the Tour de Yorkshire will be broadcast live across the world and this means that Selby will be given full coverage as the second stage of the race starts here.
The ceremonial race start will take the riders and the support teams on a figure of 8 tour of Selby, starting on Gowthorpe, down Doncaster Road then back around to the Abbey via Union Street and Portholme Road.
The riders will then go down Gowthorpe for a second time, then up Scott Road passing the brand new Selby Leisure centre, along Flaxley road, over the old toll bridge and then up through Barlby village before the racing starts on the A163.
Nigel said “This is a great way to start the race and will give everybody an opportunity to see the world famous cyclists who will be competing in the race. This will also be an entertaining day out in Selby with special events going on throughout the day as part of the Selby Festival of Cycling. There will also be big screen displays so that you can follow the race while having a great day out in Selby.”
The first events in Selby on Gowthopre will be starting at 9.30 a.m. and the ceremonial start of the race will be starting around 11.00 am with the riders leaving at 11.20a.m.
The Figure of 8 route for the ceremonial ride around Selby.