Gearing up for more world-class cycling in North Yorkshire

World-class cycling is set to return to North Yorkshire for years to come, with a three-day race set to begin in May 2015.

Discussions about the event have already taken place between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and the organisers of the Tour de France.

Tour organisers have been captivated by the region’s diverse landscape and scenery and are trying to find it a regular place in the cycling calendar.

The proposed annual stage race will aim to form part of a lasting legacy from the Tour’s Grand Départ, which will be hosted in Yorkshire during July this year.

The new event could immediately outrank the Tour of Britain.

Kersten England, regional Grand Depart legacy lead and chief executive of City of York Council, said: “Securing a three-day stage race next year would be another step towards achieving our aim of a lasting sporting legacy from the 2014 Grand Depart. The race would support our ten year plan to make Yorkshire one of the best cycling regions in the world and critically it will help encourage more people to cycle, more often.”

Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the plans would help York increase cycling by 20 per cent by 2016, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a cycling-friendly city.

Welcome To Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity told a national newspaper: “We will look to spread the event around Yorkshire so that places that haven’t received the Tour this year will get the benefit.”

Jonny Clay, cycle sport and membership director of British Cycling, said: “We need to be assured that all new international event applications meet a number of criteria.

They include legacy and sustainability so we’re not just looking for events which are successful in the short term but over many years and with obvious benefits to the wider cycling community.”

An original plan, to relocate March’s Critérium International race from Corsica, was shelved due to the unreliable Yorkshire weather, in favour of the new event in May.

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10:02am Mon 13 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

Music to my ears...........!
Music to my ears...........! pedalling paul
  • Score: 192

10:08am Mon 13 Jan 14

sheps lad says...

20%increase in cycling by 2016? Dream on!
20%increase in cycling by 2016? Dream on! sheps lad
  • Score: -50

4:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

it take a national event to spark life in to the council , pity once this eveni is over, which does not involve any gereral public. Please pass on to Merritt, the city had THOUSANDS of cyclists, not any longer, it seems now if nore than 2 cyclists on a road its a problem "Reference to the Blossom Street Fasco " and of ciourse Car and Van drivers to obstruct cycle lanes. also agree with Pedaling Paul, "DREAM ON " merrett
it take a national event to spark life in to the council , pity once this eveni is over, which does not involve any gereral public. Please pass on to Merritt, the city had THOUSANDS of cyclists, not any longer, it seems now if nore than 2 cyclists on a road its a problem "Reference to the Blossom Street Fasco " and of ciourse Car and Van drivers to obstruct cycle lanes. also agree with Pedaling Paul, "DREAM ON " merrett Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -64

3:04am Tue 14 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the plans would help York increase cycling by 20 per cent by 2016, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a cycling-friendly city.

I'll try and think of that everytime I'm doing the slalom down Hull Road and Lawrence street to avoid the masses of potholes and sunken drains, or down Fishergate/Fulford Road where the tarmac has sunk down and cracked, or along Crichton Avenue where residents seem to think the cycle lane is a glorified parking space, or when I'm riding along Water End and not only have to work my way around a pedestrian who can't read the words CYCLES ONLY but then get to the end of the cycle lane only to find it ends abruptly because a certain council decided space for 6 cars took priority over bicycles, or when I'm going down Huntington Road with it's 50cm wide non-conforming and therefore dangerous cycle lane, or when I'm going past the Minster in summer and hundreds of tourists are all stood on the cycle lane taking photos of each other in front of some old building, or when a car driver tries to cut me up in one way or another....
[quote]Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the plans would help York increase cycling by 20 per cent by 2016, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a cycling-friendly city.[/quote] I'll try and think of that everytime I'm doing the slalom down Hull Road and Lawrence street to avoid the masses of potholes and sunken drains, or down Fishergate/Fulford Road where the tarmac has sunk down and cracked, or along Crichton Avenue where residents seem to think the cycle lane is a glorified parking space, or when I'm riding along Water End and not only have to work my way around a pedestrian who can't read the words CYCLES ONLY but then get to the end of the cycle lane only to find it ends abruptly because a certain council decided space for 6 cars took priority over bicycles, or when I'm going down Huntington Road with it's 50cm wide non-conforming and therefore dangerous cycle lane, or when I'm going past the Minster in summer and hundreds of tourists are all stood on the cycle lane taking photos of each other in front of some old building, or when a car driver tries to cut me up in one way or another.... Magicman!
  • Score: 78

7:47am Tue 14 Jan 14

chrisatyork says...

Magicman! wrote:
Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the plans would help York increase cycling by 20 per cent by 2016, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a cycling-friendly city.
I'll try and think of that everytime I'm doing the slalom down Hull Road and Lawrence street to avoid the masses of potholes and sunken drains, or down Fishergate/Fulford Road where the tarmac has sunk down and cracked, or along Crichton Avenue where residents seem to think the cycle lane is a glorified parking space, or when I'm riding along Water End and not only have to work my way around a pedestrian who can't read the words CYCLES ONLY but then get to the end of the cycle lane only to find it ends abruptly because a certain council decided space for 6 cars took priority over bicycles, or when I'm going down Huntington Road with it's 50cm wide non-conforming and therefore dangerous cycle lane, or when I'm going past the Minster in summer and hundreds of tourists are all stood on the cycle lane taking photos of each other in front of some old building, or when a car driver tries to cut me up in one way or another....
agree 100% good post
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the plans would help York increase cycling by 20 per cent by 2016, reinforcing the city’s reputation as a cycling-friendly city.[/quote] I'll try and think of that everytime I'm doing the slalom down Hull Road and Lawrence street to avoid the masses of potholes and sunken drains, or down Fishergate/Fulford Road where the tarmac has sunk down and cracked, or along Crichton Avenue where residents seem to think the cycle lane is a glorified parking space, or when I'm riding along Water End and not only have to work my way around a pedestrian who can't read the words CYCLES ONLY but then get to the end of the cycle lane only to find it ends abruptly because a certain council decided space for 6 cars took priority over bicycles, or when I'm going down Huntington Road with it's 50cm wide non-conforming and therefore dangerous cycle lane, or when I'm going past the Minster in summer and hundreds of tourists are all stood on the cycle lane taking photos of each other in front of some old building, or when a car driver tries to cut me up in one way or another....[/p][/quote]agree 100% good post chrisatyork
  • Score: 91

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