Harrogate confirmed as host or finish town for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire

The peloton of the Tour de Yorkshire make their way through the crowds on the Cow and Calf in Ilkley on Stage 3. TJ100823i Picture by Tony Johnson
The peloton of the Tour de Yorkshire make their way through the crowds on the Cow and Calf in Ilkley on Stage 3. TJ100823i Picture by Tony Johnson

Harrogate will be treated to more world-class cycling in 2017 after the town was included in next year's Tour de Yorkshire route.

In an announcement made by Welcome to Yorkshire this morning, Tuesday October 25, Harrogate was confirmed as either a start or finish location for the race.

Racing for the third installment of the Tour will begin or end in Harrogate as well as Bradford, Bridlington, Fox Valley (Sheffield), Scarborough and Tadcaster.

The event will also serve as a prelude to the highly anticipated UCI Road World Championships which were confirmed to be heading for Yorkshire in 2019.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said that the interest generated from this announcement will help make this year's Tour de Yorkshire the best yet.

He said: “In just two years the Tour de Yorkshire has become one of the biggest and best races on the professional cycling calendar.

Riders are overwhelmed by the support they receive on the roadside and the racing is among the most exciting you will see all season.

“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 world’s best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we’re planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure.

“I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county and all six host towns will put on a brilliant show.”

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: "I'm delighted with this news as it seems that our area has fallen in love with cycling.

"This cements our reputation as being a great venue and builds upon our success and reputation to host major events.

"I look forward to welcoming the race to the town."

The three-day men’s race will be held from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30. The women’s race will be held on Saturday April 29.