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South Craven to feature in inaugural Tour de Yorkshire

Craven will once again be part of an international cycle race when the Tour De Yorkshire - the new UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour race passes through the district on Sunday 3rd May 2015.

The race, which will be held on 1-3 May (Friday to Sunday), is expected to become a flagship cycling event in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding cycle race in the international calendar, including the participation of top international teams.

It will be broadcast live on national TV and throughout Europe.

The full route details, including what role these key locations will play, has been revealed today (January 21st) on the 100 days to go to the race.

Craven will host approximately 8 miles on the third day of the race from Wakefield to Leeds. It will pass through Sutton in Craven village, through Cross Hills town centre and Kildwick en route to Silsden where it leaves the district.

The Tour de Yorkshire is a new race being held by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY), supported by British Cycling.

Although not on the scale of the Tour De France, the Tour De Yorkshire looks set to attract visitors from all over the world.

Cllr Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said : "I am absolutely delighted that the South Craven area will get to benefit from the Tour de Yorkshire and once again raise the profile of Craven in the world of cycling. The race will be managed under a rolling road closure programme so won't have anywhere near the impact the Tour de France did. The Tour de Yorkshire will provide another great opportunity for local businesses and communities in those towns and villages to work together to promote the area throughout the weekend and we will also benefit from the mass sportive that is taking place on the same day. The event will also dovetail nicely with the TDF legacy work we are developing at the moment. "

More information on our Tour de Yorkshire 2016 in Craven web page.

Press release date Wed 21 Jan