Tour de Yorkshire draws record crowds

The UK economy received a £64 million boost thanks to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, independent research has shown.

Running from 28-30 April, the race saw a record 2.2 million spectators line the route and spend 8% more than last year.

Accommodation spend was up 6.5% year-on-year and spend on non-accommodation items such as food and drink, souvenirs and transport was up 9%.

The economic impact study, carried out by Leeds Beckett University, showed that the majority of spectators were from Yorkshire (86%) with 14% coming from elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is marvellous news for Yorkshire and the public support this year was truly overwhelming.

“Since we launched the race in 2015 it has grown year-on-year and is now regarded as one of the biggest and best-supported races in the sport.

“People have really taken the Tour de Yorkshire to their hearts and we’re working hard to get it extended to four days in 2018 so we can to bring it to more parts of the county and generate even greater benefits.”

Welcome to Yorkshire is confident of enticing more big names for the next two editions as the world’s best riders look to visit the county in preparation for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

The 2017 winner Serge Pauwels said: “I’ve cycled all around the world and my favourite three crowds are for the Classics in Belgium, those in the Basque Country, and here in Yorkshire.

“Over the winter my team wanted me to take part in the Tour de Romandie to warm up for the Tour de France but I said no, I want to do the Tour of Yorkshire.”