Tour of Britain heads to Beverley as world-class cycling returns to the East RidingFri 21st April 2023
World-class cyclists are set to return to the roads of the East Riding later this year as Beverley was today announced as a finish location for this year’s Tour of Britain race.
On Tuesday, 5 September, over 100 of the world’s leading cyclists, which will include Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, will race to the finish line in Beverley on stage three of the race.
This will be the first time since 2008 that the Tour of Britain has come through Beverley although the East Riding is no stranger to international cycle races, having hosted a number of stage starts for the recent Tour de Yorkshire events as well as a UCI Para-cycling event in 2019.
The Tour of Britain has become a cornerstone of the UK sporting calendar and this year’s event will start in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3 September and finish in South Wales on Sunday 10 September having taken in all four corners of the UK.
The race will be broadcast live on ITV4, while a nightly highlights show will also be available.
Caroline Lacey, chief executive of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Today’s announcement that Beverley will host the stage three finish of the Tour of Britain is fantastic news, not just for Beverley but for the whole of the East Riding.
“We know from our previous experience of hosting the Tour de Yorkshire just how much people in the East Riding love their cycling and I expect, that after a four-year absence of cycling, the crowds will be out to cheer on the cyclists to the finish line.
“With the race being broadcast live on ITV4, it also gives us the chance to showcase Beverley and the East Riding to audiences both at home and abroad and to put us on the map as a must-visit destination.”
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “We’re thrilled that this year’s Tour of Britain will see Beverley make its debut as a host venue for the first time!
“Fifteen years may have gone by since the race passed through the iconic North Bar, but ever since we’ve wanted to bring the Tour back to town.
“We know there’s a real sense of community pride in Beverley, and this will definitely be on display for the world to see on Tuesday 5 September.
“I’d like to thank East Riding of Yorkshire Council and our stakeholders for their support of the Tour, as well as the hard work going on behind the scenes to make this a truly unforgettable day.”
* More information about stage three of the race, including route and timetable, will be announced in the coming months.