Tour de Yorkshire Tours Stokesley!

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ - 21/01/2015 - Cycling - Tour de Yorkshire 2015 Route Launch - The Spa, Bridlington, England - Local school children wave flags to launch the route of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/

The route for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire has been announced – and Stokesley IS on the route!

This is a huge coup for the town and is a great opportunity to showcase what Stokesley has to offer, the various businesses and the community spirit.

Several other towns and villages across the local area are also included.

Stage three starts at MIMA in Middlesbrough before heading through Nunthorpe, Great Ayton and then onto Stokesley, Hutton Rudby and down to Northallerton.

There’ll be King of the Mountain stages at Blakey Ridge and Grosmont on the North York Moors while the riders will also go through the Esk Valley on their way to Whitby on a route similar to last year’s race.

The stage, which is 196 kilometres long, ends in Scarborough.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event. Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £350million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world – not many races can say that. The stages we’ve revealed today are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”

Stage one is from Beverley to Settle with stage two going from Otley to Doncaster.

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place at the end of April next year with the men’s race being held between Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May and a women’s stage on Saturday 30 April.

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