Tour de Yorkshire 2016 planning underway

The Tour de Yorkshire passing through Market Weighton on 2 May.

The Tour de Yorkshire passing through Market Weighton on 2 May.

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Organisers of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race have started discussions with local authorities across the county to plan the 2016 edition of the race.

Following the success of the event organisers are now looking for a new route for next year’s race. The race organisers Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire are now holding meetings with local authorities who have expressed an interest in holding a start or finish of the race. They are also talking to companies in Yorkshire, nationally and internationally about sponsorship opportunities around the event. The Tour de Yorkshire was a huge marketing opportunity for the county with live coverage on ITV4, British Eurosport and 177 countries around the world. The website had more than four million page views on the race website in the month running up to the first stage on 1 May, with nearly two million on race days, and a Twitter reach of 55 million. In addition, nearly 300 journalists from regional, national and international media attended the race to report on the event. Yorkshire Bank, Dimensions Data, P&O Ferries, Mavic, Milltag and JCT600 are all sponsors of the Tour de Yorkshire. Welcome to Yorkshire is now exploring talks with other companies for title sponsorship and the leader’s jersey. Dates for the race will be confirmed in Autumn 2015 and organisers have confirmed they will apply for the same weekend of racing, the first weekend of May, for the 2016 edition.