Centre stage for Tour de Yorkshire

Selby will take centre stage for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire on the opening day of the international cycling event.

Riders will finish the first day of racing in the town, on Thursday 2 May 2019, when the high-profile cycle race takes to Yorkshire’s roads once again.

Earlier that day, riders will set off from Doncaster on their 617.5km, four-day voyage. The race will attract some of the world’s top riders and teams to the district and is expected to draw huge crowds as it passes through the district’s villages. The route will see it skirting the southern edge of the district – visiting Little Smeaton and Womersley – before taking a loop towards Howden, Beverley and Pocklington then swinging back towards the Selby district and visiting Escrick, Stillingfleet, Cawood and Thorpe Willoughby. The finish line will be in front of the town’s historic Abbey, which celebrates the 950th anniversary of its founding in 2019.

Full route information can be found here www.letouryorkshire.com.  We also have further details about the race, road closures, spectator and residents' information, advice for businesses and information about getting involved.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “We are delighted to be hosting a finish event on the first day of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. The last time the event came to Selby around 10,000 people came out to see the event and I’m sure we’ll see people lining the route as it passes through the district.

“What’s great about hosting the finish event this time is that it is a great opportunity for us to highlight our district, as the race passes through some of our fantastic countryside and villages.  There’s a global TV audience for this event, so this will really put our district on the map.

“As we look ahead to 2019 and the plans to help the town celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey, we know that this event will be one of many high profile events that attract visitors to the area. This can only be good news for our businesses who can benefit from increased numbers of people visiting the district.  And it’s great news for everyone who lives here, as we can get involved in and enjoy these events too.”

Businesses and community groups can book their free place at a roadshow to help them make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire and Selby 950 celebrations. The event takes place at Selby Abbey on Wednesday 9 January.