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.
Earlier that day, riders will set off from Doncaster on their 617.5km voyage. The race will see it skirting the southern edge of the district – visiting Kirk Smeaton – 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.
The event 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. You can see the full route here.
In 2017, Tadcaster hosted a race start. Watch this short video to see how the town celebrated. You can also read more about the impact of the race.
Want to try out cycling in our area?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Why not try an indoor cycling class at your local leisure centre? There are sessions available at both the Council’s Tadcaster Leisure Centre and Selby Leisure Centre For something more adventurous, you can try the BMX track at Summit Indoor Adventure in Selby, where there’s also a range of other activities for the whole family under one roof including climbing, bowling and aerial trek.