30 May 2024

Tour of Britain to showcase region’s ‘stunning’ countryside

The Tour of Britain cycle race will pass through Hornsea and several villages in North Holderness, it has been revealed.

The third stage of the 2023 race, which will take place on Tuesday, September 5, will start in Goole and will pass through Howden, Market Weighton, Driffield, Bridlington and Hornsea before heading to the finish line near the racecourse on Beverley Westwood.

The 153.8km stage will also see more than 100 of the world’s leading cyclists, including Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, pass through several towns and villages including Rudston, Skipsea, Withernwick and Long Riston. The sprint section of the race will be at 109km on the B1242 Hornsea Road, Skipsea.

This will be the first time that East Yorkshire has played host to an entire stage of the Tour of Britain, although the area is no stranger to international cycle races having previously hosted Tour de Yorkshire stage starts in Beverley and Bridlington as well as a UCI para-cycling event in 2019.

Live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a daily highlights show, will be broadcast by ITV4 while international coverage will be available in more than 150 countries courtesy of Eurosport and GCN+.

Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding Council, said: “I’m really looking forward to stage three of the Tour of Britain and it’s great to see the route will take in some of our towns and villages that have not been on the route for previous Tour de Yorkshire events. It will be a great day and with the number of visitors who come to the area to watch the race, it’s sure to give the local economy a boost.”

Councillor Nick Coultish, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The route will take the cyclists through some of East Yorkshire’s beautiful towns and villages and some stunning countryside which will be broadcast not just to the UK but to audiences across the world.

“I am quite sure the residents of those towns and villages will come out in force to cheer on the cyclists along with the visitors to East Yorkshire, who are also supporting the race. It promises to be a brilliant day.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director said: “Here it is! The whole route for our eagerly anticipated East Riding of Yorkshire stage.

“The race will be showcasing this fantastic part of Britain to a worldwide audience, so we knew we had to pack in as much as possible.

“From the beautiful countryside to the distinctive coastline, it’s going to be a spectacular day.”