The fourth Tour de Yorkshire has been hailed a huge success. The event, organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), Welcome to Yorkshire and supported in North Yorkshire by the County Council and the district councils and partners, saw the eyes of the world on the county for the fifth year running and was watched by an estimated 2.6 million people.
For the first time this year the men’s race was extended to take place over four days, and the women’s race doubled in size from one to two days. North Yorkshire played host to part of Stage 2, all of Stage 3, which started in Richmond and finished in Scarborough, and the majority of Stage 4, putting the county firmly on the world stage once again.
North Yorkshire County Council’s highways teams, building on the experience of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015, 2016 and 2017, worked hard to prepare the race route, ensuring that traffic was kept moving, disruption was kept to a minimum and that the race itself passed without incident.
The Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said: ‘‘The Tour de Yorkshire becomes more popular every year and is supported right across the county. We build on experience from previous years to organise road closures with the aim of causing the least disruption to residents and businesses on the route.
‘‘We would also like to thank spectators who turned out in droves to support the race, and road users for not parking on the route. This can be the cause of a major headache for us on the day, so everyone’s co-operation is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire back to our county again next year after the success of this year’s race and make the most of the economic benefits the race brings.’’