The Tour de Yorkshire will no longer be taking place this Spring, but it’s not definitely cancelled just yet.
As part of the ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus, this year’s Tour de Yorkshire has been postponed. Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation have made a joint decision to cancel all races that were due to take place between 30th April and 3rd May 2020. The sixth annual Tour de Yorkshire was set to draw millions of people out as the world’s leading cyclists rode from the Yorkshire Coast, through North, West and South Yorkshire to the finish line on The Headrow in Leeds.
The decision follows a consultation with stakeholders, sponsors and British Cycling, during which it was decided that the most responsible course of action was to cancel the event. One of the key factors in the decision-making process was the additional burden that large-scale events put on emergency services and local authorities at a time when priorities are rightly focused on the health and safety of the public.
Peter Box CBE, Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, explained the decision, “The race is a great spectacle, but we all know that the health and well-being of everyone across the region, and the country, is frankly more important than a sporting event. Our attention now turns to supporting those tourism businesses across the region, many still reeling from the floods, during this unprecedented crisis.”
However, the Tour de Yorkshire has not been indefinitely cancelled yet. Welcome to Yorkshire, Amaury Sport Organisation and British Cycling are working together with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) to find alternative dates for the race to take place in the international cycling calendar. That will hopefully be later in 2020, but it depends on how the virus develops and how government advice changes over the coming months.
The loss of one of the biggest sporting events in Yorkshire will have a huge impact on the region. It’s provided a massive boost to the local economy as the event has grown over the past 6 years. But taking the decision now and hopefully rearranging for later in the year will minimise the negative effect of the postponement on local businesses over the coming months.Cover image credit: Barry Wilkinson