Calls for Tour to roll through Brighouse in 2016

Tour de Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge. The peloton on Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge centre.
Tour de Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge. The peloton on Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge centre.

The leader of Calderdale Council has hailed the first Tour de Yorkshire a massive success and called for the event to ride through Brighouse in 2016.

One and a half million fans watched the inaugural three stage race at the roadside last week and TV audiences in more than 150 countries witnessed some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery on their screens.

Now, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) are already looking ahead next year’s race.

And Calderdale Council leader Coun Stephen Baines is lobbying for the Tour to visit other parts of Calderdale, particularly Brighouse and Halifax.

Coun Baines said: “I think the Tour de Yorkshire was fantastic for Calderdale and for Yorkshire.

“I hope it continues and builds up to be even better year on year.

“It’s been well received, but I think next year we ought to look for it going through different parts of Calderdale, like Halifax and Brighouse.

“Gary Verity has done a tremendous job and long may it continue and flourish.

“Let’s make the Tour de Yorkshire as big as the Tour de France.”

Initial spectator figures from police and race organisers show that on Stage One, 250,000 people watched by the roadside, followed by 450,000 on Stage Two and 750,000 on Stage Three as the cyclists rode through parts of Calderdale including Ripponden, Cragg Vale and Hebden Bridge.

It is estimated that £30m-£40m could be generated for the regional economy by the Tour de Yorkshire.

And the benefits are bound to be felt in Calderdale, where the atmosphere was buzzing and thousands packed the streets to watch the elite cyclists tear through the borough.

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, praised the event for boosting local business.

“The Tour de Yorkshire was a fantastic event for Calderdale and the whole of Yorkshire. It was exciting to watch world class cyclists returning to our area on Sunday,” he said.

“Calderdale was buzzing and the turnout was amazing with people watching all along the route, and luckily for us, the sun shone on Calderdale as the cyclists came through the borough.

“Hopefully the Tour will continue to grow year on year, and we can keep welcoming events of this kind to Calderdale.”

“It was absolutely fantastic. The sun was shining and that was brilliant.

“The work that the Tour de Yorkshire team have put in is amazing, they are fantastic. It was all timed to perfect precision. It was fabulous.

“What a lovely, lovely day it has been.”

The Tour de Yorkshire will return in May 2016 with a new route with new start and finish towns.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again we’ve seen staggering crowds provide a rousing welcome for these incredible riders.

“We thank the people of Yorkshire and the riders, the crowds, the Tour Makers, the ASO and our team at Welcome to Yorkshire should be immensely proud of the weekend’s achievements.

“I salute each of the 144 riders in the men’s race and 98 in the women’s, and the 6,000 who took on the sportive.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, added: “It was an emotional return to Yorkshire, who did of course put on the grandest of all the grand Départs last year.

“This was again a special moment, an historic three days and a great advert for cycling and the passion and the heart that Yorkshire has for the sport.”

One and a half million fans watched the inaugural three stage race at the roadside last week and TV audiences in more than 150 countries witnessed some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery on their screens.

Now, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) are already looking ahead next year’s race.

And Calderdale Council leader Coun Stephen Baines is lobbying for the Tour to visit other parts of Calderdale, particularly Brighouse and Halifax.

Coun Baines said: “I think the Tour de Yorkshire was fantastic for Calderdale and for Yorkshire.

“I hope it continues and builds up to be even better year on year.

“It’s been well received, but I think next year we ought to look for it going through different parts of Calderdale, like Halifax and Brighouse.

“Gary Verity has done a tremendous job and long may it continue and flourish.

“Let’s make the Tour de Yorkshire as big as the Tour de France.”

Initial spectator figures from police and race organisers show that on Stage One, 250,000 people watched by the roadside, followed by 450,000 on Stage Two and 750,000 on Stage Three as the cyclists rode through parts of Calderdale including Ripponden, Cragg Vale and Hebden Bridge.

It is estimated that £30m-£40m could be generated for the regional economy by the Tour de Yorkshire.

And the benefits are bound to be felt in Calderdale, where the atmosphere was buzzing and thousands packed the streets to watch the elite cyclists tear through the borough.

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, praised the event for boosting local business.

“The Tour de Yorkshire was a fantastic event for Calderdale and the whole of Yorkshire. It was exciting to watch world class cyclists returning to our area on Sunday,” he said.

“Calderdale was buzzing and the turnout was amazing with people watching all along the route, and luckily for us, the sun shone on Calderdale as the cyclists came through the borough.

“Hopefully the Tour will continue to grow year on year, and we can keep welcoming events of this kind to Calderdale.”

“It was absolutely fantastic. The sun was shining and that was brilliant.

“The work that the Tour de Yorkshire team have put in is amazing, they are fantastic. It was all timed to perfect precision. It was fabulous.

“What a lovely, lovely day it has been.”

The Tour de Yorkshire will return in May 2016 with a new route with new start and finish towns.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again we’ve seen staggering crowds provide a rousing welcome for these incredible riders.

“We thank the people of Yorkshire and the riders, the crowds, the Tour Makers, the ASO and our team at Welcome to Yorkshire should be immensely proud of the weekend’s achievements.

“I salute each of the 144 riders in the men’s race and 98 in the women’s, and the 6,000 who took on the sportive.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, added: “It was an emotional return to Yorkshire, who did of course put on the grandest of all the grand Départs last year.

“This was again a special moment, an historic three days and a great advert for cycling and the passion and the heart that Yorkshire has for the sport.”