Redcar to host the finish of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire

Pupils from Zetland Primary School in Redcar celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire announcement. From left, Tammy Watson 10, Spencer Coglan 11, Connor Taylor 11, Tobey Bell 10 and Bethany Standley 10. Photograph: Stuart Boulton

Redcar will host the finish of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday, April 30, following the announcement of the route at a press conference in Leeds.

The riders will come into the borough via Easingtion before racing through Loftus, Carlin How, Brotton, Saltburn and Marske and finishing on The Stray, adjacent to Zetland Park in Redcar. Further details about timings will be announced later, but the finish is expected to be mid to late afternoon on April 30.

Redcar is one of eight host locations – the others are Barnsley, Beverley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leyburn and Skipton.

The announcement was made by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) at an event at Leeds Civic Hall this morning.

Councillor Mary Lanigan, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “It is fantastic news that the Tour de Yorkshire will weave its way through our beautiful borough including Easington, Loftus, Carlin How, Brotton, Saltburn and Marske before finishing the first day of the race on the Stray in Redcar.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is a huge sporting event attracting world class cycling stars, and to have them cycle through our villages, towns and countryside will be a sight to behold.

“Our borough is filled with community spirit, and we can’t wait to see the public get involved and dress up for the occasion with decorations, bikes and flags. I know we will give them a fantastic Redcar & Cleveland reception on the day.”

James Mason, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re really excited about bringing the Tour to Redcar – it will be the most northerly point we’ve ever been to in the history of the race and we’re sure the town and borough will provide the riders with a suitably warm welcome.

“We’re always looking to bring the Tour to new and exciting places, and we’re lucky to have such a diversity of landscapes at our disposal. We know this part of the world will really get behind the race and put on a tremendous show, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a brilliant coup for Redcar and yet another event that will showcase the best the Tees Valley has to offer.

“It is joining a long list of sporting events taking place across our region, from last year’s Great North CityGames to next year’s Rugby League World Cup 2021 fixture.

In the past, we wouldn’t have had the confidence to bid for these, let alone secure them. Along with massive concerts by the likes of The Killers, we’re drawing huge crowds into our towns, getting people spending and supporting our local businesses.”

Further details on exact timings will be announced later however the full route can be found at www.letouryorkshire.com