Redcar has been unveiled as a host town for one of the UK’s biggest sporting events – the Tour de Yorkshire 2020.
A leg of the race, which will take place next year between Thursday, April 30 and Sunday, May 3, will either start or finish in Redcar – the most northerly location the race has ever visited.
Redcar is one of eight host locations – the others are Barnsley, Beverley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leyburn and Skipton. The race route and whether Redcar will host a start or finish will be announced in January.
The announcement was made by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.).
Councillor Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “This is wonderful news for our area.
“The Tour de Yorkshire is a huge sporting event attracting world class cycling stars, and to have them cycle through our borough will be a sight to behold.
“Our borough is filled with community spirit, and we can’t wait to see the area dress up for the occasion with decorations, bikes and flags. I know we will give them a fantastic reception on the day.”
Peter Dodd, commercial director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s always exciting to unveil the host locations for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception.
“We’re delighted Redcar, Huddersfield, Leyburn and Skipton will each be making their debuts as we’re always striving to bring our race to new parts of this great county.
“The other locations have already proven themselves as more-than-worthy recipients and we cannot wait to revisit them as well.”
The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will be unveiled at a second press conference on Friday, January 17.