The Driffield & Wolds Weekly and Driffield Town Council have joined forces to try and ‘Bring the Tour de Yorkshire to Driffield’.
Both town councillors and residents were bitterly disappointed that the town did not feature in last year’s event and are now hoping that it may come through the Capital of the Wolds in 2016.
Organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire, have just announced the start and finishing point, including Scarborough and Beverley, and we would love to see the popular cycle race come through the town.
Driffield & Wolds Weekly’s Andy Stabler said: “Driffield is a town on the up, with new shops coming and also being voted the number one postcode in Yorkshire to raise a family.
“It would now be great to see the Tour de Yorkshire added to this.
“We would love to see the popular cycle race come through our superb town. The new road resurfacing has been completed and there is plenty of challenging routes immediately outside the town.
“We know it’s a tough decision for the organisers, but we as a town would make them very welcome, and I am sure the streets would be lined with thousands of spectators.
“On top of this the area is hugely popular with cyclists, as is proved by the three cycle shops.”
The Mayor of Driffield, Cllr Matt Rogers said: “Everyone who knows the area will acknowledge there are certainly plenty of challenging routes that could be taken between Driffield and Scarborough and vice versa, and we are delighted to be partnering the Driffield & Wolds Weekly in highlighting to Welcome to Yorkshire that our town would be a fantastic place to feature in next year’s route.”
Town Clerk, Claire Binnington, has been in touch with project manager, Bob Brayshaw, at Welcome to Yorkshire, who has explained there are a number of factors that must be considered when planning the Tour de Yorkshire route including overall stage and distance.
Claire said: “We have already instigated a communication with Bob at Welcome to Yorkshire and he is aware of our great enthusiasm to work with him to bring the race to the town’.
A spokesperson from Welcome to Yorkshire said: “There are a lot of factors in play when it comes to planning the route.
“As well as having to get from a to b, the stages need to include a certain number of climbs and sprint sections and the overall length, and all work together as a race over the three days.
“We’ll be unveiling the full route on 9th December.”
The following towns will become either a start or finish for the 2016 race. They are, in alphabetical order: Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle.
The men’s race will be held between Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May, with a women’s stage on Saturday 30 April.
Looking back at May’s race it was described by riders, teams and media as the most significant new event in the British cycling calendar, as millions turned out to cheer on the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The Town Council have been inundated with requests from residents and businesses to ensure that the organisers are aware of the town and of the welcome the race would receive.
Cllr Rogers added: “All we can do at this point is to let Welcome to Yorkshire know that we are very happy to work with them in any way that would help bring the race to Driffield, and after the resurfacing work was completed in the summer, at least we know we can provide a suitable cycling surface in the town centre.”
The local cycle shops are completely behind the idea as well, with Derek at Eastgate Cycles saying: “It would be great as Driffield always seems to get missed out and cycling does seem to have become more popular in the area.”