Six Yorkshire towns have been revealed as either a start or finish destination for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, bringing the popular cycling event to all four corners of the county.
Around 2.5 million spectators turned up to watch the stage between Leeds and Harrogate for the 2014 Tour de France's Grand Depart. The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire event in May 2015 attracted around 1.5 million people – not forgetting the six million who watched it on TV.
So, it's safe to say that next year's Tour de Yorkshire event – which will be held on Friday April 29 and May 1, with a women's stage on April 30 – is highly anticipated.
Although many were disappointed that the British Cycling organisation was unable to extend the 2016 race to four days, fans who live in Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle will be delighted to hear that they'll have the chance to get up close and see the competitors in action.
At the same time, Fox Valley in Sheffield, Halifax, Harrogate and Selby were revealed as a start or finish destination for the 2017 event.
The full route for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire will be revealed on December 9. Keep up to date with the news at the Tour de Yorkshire website.
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