It’s been announced today that the iconic Tour de Yorkshire race has been pushed back another year. Earlier in the year, thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 race was cancelled, and rescheduled for next year.
Event organisers took to Twitter to announce the news earlier today. In a statement the organisers said: “Unfortunately, the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire will be postponed until 2022. It was a difficult decision to make but given the developing COVID-19 situation, Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO will instead focus on bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, James Mason said: “During this uncertain times, Welcome to Yorkshire needs to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event that we cannot be certain of.”
“Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year, the decision we have made is the right one and perhaps the only one we could make.”
“The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs.”
Last year’s race generated £60M for Yorkshire’s economy, with 28M people tuning in to watch the race – attracting “Tour De France style” crowds across the region. Although many businesses will be affected by this decision Welcome to Yorkshire does not take this lightly, Acting so early allows them to focus on how they can help businesses in the area in the crucial time.