Re-Tour de Yorkshire
Although shamefully missed out of the last two years’ routes, One Global’s home town of Leeds will once again be welcoming the cyclists of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2018 – a year which will also see a record number of teams competing.
While seven of the men’s teams and nine of the women’s teams are ‘home grown’ in the UK, there are teams attending from Ireland, France, Spain, the USA, Germany, and many others – a great boost to Leeds’s standing on the world stage, in an age where business really can be done anywhere and with anyone.
Now taking place over an extended four days, from 3 to 6 May, the road cycling race began in 2015 as part of the legacy of the 2014 visit of the Tour de France to the county – which also passed through Leeds – and has gone from strength to strength. Viewed by 9.7 million people globally, and benefiting Yorkshire to the tune of £50 to 64 million each year, its international reach is a perfect example of business without borders, and a true Yorkshire success story.
Even in its name, the ‘Tour’ embodies the melting pot this event has become. While in its original sense it was literally a circuit of France, and it can also mean ‘Yorkshire’s turn’, the race is a great chance to take the world on a sight-seeing tour of ‘God’s own county’ (as it’s humorously known).
Besides Leeds, the race will pass through a stunning variety of landscapes, starting in Beverley, near Hull, and passing through Doncaster, Barnsley, Ilkley, Scarborough, and Halifax, making it one of the most dramatic races in the cycling calendar.
If you needed a reason to view the greenest county in England, encompassing lush dales, wild moors, sweeping viaducts and plunging waterfalls – and some would argue, its own distinct language – you could do worse than take in the Tour!