Published On: Tue, Feb 17th, 2015 on 3:02 pm

Deputy PM announces £800,000 boost for Yorkshire ahead of Tour

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced a £800,000 investment for the county ahead of Tour de Yorkshire.

Tour De France Yorkshire

The boost will help market the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire event to international visitors and build new cycling facilities in the region.

£300,000 of the funding will be invested by Welcome to Yorkshire on international marketing to promote the Tour de Yorkshire and the region generally to overseas tourists.

Increasing cycling participation

An extra £500,000 will improve cycling facilities in Yorkshire over a two-year period, contributing to the construction of cycle circuits across the county.

Every year each circuit will support 10,000 competitive and recreational cyclists who want to take part in the sport away from traffic, with access to the best support facilities.

The move will provide sites that will help increase cycling participation in the region as well as help train cyclists.

“The perfect opportunity to build on this lasting legacy”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Yorkshire wore the yellow jersey with pride last year, with an incredible staging of the Tour de France Grand Depart.

“The Tour de Yorkshire this summer is the perfect opportunity to build on this lasting legacy, attracting visitors again, which in turn will boost business in the region.”

Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant also welcomed the announcement.

She said: “British cycling has been a great success story in recent years and I want the sport to continue to grow at all levels. This funding will not only strengthen cycling in Yorkshire but also promote the area to tourists through the first Tour de Yorkshire this spring.”

The Tour de Yorkshire will run from 1 May to 3 May.

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