The city centre cycle races are scrapped

Town centre cycle races are scrapped

SKIPTON The city Centre Cycle Races is not going to cross forward this yr as a result of a loss of monetary improve and sources.

Craven District Council, which has run the development for 4 years working in July attracting world-class cyclists, and 1000’s of spectators, stated it had by no means envisaged working it on an everlasting foundation.


It says it misplaced its major sponsor this yr and an try to get Skipton The city Council to take over the organisation used to be now not a success.

Paul Shevlin, leader govt of Craven District Council, stated: “The Skipton the town centre biking races had been offered in 2015 as a part of our legacy plan following the Excursion de France.

“We was hoping to reveal Skipton may just effectively host a the town centre cycle race. We held 4 superb occasions, attracting probably the most global’s best riders, and following the primary yr the race used to be then integrated within the HSBC UK Nationwide Circuit Sequence, and televised.”

Ultimate yr’s tournament used to be backed for the second one yr by means of Horton Housing.

Mr Shevlin added: “The prices of establishing and website hosting the race have at all times been lined by means of sponsorship in addition to improve from Skipton Industry Growth District (BID) and Skipton The city Council. We additionally had to have in mind that our long run plan didn’t envisage that the council would organise this tournament once a year because of the sources had to run a a success tournament, and for 2019 we had misplaced our headline sponsor.

“Having demonstrated that the race may well be effectively held, we then sought improve from Skipton The city Council to peer in the event that they sought after to run the development sooner or later, however sadly they weren’t ready to take action.”

He stated: “We’re sorry that we’re now not ready to carry this race in Skipton, however we stay up for welcoming many different thrilling biking occasions together with the UCL Street International Championships in September, and probably the Excursion de Yorkshire in years yet to come.”

Dave Parker, leader officer of Skipton The city Council, stated: “The city council’s occasions crew has supplied some improve to the The city Centre Cycle Races over the past two years – however contributors felt we weren’t ready to take at the complete control of the development with the related monetary dedication.”

He added: “The personal Council will proceed to improve the Excursion de Yorkshire and the UCI International Championships in September – along the considerable selection of different occasions we offer or assist to facilitate each and every yr.”

The UCI International Championships will happen from September 22 to September 29 and can be based totally in Harrogate, entering the Dales on September 26 and September 29.

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