Anything but grim up north

Here at Simpson we were delighted to hear about plans for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire, a three-day stage race in May jointly staged by Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency and the organisers of the Tour de France.

We were in God’s Own County for stage 2 of this year’s Tour de France and, as you’ll be able to read in the forthcoming issue 6 of Simpson, it was a wonderful experience.

It’s one thing to watch thousands of cycling fans lining the beautiful roads of South Yorkshire on your telly – but actually being there on that amazing day, soaking up the atmosphere and the friendliness and the warm sunshine as the Tour circus rolled by was truly unforgettable.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said: “We knew Yorkshire was gorgeous and there was a real passion for the Tour, but now we know after the unforgettable Grand Départ that people love the sport of cycling. It is now time to work together to bring a new race that will see some amazing riders and passionate crowds once again line the streets.”

We couldn’t agree more – and we couldn’t be happier for our Yorkshire-based cycling friends, all of whom will be jumping up and down with excitement at this exciting prospect. The amazing success story of British cycling continues…