Britain’s Tour de Yorkshire Sportive will not take place in 2021 and has been postponed to 2022 due to COVID19 uncertainty organizers Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire announced on Wednesday.
After the global pandemic forced ASO to cancel this year’s Tour de Yorkshire Sportive, organizers of the prestigious amateur event that runs alongside the professional Tour de Yorkshire race set their sights organizing the 2021 edition.
Now, with pandemic uncertainty expected to persist throughout next year, the 2021 sportive and professional races have been cancelled
“During these uncertain times Welcome to Yorkshire need 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,” Welcome to Yorkshire CEO James Mason announced.
ASO added, “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.”
The Tour de Yorkshire Sportive normally occurs ahead of the last stage of the professional race in early May and allows amateur cyclists the opportunity to ride on the same route raced by professionals and line by thousands of fans.
The last edition of the event, 2019, sold-out with five thousand cyclists starting in Leeds and riding the 123km gran fondo, 79km medio fondo or 50km picolo fondo routes.