British Cycling backs UK government bid to host 2026 Big Start

British Cycling is pleased to announce today its support for the UK Government’s bid to host the Grand Départ of Tour de France 2026, ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement in tomorrow’s Budget and Expenditure Report.

A total of £30m will be allocated to support bids for the Grand Départ and the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup, both of which are expected in early 2022.

The planned Grand Départ will include stops in England, Scotland and Wales, giving people across the country a chance to watch the biggest sporting event, with 95% of the investment in hosting the stops benefiting regions outside the country. Supporting the government’s settlement program.

British Cycling CEO Brian Visser said:

“The Grand Départ at the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire was an unforgettable celebration of our sport and we are still talking about it today, inspiring a new generation of cyclists. Most importantly, these few days have demonstrated our country’s credentials as one of the best cycling nations in the world and we are delighted Support the UK government’s bid to bring the sport back to these coasts in 2026.

“The Tour de France will bring significant economic benefits and investments to our communities, euphoric roadside crowds and a tangible legacy of ensuring more people drive in England, Scotland and Wales.

“We now look forward to working alongside the UK Government and the UK’s Decentralized Departments and Sport to deliver a compelling vision for Grand Départ 2026, which aligns with the aspirations of the event organizer. The Amaury Sport organization and builds on our proud record of hosting esports sport – the world’s largest event” .

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Treasury Secretary, Rishi Sunak said:

“I am delighted at the prospect of bringing more global sporting events to the UK. That is why I am supporting these UK bids, with over £40m in funding to support our cause.”

“Our shows will include events taking place across the country and I hope everyone will have a chance to cheer on their sports heroes.”

Research conducted on Grand Depart 2014 – which included three stations in Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London – showed that the event generated around £130 million for the host region’s economies and was watched by 3.5 million people en route.

In total, it attracted 113,000 visitors from outside the UK and 92% of spectators who saw the Yorkshire stop felt the tour was good for the area.

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