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Cycle race bosses say Stray damage was ‘beyond everyone’s expectations’

Cycle race bosses say Stray damage was ‘beyond everyone’s expectations’

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 4:03pm 30th April 2020.

The organisation behind the UCI Road World Championships has said the damage caused on the Stray was “beyond everyone’s expectations” – after it agreed to contribute to the repair costs.

  • Yorkshire 2019 used part of the Stray for the Fan Zone during the UCI Road World Championships last September. 
  • The area was badly damaged by heavy rain and machinery.
  • The organisers of the race will now £35,500 towards the repair costs.

Yorkshire 2019 used part of the Stray as a spectator area for the cycling event in September last year – and heavy rain and machinery left it badly damaged.

The organisers will now pay £35,500 towards the repairs costs – and an extra £95,000 of council cash will be spent on upgrades.

Chris Pilling, chairman of Yorkshire 2019, said:

“328 million people all over the world saw the beauty of Harrogate and the amazing world-class sport that happened here in the most challenging of Yorkshire weather conditions.

“The impact of the weather was beyond everyone’s expectations and as the company now formally closes, we are pleased to make a significant financial contribution to help the council restore the Stray for the benefit of the local community, and for the many visitors that research shows will be inspired to come to Harrogate for many years to come.”

Harrogate Borough Council said work has begun this week and will be completed by September.

Yorkshire 2019 was set up by the government to deliver the event and is now being dissolved.