The RNLI (the Royal National Lifeboat Institution) has been given the status as the official charity for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 which is being held over three days (29 April – 1 May 2016) covering 320 miles (515 km) throughout the county of Yorkshire. The first race day starts in Beverley in East Yorkshire on Friday 29 April and ends on Sunday 1 May in the North Yorkshire resort of Scarborough.
The Tour de Yorkshire 2015 was watched by an estimated one million viewers. This race, now firmly on the calendar of events for Yorkshire and always well looked forward to, was launched after Yorkshire successfully hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France back in 2014.
All monies raised from the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 will be used by the RNLI where it operates 9 lifeboat stations throughout the Yorkshire region. The RNLI relies on voluntary donations, and without supporters it would be very hard to provide the crews with the much needed and all important equipment and training that’s required. The RNLI operates around 235 lifeboat stations within the UK and Ireland and there are over 200 lifeguard units situated on beaches throughout the UK.