Yorkshire is set to welcome 20,000 cycling enthusiasts as the county holds its first major cycle expo in October 2018.

Cycle Expo Yorkshire, the result of a joint venture between Welcome to Yorkshire and event specialist XSEM, will come to Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) in Harrogate on 12-14 October

The new exhibition will add to a slew of cycling related events in the region in recent years. Having hosted the Tour De France’s Grand Depart in 2014 and the now annual Tour de Yorkshire, the county has also secured the UCI Road World Championships in 2019, which is expected to bring record numbers of spectators to the region.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Yorkshire. Cyclists travel from far and wide to cycle on our iconic roads and Cycle Expo Yorkshire will further cement the region’s position as a hub for international cycling.

“Along with the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships in 2019, Cycle Expo Yorkshire will continue to build on our cycling legacy attracting thousands of visitors. We have already had a great response from local cycle clubs and retailers alike, and hope the rest of the county can get behind us to support the event in true Yorkshire spirit.”

Charlotte Scoular, head of bike at XSEM, said: “With its rich cycling heritage and success of previous events, Yorkshire is the perfect choice for the Cycle Expo. The YEC is one of the most prestigious events spaces in the UK and we are privileged to have the facilities and staff to make this an unforgettable experience for all two-wheel enthusiasts.

“As a proud Yorkshire company, we are delighted to be managing the Cycle Expo Yorkshire. It’s the passion of the people of Yorkshire that make events like this such a joy to organise.”