Later this month, the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar. The Championships will include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.
It will be the first time that Britain has hosted the UCI Road World Championships since 1982 and Yorkshire is aiming to deliver the most inclusive, innovative and inspiring Road World Championships in the history of the UCI.
The racing will commence on the Saturday 21st September with a ground-breaking para-cycling event running alongside the Championships which will act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The showcase will feature every Paralympic road racing discipline and take place in front of one of the largest crowds ever assembled for an elite para-cycling event.
These UCI Road World Championships will build even further on the county’s growing global reputation for the sport after hosting ‘the grandest of Grand Départs’ for the 2014 Tour de France and the annual legacy race the Tour de Yorkshire which has continued to grow each year, with record breaking spectator numbers.
Harrogate will be the focal point for the Championships and host the finish of every race over the nine days of competition but the races will start at different points across the county.
The Championships will run from 22-29 September 2019 and the programme of races is:
HARROGATE • Sunday 22 September: Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
This new event sees the world’s best male and female time triallists come together to battle it out for a truly historic victory.
HARROGATE • Monday 23 September: Women Junior Individual Time Trial & Men Junior Individual Time Trial
The tough and technical Harrogate circuit will test the juniors as they look to claim the first rainbow jerseys of 2019.
RIPON • Tuesday 24 September: Women Elite Individual Time Trial & Men U23 Individual Time Trial
The routes are identical and perfectly suited to time triallists who can manage their efforts over a fast and open course.
NORTHALLERTON • Wednesday 25 September: Men Elite Individual Time Trial
The biggest prize in elite men’s time trialling is awaiting the rider who powers around this picturesque course in the fastest time.
RICHMOND • Thursday 26 September: Men Junior Road Race
Junior riders from around the world will descend on Richmond for their right to win the coveted rainbow jersey.
DONCASTER • Friday 27 September: Women Junior Road Race & Men U23 Road Race
Both races start and finish in the same location but the routes along the way are varied and provide their own challenges.
BRADFORD • Saturday 28 September: Women Elite Road Race
This route has something for everyone and is sure to provide enthralling racing.
LEEDS • Sunday 29 September: Men Elite Road Race
The Championships will be sure to go out in style on this testing course. Only the strongest will survive for a chance to claim those iconic rainbow jerseys.
To find out more about this iconic world event coming to Yorkshire, do visit: https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
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