North Yorkshire County Council has welcomed the announcement of the routes for the UCI Road World Championships, which will come to Yorkshire in September 2019.
Harrogate will be the host town for nine days of cycle racing from 21 to 29 September, and Northallerton, Richmond, Ripon and Tadcaster will each host a race start. The championships are the pinnacle of the international road cycling calendar and this will be the first time Britain has hosted the event since 1982.
County Council Leader Cllr Carl Les said: “We’re proud that North Yorkshire will host what can justifiably be described as the World Cup of cycling. It’s a massive global sporting event and will again focus the eyes of the world on North Yorkshire, allowing everyone a wonderful opportunity to showcase our vibrant county to the world. I have no doubt the county will rise to the occasion and the residents across North Yorkshire will embrace the spectacle and the opportunities the event offers.
“Hosting the championships will build on the reputation Yorkshire has as a great destination for cycling, beginning with the Tour de Yorkshire Grand Départ in 2014 and growing with its legacy, the annual Tour de Yorkshire. The spectators, who will come from around the world, and the global media coverage, including live broadcasts on BBC TV, will bring significant economic benefits.”
As an indication of the benefits cycling events can bring, this year’s Tour de Yorkshire boosted the Yorkshire economy by £98m. A record 2.6 million spectators lined the route over the four days of racing between 3 and 6 May and overall spending was up 54 per cent.
County Council Chief Executive Richard Flinton, who is on the board of event organiser Yorkshire 2019, said: “The County Council now has five years’ experience of staging major cycling events, since the Grand Départ in 2014. We have developed a strong understanding of how to manage traffic and road closures to provide a smooth experience for visitors, local spectators and people needing to go about their normal lives.
“As a major partner, we will use this expertise alongside Yorkshire 2019 and other partners to ensure that those who visit for the races can do so safely and efficiently and that disruption is minimised for those who live and work near the routes. We will work with residents and businesses over the coming 12 months to ensure the maximum benefit and minimum impact on day-to-day life in Harrogate and other race locations.”
Where possible, rolling road closures will operate, though longer closures will be needed in parts of Harrogate at certain times and at other locations during time trial events.
Full details of the routes announced today can be found on the Yorkshire 2019 website at www.Yorkshire2019.co.uk. Exact timings of races and any associated road closures will be finalised next spring, six months before the event. Further information will be published on the website as it becomes available.