A warm welcome for world cycling championships

This story was published 26 July 2019

People are being urged to set up street parties, design their own land art and help communities welcome the UCI Road World Championships this September.

crowds at the Tour de France in 2014

Cllr Jim Clark, Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, urged councillors to make the most of the opportunity to showcase their area to a global audience, in an address to full council at County Hall in Northallerton.

He said: “I would urge all members to get involved in the UCI championships. I think this is a great opportunity for the council to show itself to the world.”

The council chairman said he will be supporting projects including the creation of land art by Harrogate High School, whose artwork will be created from recycled components and which will highlight cycling and recycling.

Cllr Clark recalled how iconic North Yorkshire locations such as the Yorkshire Dales made some of the most memorable images and television footage during the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire 2014, when he was mayor of Harrogate, and said September’s championships would be reaching an even broader audience.

He said: “While the championships impact on certain areas more than others, it does take in the whole county and should be a celebration for the whole county. We should let the world know what a wonderful place North Yorkshire is.”