Tour de France & UCI road World Championships
Below are the different events and routes at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, as announced on 26th September 2018. See also the race programme in date order.
Sunday 29th September 2019
The men's road race starts in Leeds, and is a monster route of 284.5km. The ride through the Yorkshire Dales closely resembles Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France, with climbs at Cray, Buttertubs, and Grinton Moor. On their return to Harrogate, the riders do seven laps of the 14-km Beckwithshaw-Penny Pot Lane-Valley Gardens circuit, before the finish line on West Park.
Read about the men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Saturday 28th September 2019
The women's road race starts in the centre of Bradford. The riders make their way north via Shipley and Otley, then climb up Norwood Edge. They continue to Pateley Bridge, then on to Lofthouse, and the steep Côte de Lofthouse climb. The market town of Masham is at the northern extremity of the route, then it's back south via West Tanfield to Ripon. The return to Harrogate takes in Bishop Thornton, Shaw Mills, Clint, Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite. The Harrogate circuit is tackled three times before the finish line.
Read about the women's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Wednesday 25th September 2019
The elite men's individual time trial is a 54km route from Northallerton to Harrogate. Heading south out of Northallerton, it passes through Morton-on-Swale, and crosses the A1M at Leeming Bar, before reaching Bedale. Just after the 20km point, the competitors will cross the river Ure and arrive at Masham. From Masham, the route is popular with local cyclists: Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, and Risplith, then on to Ripley. Here it joins the A61 (less popular with this local cyclist). The A61 Ripon road leads to the finish on West Park in Harrogate.
Tuesday 24th September 2019
The elite women's individual time trial is 32.5km. The route is from Ripon to Harrogate, then one lap of the Harrogate circuit. Ripon to Harrogate is on the A61, via Ripley; the Harrogate circuit is the one used in many of the races at the 2019 UCI World Championships - out to Beckwithshaw, right to the Jubilee roundabout, down Penny Pot Lane to Oak Beck and up the other side, down the south side of the Valley Gardens and up the other, then back to the A61 on Kent Road, before going up Parliament Street to the finish on West Park.
Sunday 22nd September 2019
The mixed team time trial takes place on the Harrogate circuit, on the Sunday of the opening weekend of the Championships. It's national teams of three men and three women. The men ride the 14-km circuit first, and when the second of them crosses the line, the women set off. The final time is taken when the second of the female riders crosses the finish line on West Park.
This should be a fun and exciting event.
Read about the mixed team time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Friday 27th September 2018
The U23 men's road race starts in Doncaster, and heads north to Sherburn-in-Elmet, Tadcaster, and Boroughbridge. Then the route is west to Ripon and Pateley Bridge, before the riders go up Greenhow Hill, a popular climb with lots of roadside spectators when it has featured in the Tour de Yorkshire. The riders then travel via Thruscross and Blubberhouses to Harrogate. There are three laps of the Harrogate circuit before the finish on West Park.
Read about the U23 men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Tuesday 24th September 2018
The U23 men's individual time trial is on the same day, and uses the same Ripon to Harrogate route, as the elite women's ITT. Both courses include one lap of the Harrogate circuit, for a total distance of 32.5km.
Thursday 26th September 2018
The junior men's road race starts in Richmond. It dips into Wensleydale, before heading up Kidstones Bank (otherwise known as the Côte de Cray). The other side of the climb, it's down into Wharfedale (Buckden, Kettlewell, Kilnsey, Threshfield), then on to Bolton Abbey. From Bolton Bridge, the riders are on the A59, with a climb at Summerscales up to Blubberhouses Moor. On arrival in Harrogate, there are three laps of the Harrogate circuit before the finish on West Park.
Read about the junior men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Friday 27th September 2019
The junior women's road race starts in Doncaster. It makes its way north via Hatfield and Thorne, then passes to the east of Pontefract and Castleford. Monk Fryston and Sherburn-in-Elmet are on the route before Tadcaster. Wetherby is the next main town, and from there, the riders take the A661 to Spofforth. Arriving in High Harrogate at the Empress roundabout, they are then on the A59 to the New Park roundabout. They approach the finish on West Park, like the other races, on Ripon Road, Swan Road, Crescent Road, and Parliament Street.
Monday 23rd September 2019
The junior men's individual time trial is two laps of the Harrogate circuit, for a total distance of 28km. While there are no long climbs, there are plenty of short, sharp ones - in fact, for almost the whole route, it's either up or down. The advantage of the route is that it's never far from the centre of Harrogate, which should mean plenty of vocal support for the competitors.
Monday 23rd September 2019
The junior women's individual time trial is one lap of the Harrogate circuit, a distance of 14km. As described for the junior men above, it's a rolling route, with very little flat, and there should be lots of local people watching and encouraging the riders.
Saturday 21st September 2019
There will be para-cycling road races for all classifications on the opening Saturday of the Championships. The C1 race starts in Beverley, and takes a 93km route via Tadcaster and Wetherby to Harrogate. The route for the races in some other classifications is shorter, so there are intermediate start points at Tadcaster, Wetherby, and Harrogate.
This is the first time that para-cycling has been integrated into the UCI Road World Championships. It will get the 2019 event off to a great start, with competitive races and big crowds.
Read about the para-cycling road races at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
This is the full programme of races during the 2019 UCI Road World Championships:
The Tour de France 2019 starts in Brussels on 6th July 2019. Read a stage by stage guide to the Tour de France 2019.
The Harrogate circuit is central to the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. The mixed team time trial is exclusively on it, and most of the other races will ride it after a route from elsewhere in Yorkshire. For example, the women's road race does three laps, and the men's road race does seven.