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UCI World Championships 2019 Yorkshire events & routes

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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.

Men's road race

A view of Kilnsey Crag
Kilnsey Crag

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.

Women's road race

Cote de Lofthouse
Côte de Lofthouse

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.

Men's individual time trial

Slow ducks crossing Kirkby Malzeard
Slow ducks crossing, Kirkby Malzeard

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.

Read about the elite men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Women's individual time trial

Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle

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.

Read about the elite women's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Mixed team time trial

Parliament Street, Harrogate
Parliament Street, Harrogate

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.

Under 23 men's road race

Pateley Bridge High Street
High Street, Pateley Bridge

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.

Under 23 men's time trial

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.

Read about the U23 men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Junior men's road race

Blubberhouses Moor
Blubberhouses Moor

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.

Junior women's road race

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.

Read about the junior women's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Junior men's individual time trial

Climb up Penny Pot Lane from Oak Beck
Penny Pot Lane, climb up from Oak Beck

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.

Read about the junior men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Junior women's individual time trial

Valley Drive and Cornwall Rd, Harrogate
Valley Drive and Cornwall Road, Harrogate

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.

Read about the junior women's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Para-cycling road races

Westwood Pasture, Beverley
Westwood Pasture, Beverley

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.

UCI World Championships 2019 Yorkshire events & routes: full race programme

This is the full programme of races during the 2019 UCI Road World Championships:

  • Day 1, Saturday 21st September 2019: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate circuit (route map), para-cycling road races (C1 event)
  • Day 2, Sunday 22nd September 2019: Harrogate circuit (route map), mixed team time trial (two 14km circuits)
  • Day 3, Monday 23rd September 2019: Harrogate circuit (route map), junior women ITT (one 14km circuit); junior men ITT (two 14km circuits)
  • Day 4, Tuesday 24th September 2019: Ripon to Harrogate (route map), U23 men ITT (32.5km, route plus one circuit); elite women's ITT (32.5km, route plus one circuit)
  • Day 5, Wednesday 25th September 2019: Northallerton to Harrogate (route map), elite men's ITT (54km route only)
  • Day 6, Thursday 26th September 2019: Richmond to Harrogate (route map), junior men's road race (144.5km, route plus three circuits)
  • Day 7, Friday 27th September 2019: Doncaster to Harrogate, junior women's road race (91.5km, route only) (route map); and U23 men's road race (192.5km, route plus three circuits) (route map)
  • Day 8, Saturday 28th September 2019: Bradford to Harrogate (route map), elite women's road race (149.5km, route plus three circuits)
  • Day 9, Sunday 29th September 2019: Leeds to Harrogate (route map), elite men's road race (284.5km, route plus seven circuits)

Tour de France 2019

Grand Place, Brussels

The Tour de France 2019 starts in Brussels on 6th July 2019. Read a stage by stage guide to the Tour de France 2019.

UCI 2019 Harrogate circuit

Parliament Street, Harrogate

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.

Discover the Harrogate circuit at the 2019 UCI road World Championships.

Kilnsey CragParliament Street, HarrogateCote de Lofthouse