UCI 2019 events & routes

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.

UCI 2019 events & routes: elite men’s road race

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.

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UCI 2019 events & routes: elite women’s road race

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.

UCI 2019 events & routes: elite men’s individual time trial

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.

UCI 2019 events & routes: elite women’s individual time trial

Tuesday 24th September 2019

The elite women’s individual time trial is 30km. The route is from Ripon, via Ripley, Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite, to Harrogate. Ripon to Ripley is on the A61. After that, the riders take a B-road up to Bedlam, then drop down Clint Bank to Birstwith. Next, it’s up to Clapham Green, and down to Hampsthwaite. The ups and downs and corners make this the most interesting part of the course. The competitors reach the A59, which takes them to the New Park roundabout; that just leaves the pedal into town and the West Park finish line.

UCI 2019 events & routes: mixed team time trial

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.

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

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, para-cycling road races (C1 event)
Day 2, Sunday 22nd September 2019: Harrogate circuit, mixed team time trial (two 14km circuits)
Day 3, Monday 23rd September 2019: Harrogate circuit, junior women ITT (one 14km circuit); junior men ITT (two 14km circuits)
Day 4, Tuesday 24th September 2019: Ripon to Harrogate, 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, elite men’s ITT (54km route only)
Day 6, Thursday 26th September 2019: Richmond to Harrogate , 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); and U23 men’s road race (192.5km, route plus three circuits)
Day 8, Saturday 28th September 2019: Bradford to Harrogate, elite women’s road race (149.5km, route plus three circuits)
Day 9, Sunday 29th September 2019: Leeds to Harrogate, elite men’s road race (284.5km, route plus seven circuits)

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