There's an exceptional opportunity to secure accommodation for the
World Championships after the cancellation of a block booking.
The Vicarage, in the little village of Nidd, a stone's throw from
Ripley and a short bike ride from Harrogate, is right by the route of
many of the races, including the elite women's ITT and the elite men's
They offer 3 stylish boutique rooms - all king-sized beds. You help
yourself to a delicious continental breakfast spread from the in-room
pantry, whatever time you like. Superfast wifi to follow all the
action. Easy access to Harrogate by car, or train, avoiding any road
closures. Parking and secure bike storage.
What do guests say? 'A hidden gem...What did I like? Everything!'
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 Harrogate, the riders do seven
laps of the 14-km Beckwithshaw-Penny Pot Lane-Valley Gardens
circuit, before the finish line on West Park.
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
top of the route, then it's back south via West Tanfield to Ripon.
The return to Harrogate is via Bishop Thornton, Shaw Mills, Clint,
Birstwith, Clapham Green, and Hampsthwaite. The finishing circuit is
the same as the men's, but only done three times.
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 reach Masham. From Masham, the route is
popular with local cyclists: Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, and
Risplith, then on to Ripley, where it joins the A61 (less popular
with this local cyclist). The A61 Ripon road leads to the finish on
West Park in Harrogate.
The elite women's individual time trial is 30.3km. The route is
from Ripon to Harrogate. Leaving Ripon, the riders are on the A61 to
Ripley. Then they turn off the A61 and make their way through
Bedlam, Clint, Birstwith, Clapham Green, and Hampsthwaite. They join
the A59, and enter Harrogate at the New Park roundabout, where they
re-join the A61 which leads to the finish on West Park.
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
This should be a fun and exciting event on the opening weekend of
There's been a change to the route of the elite women's
individual time trial at the Yorkshire Worlds.
The original route was straight down the A61 from Ripon to
Harrogate, followed by one lap of the Harrogate circuit. The new
route forks off the A61 at Ripley, and takes in Bedlam, Clint,
Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite.
The change may have been made to minimise disruption to traffic,
but the result is a more challenging, technical, and interesting
time trial course.
The race programme and routes for the 2019 UCI Road World
Championships were announced in Innsbruck today. Sir Gary Verity
and UCI President David Lappartient, in Austria for the 2018
event, unveiled the routes that will be raced in a year's time in
Yorkshire. The excitement can now start to build!