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 32.5km. There's a route
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 same one used in many other races - out to Beckwithshaw, down
Penny Pot Lane to Oak Beck, down one side of the Valley Gardens and
up the other, then back to the A61 on Kent Road.
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
With 300 days to go until the start of the Yorkshire World
Championships, the search for Yorkshire Champions was launched
today. They are the 2,000+ volunteers who will work for one or
more days during the event, helping it to run smoothly.
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!
A mixed team time trial event could be introduced to the UCI Road
World Championships when they take place in 2019 in Yorkshire. It
would be a relay event for national teams featuring three men and
Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce is to question councillors
about road closures for the 2019 World Championships, reports
Stray FM. Small businesses are worried that they might lose out on
trade over the nine days.
Meeting in Doha, the UCI today took the decision to award the 2019
road World Championships to Yorkshire. Welcome to Yorkshire, who
were involved in the bid along with British Cycling and UK Sport,
are delighted. Read about Yorkshire
2019 UCI road World Championships.