UCI 2019 Yorkshire World Championships
The U23 men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI road World Championships in Yorkshire takes place on the same day and on the same route as the elite women's individual time trial. The under 23 men ride in the morning, and the women in the afternoon.
This is the start list for the under 23 men's ITT.
The competitors start in Ripon, and join the A61 to head south via Wormald Green and South Stainley to Ripley. At the first roundabout in Ripley, they turn right and climb to Bedlam, before descending Clint Bank to Birstwith.
There's a little ascent out of Birstwith, up to Clapham Green, then it's gradually downhill to Hampsthwaite. Graystone Plain Lane leads to the A59, and the course enters Harrogate at the New Park roundabout. From there, the riders head into the centre of town on the A61, do the little Swan Road-Crescent Road diversion, and climb Parliament Street to the finish on West Park.
Result: (1) Mikkel Bjerg (Den) (2) Ian Garrison (USA) (3) Brandon McNulty (USA). This is the results sheet.
There's also a Google map of the route.
|Date||Tuesday 24th September 2019|
|Stage classification||Individual time trial|
The official stage profile for the U23 men's individual time trial:
|Place||Km||First starter||Last starter|
|Intermediate time check (Bedlam)||14.2km||1027||1212|
|Finish line (West Park)||30.3km||1046||1231|
Note: these timings are based on the fastest anticipated speeds. Using the slowest speeds instead, the arrival times at the finish line are 3 minutes later.
Faster is a great book by Michael Hutchinson, who was very good at time trials. More to the point, he has thought a lot about how to ride fast, and is an entertaining writer.
Since the route is exactly the same as the elite women's individual time trial, my suggestions for where to watch are the same - Ripon, Bedlam, Birstwith, Hampsthwaite, and Harrogate. Check out where to watch the UCI 2019 elite women's and under 23 men's individual time trial.
The British team announced a 'long list' of riders taking part in the under 23 men's individual time trial. The following two riders were then selected to take part in the event:
The Dutch riders are Nils Eekhoff and Daan Hoole.
This is the start list for the under 23 men's ITT.
The U23 men's individual time trial starts at Ripon Market Place. The competitors set off from Market Place East, and take Kirkgate and Duck Hill to Skell Garths.
At the roundabout, they go right on King Street. They cross the river Skell on Iron Bridge.
On the other side of the Skell, they continue south through Ripon on Bondgate and Quarry Moor Lane, to meet Harrogate Road by Morrisons. Here, it's left, and after a very short distance, they join the A61 at the roundabout by the Coop garage.
There are some bends in the A61 as it leaves Ripon, but no tight, technical turns. The road rises by about 50m, to a height of 78m, by the time it reaches the Thwaites Lane/Moor Road junction. Then there's a straight section, with nothing more than a few undulations.
After passing Monkton Moor garage, there's a bend to the right, followed by a little downhill to Wormald Green.
In Wormald Green, the road crosses Markington Beck. It then follows the route of the old Leeds-Northallerton railway for some distance, and reaches South Stainley. It continues to Ripley.
At the first roundabout in Ripley, the competitors leave the A61, and turn right on the B6165. The road rises from around 70m at Ripley to 120m at Bedlam 2km further on, and 148m at the top of the rise just beyond Bedlam.
When they reach the New Inn crossroads at Burnt Yates, the riders turn left on Clint Bank - uphill for a short distance.
Then downhill to the village of Birstwith.
In Birstwith, the route passes the Station Hotel, then crosses the
bridge over the river Nidd.
At the far end of Birstwith is the Post Office and Dales Store.
It's left here, up a hill with a 14% gradient according to the road sign.
At the top of the hill is the hamlet of Clapham Green.
From there, it's a very enjoyable descent to Hampsthwaite.
After going through the village, the competitors will go up Grayston Plain Lane to the A59.
At the junction with the A59, the riders turn left, and ride the 5km or so to the New Park roundabout. The height at the junction with Grayston Plain Lane is 153m, and at New Park it's 72m.
At the New Park roundabout, it's right on the A61, uphill, and down to the Swan Road/Crescent Road diversion, which takes competitors past the Royal Pump Rooms.
Finally, they turn right up Parliament Street past Bettys to West Park, to cross the line and stop the clock.
Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark is the 2017 and 2018 under 23 time trial World Champion, and he is still only 20 years old. Brent van Moer (Belgium) was second in 2018, and is the 2019 Belgian under 23 national time trial champion. Mathias Norsgaard, also of Denmark, was third at the 2018 under 23 Worlds.
The best British under 23 rider in 2018 was Ethan Hayter, fifth at 46 seconds behind the winner. He was on the long list for a place in the GB team but has not been selected.
Ripon is said to be the 4th smallest city in England, with a population of 16,702 (2011 census). It is at the confluence of the rivers Laver, Skell, and Ure.
There was no known Roman presence at Ripon (the nearest military camp being at North Stainley). Ripon was founded by St Wilfrid during the Angle kingdom of Northumbria, around 658AD, at the time that he brought craftsmen from the continent to build the church of St Peter. The settlement was then known as Inhrypum.
The area was under Viking rule for a time. Following the Norman invasion, there was a rebellion in the north in 1069, which was suppressed ('the Harrying of the North'). Ripon suffered at this time, and its population was reduced.
In the 1100s, Ripon developed a wool trade, selling to Florentine merchants, and in the 1300s, it began making and selling cloth. In the 1500s and 1600s, Ripon became a specialist in spurs - hence the expression, 'as true steel as Ripon rowells.'
During the time of Edward I and Edward II (1200s and 1300s), there were incursions by invaders from Scotland, and Ripon had a wakeman, who was responsible for the safety of the city, and enforcing a curfew. (Nevertheless, Ripon had to pay a sum of money to the Scots on one occasion to prevent them burning the city).
The tradition of the wakeman lives on in the Ripon Hornblower. At 9pm, a horn is blown from the four corners of the obelisk on market square, in a ceremony known as 'setting the watch.' (It is claimed that this has happened every evening since 886AD).
The crypt of Ripon Cathedral dates from the mid-600s, when the first stone church was built here (dedicated to St Peter in 672AD). St Wilfrid was responsible for the first church, and he is interred in a tomb in the Cathedral. (He is also celebrated in the annual St Wilfrid's procession).
Subsequent churches were destroyed by the English king in 948, and during the Harrying of the North in 1069. Much of the present structure was built in the 1100s under Roger de Pont l'Eveque, but the Early English west front dates from the 1200s, and the nave was rebuilt in the 1500s and 1600s in Perpendicular style. It became a Cathedral in 1836.
There has been racing in Ripon since 1664, but the current racecourse dates from 1900.
Close to Ripon are Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden and deer park.
Wormald Green is a village on the A61 between Ripon and Harrogate.
It used to have a station on the Leeds to Northallerton Railway, a line that was open from 1848 to 1964. Disused Stations has an interesting history of the railway, and Wormald Green station.
The George at Wormald Green is a hotel and carvery.
Harrogate is a town of about 75,000 people, in North Yorkshire.
Its mineral waters were discovered in the 1500s, and it grew as a spa town in the centuries that followed. Many of the spa facilities were built in Queen Victoria's time.
You can visit the Royal Pump Rooms museum, drink the foul sulphur water from a tap outside (not advised), or dip into the Turkish Baths.
These days, Harrogate's economy is still partly based on tourism and visitors. It has a major Convention Centre, the Great Yorkshire Showground, and many good hotels.
Attractions include the RHS garden at Harlow Carr, the Valley Gardens, and Betty's tea rooms.
Read more about Harrogate.