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Junior men's road race

Blubberhouses Moor
Blubberhouses Moor

The junior men's road race at the 2019 UCI road World Championships in Yorkshire starts in Richmond (like Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire). It dips into Wensleydale, before heading up Kidstones Bank. The other side of the climb, it goes down into Wharfedale (Buckden, Kettlewell, Kilnsey, and 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.

Junior men's road race: facts, figures, and map

Route map, junior men's road race UCI 2019
Route map, junior men's road race, © Welcome to Yorkshire. (See full-size map)

Junior men's road race
Date Thursday 26th September 2019
Event classification Road race
Distance 144.5km
Climbs Kidstones Bank

The official stage profile for the junior men's road race:

Profile, 2019 UCI junior men's road race

Profile of the junior men's road race, © Welcome to Yorkshire

Junior men's road race: timings

Timings to follow.

Junior men's road race: the route

Junior men's road race: the start at Richmond


Richmond, by Paul Arps, Licence CC BY 2.0

The junior men's road race starts in Richmond, with a neutralised section beginning in the centre, at the Market Place (to be confirmed).

The riders take the A6136 over the river Swale, and head south (Rimington Avenue/Longwood Bank/Richmond Road) to Catterick Garrison. Here, they turn right on Leyburn Road, then the flag goes down and the racing starts.

Junior men's road race: Catterick Garrison to Kidstones Bank

After leaving Catterick Garrison on Leyburn Road, it's left on Range Road, then right at the next junction, across Barden Moor to Halfpenny House. At the Halfpenny House junction, the riders pick up the A6108, which takes them to Bellerby.

(Bellerby is a village which dates back at least to the Domesday Book, when it was called 'Belgebi' (from Old Norse, meaning Berg's farmstead - Wikipedia). There are about 280 residents, and a large population of ducks, which find Bellerby Beck to be a pleasant home).

Leyburn Market Place
Leyburn Market Place

Soon after Bellerby is Leyburn, which is a small market town, with a stop on the Wensleydale Railway.

From Leyburn, the route is south west on the A684 to Wensley, on the river Ure.

Wensley church
Wensley church, by Sheffield Tiger, Licence CC BY 2.0

From Wensley, for the first time the race is on a road the rest of us might enjoy riding on, a lane to Preston-under-Scar. As its name suggests, the village sits under a steep, wooded slope.

Just short of Castle Bolton, the route turns south to Redmire, then it's on to Carperby and Aysgarth, famous for its falls.

George & Dragon, Aysgarth
George & Dragon, Aysgarth

From Aysgarth, the riders cross Bishopdale Beck to West Burton, and they take the B6160 up Bishopdale. Here, they are on the route of the elite men's road race, but going in the opposite direction.

After a few kilometres of nearly flat terrain by Bishopdale Beck, the gradient steepens, next to what is now called Kidstones Gill. This is the climb of Kidstones Bank, which peaks at 424m.

Top of Kidstones Bank
Top of Kidstones Bank

Junior men's road race: Kidstones Bank to Bolton Abbey


After the top of the Kidstones Bank climb, the road descends to Cray, where it passes the White Lion Inn.

White Lion Inn, Cray
White Lion Inn, Cray

At the foot of the descent, the riders are in Wharfedale. The first village they reach is Buckden.

Village Store, Buckden
White Lion Inn, Cray

Then it's on to Starbotton and Kettlewell.

Stream in Kettlewell

The riders cross the bridge over the Wharfe in Kettlewell, and continue downstream to Kilnsey.

Kilnsey Crag
Kilnsey Crag

Still on the B6160, the riders pass Grass Wood (on the far side of the river), and go through Threshfield. They continue to Burnsall, then the road drifts away from the river and rises steeply through some woods.

By the time the B6160 reaches Barden Tower, it's back down by the Wharfe again. After another few kilometres of rolling terrain, it reaches Bolton Abbey.

Bolton Abbey
Ruined Priory, Bolton Abbey

Junior men's road race: Bolton Abbey to the finish in Harrogate

Beamsley Hill
Beamsley Hill (climb to Summerscales)

Soon after Bolton Abbey, the B6160 meets the A59 at Bolton Bridge. Here, the riders turn left on the A59 towards Harrogate. The height is around 125m at this point.

The road climbs to the hamlet of Summerscales. This climb is noted on the official map and race profile as 'Summerscales', but it's perhaps better known as Beamsley Hill, as it passes Beamsley Beacon and Beamsley Moor to the right. It's a climb onto Blubberhouses Moor (more grouse shooting land), peaking at 293m.

Blubberhouses Moor seen from Broad Dubb Road
Blubberhouses Moor, seen from Broad Dubb Road

There's then a descent of Kex Gill (a road that's very susceptible to being closed due to landslips). You can sometimes see kestrels here, and in the fading light, owls.

Barn owl flying over moors at Kex Gill
Barn owl, Kex Gill

The descent ends at Blubberhouses, which marks the northern end of Fewston reservoir.

Blubberhouses Chapel
Chapel at Blubberhouses

From here, the riders are on the A59 all the way to Harrogate. There's a climb up the section called Hopper Lane, and few more ups and downs as the road passes Dangerous Corner, Kettlesing Head, and the Knabs Ridge wind turbines.

Wind turbines at Knabs Ridge
Wind turbines at Knabs Ridge

The peloton arrives at the New Park (Little Wonder) roundabout in the north of Harrogate, and takes the A61 towards the town centre. After reaching West Park, there are three laps of the Harrogate circuit before the finish line.

Junior men's road race: favourites

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Junior men's road race: comments

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Junior men's individual time trial

The junior men's individual time trial at the UCI road World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire.

Read about the men's ITT.

Junior men's road race: towns, sights and attractions

Junior men's road race: Richmond


Richmond, by Paul Arps, Licence CC BY 2.0

Richmond is a market town in North Yorkshire on the river Swale, with one of the largest cobbled market places in England.

It was founded in 1071, shortly after the Norman invasion, and was named after Richemont in Normandy. It is the UK's most duplicated placename, occurring 57 times worldwide. Richmond Castle was completed in 1086.

In the C17th and C18th, Richmond's prosperity grew due to the Swaledale wool industry and lead mining in Arkengarthdale. Fine Georgian houses were built at this time.

Richmond Barracks were completed in 1877.

One of the famous buildings in Richmond is The Georgian Theatre Royal.

Junior men's road race: Catterick Garrison

Catterick Garrison is the largest British Army garrison town, with a population of 13,000. It is near Richmond, in North Yorkshire.

It was Robert Baden-Powell (founder of the Scouts) who recommended the site instead of barracks at Richmond Castle, and a camp was built from 1914. It served as a PoW camp at the end of World War I. Further construction took place in the 1930s for a permanent military camp. It housed prisoners of war again in World War II.

One of Catterick Garrison's functions is as an Infantry Training Centre.

Junior men's road race: Leyburn

Bolton Arms, Leyburn

Leyburn is a market town with a population of 2,183. It's name is ley (meaning clearing) burn (stream).

It has a large market square, and Friday is market day. There is also a monthly farmers' market.

Leyburn hosts the Dales Festival of Food and Drink (May Bank Holiday), and the Wensleydale Agricultural Show (end of August).

Leyburn police station
Leyburn police station

Many of the walks from Leyburn begin on Leyburn Shawl, a wooded escarpment to the west of the town, said to be named after a shawl dropped here by Mary Queen of Scots, as she tried to escape from Bolton Castle.

Leyburn has a station on the Wensleydale railway, a heritage steam railway which runs from Leeming Bar to Redmire, a distance of 16 miles. There are plans to extend it west to Castle Bolton, Aysgarth, Hawes, and Garsdale.

The Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Michael Dawson comes from Leyburn.

Junior men's road race: Wensley

Wensley church

Wensley church, by Sheffield Tiger, Licence CC BY 2.0

Wensley gives its name to Wensleydale. This is unusual, because most of the Yorkshire Dales take their names from their rivers, not a town; further, Wensley is only a village.

Wensley was important in the past, because it received a Royal Charter for a market in 1202, and it was the only market in the dale until the C16th (Wikipedia).

The village was de-populated after 1563, when plague struck, but recovered after Bolton Hall was built in 1678.

Holy Trinity church, Wensley, was the scene of James and Helen Herriot's wedding in All Creatures Great and Small. The church dates from 1300.

Junior men's road race: Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey stepping stones

Bolton Abbey, in Wharfedale, includes the ruins of an Augustinian monastery founded in 1154, known as Bolton Priory. At the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Bolton Priory closed (1540).

At the west end of the ruins of the Priory is the parish church (St Mary & St Cuthbert), which survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Work was done to its architecture in Victorian times, including windows by August Pugin. It is still used for worship today, and is Church of England.

From 1748, the Estate belonged to the Dukes of Devonshire (surname Cavendish). The formal ownership structure changed and it was handed over to the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, but the Devonshire family remain involved.

Red grouse

Red grouse

Bolton Abbey is involved in grouse shooting. They boast of 13,500 acres of land devoted to it on Barden Moor. The also sell pheasant shooting 'packages'.

In July 2018, a red kite which had been illegally shot was found near the Strid at Bolton Abbey. It isn't known who shot that red kite. In general, it is strongly suspected that birds of prey are illegally shot or poisoned by some grouse moor gamekeepers or managers. The Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has said the Park Authority is strongly opposed to 'barbaric and persistent persecution of raptors' on grouse moors.

Red kite, Harrogate

Red kite, Yorkshire

As well as any illegal killing of birds of prey, managing moors for the highest possible intensity of grouse involves the legal killing of other predators, including foxes, stoats, weasels, and crows, using traps and guns. For more information, see Dr Ruth Tingay's chapter of Chris Packham's Manifesto for Wildlife.

With wildlife under pressure as never before, many people doubt if it can still be right to manage whole landscapes, including large portions of a National Park, for an activity that has little support among the wider public.

Junior men's road race: Harrogate


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.

Royal Pump Rooms, Harrogate

Royal Pump Rooms, Harrogate

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.

Betty's tea rooms Harrogate

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