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 Bishopdale to 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.
Result: (1) Quinn Simmons (USA) (2) Alessio Martinelli (Ita) (3) Magnus Sheffield (USA). This is the official results sheet.
The long list of British riders for the World Championships has been released. Five of the following riders will be selected for the junior men's road race:
The Dutch team is Lars Boven, Enzo Leijnse, Axel van der Tuuk, Casper van Uden, and Hidde van Veenendaal.
The French team is Kévin Vaquelin, Alex Baudin, Thibault d'Hervez, Axel Laurance, and Hugo Toumire.
The USA team is Quinn Simmons, Gianni Lamperti, Michael Garrison, Magnus Sheffield, and Matthew Riccitello.
There's a Google map of the race route.
|Date||Thursday 26th September 2019|
|Event classification||Road race|
The official stage profile for the junior men's road race:
|Richmond||Start of neutralised section||1210|
|Richmond, start of the racing||0km||1212|
|Harrogate start lap 1||106.1km||1436|
|Finish line (West Park)||148.1km||1533|
Where to watch the UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds junior men's road race. Some of the best places are Richmond, Kidstones Bank, Bolton Abbey, Blubberhouses Moor, and Harrogate.
The junior men's road race starts in Richmond, with a neutralised section beginning in front of Trinity Church, at the Market Place.
The riders leave the Market Place near the King's Head, on King Street.
They go straight on on Queens Road, past Greyfriars Tower.
They then turn right on the A6136 Dundas Street. They pass The Batts, and cross over the river Swale to the Station - no longer a station, but a thriving venue with café, cinema, artwork, and more.
The flag goes down and the racing starts after 1.2km, as they head south on the A6136 (Rimington Avenue/Longwood Bank/Richmond Road) to Catterick Garrison.
At Catterick Garrison, they turn right on Leyburn Road.
After leaving Catterick Garrison on Leyburn Road, it's left on Range Road, which runs along the side of Catterick Golf Club, then past a tree plantation. Range Road heads uphill: Catterick Garrison is at a height of about 150m, and the top of the hill is at about 250m. Signs indicate unusual hazards here, but with luck, no rider will collide with a tank.
The grass verges are littered with an extraordinary number of plastic bottles and aluminium cans, and with McDonald's and other junk food packaging. I'm used to seeing rubbish that has been dropped (and picking it up), but I was shocked by the sheer quantity here. It is shameful. North Yorkshire County Council, if you're reading, please organise a clean up. Maybe the British Army at Catterick Garrison would help?
At the next junction, the riders turn right across Barden Moor to Halfpenny House.
At the Halfpenny House junction, the riders pick up the A6108. A section of the A6108 called Runs Bank takes them past Highfields Farm 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. That's according to t'internet, at least; when I was there, I didn't see a single duck.
Continuing south from Bellerby on the A6108, the junior men cross Whipperdale Beck, and soon reach the market town of Leyburn, which has a station on the Wensleydale Railway.
From Leyburn, the route is south west on the A684 to Wensley, on the river Ure.
From Wensley, for the first time the race is on a road the rest of us might enjoy riding, a lane which passes close to Preston-under-Scar. As its name suggests, the village sits under a steep, wooded slope.
The route reaches the village of Redmire, on the Wensleydale Railway.
Leaving Redmire, there's a view of Bolton Castle to the right - the stronghold where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner in 1568-9.
Then it's on to Carperby, which has a high-stepped market cross dating from 1674 (Wikipedia).
Now the riders head south to cross the river Ure by Aysgarth Falls. (Although the Tour de France came to Aysgarth in 2014, it didn't actually pass within sight of the falls themselves; the same goes for the elite men's road race at these Championships).
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. It's flat or rolling terrain for the first few kilometres, by Bishopdale Beck.
I noticed that quite a few saplings have been planted on the dale sides; they should improve what is already a very pleasant landscape. The road isn't too busy, which makes it a nice ride - although at the weekend, quite a lot of motorbike-ists use this route.
The gradient gradually steepens, next to what is now called Kidstones Gill. It reaches 16% for a modest stretch near the dale head.
The climb peaks at 424m. Kidstones Scar is to the right near the top.
After the top of the Kidstones Bank climb, the road descends to Cray, where it passes the White Lion Inn.
At the foot of the descent, the riders are in Wharfedale. The first village they reach is Buckden.
Then it's on to Starbotton and Kettlewell.
The riders cross the bridge over the Wharfe in Kettlewell, and continue downstream. They are on a typical Yorkshire Dales rolling road, flanked by dry stone walls. They cross a tributary of the Wharfe, the Skirfare, and soon reach Kilnsey.
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.
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.
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.
The descent finishes at Blubberhouses, which marks the northern end of Fewston reservoir.
From here, the riders are on the A59 all the way to Harrogate.
It's a road that nobody ever cycles, because it's just too busy with traffic, and hostile. The one occasion I did ride along it was when it was closed for the 2014 Tour de France. There are other ways of getting out to the Dales by bike, but none of them are perfect, and some involve at least a bit of time on the A59. Going via Greenhow Hill is better than the A59, but still busy and dangerous at times. I would like to see North Yorkshire County Council provide a really good, genuinely well-thought-out and safe, way of getting from Harrogate to, say, Grassington. After all, Harrogate relies heavily on the visitor economy, and this could be a big boost to it.
From Blubberhouses, there's a climb up a section called Hopper Lane, and few more ups and downs as the road passes Dangerous Corner, Kettlesing Head, and the Knabs Ridge wind turbines.
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.
If you know who is the favourite, or know someone who is riding and want to wish them luck, please say so in the comments!
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The junior men's individual time trial at the UCI road World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire takes place on Monday 23rd September. It is two laps of the Harrogate circuit.
Read about the UCI 2019 junior men's ITT.
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.
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.
Wensleydale is amongst the best-known of the Yorkshire Dales, because of Wensleydale cheese.
Its old name, Yoredale, comes from name of the river, the Ure; but its present name comes from the village of Wensley, formerly the valley's market town. The name Wensley, in turn, comes from the pagan god Woden's ley, or meadow.
Other villages in this Dale include Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Bolton Castle, Aysgarth, Bainbridge, and Hawes.
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).
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.
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.
Redmire is a village with a railway station - the terminus at the western end of the Wensleydale Railway. It featured as a location in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small (Wikipedia).
The pub in Redmire is the Bolton Arms.
Aysgarth is a village of 178 people (2011 census).
The name comes from the Old Norse eiki (oak) and skaro (open space), so means something like oak trees in an open space (Wikipedia). Before the Norman invasion, the manor was held by Cnut (presumably a Norseman). Thereafter, Alan of Brittany was the owner. In the Domesday Book, it is referred to as Echescard.
Aysgarth is famous for Aysgarth Falls, which featured in the film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'. There are three flights of falls in the one mile stretch of the river Ure near Aysgarth - High Force, west of the village, Middle Force, just east of it, and Lower Force, a little further east. They are broad, rather than very high. There's a nature trail through the woods (Freeholders' Wood and St Josephs Wood).
The rock here is part of the Yoredale geological series, laid down on the sea bed 300 million years ago. It is hard limestone, with thin bands of soft shale. During the last Ice Age, the glaciers in Bishopdale ground deeper than those in Wensleydale. After the glaciers melted, this meant that the river Ure had to drop to meet up with Bishopdale Beck.
In Aysgarth itself, the church of St Andrews (rebuilt 1536) is an impressive building, which contains a rood screen dating from the 1500s, probably from Jervaulx. (The monastery at Jervaulx came to an end at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536-41).
Aysgarth used to be on the North Eastern Railway until 1954. It was hoped to extend the Wensleydale Railway, which uses this line, to Aysgarth. Unfortunately, the railway had to sell Aysgarth station in 2018 because of financial pressures, and it now seems unlikely that trains will be seen in Aysgarth again.
Kettlewell, in Upper Wharfedale, is one of the most charming villages in the Yorkshire Dales. It featured as 'Knapely' in the film Calendar Girls. The population is about 320 (including Starbotton; 2017 estimate from City Population).
The name Kettlewell is thought to originate from the Anglo-Saxon Chetelewelle, meaning bubbling spring or stream (Wikipedia). Kettlewell Beck runs through the village, before flowing into the Wharfe just to the west.
A market was established in Kettlewell in the 1200s. From 1700 to 1880, there was lead mining, and a smelting mill here. More recently, the village has made its living from agriculture (with Swaledale sheep found in the area) and tourism. Kettlewell is on the route of the Dales Way, and sits below Great Whernside.
There are some historic houses in the village, dating from the 1600s and 1700s. The church was built in 1820. Kettlewell is well-supplied with pubs - there are three: the Racehorses, the Blue Bell, and the King's Head. There's also a Youth Hostel, which incorporates the Post Office.
Kettlewell hosts a popular scarecrow festival in August each year.
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.
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.
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.
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.