UCI 2019 Yorkshire road World Championships
The elite men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI road World Championships in Yorkshire is a 54km route. It starts in Northallerton, heads south to Morton-on-Swale, and crosses the A1M at Leeming Bar. The next town on the route is Bedale, then just after the 20km point comes Masham.
From Masham, the route is one that is popular with local cyclists: Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, and Risplith, then onto Ripley. At Ripley, the riders join the A61 (much less popular with this local cyclist). The A61 leads to Harrogate, and it's up Parliament Street for a finish on West Park.
I suggest that it's not a technical course, in that there are no really difficult turns. There are no major climbs, either, but the route does cross a series of becks and rivers, where the road descends to a bridge, then kicks up for a short distance the other side.
The result was: (1) Rohan Dennis (Aus) (2) Remco Evenepoel (Bel) (3) Filippo Ganna (Ita). This is the results sheet.
The Dutch team is:
The USA team is:
The French team is:
The Belgian team is:
This is the start list for the elite men's time trial.
See also a Google map of the race route.
|Date||Wednesday 25th September 2019|
|Event classification||Individual time trial|
The official race profile for the elite men's individual time trial:
|Place||Km||First starter||Last starter|
|Intermediate time check 1 (Scroggs Lane)||16.7km||1330||1511|
|Intermediate time check 2 (Hill Top Farm)||37.7km||1355||1536|
|Finish line (West Park)||54.1km||1414||1555|
Note: these timings are based on the fastest anticipated speeds. Using the slowest speeds instead, the arrival times at the finish line are 9 minutes later.
Who do you think will win the 2019 World Championship time trial? Have a look at favourites for the win below. Since I originally created the poll, I've removed Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome, neither of whom seem likely to race; and added a couple more names. On 21st September 2019, Geraint Thomas announced he was dropping out, so don't vote for him!
Where to watch the UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds elite men's individual time trial - my suggestions include Northallerton, Bedale, Masham, Kirkby Malzeard, Ripley, and Harrogate.
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.
The elite men's individual time trial starts in the Capital of North Yorkshire (well, the county town), Northallerton.
The riders are on the A167 as they head south out of town, and soon there's a level crossing. Bike races have had trouble with level crossings before, but I imagine there won't be any problem this time.
The route soon forks right on the A684. This takes the competitors over the river Wiske, and through Ainderby Steeple.
Next on the route is Morton-on-Swale, and leaving the village, the road crosses the river Swale.
Here, the time trial is shadowing the route of the Wensleydale Railway towards Leeming Bar and Bedale. There's a nice-looking farm shop and café on the left.
Just after Spring House Farm Shop, there's a roundabout.
The right turn at the roundabout is the new A684, towards a new A1M junction; the men's individual time trial takes the left turn, going through Leeming Bar.
At the main junction in Leeming Bar, there's a shop called Simply Dutch.
The race route goes under the A1M to reach Aiskew. After Aiskew, the competitors use a level crossing to go over the railway line by Bedale station.
Soon after, they cross the bridge over Bedale Beck.
This brings them into Bedale.
The riders arrive in Bedale on Bridge Street, and cross almost straight over Market Place to Sussex Street (the B6268 to Masham). The B6268 passes close to Thorp Perrow Arobretum. It's rolling countryside here.
Eventually, the B6268 reaches a junction with the B6267. It's a right turn there. Up to this point, there have been no real hills, and no technical turns. This bend won't cause any issues either, but the racers will at least want to look at it, and decide on the fastest line.
The B6267 soon meets the A6108 at Low Burton, where it's a right turn. On the A-road, the competitors cross the river Ure, and reach the edge of Masham.
They turn left to go up Silver Street.
In Masham, the route is Silver Street to the corner of the Market Place, Church Street, and Park Street leaving the town.
Park Street turns into Thorpe Road, and heads past Nutwith Common/Oak Bank, then sharply uphill (near the entrance to Hackfall Woods) just before arriving at Grewelthorpe.
In Grewelthorpe, there's a right-left dogleg to get onto the road to Kirkby Malzeard. These are great roads for cycling.
Approaching Kirkby Malzeard, the riders will fork left, onto a road that has been re-surfaced (late autumn 2018), and is now nearly as smooth as Henry Iglesias. They follow the road down to cross the bridge over Kex Beck (being careful of the ducks).
Then it's sharply uphill the other side of the beck.
The hill leads to Kirkby Malzeard.
In Kirkby Malzeard, the route is straight across Main Street, onto Warren Lane. Here, you're still on enjoyable cycling roads, sometimes with hedges either side. There's a little dip down to Holborn Beck (a tributary of the river Laver).
After crossing the beck, Gate Bridge Road takes the time triallists up the hill to High Grantley.
The pub in High Grantley has a friendly cat.
Leaving High Grantley, you get a view over the valley of the river Skell (which is where you're going next). On a winter's afternoon, the valley sides echo to the sound of shotguns; it seems that killing wildlife is a major hobby in this area.
It's a fairly steep descent through the woods, and past a sawmill, to the river Skell and Grantley Hall. What goes down must come back up again, and sure enough, there's a little climb up towards Risplith.
At the junction with the B6265, if a rider takes a glance to his left, he'll see G&T's, still (October 2018) in its rather magnificent 2014 Tour de France livery. Will it get a World Championships rainbow jersey makeover?
It's a right turn on the B6265, though, then after a short distance left to Sawley.
Nicely-dressed dummies and other figures were distributed around Sawley for the Tour de France.
After going through the village of Sawley, the route reaches a T-junction at the entrance to Sawley Hall. Here, the competitors turn right down the hill past Hebden Bridge Farm to the bridge over Hebden Gill (around 114m).
Then there's a climb up through Hebden Wood. I think it's the steepest one on the course - I chugged up it even more slowly than the other ones, anyway.
After the top of the hill (148m) there's a little downhill past Careless House Farm. (Presumably the name is meant to imply that you forget your troubles, not that you're always trying to use a combine harvester to wash your clothes by mistake). Then there's just a bit more uphill, before the road levels out and straightens out past Duke's Place.
This is now Fountains Abbey Road, which takes the competitors past the Chequers Inn.
A little further on, there's a descent of Scarah Bank to the B6165.
Many of the photos here feature the leaden skies of a January day; on Scarah Bank, there was just a glimmer of sunshine for a few moments.
At the bottom of Scarah Bank, turning left on the B6165, it's only a short distance to Ripley.
(A lot of local rides from Harrogate come back to Ripley this way, and that little stretch on the B6165 is a real stinker. The width of the road and its bends, coupled with many drivers' impatience and lack of consideration for people riding bikes, mean that you're almost guaranteed one or more dangerous close passes. Protected bike lanes as the best option, or as a poor second some signs asking people to leave plenty of room, are needed).
The riders take the main A61 past Ripley, rather than going along Main Street in Ripley itself. They'll be very close to the village, though, and they pass right by the Tour de France monument made by an expert dry stone waller in 2014, as a rather nice memento of that event.
From Ripley, the time trial takes the main A61 over the river Nidd, through Killinghall, and into Harrogate via the New Park (or Little Wonder) roundabout. After passing the Claro Beagle, it's uphill.
Like the other World Championship races, this one takes a little diversion off the A61 - right on Swan Road, then left on Crescent Road.
Crescent Road brings the competitors back to the junction near the Royal Hall.
Then it's up Parliament Street, onto West Park.
The elite men's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI World Championships finishes on West Park near its junction with Victoria Avenue, at the finish line used for all the races.
Favourites for the elite men's individual time trial include Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic, Victor Campenaerts, Stefan Kung, Jonathan Castroviejo, and Jos van Emden.
After he won the time trial stage of the Tour of Britain 2019 (beating van Emden, Luke Durbridge, and Alex Dowsett), I would add Edoardo Affini of Italy as a contender. Finally, young Belgian talent Remco Evenepoel is targeting the time trial as well as the road race - he could spring a surprise here.
Update 21st September 2019: Geraint Thomas has announced that he won't be taking part in the ITT, having tried and failed to get back into shape after his post-Tour break. While there may be factors I don't know about, it does seem astonishingly unprofessional from Thomas to fail to prepare for one of his main season goals, which has been in his diary for months.
The text below was written before Thomas pulled out.
Geraint Thomas says that he will have a team role in the elite men's road race, helping Ben Swift and Mark Cavendish. That course doesn't suit his characteristics - the road race will be won by someone who can stay near the front when it's hard and hilly, but still produce a sprint at the finish.
That means that the time trial is the Welshman's best hope for a medal. Thomas can produce a top-class time trial: for example, he won the time trial on Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2017, in Duesseldorf.
In this video (January 2019) courtesy of Team Sky, Thomas says he is looking forward to the time trial at the Yorkshire World Championships:
(Geraint preferred the blue curtain to the orange one. He spent ages rotating the plastic stool one way, then realised he was raising it, when he wanted to lower it. He got four passport photos (all the same shot) for £3.50).
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