The elite women's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI road World Championships in Yorkshire is over a distance of 30km. It starts in Ripon, and takes the A61 to Ripley. In a change to the original route, it will now turn right at Ripley, on the B6165. There are some short, sharp climbs and descents on the revised route, as it wends its way through Bedlam, Clint, Birstwith, Clapham Green, and Hampsthwaite. Then it reaches the A59, and brings the competitors into Harrogate via the New Park roundabout. They head for the finish line (without doing the Harrogate circuit).
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 elite women's individual time trial:
|Place||Km||First starter||Last starter|
|Intermediate time check||14.2km||1459||1619|
|Finish line (West Park)||30.3km||1521||1641|
Note: these timings are based on the fastest anticipated speeds. Using the slowest speeds instead, the arrival times at the finish line are 4 minutes later.
The elite women's individual time trial starts in Ripon, at the market place. Leaving the market place, the competitors take Kirkgate then Duck Hill to Skell Garths.
They go right at the roundabout, on King Street, and cross the river Skell on Iron Bridge.
On the other side of the river, they continue on Bondgate. Bondgate becomes Quarry Moor Lane. Where Quarry Moor Lane meets Harrogate Road at Morrisons, it's a left fork, then after a short distance the riders reach the roundabout junction with the A61 (by the Coop, and Bellwood Farm).
Leaving Ripon, heading south on the A61, the road is wide, and has some gradual bends, and slight dips and rises. There are no technical turns or major climbs, so it will be a case of head down and pedal as fast as you can. (I am available for further insights into the technical aspects of time trialling, on request).
Passing Hollin Hall, the road rises from about 50m to 78m by the time it reaches the turn for Bishop Monkton. Then comes a straight, more or less flat section, to Wormald Green.
The photo above is taken from Monkton Moor garage, at the northern edge of Wormald Green. The competitors pass Monkton Moor garage, on their right.
Here, the road bends round to the right, and there's a short downhill to Wormald Green itself.
The road is more or less level (at a height of about 60m) from Wormald Green to the next village, South Stainley. It follows the route of a dismantled railway from Harrogate to Ripon, which could be turned into a cycle and footpath.
Luckily for the people who live there, the houses in South Stainley are set back from the A61, but I saw three horses in a field right by the road.
The road rises from South Stainley (61m) to a point near Yarmer Head (98m) - an ascent that wouldn't be worth a mention, were there any real hills on this part of the route! Then it's slightly downhill to cross Newton Beck, and reach Ripley.
The riders turn right at the first roundabout in Ripley, onto the B6165. The B-road crosses Thornton Beck.
Thornton Beck marks the start of the short climb to Bedlam.
The gradient eases as the road approaches the New Inn crossroads at Burnt Yates.
Here, they turn left on Clint Bank. It's uphill at first. (They're now on the route of the elite women's road race).
After a short distance, the competitors reach the crest of the hill, and they now descend Clint Bank.
There's one right hand bend to watch out for, in the woods. Then the road continues down to Birswith, passing the Station Hotel and crossing the river Nidd.
At the far side of Birstwith, there's a Post Office at a junction. Here, it's left.
Now, there's another short climb. The road sign says it's 14% (and I believe it).
The hamlet of Clapham Green is at the top of the hill.
Then it's an enjoyable, gradual descent to Hampsthwaite.
From Hampsthwaite, the route climbs again, up Grayston Plain Lane to the A59.
After joining the A59, the competitors ride downhill to the New Park roundabout, where they turn right onto the A61.
The A61 passes the Hydro swimming pool and the Claro Beagle pub, then there's a hill.
Over the crest of the hill the competitors go down for a short way, then turn right onto Swan Road.
Swan Road leads to Crescent Road, where the riders turn left, to come back to the A61 near the Royal Hall; here, they turn right up Parliament Street.
It's uphill on Parliament Street to Bettys. When they reach Harrogate's best-known tea rooms, the gradient eases, and the road becomes West Park.
The finish line is about 300m beyond Bettys, just past the Hotel de Vin.
The 2018 World Champion is Annemiek Van Vleuten, from the Netherlands, and she is likely to be the favourite in 2019.