The elite women's individual time trial at the 2019 UCI road World Championships in Yorkshire is over a distance of 32.5km. It starts in Ripon, and takes the A61 via Ripley to Harrogate. Arriving in Harrogate, there's one lap of the Harrogate circuit (West Park, Otley Road to Beckwithshaw, down one side of the Valley Gardens and up the other, then back out to the A61 on Hereford Road and Kent Road).
|Date||Tuesday 24th September 2019|
|Stage classification||Individual time trial|
The official stage profile for the elite women's individual time trial:
Timings to follow.
The elite women's individual time trial starts in Ripon, at 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, continuing the other side of the river on Bondgate. Bondgate becomes Quarry Moor Lane. Where Quarry Moor Lane meets Harrogate Road, it's left, 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.
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.
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 is following 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 a little, 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 will stay on the main A61 past Ripley; there are two roundabouts.
Heading south away from Ripley, they cross the Nidderdale Greenway and the river Nidd, and head slightly uphill to Killinghall.
From Killinghall, it's a touch downhill to cross Oak Beck at Knox, then up a little to arrive in Harrogate at the New Park roundabout.
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. They cross the start-finish line on West Park, and they are on the Harrogate circuit.
The time triallists do one lap of the Harrogate circuit. It takes them out to Beckwithshaw, then along to the Jubilee Roundabout, and down Penny Pot Lane; down the south side of the Valley Gardens to the Royal Pump Rooms, then up Cornwall Road on the north side; through the Duchy estate to get back to the A61; then finally via Swan Road and Crescent Road to Parliament Street and the finish line on West Park.
The 2018 World Champion is Annemiek Van Vleuten, from the Netherlands, and she is likely to be the favourite in 2019.
The elite women's road race at the UCI road World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire starts in Bradford, and takes in Lizzie Deignan's home town of Otley, before a tour of Nidderdale, and a finish in Harrogate.
Read about the UCI 2019 elite women's road race.
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.
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.