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Harrogate businesses gearing up for cycling championships

Harrogate businesses gearing up for cycling championships

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:32pm 22nd July 2019.

Harrogate businesses are preparing to make the most of the UCI Road World Championships this autumn. 

  • Around 1,400 athletes from 90 countries are taking part.  
  • Racing will finish in Harrogate each day. 
  • 250 million people are expected to watch the races worldwide.

The Championships are set to arrive in North Yorkshire on September 22.

The nine-day event will see approximately 1,400 athletes from 90 different countries arrive in the region along with support teams.

Road races will start from different towns across Yorkshire, with each day’s racing finishing in Harrogate, with all except one using the same Harrogate road circuit.

Rolling road closures will be largely used on the race routes through North Yorkshire.

The race will attract thousands of international and national visitors, with an additional 250 million viewers worldwide expected to watch the event.

Simon Cotton is managing director of HRH group, which owns the Fat Badger pub and two hotels on the race circuit. He said:

“This September will be a very exciting time for Harrogate and Yorkshire. People will be coming here, spending their money locally, staying in hotels and restaurants and seeing what a beautiful area this is to visit.  The focus is on these nine days of racing, but I’m particularly excited about the ongoing, longer-term picture. There will be potentially hundreds of millions of people seeing what a beautiful place this is and hopefully coming to see us in the future - it’s a fantastic opportunity for local businesses.  Harrogate is a busy place all year round, particularly in summer and late summer, but this is a unique opportunity and we shall certainly be making hay while the sun shines and inviting other businesses to do the same."

Chris Mason, manager of the Turkish Baths Harrogate said:

“We think this will be a fantastic event.  It will bring a real boost to the local economy, as well as bringing a lot of trade into the town. The championships will create a lasting legacy by bringing more visitors back to our historic and beautiful town.”