UCI Road World Cycling Championships: One month to go

UCI Road World Cycling Championships: One month to go

Published by Lisa Darvill at 7:01am 21st August 2019.

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The countdown is on to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships. 

There's exactly one month to go until the biggest event in the cycling season gets underway.  

The championships will be hosted by Harrogate District, with riders from all over the world coming to compete for the iconic rainbow jersey. 

The celebrations will begin on Saturday 21 September when - for the very first time - a UCI-sanctioned, one-day international para-cycling event will take place ahead of the Championships. The Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International will act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and welcome entries from every Paralympic road racing classification.

The Championships start on the Sunday with the maiden Mixed Team Time Trial Relay and the programme continues through to Sunday 29 September with Individual Time Trials and Road Races for Junior (17/18 years), Under 23 and Elite male and female riders.

Approximately 1,400 riders are set to compete from 90 countries and the action will be beamed to a global TV audience of over 250 million.

It will feature Otley's very own former World Champion Lizzie Deignan, who's said having the home advantage will be a "massive". 

To celebrate one month to go, Yorkshire 2019 have announced there will be a publicity caravan for the very first time in the event’s 98-year history.

Publicity caravans are a popular feature in cycling and involve a wacky and colourful convoy of vehicles travelling ahead of the races handing out freebies and keepsakes at various locations along the route.

The caravan will feature on the Women’s and Men’s Elite Road Races which take place on Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September respectively. The flotilla will travel the full route of the women’s race, which sees the riders roll out of Bradford at 11:40am, and pick up the men’s race in Reeth given the relatively early start time of 08:40am in Leeds.

Reeth was chosen especially as a way of recognising the resolve and sprit shown in the wake of the severe floods which ravaged parts of Yorkshire last month.

Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said:

"We want to make the 2019 UCI Road World Championships the most inspiring, inclusive and innovative edition in the event’s history – and organising the first-ever publicity caravan at a Championships is another way of doing that.

"They are a fun and light-hearted way to get fans excited before the riders arrive, and they help build a real sense of occasion.  

"We decided not the run the caravans for the entire length of the men’s race as we felt some people might not have appreciated this loud and vibrant procession passing through so early in the day. 

"Reeth was the perfect place to start the caravan on the final day of action as it has endured such a tough time of it lately.

"We’ve got some amazing brands taking part in the caravan and it’ll be a brilliant spectacle not to be missed."

Unlike the Tour de France which moves around different locations, Harrogate will serve as the final destination for every race, with start locations across the county. 

 

The races will move around North and West Yorkshire, with parts of Craven, Nidderdale, Ripon, Otley and Wetherby featuring over the nine days.