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UCI: Big clean up begins in Harrogate

UCI: Big clean up begins in Harrogate

Published by May Norman at 9:28am 30th September 2019.

9-days of world class cycling comes to an end

  • Harrogate will start to return back to normal today (Monday, 30 September) following the UCI Road World Championships.
  • The big clean up will get underway after world class cycling took over the town for 9 days.
  • Despite the wet weather yesterday (Sunday, 29 September) and for large parts of the competition, crowds lined the streets to cheer on the athletes.

North Yorkshire showed its resilience on Sunday as organisations rallied to make sure they delivered a great UCI Road World Championships final, despite the severe weather interrupting the route.

Whereas some major events nationally – including the Regatta London had to be cancelled – the Men’s Elite Road Race was able to go ahead, albeit with an amended route.

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships reached a gripping conclusion on Sunday with Mads Pedersen earning a surprise yet exceptionally hard-fought victory in the Elite Men’s Road Race to round off ne days of action.

The Danish rider (pitured) worked his way into an elite group in the last 50km and was one of only three riders still in contention on the very last drag up Parliament Street, Harrogate.

Thousands of people lined the route in waterproofs and umbrellas to get sight one of the largest sporting events of the year. 


UCI final day in the rain


Andy Hindley, Yorkshier 2019:

“We had to make some difficult calls regarding the route today because it simply wasn’t suitable to race on some of the roads.

We had to think about the safety of the public as well as the athletes because we have a duty of care to them. We’d planned for every eventuality and our team did a fantastic job to change things at such short notice. 

It was horrific weather but that didn’t stop the public lining the route.

Every village, road and climb was packed so I have to say a massive thank you to the people of Yorkshire for turning out and welcoming the riders today."

Peter Dodd, Welcome to Yorkshire:

“It’s been a phenomenal nine days in Yorkshire and the whole county as shone even in spite of some of the weather.

The people and businesses of Yorkshire have done themselves proud, as have our partners, emergency services, highways teams, and of course, our army of tremendous volunteers.

Every rider and visitor has received a typically warm welcome, and I’m so proud of that." 


UCI final day in the rain


Richard Flinton, Chief Executive, North Yorkshire County Council:

“We were really disappointed for the race organisers as they had to take the decision to curtail the route, cutting out Buttertubs and Grinton Moor Summits in the Upper Dales, one of the most beautiful parts of North Yorkshire. 

We were particularly sorry for those communities in Reeth and Grinton who were looking forward to the race after the difficulties they have faced during July’s flash floods, but the decision was unavoidable because we had to ensure the safety of cyclists and spectators and to concentrate assets in other places to enable the race to go ahead at all.

But so many heroic spectators still came out for what has been an extremely wet but a spectacular finish to a great week with many highlights.”

One of the highlights of the race were the colourful decorations and celebrations which took place in towns and villages up and down North Yorkshire.

Homemade bunting, land art and window displays made by local businesses and volunteers decorated miles of the race route. It provided a colourful backdrop to the race, which was broadcast to an estimated 250 million viewers.