Yorkshire to host cycling's Road World Championships


Published at 4:54pm 12th October 2016. (Updated at 5:57am 13th October 2016)

Yorkshire has been chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

The news was announced by UCI President Brian Cookson OBE from Doha, Qatar which is currently hosting the 2016 UCI Road World Championships.

The collegiate bid was compiled between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The government has committed to invest £24 million into the event, £15 million of that budget will be used to develop 27 cycle sport facilities across the UK which will leave a lasting legacy at grassroots level.

In addition there is £3 million of National Lottery funding from UK Sport.

The decision enhances Yorkshire’s global reputation for cycling, which began in 2014 with the Tour de France Grand Départ and has continued ever since with the annual Tour de Yorkshire.

Mr Cookson said: “The UCI Management Committee is pleased to award the UCI Road World Championships to Yorkshire in 2019. Since hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in 2014 and subsequent Tours de Yorkshire, the county has proved it is a fitting host for road cycling’s leading annual event and we are sure there will be world class crowds to match.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Today marks a moment in history. Yorkshire has shown it can host world-class events with the Grand Départ and Tours de Yorkshire, and now the county has been chosen to host the nine-day UCI Road World Championships in 2019.

“We have got the scenery, the crowds, and the warm welcome, and we are sure the world’s best riders will love the challenging roads we have to offer.”

Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling said: “To get £15 million to invest in cycle sport facilities is massive and will truly leave a lasting legacy for this event.

“While we’ve been building dozens of new facilities over the last decade, this is an opportunity to ensure that every area of Britain has close access to a closed road circuit, velodrome, BMX track or mountain bike trail.

“This is transformational for the sport and will inspire thousands of people to take up cycling.”

Denise Burton-Cole – a World Championships bronze medallist in 1975 and daughter of two-time world champion Beryl Burton OBE – believes this is a momentous day for Yorkshire.

She said: “The news that Yorkshire is set to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019 is incredible. My mother would have been very proud, as I am proud, for Yorkshire to be hosting such an important event.

“Mum and I travelled the globe representing Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships. How marvellous it would have been for us to compete in it in Yorkshire, our home county. It would have been so special. Now the best riders in the world are going to have that opportunity. Am I envious? You bet I am!”

Otley Cycle Club celebrate the news

Otley cycle


Sir Gary Verity announces the result at Welcome to Yorkshire's HQ: 

Gary Verity 

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: "This is more wonderful news for Yorkshire, bringing the cycling road world championships to the county in 2019. Following on from the amazing Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and the success of the Tour de Yorkshire, it will be fantastic to welcome the world’s finest cyclists to our county again with huge crowds and a watching global audience."


• The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar.

• Future UCI Road World Championships:

• 1,000 of the best male and female riders from around 75 countries around the globe compete for the chance to win the iconic rainbow jersey.

• The event involves 12 races over eight days in this nine-day event.

• It includes individual and team time trials as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and Elite riders.

• 6,000-7,000 national federation members, delegates, technicians and journalists set to be in attendance.

• A predicted global televised audience in excess of 300 million.