UCI Road World Championships - Harrogate, Yorkshire 2019 - What are they? When are they? How will it affect me?

UCI Road World Championships - Harrogate, Yorkshire 2019 - What are they? When are they? How will it affect me?

Published at 2:53pm 28th August 2019. (Updated at 8:45am 11th September 2019)

Answers to all the questions you could have about the huge Road Cycling World Championships coming to Harrogate in September 2019.

  • The event is the jewel in the crown of road cycling
  • Races take place over 9 days in September 2019
  • Thousands are expected to line the streets of Harrogate and the rest of North and West Yorkshire as the races pass through
  • Some of the sport's biggest names are expected to compete
  • It's the only time, other than the Olympic Games, that cyclists come together to compete for their country

What are the UCI Road World Championships 2019?

The UCI Road World Championships are the pinnacle of road cycling - with the world's best riders coming together to compete for titles across a variety of disciplines.

In 2019 Yorkshire has been chosen to host the event, with races passing through towns and cities including Leeds, Bradford, Ripon, Skipon, Ilkley, Wetherby, Tadcaster, Knaresborough, Beverley and more. Every race will finish in the main host town, Harrogate.

For the first time, there will also be para-cycling as the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International marks day one of the event, before the UCI Road World Championships kick off on the Sunday.

UCI 2019 Yorkshire street lined with fans cheer on riders coming towards the camera.

When do the UCI World Championships 2019 take place?

Yorkshire 2019's Road Cycling events take place across nine days from Saturday 21st September to Sunday 29th September.

Timings for the events on each day vary, as they take place over different routes and consist of different events from long distance racing with hill climbs, to time trials on a circuit around Harrogate.

You can find full information on each day here:

Saturday 21st September - Day 1 - Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International
Sunday 22nd September - Day 2 - Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
Monday 23rd September - Day 3 - Men & Women Junior Individual Time Trials
Tuesday 24th September - Day 4 - Men's Under 23 & Women's Elite Time Trials
Wednesday 25th September - Day 5 - Men's Elite Individual Time Trials
Thursday 26th September - Day 6 - Men's Junior Road Race
Friday 27th September - Day 7 - Women's Junior & Men's Under 23 Road Race
Saturday 28th September - Day 8 - Women's Elite Road Race
Sunday 29th September - Day 9 - Men's Elite Road Race

UCI World Championships 2019 Race Routes

Which UCI World Championship Races are taking place on which days?

Click on the links above to find out all details of each day of the Yorkshire 2019 Road Cycling events, including where they'll take place and when.

Which roads will be closed for the Yorkshire 2019 UCI World Championships?

Each of our day by day guide pages will have specific road closure information for the relevant days. You can see those here:

Saturday 21st September - Day 1 - Beverley, Tadcaster & Wetherby to Harrogate (via Spofforth, Knaresborough, Ripley & Killinghall)
Sunday 22nd September - Day 2 - Harrogate (circuit laps around the Western side of town)
Monday 23rd September - Day 3 - Harrogate (circuit laps around the Western side of town)
Tuesday 24th September - Day 4 - Ripon to Harrogate (via Ripley, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith & Killinghall)
Wednesday 25th September - Day 5 - Northallerton to Harrogate (via Bedale, Masham, Sawley, Ripley & Killinghall)
Thursday 26th September - Day 6 - Richmond to Harrogate (via Leyburn, Aysgarth, Kettlewell, Bolton Abbey, Blubberhouses & Beckwithshaw)
Friday 27th September - Day 7 - Doncaster to Harrogate (via Tadcaster, Boroughbridge, Ripon, Pateley Bridge, Blubberhouses & Beckwithshaw)
Saturday 28th September - Day 8 - Bradford to Harrogate (via Otley, Pateley Bridge, Masham, Ripon, Birstwith & Beckwithshaw)
Sunday 29th September - Day 9 - Leeds to Harrogate (via Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Hawes, Leyburn, Masham, Ripon & Beckwithshaw)

Harrogate will see the most road closures with Parliament Street & West Park closed at least during the working day every day, some days even longer. You can see the full details on the closures on each of the individual guides to each date of the events.

You can see more information on getting around Harrogate on our dedicated guide

There's also a "Harrogate Circuit" taking in areas around the Valley Gardens, Penny Pot Lane, Otley Road and Beckwithshaw, which will see longer closures due to being used for "laps" in various races. When this is closed there will be vehicle and pedestrian crossing points for as long as possible to facilitate residents and businesses getting around. We've noted these on each of the day by day guides above.

UCI World Championships 2019 - Harrogate Circuit Map

As those who are familiar with the Tour de Yorkshire will know, road cycle races require rolling road closures along the route. These usually begin 30 minutes to one hour before the race passes through, and open as soon as the final tail vehicles have passed - typically within 15 minutes of the race passing by. 

The above won't apply for some areas and for Time Trial events as these last longer, with riders setting off individually with a set time period in between. We'll make this clear on each day's guide.

Some towns and cities will have additional events for the days the races are passing through. Where this is happening we'll add those road closures to the day by day guides.

UCI 2018 rider from behind with fans cheering them on. flags in the background.

Where can I watch the UCI World Road Cycling Championships?

The short answer is anywhere along the route!

The longer answer is that there will be plenty of options. You can stand at the roadside anywhere along the routes, just be careful not to get too close!

You can also enjoy the events that will be happening the host towns and cities. Many of the start locations will have events to mark the races, whilst some of the bigger locations on the routes will be hosting events. We'll add all the ones we know about to our guides and you can check the "UCI World Championship" category of our Stray FM What's On Guide. Some of these places will also have big screens so you can watch more of the races as they continue.

In Harrogate, there'll be lots of events throughout the town, and lots of reasons to come and enjoy the finish of all of the races.

This includes the dedicated, free to enter, Fan Zone on the West Park Stray. Read more about what to expect from the Fan Zone on our full guide here.