UCI World Road Championship 2019

Information about cycling's UCI Road World Championship 2019, how you can watch and take part, see the route the race will follow, and how roads will be affected in Yorkshire.

What is cycling's UCI Road World Championship 2019?

The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for cycle road racing organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The event involves about 1,000 riders from 75 different countries and attracts a global television audience of over 300 million people.

Yorkshire won the right to host the event after a joint bid between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Riders compete for the coveted Rainbow Jersey which is white with five coloured bands on the chest. This jersey can be worn in only the discipline, speciality and category of the competition in which it was awarded, and expires on the day before the following world championship event.

The racing will commence on Saturday 21 September with a ground-breaking para-cycling event alongside the Championships which will act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Beverley is to host the start of this race which has been named the 'Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling Internationals'.

More information is available on the British Cycling website:

British Cycling - Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships (external website)

Where can I find out more about the 2019 UCI cycling event in Yorkshire?

Harrogate will serve as the destination town for each race, with start locations across the county to ensure the Championship reaches as many people as possible.

This great news for East Yorkshire as the area is set to see record levels of spectators visiting the region to be part of this prestigious cycle race. The event builds on the popularity of the Tour de Yorkshire, which has boosted the profile of cycling in the county over the past three years following the Tour de France Grand Depart that took place in Leeds, Yorkshire in 2014.

More information is available on the British Cycling website:

British Cycling - Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships (external website)

What are the routes for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships?

The full routes and race schedule for the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships were officially unveiled in Innsbruck, Austria.

A date for East Riding residents to look out for is 21 September 2019 with the race start in Beverley. Riders will pass through Bishop Burton, Market Weighton, and Holme Upon Spalding Moor on route to the stage close in Harrogate.

The full race programme is as follows:

Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit - Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International (PI Event)

Day 2: Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit - Team Time Trial Mixed Relay - 28km (two circuits)

Day 3: Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit - Womens Junior Individual Time Trial - 14km (one circuit) and Mens Junior Individual Time Trial - 28km (two circuits)

Day 4: Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate - Mens Under 23 Individual Time Trial - 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Womens Elite Individual Time Trial - 32.5km (route plus one circuit)

Day 5: Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate - Mens Elite Individual Time Trial - 54km (route only)

Day 6: Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate - Mens Junior Road Race - 144.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 7: Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate: Womens Junior Road Race - 91.5km (route only) and Mens Under 23 Road Race - 192.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 8: Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate - Women's Elite Road Race - 149.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 9: Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate: Men's Elite Road Race - 284.5km (route plus seven circuits)

What is the history of the UCI Road World Championships?

Founded in 1900 in Paris, France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. The UCI's commitment is to lead the development of cycling as a competitive sport and activity in all its forms, across the world. 

The first world championship took place in 1921 although the only event that was contested was the Men's Road Race for Amateurs. The first professional world championship took place in July 1927 at the Nurburgring in Germany when Italian, Alfredo Binda, won the professional men's race and Belgian, Jean Aerts, won the men's amateur race.

Where can I find further information about cycling in the East Riding?

Why not jump on your bike and ride the route after the event? You can read more about cycling in the East Riding on this website covering areas such as: 

Long-distance cycle routes that pass through the East Riding 

There are lots of other longer distance cycle routes that run through the East Riding including coast-to-coast rides and circular routes around Yorkshire:

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - Big Skies Bike Rides (external East Riding website)

The Way of the Roses cycle route (external website)

Trans-Pennine Trail (external website)

Sustrans (external website)

The National Byway (external website)

Cycling clubs in the East Riding 

There are lots of cycling clubs and groups in the East Riding. You can find a free ride near you on the SkyRide website.  Follow the link below and select 'Find a Ride' from the site's navigation menu:

British Cycling Skyride (external website)

There are several cycling clubs based in towns and villages across the East Riding. You can find further details by typing 'East Yorkshire cycling club' into your chosen search engine to find your nearest, or most suitable club.