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Yorkshire to host 2019 UCI Road World Championships

White Rose County wins bid to welcome world's elite to race for rainbow jerseys in 2019

Yorkshire will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, UCI president Brian Cookson announced today.

The white rose county beat off rival bids from Italy, Colombia, Germany and Canada for the right to host the nine-day World Championships – a decision confirmed in Doha, where the 2016 Worlds are currently taking place.

The bid was a collaboration between Welcome to Yorkshire – who were behind Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 – British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Yorkshire will host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019, having delivered the ‘Grandest of Grand Departs’ for the Tour de France in 2014 (pic: SWpix/Welcome to Yorkshire)

UK Sport have pledged £3million of National Lottery funding for the event, while the government has committed £24million, £15million of which will be used to develop 27 cycle sport facilities across the UK.

Cookson said of the decision: “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.”

Since the 2014 Grand Depart, which saw unprecedented numbers of fans coming to watch at the roadside, Yorkshire has remained a focal point for cycling in the UK, with the three-day Tour de Yorkshire launched as a legacy event.

And Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, believes the world’s best riders will relish the challenge of racing for the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire.

“Today marks a moment in history,” he said. “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, believes the event and the money promised to support the legacy of cycling in Britain, will allow for big changes at grassroots level too.

“To get £15 million to invest in cycle sport facilities is massive and will truly leave a lasting legacy for this event,” he said.

“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.”

The white rose county beat bids from Italy, Canada, Colombia and Germany for the right to host the Worlds

While the current World Championships are being held in Doha, Qatar, the next three will now all be held in Europe, with Yorkshire following Bergen in Norway (2017) and Innsbruck in Austria (2018).

To celebrate the decision, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Trinity Leeds shopping centre and Clifford’s Tower in York will all be lit up in the colours of the rainbow stripes.

The full route for the race is set to be announced over the coming months, and more information will be available at www.yorkshire2019.co.uk.


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