Welcoming the World Showcasing our Yorkshire Hospitality
Whilst road cycling might not be for everyone, there is no denying since Yorkshire hosted Le Tour de France in 2014 its popularity has increased enormously. Yorkshire has wholeheartedly embraced cycling. Le Tour de France brought a fantastic opportunity to showcase Yorkshire's stunning scenery and warm hospitality, but if we thought that was big, we are about to experience something on another level as Harrogate prepares to welcome the world.
In September 2019 the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar. The Championships include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.
It will be the first time Britain has hosted the UCI Road World Championships since 1982 and Yorkshire is aiming to deliver the most inclusive, innovative and inspiring Road World Championships in the history of the UCI.
These UCI Road World Championships will build even further on the county’s growing global reputation for the sport after hosting ‘the grandest of Grand Departs’ for the 2014 Tour de France and the annual legacy race the Tour de Yorkshire which has continued to grow each year, with record breaking spectator numbers.
We were delighted to host three teams from the cycling fraternity in 2014 for Le Tour De France's Grand Depart. The excitement was palpable so we look forward to the Championships in September, allowing us to showcase the incredible Yorkshire scenery and our Yorkshire hospitality once again.
Racing for the UCI World Championships starts on Saturday 21 September with a ground-breaking para-cycling event which will act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The showcase will feature every Paralympic road racing discipline and take place in front of one of the largest crowds ever assembled for an elite para-cycling event.
Harrogate will be the focal point for the Championships and host the finish of every race over the nine days of competition.
You can be at the centre of the action at the Harrogate Fan Zone, on West Park Stray in Harrogate, which is beside the finish line where the new champions will be crowned. Witness multiple passes as riders circulate the course around the Fan Zone whilst enjoying the big screen action, refreshments, entertainment and interact with your favourite cycling brands.