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.
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.
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 UCI World Championships will be held in Yorkshire in 2019, the first time Britain has hosted the championships in 37 years.
More information is available on the British Cycling website:
British Cycling - Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships (external website)
Harrogate has been chosen as the main host town for the UCI Road World Championship in 2019 with proposed start locations in Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds, Northallerton, Ripon and York.
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.
The routes are not known yet however more details will be added here in the coming months.
The 2017 event is being hosted in Bergen, Norway and will take place on 17-24 September. The 2018 event will take place in Innsbruck, Austria.
The first world championship took place in 1921 though 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.
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:
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)
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.