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Yorkshire bid for 2019 World Road Championships

Josh Cunningham
18 Aug 2016

Bid made by the same organisation behind the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and the ongoing Tour de Yorkshire.

Welcome to Yorkshire has submitted a bid to host the UCI Road World Championships, in collaboration with British Cycling and UK Sport, with a government-backed investment potential of £24 million. 

The championships would be spread over 8 days, including both individual time trials and road races for men's, women's, U23 and junior competitions. There has also been a team time trial held at the World Championships in years of late, and the event is included in Welcome to Yorkshire's announcement, but the event is currently under question after the competing World Tour teams voted to boycott it at the coming Doha championships.

The intended routes are not known, and will only be announced if the bid is successful - a decision to be made at the UCI's annual congress in Doha in October. It is understood however that race starts will be held in North, South, East and West Yorkshire. 

'It would be an absolutehonour to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships,' said Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.  'Yorkshire has everything a bike race could wish for. We can promise a gruelling but spectacular range of routes, huge crowds and the very warmest of welcomes. We are sure the world’s best riders will find our beautiful roads both challenging and exhilarating in equal measure.'