Full details have been announced this evening of the routes and schedule for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, which will be held in Yorkshire.
The event begins on Saturday 21 September 2019, when para-cycling road races provide a curtain-raiser to the championships proper, with the opening weekend also featuring the debut of the new team time trial mixed relay.
Replacing the men’s and women’s trade team time trials, the new race will be contested by national teams comprising three men, who will start the event together, and three women.
The latter will set off after the second man has crossed the finish line. Final timings will be taken when the second woman finishes.
All event will finish in Harrogate, which will be the hub of the championships, with towns and cities across the region hosting the starts of the various events.
Here is the full race programme announced in Innsbruck this evening.
Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit – Para-cycling Road Races (C1 Event)
Day 2: Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay – 28km (two circuits)
Day 3: Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – Women Junior Individual Time Trial – 14km (one circuit) and Men Junior Individual Time Trial - 28km (two circuits)
Day 4: Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – Men Under 23 Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Women Elite Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit)
Day 5: Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – Men Elite Individual Time Trial - 54km (route only)
Day 6: Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – Men Junior Road Race – 144.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 7: Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – Women Junior Road Race – 91.5km (route only) and Men Under 23 Road Race – 192.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 8: Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – Women Elite Road Race – 149.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 9: Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – Men Elite Road Race – 284.5km (route plus seven circuits).
Full details of every route can be found on the event website.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity , who was joined at this evening’s presentation by UCI president David Lappartient, said “It is a great honour to be hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
“This will be the most inclusive and diverse championships ever held and cement Yorkshire’s place as a world-class cycling destination.
“The countdown is now well and truly on and there will be many people in Yorkshire and across Britain who are looking forward to this iconic event.
“We can promise huge, passionate crowds, stunning scenery and epic racing.
“We have worked hard with the UCI to design a challenging and spectacular range of routes which take in all four corners of the county.
“We are thrilled to be able to share these routes and are sure they will make for exciting racing.”
Lappartient commented: “After the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and the consequent creation of the legacy Tour de Yorkshire, this magnificent region has left us in no doubt that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be a memorable occasion.
“The competitions in Yorkshire will open with the new Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, a UCI initiative that will replace the trade team time trial and will see men and women competing together for their nation.
“I cannot wait to witness this first-ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, which is part of the UCI’s drive to further increase the attractiveness of our Road World Championships, encourage gender equality, and showcase National Federations and their riders.
“In addition, the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be taking place less than a year out from the Olympic Games, with riders seeking to earn precious qualification points for Tokyo 2020,” he added. “This will add to the excitement of the racing on the roads of Yorkshire.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.