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 will 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.
The racing will commence on the Saturday 21 September, with a ground-breaking para-cycling event running alongside the Championships 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.
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 Départs’ 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.
Harrogate will be the focal point for the Championships and host the finish of every race over the nine days of competition. Racing will take place throughout the 21-29 September 2019.
As in previous years, rolling road closures are due to be used along the route, which is likely to cause travel disruption across Yorkshire. Unlike the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire, there will be a permanent closure of certain roads in Harrogate for the nine days of racing. This circuit can be seen in the picture below, and will take in Swan Road, Parliament Street, Cornwall Road, Penny Pot Lane and the Duchy.
Click here to view UCI 2019 Residents’ Guide. This leaflet was produced by Yorkshire 2019 in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council to provide a brief overview of the event and predicted road closures during the nine days of racing.
Road closures and travel
Click here to view a road closure summary for the UCI World Championships, which outlines when and which roads will be closed each day during the nine-day event.
Throughout the week there will be both full closures and rolling road closures of parts of the circuit. There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for around an hour. Some areas, including the start and finish locations, along some of the climbs and some of the busier locations will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and the spectators.
The Harrogate circuit will be closed between two and five hours each day and Parliament Street/West Park will remain closed for the full nine days of racing. Please check the links below, for full details of the closures.
The race schedules for each stage of both the men and women’s races are available at: https://worlds.yorkshire.com/the-races/.
Further details regarding road closures can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website at: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/uci-road-world-cycling-championships.
Saturday 21 September 2019
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International (Beverley – Harrogate)
Sunday 22 September 2019
Team Time Trial Mixed Relay & Sportive Race (Harrogate Circuit)
Monday 23 September 2019
Women Junior Individual Time Trial & Men Junior Time Trial (Harrogate Circuit)
Tuesday 24 September 2019
Men U23 Individual Time Trial & Women Elite Individual Time Trial (Ripon – Harrogate)
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Men Elite Individual Time Trial (Northallerton – Harrogate)
Thursday 26 September 2019
Men Junior Road Race (Richmond – Harrogate)
Friday 27 September 2019
Women Junior Road Race & Men U23 road Race (Doncaster – Harrogate)
Saturday 28 September 2019
Women Elite Road Race (Bradford – Harrogate)
Sunday 29 September 2019
Men Elite Road Race (Leeds – Harrogate)
A patient leaflet has been produced on the UCI World Cycling Championships to provide patients with key information on planning their journeys during the event, particularly to Harrogate District Hospital, put also for primary care appointments..
Key things to keep in mind are:
- Please use the information to make appropriate plans for your travel, being mindful that your journey may take longer than usual.
- If you wish to cancel or rearrange your appointment, we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible.