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Beverley hosts world cycling event

Great Britain’s Steve Bate piloting Adam Duggleby during the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Italy. Picture by Alex Whitehead/

Some of the world’s top para-cyclists, including Beverley-born double world and Paralympic champion Adam Duggleby, will be in the town next month for the start of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International.

Adam, who is the tandem pilot for partially-sighted Steve Bate, will join around 60 cyclists in Beverley’s Saturday Market on Saturday, September 21, for the start of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International. 

In Beverley, athletes will be riding either tandems, which involves a visually-impaired rider with a sighted pilot on the front, or bicycles which have been adapted for riders with physical impairments.

The riders will leave Saturday Market around 12 noon and race through Bishop Burton, Market Weighton, Holme on Spalding Moor, Foggathorpe and Bubwith before heading into North Yorkshire and finishing in Harrogate. 

Alongside the race, a programme of free, family-friendly events will be taking place in Saturday Market between 10am and 4pm.

People will also be able to register to take part in a parade cycle ride which will see them ride part of the actual route before stopping on the Westwood to cheer on the cyclists as they race by. Registration for the parade cycle ride will open in September with more details released nearer the time.

Adam and Steve won gold medals in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio in the individual pursuit and the time trial and also picked up a bronze medal in the road race.

In 2018, the pair became double world champions, winning their first world title in the individual pursuit at the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track Championships in Rio before claiming the time trial title in the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Italy.

Athletes from every Paralympic road racing classification will be taking part in the race, which also has start points in Tadcaster and Wetherby, with some riders looking to use the race to gain qualifying time for the Paralympics in Tokyo next year.

This will be the first time the Yorkshire 2019 para-cycling international race will take place alongside the UCI Road World Championships, where each race finishes in Harrogate.