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Cycling world championships heading to Beverley
Beverley is being tipped as one of the start locations for cycling’s 2019 Road World Championships, following an announcement today by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be the biggest festival of cycling to visit Yorkshire since the hugely successful Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France. It will include a total of 12 men’s, women’s and junior races held over nine days in September 2019, bringing cycling on a scale never seen before to Yorkshire.
Harrogate will be the main competition town and finish location for each race, with race start locations proposed in Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds, Northallerton, Ripon and York. The championship will see about 1,000 riders from 75 countries competing for the coveted rainbow jersey.
Yorkshire won the right to host the event after a joint bid between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has hailed the announcement as “an historic moment for the county” and welcomed today’s announcement that Beverley is expected to be a race start location.
“This is a huge event for Beverley and the East Riding, putting the region on the international stage. It reinforces the East Riding as a great location for cycling and will be a major tourism and economic boost for the area,” he said.
“It will build on the success of the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire in attracting record-breaking numbers to our region.
“The UCI Road World Championships attract interest from around the world, with some of the biggest names in cycling participating. It is truly an international event and in recent years has taken place in Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen in Denmark.
“The championships have a predicted global televised audience in excess of 300 million and offer a fantastic opportunity to promote Yorkshire to a global market. This council will be doing all it can to capitalise on this and encourage visitors to the East Riding.”