Yorkshire named as host of 2019 UCI Road World Championships
The management committee of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, met in Doha on Wednesday during the 2016 Road World Championships. And Yorkshire – which in 2014 hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart and has subsequently twice held a three-day stage race – was chosen to host the 2019 event.
The 2017 Road World Championships take place in Bergen, Norway and the 2018 event is hosted by Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria, and Yorkshire stated its desire to host the next available event before being selected on Wednesday.
Yorkshire’s formal bid – submitted by national governing body British Cycling and made in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, funding body UK Sport and the Government – was announced in August by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Racing would take place in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity has said, with decisions over the race routes for the week-long event to be made in conjunction with the UCI.
Cookson said: “The UCI management committee is pleased to award the UCI Road World Championships to Yorkshire in 2019. The county has proved it is a fitting host for road cycling’s leading annual event and we are sure there will be world-class crowds to match.”
Verity said: “We have got the scenery, the crowds, and the warm welcome, and we are sure the world’s best riders will love the challenging roads we have to offer.”
The Government will underwrite the Road World Championships with £24million of investment while UK Sport will provide £3m of National Lottery funding for the event.
British Cycling negotiated a £15million package of nationwide investment alongside the bid, to further develop cycling facilities and grow participation.