UCI Road World Championships coming to Yorkshire in 2019
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire:
“We are delighted and honoured to announce that Yorkshire has been chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships."
The sensational news was announced last night by UCI President Brian Cookson OBE live from Doha, Qatar which is currently hosting the 2016 UCI Road World Championships.
And the celebrations have already begun. Last night saw first direct arena Leeds, English Heritage’s Clifford’s Tower in York and Trinity Leeds shopping centre lit up in the colours of the famous UCI rainbow band while the bid film was broadcast on big screens on Millennium Square in Leeds.
Yorkshire you never disappoint with your unstinting support for major events and today is the beginning of another incredible chapter.
The collegiate bid was submitted by Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department of Culture Media and Sport. The UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite the full cost of the event and back it with £24 million of investment.
Yorkshire has shown it can host world class events with the Grand Départ, the Tour de Yorkshire and now the county has been chosen to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019. This will be 12 races over eight days in this nine day event. We have got the scenery, we have got the warm welcome and we know we can bring the crowds.
We will put on an event to remember - the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be one to go down in history!
· The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar.
· Future UCI Road World Championships:
o 2017 - BERGEN (NORWAY)
o 2018 - INNSBRUCK (AUSTRIA)
o 2019 - YORKSHIRE (GREAT BRITAIN)
· 1,000 of the best male and female riders from around 75 countries around the globe compete for the chance to win the iconic rainbow jersey.
· The event takes place over nine days and includes individual and team time trials as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and Elite riders.
· 6,000-7,000 national federation members, delegates, technicians and journalists set to be in attendance.
· A predicted global televised audience in excess of 300 MILLION.
· The full route of the race in Yorkshire will be announced over the coming months.
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