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UCI Road World Championships. 22-29 Sep, 2019

The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar.
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Leeds and Yorkshire welcomes one of the most prestigious events on the cycling calendar as the UCI Road World Championships and the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International take place over nine days from 21-29 September 2019. It takes in locations across Yorkshire, with Harrogate being the hub where all the races finish. The event begins with a new element, para-cycling races in the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, before the UCI Road World Championships see individual and team time trials take place as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and elite riders.


Picture by Alex Whitehead - Cycling - 2017 UCI Road World Championships


Leeds is the starting location for the Men’s Elite Road Race on 29th September and is the nearest city to Harrogate, just over 30 minutes by car or train.

The event includes a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire with each finishing in Harrogate.

There are three distinct groups of races over the nine days – time trials, road races and para cycling. For more information about each visit

Leeds Locations and Times

Saturday 21 September

The Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International sees riders starting from three different locations along the same route in Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby before all finishing in Harrogate. Running from 12- 3.30pm, riders will be competing in time trials with the route through Wetherby taking in Wighill Lane, Rudgate, York Road, North Street, High Street, Market Place, Westgate and Spofforth Hill. The startline in Wetherby for races beginning there is on Market Place, where there will also be a big screen showing the action along with a family fun and activity zone.

Friday 27 September

Action returns to Wetherby with the women’s junior road race coming through the town. Taking in Wighill Lane, Wetherby Road, Walton Road, Privas Way, Boston Road, High Street, Market Place, Westgate and Spofforth Hill, the riders are expected between 10:30 and 11am.

In the afternoon the men’s under-23 road race also comes through Wetherby along Wighill Lane and Rudgate between 3:40pm and 4:20pm as part of the 187-kilometre race between Doncaster and Harrogate.

Saturday 28 September

The finest women cyclists in the world come to the roads of Leeds on Saturday, as they race from Bradford to Harrogate. Arriving in Guiseley just before 12 noon, the route travels along Hollins Hill and Bradford Road before heading to Otley, home town of Lizzie Deignan who won the world title in 2015. After Otley the route heads into north Yorkshire on the way to the finish in Harrogate.

Sunday 29 September

The men’s elite road race starts with a ceremonial start on Millennium Square, Leeds city centre at 8.40am. The world’s best riders representing more than 30 countries in teams of six follow a route along Cookridge Street and The Headrow passing in front of Leeds Town Hall before heading to Park Lane, Woodhouse Square and Clarendon Road before following the A660 to Otley and then on to Ilkley by approximately 9:20am. The race then heads through the stunning Yorkshire Dales on the way to Harrogate.

Those in Leeds city centre can follow the race on the big screen in Millennium Square, while there will also be a screen showing the action as part of a family fun zone featuring a range of activities and stalls at Leeds Dock open all day from 8am.

For all the latest event information go to