Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and the UCI World Road Championship 2019

Information about cycling's Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling and UCI Road World Championship 2019.

What are the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and the UCI Road World Championship 2019?

This year, for the first time, the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International took place alongside the UCI Road World Championships. The race was held on Saturday 21 September with three start locations - Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby.

Some of the athletes used the race as qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The following video showcases the Para-Cycling International

The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for cycle road racing organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The event involves about 1,000 riders from 75 different countries and attracts a global television audience of over 300 million people.

Yorkshire won the right to host the event after a joint bid between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Riders compete for the coveted Rainbow Jersey which is white with five coloured bands on the chest. This jersey can be worn in only the discipline, speciality and category of the competition in which it was awarded, and expires on the day before the following world championship event.

The UCI Road World Championships took place between 22-29 September and whilst the routes covered a large part of Yorkshire, all races finished in Harrogate.

More information is available from:

Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International (external website)

Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International spectator guide (pdf 4.38mb)

What were the routes for the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and the 2019 UCI Road World Championships?

The full race programme was as follows:

Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit - Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International (PI Event)

Day 2: Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit - Team Time Trial Mixed Relay - 28km (two circuits)

Day 3: Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit - Women's Junior Individual Time Trial - 14km (one circuit) and Men's Junior Individual Time Trial - 28km (two circuits)

Day 4: Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate - Men's Under-23 Individual Time Trial - 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Women's Elite Individual Time Trial - 32.5km (route plus one circuit)

Day 5: Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate - Men's Elite Individual Time Trial - 54km (route only)

Day 6: Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate - Men's Junior Road Race - 144.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 7: Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate: Women's Junior Road Race - 91.5km (route only) and Men's Under-23 Road Race - 192.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 8: Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate - Women's Elite Road Race - 149.5km (route plus three circuits)

Day 9: Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate: Men's Elite Road Race - 284.5km (route plus seven circuits)

Who entered the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International?

Some of the world's top para-cyclists, including Beverley born double world champion Adam Duggleby, took part from Beverley.

Adam, who is the tandem pilot for partially-sighted Steve Bate, joined 30 other cyclists in Beverley's Saturday Market on Saturday 21 September for the start of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International.

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 title in the individual pursuit at the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track Championships in Rio before claiming the time trial in the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Italy.

Adam and Steve won the men's tandem event in 2 hours 17 minutes, whilst Irish pair Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won the women's tandem (2 hours 36 minutes). The men's C4-5 was won by Will Bjergfelt in 1 hour 43 minutes.

What happened in Beverley to support the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International?

Alongside the race a programme of free, fun and family- friendly events was held in Saturday Market between 10am and 4pm.

Approximately 130 members of the public took part in a family-friendly parade cycle ride which set off from Saturday Market at 11am and travelled along some of the actual route before stopping on Beverley Westwood to cheer on the cyclists as they raced by.

Saturday Market also played host to a stunt cycle team and children and adults had the opportunity to try out some weird and crazy bikes as well as having a go on a pump track - where the bikes do not need any pedalling!

We were also pleased to welcome Steve Brown, BBC Countryfile presenter and former GB wheelchair rugby captain, to Beverley for the event. Steve spoke to the riders in the family cycle ride and was around for the day meeting and greeting people.

Viking FM radio breakfast presenters Alex and Ellie also attended with singer Rachel Makena, tribute band "Ordinary Men" and the All For One Choir.

Where can I find further information about cycling in the East Riding?

Why not jump on your bike and ride the route after the event? You can read more about cycling in the East Riding on this website covering areas such as: 

Long-distance cycle routes that pass through the East Riding 

There are lots of other longer distance cycle routes that run through the East Riding including coast-to-coast rides and circular routes around Yorkshire:

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - Big Skies Bike Rides (external East Riding website)

The Way of the Roses cycle route (external website)

Trans-Pennine Trail (external website)

Sustrans (external website)

The National Byway (external website)

Cycling clubs in the East Riding 

There are lots of cycling clubs and groups in the East Riding. You can find a free ride near you on the SkyRide website.  Follow the link below and select 'Find a Ride' from the site's navigation menu:

British Cycling Skyride (external website)

There are several cycling clubs based in towns and villages across the East Riding. You can find further details by typing 'East Yorkshire cycling club' into your chosen search engine to find your nearest, or most suitable club.

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