Bridge on UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds men's road race damaged by flooding

31st July 2019

Bridge over Cogden Gill, Grinton Moor
Bridge over Cogden Gill, Grinton Moor

Part of the route of the UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds men's road race has been affected by heavy rain which fell in Swaledale yesterday (Tuesday 30th July 2019). There was flooding, the BBC reports, and a bridge on the way up to Grinton Moor developed a gaping hole. According to Sam Blades on Twitter, it was then washed away altogether.

And now the bridge has completely gone 😔

— Sam Blades (@SamBlades93) July 30, 2019

With less than 2 months to go until the Yorkshire World Championships, there isn't much time to repair the bridge.

The BBC report also says that the main road along Swaledale, the B6270, has been washed away near Grinton. It's not clear exactly where, and therefore whether this affects the men's road race. (This Northern Echo report suggests it is between Downholme and Grinton, which is off the UCI route).

Grinton is surrounded by grouse moors. It is fair to ask whether the moors are absorbing as much water as they could, and slowing flows; or whether land management practices by grouse shooting estates involve too many drains, and degrading the land by rotational burning, and whether this contributes to fast run-off and flooding. The ONS recently recommended the restoration of the UK's peat bogs to help tackle global heating.