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Yorkshire awarded 2019 UCI road World Championships

Yellow bicycle welcome

Yellow bicycle welcome, by Paul Downey, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Yorkshire will host the UCI road World Championships in 2019. The decision was made by the UCI Management Committee in Doha this afternoon, and announced by the UCI.

Welcome to Yorkshire confirmed the news on Twitter.

The bid was made by Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling, and UK Sport, and supported by the UK government.

According to the BBC, Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire said, 'We will put on a fantastic event in 2019 for the world, for the UK and for the UCI. We're thrilled for everyone involved, and everyone who loves cycling.'

In The Guardian, William Fotheringham reports that Harrogate is a possible 'hub' for the nine days of racing. 'Harrogate has made its interest known, after its successful hosting of the Tour de France's first stage finish in 2014, when the region was the venue for the Grand Départ of the Tour. "It's not 100% confirmed but they have the hotels and the conference centre and they are in pole position," said Verity.'

The events are likely to start in different places, but with a fixed finish location for all the races. The men's elite road race could involve a long loop through some of Yorkshire's best scenery, then finish with six or seven laps of a shorter circuit.

Beryl Burton cycleway

Beryl Burton cycleway

The Beryl Burton cycleway is a traffic-free cycle and foot path between Bilton Village Farm and the Nidd at High Bridge, Knaresborough. Read aboutthe Beryl Burton cycleway.

Dear Andrew Jones, cycling minister

28th September 2016

Andrew Jones MP opening a road

Andrew Jones MP opening a road, by Highways England, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

An open letter to Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough, and minister in the DfT with responsibility for cycling. Two months in, and we have a 'head in hands' moment. Anyone who rides a bike and has seen your crass and offensive 'cyclists hang back' video will be dismayed. It's unclear about the story it's telling, makes a joke out of violence, gives highly dubious advice, encourages bullying of vulnerable road users, and alienates cyclists instead of persuading them. Read an open letter to Andrew Jones, cycling minister.

Portrait bench on the Nidderdale Greenway Nidd viaductRiver Nidd at Limekiln Wood

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