The 2019 UCI Road World Championships Official Sportive is taking place this year on 22nd September 2019 in Harrogate, Yorkshire. The mass participation event runs alongside the pro racing, which runs from 21-29 September.
It has been 37 years since the World Championships last came to the UK, ‘making this a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the historical event and cycle the same roads as the professionals as they compete for the prestigious Rainbow Jersey.’
Organised by Human Race (which is part of Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), the sportive (gran fondo) is a one-off mass participation event for 5,000 cyclists. A ticket ballot will open on 4th March 2019.
Set in scenery throughout the Yorkshire Dales in North East England, the official sportive will start and finish in Harrogate and take 5,000 cyclists on a journey through some of the best UK cycling – including large sections of the UCI World Championships professional courses.
All routes will ride the Harrogate circuit before any of the pros. The maiden Mixed Relay Team Time Trial will follow on from the sportive, also departing from Harrogate. On finishing every participant will get a specially designed medal and then they can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of the 2019 UCI World Championships.
The organising team expect high demand for this one-off event. So, a ballot ticketing system will be used. Cyclists wanting to be involved will be asked to log their interest online (https://worlds.yorkshire.com/sportive/) on 4th March with the ticket allocation happening on the 20th March. There will be three routes available (Long 145km; Medium 98km; Short 72km), aiming to suit all abilities and experience.
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race said, “The UK’s reputation for cycling has grown and grown; and nothing says it better than the UCI World Championships. We are really excited to be able to offer this once in a lifetime event to the cycling world. We always strive to offer memorable and unique experiences here at Human Race and it doesn’t get much more unique than this.”
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said “The UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire this year will be one of those ‘where were you when’ moments – so to be one of the 5,000 amateur cyclists taking part in the official sportive, riding on the same roads as the professionals, in front of massive crowds will be will be an unforgettable experience!”