A legacy investment into cycling facilities across the UK has been showcased in Doncaster to mark 50 days to go until the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
The track features the world’s only purpose-built, man-made cobbled climb and is expected to attract over 40,000 visitors in its first year alone.
The UCI Road World Championships have only been held in Great Britain on three previous occasions, the most recent of which was at Goodwood in 1982. The 2019 Championships will take place in Yorkshire between 22-29 September.
The Doncaster Cycle Track is a 1km-long, 6m-wide traffic-free circuit for cyclists of all ages and abilities and will be completed ahead of the Women’s Junior Road Race and Men’s U23 Road Race which start at the new facility in Yorkshire on Friday 27 September.
This £1.5 million dedicated community facility has been made possible with funding from Doncaster Council and the Places to Ride programme, delivered in partnership with the Department of Culture Media and Sport, Sport England and British Cycling. The programme supports the development of new and improved cycling facilities across England.
This £15 million nationwide commitment from government formed part of a successful bid to bring the UCI Championships to Yorkshire and will be delivered over the next three years, ensuring they leave a legacy that will help transform cycling infrastructure right across the country.
As well as new and improved places to ride, British Cycling wants to inspire people to ride and to create a legacy in local communities across the country. The cycle track is part of the new #OwnTheRide campaign, which is a nationwide drive led by British Cycling to engage anyone, anywhere with riding a bike.
The campaign is supported by free resources that are available now to empower organisations – from schools, local authorities or clubs – to engage people with the championships and encourage them to create opportunities to be active through cycling.
Nigel Adams, Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries, said “Anticipation for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships is building. Tens of thousands of spectators will visit Yorkshire, and millions more from around the world will watch the drama unfold on television as the best cyclists in the world battle it out for the coveted rainbow jerseys.
“We are determined to use these championships to inspire more people to be active. Backed by a £15 million legacy investment from government, Doncaster Cycle Track will be the first of many new and exciting facilities to open around the country. These will help ensure this once-in-a-generation event ignites enthusiasm for cycling across the nation.
“Yorkshire has a fantastic global reputation for hosting cycling events and I know the county will put on a fantastic spectacle that promotes the region and North of England to millions and bring in significant economic benefits to the area.”
Ed Clancy, three-time Olympic Gold Medallist from Barnsley in Yorkshire, said “Facilities like this one in Doncaster are absolutely critical in ensuring that people from communities of all ages and abilities can embrace cycling in a fun and safe environment.
“The Places to Ride funding programme will ensure that the championships leave a genuine legacy, not just in Yorkshire but across the whole country. So, whether you’re in the park with your children, doing the commute to work or making use of a local facility, we want people to feel inspired by this once in a generation opportunity and #OwnTheRide this summer.”
Bob Howden OBE, President of British Cycling, said “Evaluating the success of a major cycling event in the UK, is now a wide-ranging process, which goes far beyond the counting of medals or jerseys won. A key factor in the growth of cycling in Britain has been the inspiration to participation that follows both high profile events and the winning performances of our athletes.
“The staging of the UCI Road World Championships has helped to unlock vital funding for the Places to Ride Programme, which will enable thousands more people to ride a bike at new and improved facilities across the country.
“Our #OwnTheRide campaign will ensure that anyone who feels inspired by our athletes has the opportunity to get involved – regardless of age, or ability and we’re determined that these championships will leave an enduring legacy, enabling increasingly more people to get on their bikes.”