With just under four months to go until the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, UK, the race organiser Yorkshire 2019 has unveiled the race start and finish times.
Millions of spectators are expected to line the routes over the nine days of action, with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International taking place on Saturday 21st September before the Championships themselves run between 22nd-29th September.
Timings have been calculated by anticipating the riders’ average speeds, but they are subject to change depending on variables such as wind speed, direction and how aggressively the athletes race on the day. Individual rider/nation start times for the time trial events will be announced in the weeks before the championships.
Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said “It’s exciting to share these timings as spectators can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action.
“That opening weekend with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and inaugural Team Time Trial Mixed Relay is going to start things off with a bang and we’re also arranging a host of family friendly activities across those two days that will be appealing to spectators old and young.
“Once those are done and dusted, it’s on to the longest-standing races on the programme – the individual time trials and road race events. Those always prove spectacular occasions with really dramatic racing. We can’t wait for this global celebration of cycling to commence and we look forward to making more exciting announcements in the months to come.”
The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online at yorkshire2019.co.uk/timings
Saturday 21st September – Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International
This celebration of para-cycling includes 14 different race classifications for male and female riders in four para-cycling disciplines. Riders with the greatest functional capacity (B Men, C4-5 Men and B Women) will set off from Beverley between midday and 12:06 BST with the aim of finishing in Harrogate between 14:14 and 15:05.
Tadcaster will host the starts of the C1-3, H3, H4 and H5 events for the men and the C4-5 and H5 events for the women between 14:00-14:15. These are due to finish in Harrogate between 15:24-16:25. Finally, Wetherby is the start location for the H1-2 and T1-2 men’s races, and the C1-3, H1-4 and T1-2 women’s races between 15:00 and 15:12. These conclude in Harrogate between 16:09-17:24.
Fans in Harrogate will also be able to watch the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay training on the Championships circuit between 09:00 and 11:00.
Sunday 22nd September – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay – Harrogate Circuit
Yorkshire will be making history by hosting the first-ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay – with national teams consisting of male and female riders. The first nation will roll down the start ramp at 12:40, with the final nation set to complete their ride at approximately 15:27.
Before the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay takes place, fans will also be able to watch thousands of amateur riders take part in the Official Sportive on the same Harrogate circuit between 07:00-10:30.
Monday 23rd September – Women Junior Individual Time Trial and Men Junior Individual Time Trial – Harrogate Circuit
The first female rider will get going at 10:10 and once the last has finished at approximately 11:22, the men’s competition will take place between 13:40-16:02.
Tuesday 24th September – Women Elite Individual Time Trial and Men U23 Individual Time Trial – Ripon to Harrogate
The first male rider will set off at 10:10 and that competition is due to be completed by 12:34 before the women start at 14:40. That contest is due to conclude at around 16:45.
Wednesday 25th September – Men Elite Individual Time Trial – Northallerton to Harrogate
Fans will be able to cheer the first rider off at 13:10 before the action concludes at approximately 16:04. That morning, supporters in Harrogate will also be able to watch the road race training taking place on the Harrogate circuit between 10:00-12:00.
Thursday 26th September – Men Junior Road Race – Richmond to Harrogate
After starting in Richmond at 12:10 the race heads into the Dales and the first key climb is awaiting the riders at Kidstones at 13:12. The second major ascent then comes shortly after the peloton have passed Bolton Abbey at 14:00, and the action should hit the Harrogate circuit at 14:36. After three laps of that, the race should conclude on Parliament Street at 15:33.
Friday 27th September – Women Junior Road Race and Men U23 Road Race – Doncaster to Harrogate
The women’s race exits Doncaster at 08:40 and the riders should reach Snaith by 09:30. Tadcaster then appears at approximately 10:24 and the frontrunners should pass through Wetherby at 10:41 before they reach Harrogate for a hard-fought finale at 11:11.
The men meanwhile, get going in Doncaster at 14:10 and take a longer, more undulating route into Harrogate. They should reach Tadcaster at 15:50 before passing through Ripon at 16:49. Pateley Bridge then makes an appearance at 17:17 and as soon as the peloton has exited that town they will commence the main climb up to Greenhow. The riders are likely to reach the Harrogate circuit at 18:03 and they will have to tackle three laps before the estimated finish at 19:06.
Saturday 28th September – Women Elite Road Race – Bradford to Harrogate
The peloton will roll out of Bradford at 11:40 and sample the delights of Otely at 11:52 before the first categorised ascent comes on Norwood Edge at 12:05. The race then continues to Pateley Bridge at and up the Nidderdale valley at 12:34. The climb of Lofthouse is then awaiting the riders; and they should top that at 12:57 before descending into Masham at 13:19. A relatively flat section should see them reach Ripon by 13:44 before they pass onto the Harrogate circuit at 14:32. Three laps should then see the frontrunners emerge before a new world champion is crowned on Parliament Street at 15:42.
Sunday 29th September – Men Elite Road Race – Leeds to Harrogate
The riders will exit Leeds at 08:40 and wind their way into the Dales via Ilkley (09:22) and Skipton (09:42). They are due to reach Kettlewell by 10:14 before a trio of significant climbs come one after another. Cray is first up at 10:27; and Buttertubs will be crested at approximately 11:16 before the summit of Grinton Moor at 11:51. Masham (12:23), Ripon (12:44) and Ripley (13:01) then follow in quick succession before the peloton enters the Harrogate circuit at 13:07.
Seven laps of that tough and technical loop will ensure only the strongest survive for a chance to claim the iconic rainbow jersey on Parliament Street at approximately 15:21.
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.
Approximately 1,400 riders are set to compete from 190 countries; and the action will be beamed to a global TV audience of over 250 million.