Time to start thinking about pulling on your custom cycling kit and making your way to Yorkshire in time for 2019 – the county has just been selected to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.
No doubt you’re all aware how amazing this particular county is for cycling around and about, thanks to competitions like the Tour de France Grand Départ back in 2014 and the annual Tour de Yorkshire as well. And this latest piece of news just helps to cement the region’s reputation as a global cycling destination.
Some £24 million has been committed by the government for the event, with £15 million of this to develop 27 cycle sport facilities around the country so as to create a lasting legacy at a grassroots level. UK Sport has also pledged £3 million of funding from the National Lottery.
“Today marks a moment in history. Yorkshire has shown it can host world-class events with the Grand Départ and Tours de Yorkshire, and now the county has been chosen to host the nine-day UCI Road World Championships in 2019. We have got the scenery, the crowds, and the warm welcome, and we are sure the world’s best riders will love the challenging roads we have to offer,” chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity said.
This year’s event took place in Doha in Qatar this month, ending on October 16th. For the second year in a row, Peter Sagan clinched the title of Elite Men’s Road World Champion, sprinting ahead of Mark Cavendish (Britain) and Tom Boonen (Belgium).
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