A bid to host the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in 2019 has been submitted by Welcome to Yorkshire, with Chief Executive Gary Verity formally presenting the application to UCI President Brian Cookson.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s bid was compiled in partnership with British Cycling and UK Sport, and the UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite the full cost of the event and back it with £24 million of investment.

The winning bid will be announced following the UCI’s annual congress in Doha this October. Route details haven’t been announced but Welcome to Yorkshire have stated that the “exciting race programme that will include starts in North, South, East and West Yorkshire.”

The event takes place over eight days and includes individual and team time trials as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and Elite riders.

Welcome to Yorkshire have said that their bid is unrelated to their offer last week to step in and help organise the UEC Road European Championships following Nice’s decision to withdraw from hosting. Those Championships will now take place next month in Brittany.

The UCI World Road Race Championships were previously held in the UK on two occasions – in Leicester in 1970 and Goodwood in 1982.

Gary Verity said: “It would be an absolute honour to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

“Yorkshire has everything a bike race could wish for. We can promise a gruelling but spectacular range of routes, huge crowds and the very warmest of welcomes. We are sure the world’s best riders will find our beautiful roads both challenging and exhilarating in equal measure.

“The Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 cemented the county’s place as a world-class cycling destination and since then I have been proud to oversee the launch and growth of the Tour de Yorkshire – a race which is now regarded as one of the most dramatic and well-supported events in the sport.

“Make no mistake, cycling is in Yorkshire’s DNA and hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will only reaffirm that.

“Yorkshire is ready to embrace the Championships. We’ve turned the county yellow once before, and now we want to see it swathed with those coveted rainbow bands.”

This year’s World Championships are set to take place in Doha, Qatar in October with the 2017 championships taking place in Bergen, Norway and 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria.



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