WHAT IS THE UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?
The UCI Road World Championships are the annual world championships for bicycle road racing
organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI Road World Championships consist of a
Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, Individual Time Trials and Road Races.
The Championships include men’s and women’s races, across three age groups: Junior (age 17-18),
Under 23 and Elite.
WHEN IS IT TAKING PLACE?
The Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships will take place from 21-29 September 2019.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?
The races will start in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finish in the main
competition town of Harrogate. The full race programme is as follows:
Saturday 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit – Para-cycling Road Races
Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – Women Junior Individual Time Trial and Men Junior
Individual Time Trial
Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – Men Under 23 Individual Time Trial and Women Elite
Individual Time Trial
Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – Men Elite Individual Time Trial
Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – Men Junior Road Race
Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – Women Junior Road Race and Men Under 23 Road
Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – Women Elite Road Race
Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – Men Elite Road Race
WHICH RIDERS WILL BE COMPETING?
The world’s very best riders compete at the UCI Road World Championships. The teams will be
confirmed nearer to the Championships and every rider will represent their national federation. It is
the only occasion each year, other than in an Olympic year when they do so twice, that the riders race
in their national colours.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND RACES LIKE THE
TOUR DE FRANCE?
The UCI Road World Championships is a series of one day races, each finishing in the same location.
The winner of each race is crowned the World Champion in that particular discipline and age group.
Stage races like the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire take place over a number of days and start
and finish in different locations each day. A stage race continues for a number of days before a single
winner is declared after the final stage.
WHAT DOES A WORLD CHAMPION WIN?
Alongside a medal, prestige and the respect of their peers, each world champion receives the famous
rainbow jersey. The world champion has the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey when competing
in that same discipline for a whole year up to the subsequent UCI Road World Championships.
After a world champion’s reign is over, that rider is allowed to wear rainbow piping on the sleeve cuffs
and collar of their trade team jersey until the end of their career, as testimony to an exceptional
WHAT IS THE RAINBOW JERSEY?
The rainbow jersey was first awarded in 1927, the year of the first UCI Road World Championships for
professional riders. The design has remained much the same ever since. It is predominantly white with
five horizontal bands representing the UCI colours around the chest. The colours of the bands (blue,
red, black, yellow and green) represent the five continents and are the same as those which appear in
the rings on the Olympic flag. The tradition is applied to all nine UCI-governed cycling disciplines,
including road racing, track racing, cyclo-cross, BMX, Trials and mountain biking.
ARE THE PARA-CYCLING ROAD RACES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS?
The Para-Cycling Road Races are running alongside the UCI Road World Championships but the race
winners will not be crowned world champions. The races are classified as C1 level events which means
they carry qualification ranking points for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will take place on 11-15 September in Emmen
in the Netherlands.
WILL THERE BE THE SAME LEVEL OF ROAD CLOSURES AS FOR TOUR DE FRANCE IN 2014?
No. A number of road closures and parking restrictions will be required on a daily basis to ensure the
safety and security of both riders and spectators. However, it is important to note that the timings of
road closures and the specific roads that will be closed, will vary each day. Information regarding exact
race timings, road closures and parking restrictions will be shared in April 2019. These are dependent
on confirmation of the television broadcast schedule.
WILL SERVICES IN HARROGATE BE AFFECTED DURING RACES?
The Yorkshire 2019 Local Organising Committee is working together with local authorities, primary
blue light services, secondary responders and key partners to help deliver a safe and enjoyable event
for everyone, whilst minimising disruption in the town and surrounding area impacted by the race
routes and circuit as far as possible. We will work with these partners to ensure those who want to
visit and access Harrogate and the surrounding area are able to do so safely, efficiently and effectively.
In addition, we are liaising with public transport providers to ensure that their services can operate in
the area during the Championships.
WILL I BE ABLE TO CROSS A CLOSED ROAD?
We will work with our partners to only close roads for the shortest possible time, with the aim to reopen
them as soon as it is safe to do so. There will be periods when driving is restricted but crossing
points will be in place on the race routes for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency services.
HOW MANY SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED?
2.6 million people came out to watch the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire and we hope many more will come
to watch the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.
WHAT ARE THE TIMINGS FOR EACH RACE?
Information regarding exact race timings, road closures and parking restrictions will be shared in April
2019. These are dependent on confirmation of the television broadcast schedule.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE RACES?
Spectators will be able to watch the event for free anywhere along the routes but obviously starts,
finishes and climb locations will be most popular.
WILL THERE BE TELEVISION COVERAGE?
Yes, every race will be televised live on the BBC.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/VOLUNTEER?
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WILL THERE BE A MASS PARTICIPATION EVENT?
Yes. We intend to run a mass participation sportive during the Championships and further details will
be published in due course.
WHAT ARE THE RACE COLOURS?
The race colours are the five colours of the UCI rainbow: blue, red, black, yellow and green.
CAN I USE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LOGO?
Only sponsors and partners of the event can use the Yorkshire 2019 UCI World Championships logo.
If you want to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO IS ORGANISING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS?
The Championships is being organised by Yorkshire 2019 Ltd.
WHO IS PAYING FOR THE EVENT DELIVERY?
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and UK Sport have invested £12 million into
delivering the UCI Road World Championships in addition to contributions made by British Cycling and
Local Authorities. Furthermore, Sport England has pledged a £15 million legacy investment into
grassroots cycling in England.
WHAT IS YORKSHIRE 2019 LTD?
Yorkshire 2019 Ltd is the local organising committee responsible for the delivery of the 2019 UCI Road
World Championships. The company was incorporated by UK Sport as its subsidiary in November
Yorkshire 2019 has entered into an event organisation agreement with the UCI and will oversee the
delivery of the championships in accordance with this agreement.
Yorkshire was awarded the right to host the 2019 Road Cycling World Championships in October 2016.
The winning bid was made jointly by British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The event will be funded principally through
DCMS and UK Sport, whilst also receiving support from British Cycling and the Local Authorities
selected to host the event.
WHAT IS THE UCI?
Founded in 1900 in Paris, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for
cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a
healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun.
It represents, for sporting and public institutions alike, the interests of 190 National Federations, five
Continental Confederations, more than 1,500 professional riders, more than half a million licensed
competitors, several million cycling enthusiasts and two billion bicycle users all over the world.
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