UCI World Championships
In September 2019 the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire (and Doncaster) for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar.
The Championships will include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.
Both races starting at Doncaster Dome will then pass through the following villages across the borough:
- Following the A18 passing Intake and Wheatley Hills
- On towards Edenthorpe and Dunsville
- Through Hatfield before heading out to Thorne and passing through Thorne town centre to join the A614
Women Junior Road Race (Start time 8:40am)
Doncaster - Harrogate
This route heads in a north-easterly direction out of Doncaster and follows a flat but rather exposed opening 60km where winds could play their part. It’s the gradual drag into Harrogate however that is likely to prove most decisive, especially given cumulative fatigue, and it could provide the springboard for a late attack. Expect to see the peloton thin out if the pace is kept high before a hard-fought finale in the centre of Harrogate.
Men U23 Road Race (Start time: 2:10pm)
Doncaster - Harrogate
This race is a tale of two halves with a flat opening 90km being followed by a tough and testing finale. The parcours might look easy between Doncaster and Ripon, but the riders will have to be alert to potential crosswinds before the climbing begins in earnest. The Blazefield Bank ascent comes just after Ripon, and a sharp descent into Pateley Bridge follows before the main climb of the day up Greenhow Hill. Averaging an 8.6% gradient over 2.8km, this rise has proven selective during the Tour de Yorkshire and will no-doubt do so again here. Any riders that drifted back on the climb will have time to battle their way back into contention as the route drops gradually into Harrogate. The peloton must then take on three laps of the tough and technical Harrogate circuit before they muster one last push on the punchy drag to the finish line.
Road closures, diversions and parking restrictions
Women junior road race (JPG, 243 KB)
Women junior road race route
Men under 23 road race (JPG, 271 KB)
Men under 23 road race map