Richmondshire District Council

Yorkshire 2019 have confirmed an extra night of entertainment for cycling fans to enjoy at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Two of British cycling’s most respected journalists – William Fotheringham and Chris Sidwells – are joining forces with Eurosport’s Laura Winter for a discussion about Beryl Burton and Tom Simpson; two absolute legends within the sport.

The event will take place at 7.30pm at the Harrogate Theatre on Saturday 28th September and provide an unparalleled insight into the lives, careers and legacies of these two titans, whose exploits and examples paved the way for all the British champions who have followed.

Fotheringham is perfectly placed to discuss Burton’s legacy, given his latest book, The Greatest: The Life and Times of Beryl Burton, has just been released, while Sidwells is the nephew of Simpson and author of Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson.

The event is the fourth night of entertainment being officially endorsed by Yorkshire 2019, along with Ned Boulting and David Millar’s Over T’Rainbow and Pot of Gold performances taking place at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on the 21st and 26th September respectively, and The Cycling Podcast are also discussing all things cycling onstage at the Royal Hall on Friday 27th September.

Full information of all four shows (including ticket information) can be found on the Worlds Yorkshire website

Yorkshire 2019 Commercial Manager Tony Harris said: “We want the 2019 UCI Road World Championships to be the most inclusive and most enjoyable Championships ever, and we’re delighted to round off our four nights of theatrical entertainment with this special event.

“Beryl Burton lived in Harrogate and Tom Simpson was Britain’s first road world champion, and we couldn’t have picked three better people to talk about their lives and legacies. All four nights will be must-sees for people descending on the county during the Championships, and they’ll provide a perfect night’s entertainment after the racing has concluded.”

William Fotheringham said: “The Beryl Burton story taps into so many of my cycling interests. Most important is the theme of greatness in sport, with all its complexities, which is something I’ve explored in most of my books. It’s a story of British cycling, which I love, in its various meanderings and in the way it melds into the social history of our country. I’ve always been aware of the barriers women have faced in this sport, which was what drew me to help Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) with her autobiography. Then there’s Yorkshire, where I learned to ride a bike.”

The stage shows are not the only non-racing initiatives being organised by Yorkshire 2019. During the Championships a 50,000-capacity Fan Zone is being located on The Stray in Harrogate and it will very much be the place to be during the nine days of action, with giant screens allowing people to watch every race live and every medal presentation taking place on the main stage.

It’s not all about the cycling though, there will also be a wide range of high-quality food and drinks providers on hand, as well as a traders village and official merchandise superstore.

The official opening ceremony will take place in the Fan Zone at 5.00pm on Saturday 21st September, and music fans will also be treated to some further high-profile acts later in the week. Legendary Pulp vocalist Jarvis Cocker is performing a DJ set on Friday 27th September, and The Pigeon Detectives and Litany follow him on Saturday evening before The Feeling round off the Championships in style on Sunday 29th September.

Full details on the Fan Zone can be found on Worlds Yorkshire website under the Fan Zone page and via the Yorkshire 2019 App.

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