Yorkshire 2019 have unveiled plans for the opening ceremony which will kick off the 2019 UCI Road World Championships on Saturday 21st September.
The ceremony will take place onstage in the Harrogate Fan Zone – which is located on The Stray for the duration of the Championships – between 5.00-5.45pm.
UCI President David Lappartient will be jetting in from Switzerland to declare the Championships officially open along with Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley and British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington.
A host of entertainment is also been laid on to add to the celebrations. The Skelmanthorpe Brass Band and Harrogate Theatre Choir will both perform during the ceremony itself before the evening’s entertainment continues with two further live performances.
Leeds based band Hyde Park Brass will take the stage at 6.00pm and treat fans to some classic pop hits in their own unique style, with The Motown Sparklettes following them at 7.00pm. As their name suggests, the Sparklettes will play a medley of timeless Motown tunes which will have spectators ‘dancing in the street'.
Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “Hosting the UCI Road World Championships is a once-in-a-generation event so we felt it only fitting that we had an opening ceremony. We’re thrilled to have the UCI President David Lappartient in attendance to officially get things going and have laid on some great entertainment which will add to the party atmosphere.
“Of course, the racing will have already got going earlier that day with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, so it’s much a celebration of that as well as the start of the Championships proper.”
As Andy mentioned, the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International takes place on Saturday 21 September and is the first para-cycling event to have ever been organised alongside the UCI Road World Championships.
It will be one of the highest-profile para-cycling competitions ever held and includes 26 races in total, with men’s and women’s contests taking place across all four para-cycling classifications. Setting off from Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby, all races will finish in Harrogate and the results will count towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The Fan Zone meanwhile, is open to the general public from 21-29 September and admission is free. The first weekend is particularly family friendly, with a whole host of entertainment being aimed at children.
The Fan Zone 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.
Music fans will also be treated to some further high-profile acts later in the week, with legendary Pulp vocalist Jarvis Cocker performing a DJ set on Friday 27 September, and The Pigeon Detectives and Litany follow him on Saturday evening before The Feeling round off the Championships in style on Sunday 29 September.