Richmond marketplace will welcome the world’s top cyclists once more next year (2019).
Just 18 months after staging a start in the Tour de Yorkshire the town will host the UCI Road World Championships – with the Men’s Junior Road Race setting off from the now famous cobbles on Thursday September 26.
They will cycle through Catterick Garrison, Leyburn and Aysgarth as they head to the finish line in Harrogate 144.5km later.
And the following weekend (September 29) riders will once again venture into the district passing through the Dales on the final day of the championships.
“These championships will bring the world’s top riders to our district along with a massive entourage of cycling enthusiasts - and we will be doing all we can to showcase our communities and businesses,” said Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.
“Richmond is one of the surprises in the announcement tonight – most of the other start towns have been known for some time, but we are a new addition and we are delighted and excited to be in the line up for this exciting championship.”
Full details of the Yorkshire 2019 championships were announced in Innsbruck tonight (Wednesday Sept 26) when starts across the county were unveiled. They are receiving unprecedented financial backing with the UK Government and UK Sport committing £12 million to deliver a world-class event. A further £15 million has been allocated to develop entry-level cycling facilities across England. This commitment means that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will deliver a legacy that will transform the sporting fabric of the country.