Richmondshire will be welcoming ‘the worlds’ this September - and local communities look set to be able to celebrate thanks to a new district council funding scheme.
The UCI World Cycling Championships visits the district twice – Richmond Market Place hosts the start of the Men’s Junior Road Race on September 26 and then three days later riders on the Men’s Elite Road Race take to the roads.
Next week (April 9) members of the District Council’s Corporate Board will be asked to allocate £25,000 to a fund to help communities mark the visits - £5000 to Richmond town and the remaining £20,000 to other towns and villages in £2000 chunks.
“This race gives us another chance to showcase our district to the world,” said Corporate Director, Callum McKeon.
“One of our council priorities is to enable economic growth and build on the legacy of the successful Tour de France Grand Depart and Tour de Yorkshire visits. This new fund is open to any community in Richmondshire that wants to celebrate the UCI visit whether directly on the route or not.”
The championships are the pinnacle in the international cycling calendar – and haven’t been in the UK since 1982. It features nine days of events on Yorkshire’s roads with all races ending in Harrogate.
The Men’s Junior Road Race leaves Richmond market place on Thursday September 26 travelling through Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Redmore, Carperby, Aysgarth and West Burton on its 147km journey to Harrogate. The Sunday visit sees riders enter the district from Craven and take in Aysgarth, Bainbridge, Hawes, Buttertubs, Leyburn and East Witton before heading to Harrogate.
To find out more about the funding stream or to download an application form, visit our community grants schemes page.