Yorkshire 2019 have confirmed the timings and stop-off locations for the ground-breaking publicity caravan that will feature on the final weekend of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Yorkshire 2019 announced they would be organising the caravan with one month to go (on Wednesday 21 August), and have now provided more details on exactly where this vibrant and popular parade of vehicles will be stopping on both the Elite Men’s and Women’s Road Race routes.
The proposed stop-off locations and approximate timings for the publicity caravan are:
Women Elite Road Race – Saturday 28 September:
The caravan will stop in Bradford (at approximately 9:45am), Otley (10:22), Pateley Bridge (11:01), Lofthouse (11:28), Masham (12:02pm), West Tanfield (12:15), Ripon 12:34) and Harrogate (1:30).
Men Elite Road Race – Sunday 29 September:
The caravan will stop in Reeth (at approximately 9:20am), Middleham (9:51), Masham (10:27), West Tanfield (10:41), Ripon (11:01), and Harrogate (11:41).
*All timings are subject to change.
Some of the participants in the publicity caravan include:
Alpecin, Sigma Sports, Harrogate Spring Water, Global, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and official charity partner Leeds Cares.
This will be the first time a publicity caravan has ever featured in the 98-year history of the UCI Road World Championships.
Publicity caravans are a popular feature in cycling and involve a wacky and colourful convoy of vehicles travelling ahead of the races handing out freebies and keepsakes at various locations along the route.
As mentioned previously, the flotilla will travel the full route of the women’s race, which sees the riders roll out of Bradford at 11:40am, and pick up the men’s race in Reeth given the relatively early start time of 08:40am in Leeds.
Reeth was chosen especially as a way of recognising the resolve and spirit shown in the wake of the severe floods which ravaged parts of Yorkshire last month.
Speaking when the publicity caravan was first announced, Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “We want to make the 2019 UCI Road World Championships the most inspiring, inclusive and innovative edition in the event’s history – and organising the first-ever publicity caravan at a Championships is another way of doing that.
“They are a fun and light-hearted way to get fans excited before the riders arrive, and they help build a real sense of occasion.
“We decided not to run the caravan for the entire length of the men’s race as we felt some people might not have appreciated this loud and vibrant procession passing through so early in the day [laughs].
“Reeth was the perfect place to start the caravan on the final day of action as it has endured such a tough time of it lately.
“We’ve got some amazing brands taking part in the caravan and it’ll be a brilliant spectacle not to be missed.”