Eleven schools across Yorkshire are in for a special treat next week (September 9-13) as Yorkshire 2019’s Rainbow Jersey Tour takes on a lap of the county.
The special guest on the Tour will be Mandy Bishop (née Jones), who won the Elite Women’s Road Race the last time the UCI Road World Championships were held in Great Britain way back in 1982. And as the name of the Tour suggests, Mandy will be bringing the rainbow jersey and medal she won that day along with her, along with a whole host of goodies.
Schools from every local authority hosting a race start will be included on the Tour along with a stop-off in Harrogate, which is acting as the main destination town for the Championships.
The Rainbow Jersey Tour will visit:
Monday: Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton (am)
Richmond Primary School, Richmond (pm)
Tuesday: Beverley Minster Primary School, Beverley (am)
St Mary’s Primary School, Market Weighton (am)
Riverside Primary School in Tadcaster (pm)
Wednesday: Green Lane Primary School, Bradford (am)
Green Top Primary School, Doncaster (pm)
Thursday: Ireland Wood Primary School, Leeds (am)
West Oaks SEN School, Wetherby (pm)
Friday: Western Primary School, Harrogate (am)
Holy Trinity Junior School, Ripon (pm)
A variety of additional activities are being planned at the schools to mark the jersey’s visit as excitement grows for the Championships. This once-in-a-generation event takes place between 22-29 September and is preceded by the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International on Saturday 21 September.
Mandy Jones, 1982 UCI Road World Champion, said: “Becoming World Champion was one of the proudest moments of my life and I’m hugely honoured to be sharing my story with schoolchildren across Yorkshire. It’s fantastic that the county is hosting the Championships this year as it’s the perfect way to fire people up about cycling and encourage the next generation to give it a go. If we can get more young people out riding bikes for fun, that’s brilliant, and if we inspire a future champion - even better!”
Andy Hindley, CEO of Yorkshire 2019, said: “Excitement for the Championships is really building now and we felt the Rainbow Jersey Tour was a great way of getting local schoolchildren involved. Of course, we’d have loved to visit every school in the county, and in lieu of that we’ve created a free, downloadable education pack which will allow pupils to become equally engaged, irrespective of their location.
“We’re delighted to have Mandy as our guest of honour and hope that she and her jersey will inspire the next generation of cyclists to follow in her footsteps.”
About the rainbow jersey:
The winner of each Individual Time Trial and Road Race event at the UCI Road World Championships is awarded the rainbow jersey – one of the most iconic prizes in the sport. The world champion has the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey when competing in that same discipline for a whole year up to the subsequent UCI Road World Championships.
The rainbow jersey was first awarded in 1927, the year of the first UCI Road World Championships for professional riders. The design has remained much the same ever since. It is predominantly white with five horizontal bands representing the UCI colours around the chest.
The colours of the stripes (blue, red, black, yellow and green) represent the five continents and are the same as those which appear in the rings on the Olympic flag.
After a world champion’s reign is over, that rider is allowed to wear rainbow piping on the sleeve cuffs and collar of their trade team jersey until the end of their career, as testimony to an exceptional achievement.