Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake has made the following comment following the announcement that Leeds has been proposed as a host location for the prestigious 2019 UCI Road World Championships cycling.
Harrogate has been named as the main competition town and finish location for each race. Race start locations have been proposed in Beverley, Doncaster, Leeds, Northallerton, Ripon, and York.
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships include a wide range of men’s, women’s and junior races, which take place over nine days. Harrogate will host two circuit races and the other races will start in locations in right across the county.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Leeds is proposed to be a start location for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Hosting such a prestigious global event with the world’s finest cyclists again coming to our city to compete would be fantastic for Leeds, generating a similar level of public excitement as for the unforgettable Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014.
“The success of that event, followed by the Tour de Yorkshire and World Triathlon Series Leeds, has put Leeds and Yorkshire firmly on the world sporting map as being the perfect location to stage major international events. We look forward to seeing these exciting plans develop in the months to come.”
Yorkshire won the right to host the event after a joint bid between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
For more details visit www.yorkshire2019.co.uk