It’s a very exciting time for our lovely little town as the routes for the 2019 UCI World Championships have been announced and basically- it’s all about Harrogate!
So what is the UCI World Championships?
Well, do you remember the Tour De France stage that we hosted here in 2014? Well, this is going to be bigger- much bigger! What does UCI stand for? Why, it’s the Union Cycliste Internationale (yes, I had to Google that to find out!)
The Championships take place for nine days, from 21 – 29 September. The races will start in towns and cities across Yorkshire, and every race will make its way around Yorkshire before heading to the ultimate finish line in Harrogate.
The Harrogate Circuit
Many of the routes include the Harrogate Circuit which is a circular route around part of the town ending ultimately on West Park. This circuit will give residents (and tourists) tons of opportunity to watch the racers whizz past.
From West Park Stray, the route goes up Otley Road to Beckwithshaw, right to the Pennypot Lane mini roundabout, right past the old Queen Ethelburgas site, down to Birk Crag, along Harlow Moor Road and down the side of the Valley Gardens down Harlow Moor Drive, Valley Drive and at the bottom of the VAlley Gardens onto Cornwall Road, next it will pass along Hereford Road and onto Kent Road. Turning right again onto Ripon Road, down the hill then right onto Swan Road, Crescent Road and then finally up Parliament Street to the finish line on West Park.
There is a huge programme of events going on, many of which are specifically aimed at families (Especially over the 2 weekends in the FanZone on the West Park Stray. ) You can read all of the details here
At Harrogate Mumbler we desperately hope that this will mean opportunities for us locals to get together with neighbours, friends & families to enjoy this major event. There is no doubt that the whole town will be completely disrupted and therefore we’ll all need to carefully plan our movements during the event however the inevitable road closures will also (hopefully!) also present opportunities for street parties and for kids to actually play out on the streets.