Yorkshire will today learn whether its place as one of the leading destinations for world cycling is secure when the sport’s governing body names hosts for future versions of the world road race championships.
The county, which staged a memorable Tour de France Grand Depart two years ago, has bid to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, with organisers ‘quietly confident’ their proposal will prevail.
The bid is a joint venture between UK Sport, Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and the Department of Culture Media and Sport. The UK government has pledged to underwrite the total cost of £24m.
Yorkshire faces competition for the 2019 race from Colombia, Canada, Italy and Germany, though not all of those bids – Colombia in particular – have specified a year. A decision will be made today by the management committee of the UCI who are meeting in Doha, site of this week’s 2016 world championships.
An announcement is expected later this afternoon.
If the bid is successful, the 2019 championships would be staged in September. This year’s event has been pushed back a month due to the climate in the Qatar. Yorkshire’s own Lizzie Deignan, nee Armitstead, defends the world title she won in the United States on Saturday.
No route has yet been decided in Yorkshire but it is understood it will take in all four corners of the county.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “Yorkshire has everything a bike race could wish for. We can promise a gruelling but spectacular range of routes, huge crowds and the very warmest of welcomes. We are sure the world’s best riders will find our beautiful roads both challenging and exhilarating in equal measure.
“Make no mistake, cycling is in Yorkshire’s DNA and hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will only reaffirm that.”