The UCI Road World Championships were 3 years in the making. This page highlights key milestones in the run up to the big day.
In August of 2016, welcome to Yorkshire submitted a bid to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019. Welcome to Yorkshire’s bid was completed in partnership with British Cycling, UK Sport and the UK Government. In October of 2016, Yorkshire was chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
In June of 2017, the towns and cities across Yorkshire being lined up as host locations for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships was revealed. Doncaster was revealed as one of the six locations to host a start, with all races finishing in Harrogate.
On 26th September 2018, Doncaster’s routes and races for the UCI Road World Championships 2019 were announced. The announcement advised that the Women’s Junior and Men’s Under 23 races would start from Doncaster Dome Cycle Track and travel through the following areas of the Borough:-
- Wheatley Hills
Minster Light Up – 6 months to Go
On 21st March 2019, Iconic landmarks across Yorkshire were lit up in rainbow bands to celebrate six months to go until the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. The landmarks including the Doncaster Minster were illuminated in unison at sunset -6:20pm (GMT) - to mark the milestone.
50 Days to go
On 5th August 2019, Doncaster showcased the Doncaster Dome Cycle Track in order to celebrate 50 days to go until the UCI Road World Championships.
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More information on the Places to Ride funding programme can be found here.
The Rainbow Tour in September, organised by Yorkshire2019 was a huge success. Eleven schools across Yorkshire, including our own Green Top Primary school in Thorne, welcomed special guest Mandy Bishop 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. Mandy was able to showcase her rainbow jersey and medal that she won to the staff and children at the school and created a cycling buzz ahead of the championships.
Doncaster Cycling Stories Film
Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Doncaster’s Cycling Stories was managed by darts (Doncaster Community Arts), with support from Heritage Doncaster and Doncaster Council. The project aimed to encourage people to share their memories of cycling in Doncaster and record their stories for future generations.
A new film was created to bring people’s reminiscences to life in a creative and engaging way. A selection of stories were displayed alongside the film in an exhibition at The Point from 7th – 28th September 2019, just in time for the film to be shown for the UCI Road World Championships.
For more information on Cycling Stories please click here.