Yorkshire Worlds bid boosted by government funding pledge
£15m promised for infrastructure
he government has upped its pledge of funding for England’s cycling infrastructure to £15 million as part of British Cycling’s bid to convince the UCI to award Yorkshire the rights to host the World Championships in 2019.
The government has now agreed to £24m World Championship bid, with £9m earmarked for putting on the nine-day event, and the rest for funding cycling infrastructure across England.
“What we wanted from the outset was not just to do big fantastic events but to link things together — there’s no point inspiring people if we can’t initiate activity,” British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director Jonny Clay told Cycling Weekly.
“We’re only really going to go with this and make this work if we get commitment towards building things. We’re still quite poor in terms of specific sites and facilities, especially when it comes to getting young people involved and getting people back to cycling,” he continued.
BC’S strategy is to host what Clay called a cycling “megaevent” in the UK every four years, with the 2019 Worlds the latest in this plan.
“There’s a real sense that having world-class cycle racing on Yorkshire’s roads, year after year, is fuelling a lasting legacy for all,” said Ilkley CC committee member Jonathan Riley.
“Towns like ours enjoy the spectacle of crit racing annually now, but we need hard infrastructure.
“Locally, we’re pursuing the development of a closedroad circuit for riders of all levels, and others are working hard to deliver traffic-free links. A World Champs in Yorkshire should be the catalyst to get projects like that built before 2019.”
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