York­shire Worlds bid boosted by govern­ment fund­ing pledge

£15m promised for in­fra­struc­ture

Cycling Weekly - - News - Peter Cossins and So­phie Hur­com

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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