York­shire Worlds par­cours re­vealed

2019 champs to fea­ture mixed re­lay TTT and para-cy­cling road races

Cycling Weekly - - NEWS -

The cour­ses for the 2019 World Cham­pi­onships in York­shire have fi­nally been un­veiled, promis­ing a week of ac­tion-packed rac­ing that takes in the whole re­gion.

The first 185km of the men’s race on Sun­day Septem­ber 29 will mimic al­most mile-for-mile the Tour de France Grand Dé­part stage from 2014. It sets out from Leeds and heads north through the Dales, tack­ling first the climb of Cray, then But­ter­tubs and Grin­ton be­fore head­ing south to a Har­ro­gate fin­ish.

It’s here that the ad­di­tional length and chal­lenge of a Worlds road race comes into play, with a tough and very tech­ni­cal cir­cuit in and around the spa town, to make up the 284.5km to­tal. With 14 kilo­me­tres re­peated seven times — with mul­ti­ple lumps and tight turns — should make the race more se­lec­tive than the Tour stage, which ended in a bunch sprint.

The women’s race, at 149.5km, fea­tures a far shorter lead-in to the cir­cuit at 105km, which nev­er­the­less takes in the tough climbs of Nor­wood Edge and Loft­house, be­fore three cir­cuits of Har­ro­gate.

The lumpy theme con­tin­ues in the time tri­als, with the men set to ride an un­du­lat­ing 54km route from Northaller­ton to Har­ro­gate and the women, af­ter a straight­for­ward first 15km, fac­ing two laps of the test­ing Har­ro­gate cir­cuit, mak­ing their 32km out­ing no pic­nic ei­ther.

Next year’s rac­ing also fea­tures an in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ment in the team time trial, which is to be run as a mixed-gen­der re­lay. In­stead of the cur­rent trade team for­mat, it will be con­tested by na­tional teams split into three men and three women. Run over two laps of the Har­ro­gate cir­cuit, the men will ride theirs first, with the women start­ing as soon as the men cross the fin­ish line.

The World Cham­pi­onships will also, for the first time, fea­ture the Para-cy­cling road races.

Wel­come to York­shire CEO Sir Gary Ver­ity said: “We have pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar range of routes and we’re sure the world’s best rid­ers will find them both chal­leng­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing in equal mea­sure.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.