Road World Championships

Published: 28 January 2019

Photo from Selby District Council

Tadcaster is to host a race start as the UCI Road World Championships comes to Yorkshire this year, 2019.  The Selby district is also included on the route for other cycling races during the nine-day event, which is set to attract visitors from across the globe.

The UCI Road World Championships is the biggest event in the cycling calendar. Riders compete for their countries rather than for individual race teams. It’s the only time this happens outside of the Olympics.  In 2018 the championships were held in Austria, and it was there that the routes for the 2019 event to be held in Yorkshire were announced.

Tadcaster is one of four start points for the para-cycling road races to be held on the first day of the championships, Saturday 21 September 2019. Riders will race to Harrogate, which is the finish location for all the World Championship races during the event. The para-cycling races will be one of the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so will attract the very best riders.

On Friday 27 September 2019, the Selby district will also see riders involved in the women’s junior and men’s under-23 road races, as they make their way from Doncaster to Harrogate. These races will come into the district at Kellington, before heading to Monk Fryston, Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, explained his delight at the area’s involvement in such a high profile world sporting event, “What a great opportunity for Tadcaster – and all the other places in our area on race routes. These events will bring with them the very best cyclists in the world and thousands of spectators. It’s a fantastic opportunity to show the world what our area has to offer. We know from last year’s Tour de Yorkshire that Tadcaster can put on a great show.”