Respect, protect and enjoy

Respect, Protect and Enjoy  

This is an amazing opportunity that will see the world’s best cyclists competing in Harrogate for the legendary Rainbow Jersey. We need YOU to bring the party atmosphere, noise, support and pride that Yorkshire is famous for across the world by following these simple guidelines.  

Respect other peopleConsider the local community and others enjoying the race; don’t block gates, driveways or roads; leave the area as you find it and follow paths. 

Protect the environmentLeave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.  

Enjoy the racePlan ahead and be prepared. Follow advice and local signs.  

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire will pass through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Help us to keep it this way by following these simple guidelines.


Health Services

  • For minor injuries and aliments, pharmacists can offer expert clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses. Many chemists are open from early morning until late at night. To find your nearest pharmacy please visit:
  • On the day advice 111 is the NHS non-emergency number.
  • Call 111, 24-hours-a-day 7-days-a-week for free, and speak to a highly-trained adviser, supported by a range of healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.  This service can also be accessed through
  • To find the nearest dental practice visit or for urgent or out-of-hours dental care call 111. 
  • As the race routes change on a daily basis everyone with a long-term condition is encouraged to ensure they check they have enough medication with them and if necessary visit their local pharmacy.
  • Ensure you leave extra time to travel to existing appointments.


Banned items (Harrogate circuit) 

For UCI events certain items are restricted from the final 500 metres of the race route to the finish line for safety reasons. Items can make their way onto the race track and affect the race, cause crashes and possibly injury to riders.  

With Yorkshire 2019 operating a circuit in the final stages of the route for most races this exclusion area must be extended to cover the whole circuit within Harrogate.  

The safety of riders and spectators is of paramount importance to us and for that reason the following items are banned from the circuit: 

  • Bang-Bang Sticks 
  • Foam Fingers 
  • Hand Waving Flags 
  • Flares, Fireworks and Sparklers  

We don’t want you to be discouraged from supporting so we encourage you to cheer on the riders by banging on the barriers, ringing your cow bells and cheering on your favourite riders and team GB.


Fan Zone Restricted Items  

  • Alcoholic beverages (no alcohol is permitted to be brought into the fan zone) 



  • Animals and birds living - or deceased (service dogs exempt) 



  • Hard-sided bags or bags in excess of 25 litres in capacity which may cause obstruction in case of an emergency evacuation



  • Bicycles, skateboards etc



  • Bulk food (such as picnics) 



  • Glass Bottles & Containers



  • Laser pointers 



  • Oversized items (that cannot be easily carried) 



  • Protest items and materials 



  • Ambush marketing materials 



  • Balls, inflatable items etc



  • Commercial photography 



  • Folding chairs, high chairs and children’s car seats



  • Large umbrellas, tarpaulins, shelters 



  • Large flags and flag poles (maximum size of 1 x 2m permitted) 



  • Unauthorised radio transmitters



  • Wireless routers and hubs 



  • Drones, remote or radio controlled vehicles/moving devices




Fires and barbeques 

Flares, fireworks and sparklers are strictly prohibited from the championships. Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes – it only takes one spark to start a fire. Avoid barbeques to protect farmland, the countryside and others. Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes – it only takes one spark to start a fire. Avoid  barbeques to protect farmland, the countryside and others. 


Photography and drones 

Take pictures but do so safely and don’t obstruct the riders. Please be extra careful with selfie sticks. The use of drones is strictly prohibited during the entire Championships. 


Grass verges 

Grass verges are home to protected species of wildflowers and wildlife. Avoid parking on them, or near them where you might cause damage.  


Be prepared for the elements 

Make sure to bring warm clothes, sensible footwear, sun-cream and plenty of water. If watching from the more exposed areas on race routes, waterproofs would also be advised. 


Safety and security 

As always, please remain vigilant and if something doesn’t look right, speak to a steward or the Police who will take appropriate action.