A change to the Ripon-Harrogate route will see the UCI Road World Championships go through the village of Bedlam on Tuesday 24th September. The two races that day, which both start in Ripon, will also no longer use the “Harrogate circuit” as previously planned.
Bedlam was not initially included in the Championships’ routes published in September last year but it will now play host to the Women Elite and Men Under 23 Individual Time Trials. The provisional route for those races took the riders straight down the A61 from Ripon into Harrogate where they would then complete one lap of the circuit before finishing. The new route will take in Bedlam, Birstwith, Clint, Clapham Green and Hampsthwaite before the riders head towards the finish line in the centre of Harrogate.
Yorkshire 2019 CEO, Andy Hindley, said: “Our detailed focus on planning for the event highlighted some issues with our the original route from Ripon to Harrogate. The new course will provide a sterner test for the riders and brings the Championships to an even wider local audience. Furthermore, it reduces the road closures in the centre of Harrogate significantly that day and addresses concerns raised by local schools about the impact on the morning run.”
Councillor Stanley Lumley, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Leisure at Harrogate Borough Council, added: “The eyes of the world will be on the district later this year. I am delighted all five of our main towns will now have a role to play in the Championships. It gives us the opportunity to showcase all that the Harrogate district has to offer.
“The route changes also significantly reduce the road closures required in Harrogate town centre, further minimising disruption to local residents”.