Knaresborough Join The Yorkshire 2019 Cycling Celebration
Knaresborough has been included in the Yorkshire 2019 programme and will play host to the para-cycling event on Saturday 21st September, which will precede the first UCI Road World Championships race the following day. The town had not previously been part of any of the race routes.
The change follows a technical review of the provisional route and will see the “Harrogate circuit” element of the course replaced by a new finale via Knaresborough, Ripley and Killinghall before the riders reach the finish line in the centre of Harrogate. In order to achieve the required race distances, some classifications will also ride an extended loop via Burton Leonard.
It is the very first time that para-cycling will take place alongside the UCI Road World Championships. The race itself will be called the “Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International” and will welcome entries from every Paralympic road racing classification. The riders will start from three different locations along the same route and all finish in Harrogate.
The race will comprise four groups of disabled riders (blind and visually impaired, people with cerebral palsy, locomotor disabilities and handcyclists) and a total of 13 classifications for men and women. Riders are placed in the appropriate classification based on their functional capacity.
Those riders racing the longest distance will start in Beverley and those competing on shorter courses will begin in Tadcaster or Wetherby. Every classification will cross the same finish line in Harrogate used throughout the nine days of competition.
Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “We are delighted that Knaresborough will play host to the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International. It will be the biggest day of para-cycling ever held and I am sure the people of Knaresborough will embrace it just like they did the Tour de France and Tours de Yorkshire.
“The removal of the circuit will also mean there is less disruption to traffic in the centre of Harrogate that day. This helps with our aim to facilitate business as usual for local residents and businesses whenever possible.”