05 Sep | 13:31 PM

Schools gear up for Rainbow Jersey Tour

Schools gear up for Rainbow Jersey Tour

Eleven schools across Yorkshire are in for a special treat next week (September 9-13) as Yorkshire 2019’s Rainbow Jersey Tour takes on a lap of the county.

The special guest on the Tour will be Mandy Bishop (née Jones), who won the Elite Women’s Road Race the last time the UCI Road World Championships were held in Great Britain way back in 1982. And as the name of the Tour suggests, Mandy will be bringing the rainbow jersey and medal she won that day along with her, along with a whole host of goodies.

Schools from every local authority hosting a race start will be included on the Tour along with a stop-off in Harrogate, which is acting as the main destination town for the Championships.


The Rainbow Jersey Tour will visit:

Monday 9th September:

Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton (am)

Richmond Primary School, Richmond (pm)


Tuesday 10th September:

Beverley Minster Primary School, Beverley (am)

St Mary’s Primary School, Market Weighton (am)

Riverside Primary School in Tadcaster (pm)


Wednesday 11th September:

Green Lane Primary School, Bradford (am)

Green Top Primary School, Doncaster (pm)


Thursday 12th September:

Ireland Wood Primary School, Leeds (am)

West Oaks SEN School, Wetherby (pm)


Friday 13th September:

Western Primary School, Harrogate (am)

Holy Trinity Junior School, Ripon (pm)


A variety of additional activities are being planned at the schools to mark the jersey’s visit as excitement grows for Championships. This once-in-a-generation event takes place between 22-29 September and is preceded by the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International on Saturday 21 September. 

Mandy Bishop, 1982 UCI Road World Champion, said: “Becoming World Champion was one of the proudest moments of my life and I’m hugely honoured to be sharing my story with schoolchildren across Yorkshire. It’s fantastic that the county is hosting the Championships this year as it’s the perfect way to fire people up about cycling and encourage the next generation to give it a go. If we can get more young people out riding bikes for fun, that’s brilliant, and if we inspire a future champion - even better!”

Andy Hindley, CEO of Yorkshire 2019, said: “Excitement for the Championships is really building now and we felt the Rainbow Jersey Tour was a great way of getting local schoolchildren involved. Of course, we’d have loved to visit every school in the county, and in lieu of that we’ve created a free, downloadable Education Pack which will allow pupils to become equally engaged, irrespective of their location.

“We’re delighted to have Mandy as our guest of honour and hope that she and her jersey will inspire the next generation of cyclists to follow in her footsteps.”

You can download the UCI Road World Championships Education Pack here.

About the rainbow jersey: 

The winner of each Individual Time Trial and Road Race event at the UCI Road World Championships is awarded the rainbow jersey – one of the most iconic prizes in the sport. The world champion has the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey when competing in that same discipline for a whole year up to the subsequent UCI Road World Championships.

The rainbow jersey was first awarded in 1927, the year of the first UCI Road World Championships for professional riders. The design has remained much the same ever since. It is predominantly white with five horizontal bands representing the UCI colours around the chest.

The colours of the stripes (blue, red, black, yellow and green) represent the five continents and are the same as those which appear in the rings on the Olympic flag.

After a world champion’s reign is over, that rider is allowed to wear rainbow piping on the sleeve cuffs and collar of their trade team jersey until the end of their career, as testimony to an exceptional achievement.

Notes to editors:


If you wish to attend any of the stop-offs on the Rainbow Jersey Tour, please contact the following people from the relevant local authority below:

Northallerton and Richmond

Contact: Aly Thompson - Hambleton District Council

Aly.Thompson@hambleton.gov.uk / 07940 594853


Beverley and Market Weighton

Contact: Steve Wigley - East Riding Council

Steve.Wigley@eastriding.gov.uk / 07979 818980



Contact: Mike James - Selby District Council

mjames@selby.gov.uk / 01757 705101



Contact: Saira Ali – Bradford Council

Saira.ali@bradford.gov.uk / 07582 100 631



Contact: Charlotte Tomlinson – Doncaster Council

Charlotte.Tomlinson@doncaster.gov.uk / 01274 433526


Leeds and Wetherby

Contact: Roger Boyde – Leeds City Council

Roger.Boyde@leeds.gov.uk / 0113 378 6007


Harrogate and Ripon

Contact: Chris Day - Harrogate Borough Council

chris.day@harrogate.gov.uk / 01423 500600 ext 58113

4 months ago
Written by Nick Howes

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