Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the spa town of Harrogate was chosen as the central location for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships as it meets all the criteria needed to host a world-class sporting event.
Harrogate is a natural host town. It is beautiful and ideally positioned - a short trip from Bradford, Leeds and York - and is surrounded by some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. Harrogate developed as a popular spa resort in the 18th Century when the rich and famous of Georgian society came to enjoy its waters. Since then it has become one of the county’s most vibrant centres with fantastic shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities, and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.
In 2014 it was chosen as the destination town for the opening stage of the Tour de France and passed that test with flying colours, hosting over 300,000 fans and the city on wheels which is Le Grande Boucle’s logistical core. We have no doubt it will excel in every area once again.
Harrogate Fact File
- Population: 71,594
- Shire county: North Yorkshire