The English county of Yorkshire has confirmed that it has submitted a bid to stage the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) 2019 Road World Championships.
The Welcome to Yorkshire tourism board submitted the bid, which has been backed by the British Cycling and UK Sport governing bodies, to UCI president Brian Cookson.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the government would provide £24m (€27.9m/$31.6m) in funding for the event, a figure that will include £15m for cycling infrastructure projects.
British Cycling president Bob Howden said: “Backed by substantial government investment, our bid promises not only to host the biggest UCI Road World Championships in history, it will secure new facilities across the country to ensure that even more people get to experience British Cycling programmes and opportunities to get on their bikes.
“This bid represents a chance to set a new standard for an international sporting event. A country-wide investment in facilities ensures the participation legacy is not an add-on but built into the bid from the start and means the benefits will be felt far beyond the host region and for far longer than the eight days of the championships.”
A proposal has been mooted for some time, with talk of a potential bid first being discussed early in 2015.
The announcement comes after Yorkshire earlier this week missed out on the chance to stage the European Cycling Union’s (UEC) 2016 Road Cycling Championships. Plumelec-Morbihan in France was awarded hosting rights to the event, which will take place from September 14-18. Nice was due to stage the event but the French city withdrew its hosting rights, citing safety concerns following last month’s terrorist attack. Yorkshire had entered a bid for the reassigned event, along with Trentino and Marche in Italy.
Yorkshire has experience of hosting major cycling events in the past, having staged the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in 2014. Last year the county also staged the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire event. The second edition of the event, which is part of the UCI Europe Tour, was held from April 29 to May 1 this year.
In February, the UCI awarded hosting rights for the 2018 Road World Championships to the Austrian city of Innsbruck. This year’s Road World Championships will take place in the Qatari capital of Doha from October 9-16, while Bergen in Norway will stage the 2017 edition. The 2015 World Championships took place in the US city of Richmond from September 19-27.