Yorkshire targeting UCI Road World Championships

UK Chancellor George Osborne has revealed that the English county of Yorkshire is hoping to place a bid to host the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Road World Championships.

Yorkshire last year proved its credentials in terms of hosting a major cycling event after it staged the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. In May, the region will also stage the inaugural edition of the Tour de Yorkshire three-day race.

It has now been revealed that the county is hoping to stage another major cycling event in the form of the UCI’s Road World Championships. Osborne today (Thursday) confirmed plans to place a bid during a speech in Leeds, a city in which parts of the event could take place.

Although any official plans have yet to be unveiled, a spokesperson from the Welcome to Yorkshire regional tourism body said the county is interested in putting a bid forward.

“As part of our work to make Yorkshire the cycling heartland of Europe we hope to bid, along with British Cycling, for the Road World Championships,” the spokesperson told the Press Association news agency.

Despite Yorkshire having declared its interest in staging the event, other cities in the UK can also nominate themselves for selection by British Cycling. The national governing body would then decide which city or county would be put forward as a potential host of the event. The eventual host will be selected by the UCI at a later date.

This next available Road World Championships is in 2018. In September, the UCI awarded the 2017 edition to Bergen, with the Norwegian city seeing off competition from the Austrian city of Innsbruck, Melbourne in Australia and the Colombian capital of Bogotá.

Bergen was announced as host during last year’s edition of the event, which took place in the Spanish city of Ponferrada. The event will visit the US city of Richmond this year and the Qatari capital of Doha in 2016 before moving on to Norway for the 2017 edition.