For the first time in 37 years Britain is the host the UCI Road World Championships after Yorkshire was picked to host the event in 2019.
The decision comes after the county successfully hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 as well as two editions of the new Tour de Yorkshire. The bid was put together by the tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire together with British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Government will be investing £24 million in the nine-day event and UK Sport has promised an additional £3 million of National Lottery funding.
Details of the race routes have not yet been released by Welcome to Yorkshire but it is thought that all areas of the county will be included.
The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said that it “marks a moment in history. Yorkshire has shown it can host world-class events with the Grand Depart and Tours de Yorkshire, and now the county has been chosen to host the nine-day UCI Road World Championships in 2019.”
He said that the county has the scenery, the crowds, offers a warm welcome to all and he’s sure that “the world’s best riders will love the challenging roads we have to offer.”
Britain last hosted the UCI Road World Championships in 1982 in Goodwood. The event consists of 12 races with 1,000 riders competing from 75 nations.
Next year’s event is taking place in Bergen, Norway and 2018 will see it visit Innsbruck in Austria. The choice of Yorkshire for 2019 was announced by Brian Cookson, the International Cycling Union president.
A total of £15 million of the money invested in the Yorkshire event will be spent on creating 27 cycling facilities across the UK.