2019 Yorkshire World Championships Cycling Holiday Itinerary

1: Woo Hoo! You're here in Harrogate!

Day 120 SeptemberFriday

Welcome to Yorkshire, UK’s Rainbow County!

We encourage you to arrive early into our starting location, historic Harrogate, to allow yourself time to discover this elegant spa town. We will meet at the hotel in the early afternoon to complete your bike set up on your performance VeloRoo road bike, ready to roll out for Stage 1 the following day.  

This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner in our hotel. Over dinner you will meet your fellow VéloRoo World Championship friends and we will discuss the exceptional 9 days of World Championship cycling action we have to look forward to. 

Included meals: dinner

2: Para-cycling Road Race - History is being written today

Day 221 SeptemberSaturday
85km Distance ride
600m Accumulated elevation

Today’s ride profile is a very gentle “U” shape and a perfect introduction to rural Yorkshire!  

With historic Harrogate being so perfectly located in the heart of Yorkshire, it doesn’t take us long to clear the suburbs and reach our idyllic cycling countryside of wheat fields and gently rolling hills.

Our cycling route takes us through stone villages of bygone architecture, bustling market places, vivid gardens, pretty viaducts, gorge and river views and so much more. Ever seen a Salmon ladder? Well on todays ride you can tick that off. We’ll take you by Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval historic ruins and experience a taste of the region’s rich history. 

In 2019 for the very first time, Para-Cycling racing takes place alongside the UCI Road World Championships. This competition also counts as pre-selection for the 2020 Olympic Games, so the competition will be fierce. 

We will join their route for the last 20 kilometres or so to cheer on these inspirational athletes. Four groups are represented – blind and visually impaired, riders with cerebral palsy, locomotor disabilities and hand cyclists. The nature of the course offers multiple stage side viewing locations on this historic day of Road World Championship Cycling. 

It’s going to be absolutely fantastic – and what a privilege it will be to be there.  

Included meals: breakfast

3: Mixed Team Time Trial.... the what?

Day 322 SeptemberSunday
113km Distance ride
950m Accumulated elevation

After breakfast at our Harrogate hotel, we point the handlebars straight into “Gods Own” pastoral Yorkshire countryside, made iconic by the TV show James Herriott – All Creatures Great and Small.

We’ll see stone villages, farm houses, barns and little bridges; dry stone walled paddocks and lush, rolling countryside.

Our ride takes us straight into James Herriott’s home town of Thirsk, settled in a truly stunning part of Yorkshire. Boasting a medieval cobbled market square, original frontage shops and historic coaching inns, it has maintained an enduring charm in the modern world. Thirsk is the quintessential rural market town, as timeless as the good old Yorkshire welcome that’s waiting to greet us. 40 k’s in…coffee stop? I think so!

With caffeine-charged legs we are ready to tackle our first climb of the tour. It’s a solid effort, broken up into steps, and once along the top, you will get your first taste of moorlands. There are some other incredible sights today, but we won’t spoil the surprise. It’s much better to experience them!

We’ll return to Harrogate along hidden country lanes that zig-zag through fields, farms and villages in time for todays time trial action. 

Today’s ride is so properly lovely you will want to rush out and buy your own All Creatures Great and Small DVD box set so you can relive the scenery time and time again! 

Another first event for Yorkshire’s Road World Championships – the Mixed Team Time Trial. National Teams consisting of three male and three female riders will be going head to head on the challenging, twisty, undulating 14km-long Harrogate Circuit. A time trial format sees the men start, before handing over to the women. This will be tactically spectacular and a day filled with TT action fun – and you will enjoy another day in history! 

Included meals: breakfast

4: Mens & Womens Junior ITT

Day 423 SeptemberMonday
88km Distance ride
1400m Accumulated elevation

Today we head north out of Harrogate to loop through the wonderland of contrast that is the Nidderdale AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Covering more than 600km2 throughout the valley, scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries are historical reminders of the thousands of years people have lived and worked here. Nidderdale Valley is home to remote heather moorlands that lead to lush green pastures crisscrossed with dry stone walls. 

Our northern most point is Masham. Best known for it’s two breweries – Theakstons and Black Sheep – it also boasts a large market square, delivering another perfect cafe stop.

Our return to Harrogate is a ride I’m really excited about. We’ll tackle some spectacular rolling roads betwixt stunning heather moorland, weave through small stone villages and settle in for a long climb bordering one of the old reservoir’s to reach the top of Lofthouse. A sublime panorama awaits us there. A technical descent will take us back into Nidderdale along a lovely, easy ride down the valley.

This route offers you a great reference, as some of these roads will be undertaken later in the Road World Championship by the Men Elite ITT, Men U23 Road Race and Women Elite Road Race. 

Back in Harrogate we catch all the action from the Women Junior ITT and Men Junior ITT on the Harrogate circuit. 

This will be a day in the saddle you will fondly remember! 

Included meals: breakfast

5: Men U23 ITT and Women Elite ITT

Day 524 SeptemberTuesday
53km Distance ride
540m Accumulated elevation

Today we are on the move – but there is no need to rush. We say goodbye to our Harrogate base and watch some of the riders completing their ITT in Harrogate, before we head north to the Cathedral city of Ripon to take in the excitement of the countdown and start of the ITT challenge.

After watching the top riders begin, we then enjoy a 25km ride to our next base surrounded by the splendour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and nestled in the heart of iconic Wensleydale.

 

 

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

6: Mens Elite ITT

Day 625 SeptemberWednesday
109km Distance ride
1400m Accumulated elevation

It’s possible today’s route could have inspired the phrase “Up Hill and Down Dale” – you will be riding through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on both a Tour de France Stage and Tour de Yorkshire route – so it’s got to be good!

The Yorkshire Dales is home to some of the UK’s most iconic scenery. Spectacular limestone valleys, picture-postcard villages and historic castles are surrounded by ancient fields and meandering stone walls. The whole landscape sets a scene that’s as timeless as it is iconic. Today’s route will stir the emotions, stimulate your senses, and step you back in time.

Ancient history is within reach all day, dotting the immensely beautiful scenery, shaped by nature, people and time. We will take you to all the hidden places that capture the best the Dales has to offer.

Our first village, Middleham, was the former childhood home of King Richard III! Next we will head into Hawes, a tiny, magical market town; not only England’s highest at 850 feet above sea level, but its first recorded market place in 1307. Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains’, and is situated between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. It is the former we will challenge ourselves on today. 

We will stop en route for lunch before the last stage of our ride, where we intercept the Mens Elite ITT circuit to watch the best of the best putting the hammer down.

Tonight we dine together again and raise a glass to another mighty day in Yorkshire.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7: Mens Junior Road Race

Day 726 SeptemberThursday
71km Distance ride
1080m Accumulated elevation

Today we say goodbye to our quiet country village in North Yorkshire and ride south through the striking Wharfe Valley, dissecting the rugged moorlands in this remote section of the Yorkshire Dales. Our destination is the picturesque town of Ilkley; our home for the last 4 nights of our time in Yorkshire. 

We will be riding the race direction on todays stage route – Men Junior Road Race – for approx 60km, and will watch the peloton pass en route. It’s always great fun, and adds another tangible element to experience the same conditions the peloton does on race day, more so in a new environment! The ride thorough the Wharfe Valley will also be tackled in the opposite direction by the Men Elite, ensuring to bring out a few “I remember that bit ” moments when we are watching that race on Sunday!

For most of the day we will follow the River Wharfe and experience uninterrupted moorland panoramas, views across broad valleys and classic Yorkshire Dales farms of rolling hills, dry-stone walls, barns and remote stone hamlets.

Nearing the end of the day’s ride we will pass Yorkshire’s “Jewel in the Crown”, Bolton Abbey. 

This south-end of the Yorkshire Dales is renowned for its fresh air, moorland and beautiful countryside (and is also incidentally home to one of the largest cycling clubs in the country). You’re going to love it! 

Included meals: breakfast

8: Men U23 Road Race

Day 827 SeptemberFriday
105km Distance ride
1900m Accumulated elevation

Today we ride alongside the historic Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway line, before we turn north into the undulating southern reaches of the Nidderdale AONB through Pateley Bridge; an area known as Yorkshire’s little Switzerland.

Nidderdale offers some of the finest opportunities for cycling in the UK. Many top cyclists train in the Yorkshire Dales with its quiet roads, great hill climbs and fantastic scenery. It’s no surprise that this area was at the heart of stage one of the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014, and was part of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route. We urge you to come and experience cycling in Nidderdale for yourself!

The beautiful Washburn Valley in the south of the AONB is a haven for wildlife with pasture, woodland, reservoirs, rivers and moors. This is a hidden gem within easy reach of Bradford, Leeds and Harrogate, offering plenty of opportunities for walking, fishing, bird watching and cycling.

On the eastern side of the AONB there is plenty to explore, including the magnificent World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, and the historic parks and gardens of Jervaulx Abbey and Hackfall.

We have lunch en route before we intersect the race stage on the biggest climb of the day.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

9: Women Elite Road Race

Day 928 SeptemberSaturday
88km Distance ride
1280m Accumulated elevation

Today we ride straight to Bradford, soak up some start town vibes, and hop on course from the stage start. Bradford is a striking city; an architectural marvel of the 19th century. 

We follow the Women Elite Stage Route for approx the first 15km before we peel off towards Harrogate through the rolling fields. We enter Harrogate via part of the now infamous Circuit. The familiarity of being back in Harrogate will be a delight as we take up our position to watch the best women fight it out for the Rainbow Jersey on their 3 laps of Harrogate.

Our return to Ilkley will take us along charming, quiet laneways; a great wind down from the day’s intense cycling competition! 

Included meals: breakfast

10: Men Elite Road Race

Day 1029 SeptemberSunday
128km Distance ride
1600m Accumulated elevation

The final day – and what a ride! Today’s stage route passes right through our village where we will cheer the peleton on. Once the peloton have passed we follow the route for a further 30km before we make a small diversion to take in one of the favourite local routes. 

With 840 square miles of outstanding scenery and rich heritage, our second ride through the Yorkshire Dales will meander the valley roads and climbs, showcasing more of this incredible region.

Each valley (‘dale’) has its own distinct character and we will take you through our favourites.

Finally, we cut across to Harrogate to see the final laps of the stage, to be there when the World Champion is declared. At the end of the 7th lap of the challenging Harrogate Circuit, the 2019 Road World Champion will be rewarded with the coveted Rainbow Jersey.

Our farewell dinner together will be a celebration of new friends, new discoveries and an incredible “Worlds” event. 

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

11: Departure Day

Day 1130 SeptemberMonday

Transfers to Leeds Bradford airport or local Ilkley train station, which is only a 3hr 20 min trip to London.

Included meals: breakfast

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A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - discover why our cycling adventurists have fallen in love with the Occitanie Region of Southern France and the VeloRoo way.

Best Part of Our Trip. I am not a big reviewer of organizations, esp if they are not five stars. In this case, writing a favorable review may not just be a nice thing to do but mandatory. Any of you out there who enjoy riding, amiable company, and crazy beautiful French countryside need to cycle with Steve. While there were many things about our trip that were fantastic (it is France, after all), our half-day ride with VeloRoo made the top of the list of things to do -- and do again, I hope.Took Guided Day Rides in France in Aug 2017
For us, the tour was a perfect balance of challenging cycling in spectacular scenery and enjoying the local sights, delicious food and wine. Steve and Julia went 'above-and -beyond' to tailor the tour to the needs and interests of our group which included spending an extra day before the tour to ride around their home village of St Genies de Fontedit. Steve was a friendly, hospitable and enthusiastic cycling guide and Julia was superbly reliable and organised - always in the right place at the right time in the support van with refreshments, extra jackets (or a lift home).
We would highly recommend VeloRoo for a cycling holiday!Took Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge in June 2017