Yorkshire’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination was cemented today after the county was chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

The news was announced by UCI president Brian Cookson OBE from Doha, Qatar which is currently hosting the 2016 UCI Road World Championships.

The collegiate bid was compiled between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The government has committed to invest £24 million into the event, £15 million of that budget will be used to develop 27 cycle sport facilities across the UK which will leave a lasting legacy at grassroots level. In addition there is £3 million of National Lottery funding from UK Sport.

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The decision enhances Yorkshire’s global reputation for cycling, which began in 2014 with the Tour de France Grand Départ and has continued ever since with the annual Tour de Yorkshire.