UCI Bike Race 2019 – What’s on for families across Yorkshire?
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The UCI Road World Championships are coming to Yorkshire from the 21st to the 29th September 2019, with two major races scheduled to start in Doncaster. Key locations to view the racing include the brand-new state of the art Doncaster Cycle Track at the Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Sandall Park, Dunsville and Silver Street in Thorne.
Here is when all of the action starts and there are lots of activities planned throughout the town to cheer on the cyclists and get involved.
Friday September 27th at 08.40 for the start of the women’s junior road race from the new Doncaster Cycle Track at Doncaster Dome. Race route map here
Friday September 27th at 14.10 for the start of the men’s U23 road race from the new Doncaster Cycle Track at Doncaster Dome. Race route map here
If you want to get your school involved at the start, take a look here.
Head to the new cycle track at The Dome to see the start
Doncaster Community Activity & Land Art
There are so many community events and activities happening in Doncaster around the 2019 Road World Cycling Championships. These will be great places to head to, as many will have big screens to enjoy the racing and many are alongside the routes themselves.
‘The Green’, Shaftesbury Avenue, Doncaster – 08.00 to 15.00. ‘The Green’ is where the ‘People Focused Group’ are hosting a community fun day and traditional sports day! There’s Bike racing, Bike safety sessions, live music, food and drink, face painting, tree yarn bombing, and the Muslim Ladies Fencing group are there to teach some basic skills! The PFG have also setup a facility where people can loan a Bike.
St Paul’s Church, Durham Rd, Doncaster – 08.00 to 15.00. St Pauls Community Church are holding a coffee morning and showing the race on a screen. They’re providing a ‘healthy eating picnic style buffet’, putting on cycling themed children’s crafts and games, an ‘FAB School of Dance’ taster session, a football training session with support from Doncaster Goals coaches and a competition to design your own cycling shirt.
Sandall Park, Doncaster – 08.00 to 15.00. The Friends of Sandall Park have organised for a special ‘Fan Hub’ at Sandall Park – along the footways outside the park from Leger Way to Wheatley Hall Road and along the footways outside the park. They’ve got Rascals Bouncy Castles, Bernadette’s Afternoon Teas, Ishiasha’s Fitness Classes, Pedal Ready Cycle Training, Wheels All Round, and cycle training going on.
Dunsville Community Centre – 08.00 to 15.00. Dunsville Community Centre will be opening early to sell refreshments and to watch the race. They’re also holding a Macmillan Coffee morning to raise funds for the Macmillan charity.
Thorne Community Fan Zone, Silver Street – 08.00 to 15.00. There a number of community Fan Zones set up around Thorne. The first is in Silver Street.
Thorne Community Fan Zone – 08.00 to 15.00. A community Fan Zone and community activities will be taking place at ‘The Green’ in Thorne, while the Thorne Branch Royal British Legion, Bridging Generations and Thorne Moorends Healthy Living Group have setup a viewing hub for the elderly at Gazette House.
Thorne Community Fan Zone, Memorial Park – 08.00 to 15.00. A mini Fan Zone has also been set-up in Memorial Park with a large TV screen, activities for kids, stalls, food and refreshments, funfair rides, sports coaching sessions, bike sessions and a walking netball session.
Leger Way Land Art – There will be a large-scale land art, created by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and designed by Liz Million, on Leger Way.
Kirk Sandall Infant School Land Art. The children at Kirk Sandall Infant School in Edenthorpe, Doncaster are planning to line the route with their friends at Kirk Sandall Junior School to support the cyclists and to help create an amazing atmosphere! They are also creating a piece of ‘Big School Art’ on the joint school field.
Thorne Memorial Park Land Art – Trust 22 is a charitable trust dedicated to supporting children, families and the local community in Thorne. They also encourage environmental projects like local litter picks. Over a 4-week period they collected plastic from households across the town and have created this bicycle with it. The art can be seen in Thorne Memorial Park as the riders come over the canal bridge.
Trinity Academy School Playing Field Land Art – Trinity Academy School, and they have created a large cyclist using painted plastic bottles. This land art has been put together by School children, staff and parents.
Coulman Sports Ground Land Art – West Road Primary School have created this land art featuring a Yorkshire Rose with West Road Academy coloured words and pictures. There might even be children cycling around it.
The Delves Ponds Land Art – Floating land art has been created in the Delves Ponds, visible by air on the left. This has been created by King Edward School.
Road Closures in Doncaster during the UCI bike race
Depending on where you live in Doncaster, you’ll want to be aware of the rolling road closures across the week. We all know how this can have a massive impact on your day, it’s a Friday so school run’s may be interrupted as well as work travel. Don’t worry, we have all of the information over on our UCI page here or details and timings can be found here on the Doncaster Council website.
From the start in Doncaster, the race heads to Harrogate, which is the heart of all the action across most of the tournament.
Why not make a day of it and head to Harrogate, to soak up the atmosphere in the Fan Zone, which will be open every-day throughout the Championships.
There’s so much for families to do and experience in the Harrogate Fan Zone, especially over the first and second weekend of the Championships. And whatever the age of your kids, there are activities happening to engage and entertainment them. The Fan Zone is located on The Stray in the centre of Harrogate and is open throughout the Championships (times below), with family activities and entertainment happening between 10am and 4pm on the first and second weekend. All timings could be subject to change.
Saturday 21 Sept – 0900 to 2030 Sunday 22 Sept – 0900 to 1830 Monday 23 Sept – 0900 to 1830 Tuesday 24 Sept – 0900 to 1830 Wednesday 25 Sept – 1000 to 1830 Thursday 26 Sept – 1100 to 1830 Friday 27 Sept – 1000 to 2200 Saturday 28 Sept – 1000 to 2200 Sunday 29 Sept – 0800 to 2030
Top Tips for the Fan Zone – Dress for the weather and make sure you have warm and waterproof clothes with you. Keep bag size to under 25L (50 x 40 x 40cm) – bags larger than this will not be permitted to be brought into the Fan Zone. Click here for other Fan Zone restricted items. Allow plenty of time for entry, know where the entrances are and the walking routes from transport hubs. Plan your journey, consider using public transport, know when the last public transport is and book your parking early.
Who and what will be there – The British Army, British Cycling – with cycling focused activity for 4-10yr olds, an HSBC tent – featuring a school’s programme and competitions, an action sports arena, kids’ zone, a big screen, the BBC Bus, Harrogate Borough Council, Welcome to Yorkshire, Harrogate Baths and North Yorkshire County Council. There’ll also be a ‘stretch tent’ if it rains, loads of cycle pop up shops offering advice and cycling experiences, and a whole variety of food and drink outlets, including a bar. Finally, look out for the very collectable commemorative postcards from the spectator engagement volunteers across the championships!
Harrogate Fan Zone Family Entertainment Schedule
Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September inclusive
From Monday 23rd to Friday 27th the team from Enchantica’s Workshop in Harrogate will be offering FREE classes for everyone to enjoy in the Fan Zone. There will be nourishing craft activities available daily from 10am-4pm plus the following activities available to choose from daily;
· Teen and adult Yoga suitable for all abilities
· Sound therapy sessions
· Baby Mindful sessions
· Baby Beats with Suzie Fairy Enchantica
· Rising Stars Drama and Mindfulness for kids
· Talking Tots
Exact times will be released soon, in the meantime here are the details of each session;
Baby Mindful – Baby Mindful are beautiful classes for parents and their babies, centred around the principles of mindfulness. Baby Beats – Sing-along adventures for 0-3-year olds and their grown-ups, bringing learning to life for you and your little one. Rising Stars – Creative journeys for 2-11-year olds focusing on the disciplines of drama and mindfulness. Talking Tots – Develop communication skills in these fun and interactive classes for 1-5-year olds. Dragonfly Yoga & Sound Therapy – Mind body and soul Hatha and vinyasa based yoga classes and sound therapy ceremonies The Yoga B – This mixed ability, vinyasa class will move you at a steady pace, building up heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and ultimately inner stillness.
There’s also a full schedule of family entertainment on both weekends. All activities will be open from 10am till 4pm and are suitable from 0-10-year olds and their families (and beyond for those who would like to play). There’s also a small stage area for some pop-up entertainment and shows starting from 11am. Here are just some of the brilliant family activities to get involved in when you come to the Harrogate Fan Zone.
Meet the Animals – This area will be open all day allowing families to meet all sorts of animals and creatures from giant rabbits to snakes and spiders. The Rangers will also host two educational family shows in the stage area where the kids can get to hold some exotic reptiles and insects.
Forest School – This area will be open all day for families to drop in and make and take a forest school craft and learn some forest school skills. It will be hosted by qualified Forest School practitioners and welcoming children of all ages.
Soft Play – This area will be supervised by one of the event fairies from 10-4 daily and will be for 0-3-year olds. It will include a selection of soft play and a ride on rollercoaster. Play times will be limited to 5 minutes per child at busy times.
Flower Fairy Garden – This area will be hosted by the event fairies from 10am- 4pm daily and will allow children of all ages to sit with the fairies and make magical flower wands.
Bike Themed Craft Area – This area will be hosted by an event fairy and will be open from 10-4pm daily. These crafts will be suitable for 3years and above and will include bike colouring, bike themed crafts and giant floor standing bike chalk boards. This area will be open to younger children who would like to join in and have an adult to help them.
Messy Play for 0-4yrs – This award winning educational messy play area will be hosted by a teaching professional from 10-4 daily and will include painting, play dough, scribbling and dance. With a nod towards a biking theme, little ones will be able to enjoy messy creations and some take home crafts. This area will be open to those older than 4 who would like to join in.
Face Painting – There will be two face artists from 10am- 4pm daily offering a range of body art for all ages …
Magic Tom – One of the industry’s best family magicians will be joining us daily. He will be doing two shows per day and some circus skills and balloon modelling in the Magic Corner between shows.
Harry Potter – Also in the magic corner families will enjoy meeting Harry Potter. He will be there throughout the day mix and mingling with families and showing them a trick or two. Europe’s best Daniel Radcliffe look a-like will host a Hogwarts themed tribute magic show at 3 pm daily on the stage.
The Mad Hatter On A Bike – Our fabulous Mad Hatter will be entertaining families from his magical bike. Circling the tent and greeting families as they arrive. He will engage audiences of all ages with his theatrical jolly banter throughout the day
Costume Characters – Bertie Bear, Wizzy Wizard and a Storm Trouper will be mix and mingling with families daily. They will have set times on the stage area for families to come and say hello and have some pictures.
The Yorkshire Rotters – have confirmed that they will be able to attend on the Sunday’s. Possibly Saturday, but not confirmed yet! They use a bike to power a smoothie maker and educate families on how to reduce waste!
Stage Area – This will be set up in the centre of the marquee. It will be an intimate stage area set out with benches or hay bales and a fairy land backstage backdrop. Daily running order includes;
11am Magic Tom Show | 11:30am Bertie Bear meet and greet 12:00 Animals Intuition Show | 12:30 Storm Trouper meet and greet 13:00 Magic Tom Show | 13:30 Mad Hatter & Bertie Bear meet and greet 14:00 Animals Intuition Show | 14:30 Fairy Enchantica’s sing a long adventure! 15:00 Harry Potter tribute show | 15:45 Storm Trouper
UCI 2019 Road World Championships – Harrogate Races and Timings
The Harrogate Circuit – A lot of racing happens on the Harrogate circuit, with some races having to complete multiple laps before finishing on Parliament Street. If you want to experience racing away from the Fan Zone, then the best places head to are the Otley Road, Valley Gardens, Valley Drive and Ripon Road. Check out the bespoke route maps and all the timings here AND, if you want to experience what the riders will experience out on the Harrogate circuit, then ride it in real time yourself, here.
Saturday September 21st – Para Cycling International – For the first time, a UCI-sanctioned international Para-cycling event takes place alongside the UCI Road World Championships, making this a truly inclusive championship. The racing starts in Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby with the finishers arriving on Parliament Street in Harrogate from 2pm. Award ceremonies in the Fan Zone will be at 3pm, 4.15pm and 4.45pm.
Sunday September 22nd – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay – In another day of firsts! Yorkshire will be making history by hosting the first ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay with national teams consisting of three male riders and three female riders. The racing starts at 12.40pm and finishes at 3.55pm. Riders will roll down a custom-built ramp in the heart of the Fan Zone before heading out onto the Harrogate circuit, and finishing on Parliament Street.
Monday September 23rd – Women’s & Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial – The women start racing at 10.10am and will be finished by 11.42pm. The men start at 1.40pm and will be finished by 4.10pm. Once again, Riders will roll down a custom-built ramp in the heart of the Fan Zone before heading out onto the Harrogate circuit, finishing on Parliament Street.
Tuesday September 24th – Men’s U23 and Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial – The men roll out from Ripon from 10.10am onwards, and you can catch the finishers in Parliament Street between 10.46am and 12.29pm. The Elite Women start in Ripon from 2.40pm and you can catch them finishing on Parliament Street between 3.19pm and 4.48pm.
Wednesday September 25th – Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial – The men roll out from Northallerton from 1.10pm onwards, which means you can catch them finishing on Parliament Street between 2.12pm and 3.48pm.
Thursday September 26th – Men’s Junior Road Race – The men roll out from Richmond at 12.10pm. When they arrive in Harrogate, just after 2.30pm, they’ll have to complete three laps of the Harrogate circuit before finishing on Parliament Street between 3.30pm and 4pm.
Friday September 27th – Women Junior Road Race & Men U23 Road Race – The women roll out of Doncaster at 8.40am and will arrive on Parliament Street between 11.10am and 11.30am. The men roll out of Doncaster at 2.10pm. When they arrive in Harrogate, around 5.50pm, they’ll have to complete three laps of the Harrogate circuit, before finishing on Parliament Street between 6.50pm and 7.20pm.
Saturday September 28th – Elite Women’s Road Race – The Women’s Elite riders will roll out of Bradford at 11.40am. When they arrive in Harrogate, around 2.40pm, they’ll have to complete three laps of the Harrogate circuit, before finishing on Parliament Street between 3.45pm and 4.15pm.
Sunday September 29th – Elite Men’s Road Race – The Men’s Elite riders will roll out of Leeds at 8.40am. When they arrive in Harrogate, around 2.45pm, they’ll have to complete seven laps of the Harrogate circuit, before finishing on Parliament Street between 3.30pm and 3.50pm.
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For the very first time in the event’s 98-year history, Yorkshire 2019 have organised a publicity ‘Caravan’. This was hugely popular when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014. This year, the flotilla will travel the full route of the women’s race – departing Bradford, travelling to Harrogate – and the men’s elite race route, departing from Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Harrogate.
So far confirmed for the Caravan are Harrogate Spring Water, Global Autocare, Alpecin, Sigma Sports, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sports and Leeds Cares. The Caravan will arrive in Harrogate on Saturday 28th September at 13.30 followed by one lap of the circuit and a stop. They will leave the course at 14.00. The Caravan will arrive in Harrogate on Sunday 29th September at 11.41 followed by one lap of circuit and a stop. They will leave the course at 12.11.
If you do decide to follow the race around Yorkshire look out for it!