How you can get involved in the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships

Organisers are looking for 2,000 volunteers to help support the event

The World Championships come to Yorkshire in 2019 (Picture: Alex Broadway/Hub photography/AS)
(Image credit: Alex Broadway/Hub photography/AS)

You can get involved with the 2019 Yorkshire World Championships by volunteering for a variety of roles.

Organisers are on the hunt for ‘Yorkshire Champions’, who will work alongside official event staff during the nine days of racing next September.

People travel from around the world to help support the World Championships, but Yorkshire 2019 bosses are looking for 2,000 locals to join them.

>>> Yorkshire UCI Road World Championships 2019 routes and schedule revealed

CEO of Yorkshire 2019, Andy Hindley, said: “Volunteering will play a vital role in both the delivery and the legacy of Yorkshire 2018.

“We want to involve as many local people as possible in the World Championships and there is no better way than by becoming a Yorkshire Champion."

Volunteers can sign up (opens in new tab) for between one and nine days, and they’ll be given full training in the run up to the event.

The organisers said there are a large variety of roles available across the county.

No experience is needed but volunteers must be over 18.

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In October 2016, Yorkshire won the bid to host the 2019 World Championships from September 21-29.

British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport made the successful joint bid to host the Worlds.

This is the first time since UCI Road World Championships have been held on British roads since 1982, with Yorkshire 2019 calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to get involved.

The courses for the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire have finally been unveiled, promising a week of action-packed racing that takes in the whole region.

The first 185km of the men’s race on Sunday September 29 will mimic almost mile-for-mile the Tour de France Grand Départ stage from 2014.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.