Huge roadside support a major factor in securing 2019 World Championships for Yorkshire

An expected high turnout of spectators on the roadside was one of the key factors of securing the Worlds for Yorkshire ahead of its rivals

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Public support for cycling and anticipated high crowd turnout were the key factors in Yorkshire securing the right to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

Speaking at the announcement of Yorkshire’s successful bid, UCI president Brian Cookson said that there was “a lot of enthusiasm in Yorkshire and rest of the UK” for cycling.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.