A British bid for the 2019 UCI World Championships has gathered further pace with Tour de Yorkshire organiser, Gary Verity, telling Cyclingnews that a bid must be finalised and submitted by the end of this year.
Verity, who successfully brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014, has been in discussions to land the 2019 Worlds for over a year, having initially held talks with the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne. A £200,000 grant was made for Verity to research whether Yorkshire could host the week-long event, and the race organiser believes that after the success of the 2014 Tour, a Worlds would have a similar if not even better response from the British crowds.
Any bid to the, however, must be submitted by the national federation, in this case, British Cycling.
“The time scale is pretty tight,” Verity told Cyclingnews. “It all needs to be sorted out this year. If it’s going to happen, it needs to happy quickly.”
While Verity’s focus is on growing cycling in Yorkshire, he added that a Worlds bid could, and should, be about more than one region in the UK. Perhaps to appease British Cycling’s needs ahead of a possible bid to the UCI, he stressed that a week-long World Championships needed to be spread across several regions, pointing to Manchester – where British Cycling is based – as a possible partner.
“If the Worlds were to come here in 2019, clearly it should embrace wider parts of north England and not just Yorkshire. We’re already starting to do that with the Tour de Yorkshire to a lesser degree with a stage start in Middlesbrough. But for the Worlds you could easily include not just Leeds, so you could include Manchester, which would play into the government’s agenda of having a northern powerhouse, but I think that it’s inconceivable that if the Worlds came here in 2019, that Yorkshire wasn’t a major part of it.
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