The UCI Road World Championships have been described as the World Cup of cycling.
Now the greatest teams and star cyclists from across the globe have left Harrogate following nine days of spectacular sporting actions.
However, unlike the football World Cup, cycling fans actually get a chance to ‘play on the pitch’ once the tournament is over.
So if you’re feeling inspired to get on two wheels and take in the glorious countryside around Harrogate, why not try one of the UCI World Road Championship routes? We picked this 14km circular route which the riders take for all the time trial events. It’s a decent challenge but make sure your brakes are in good conditions because there are hills and some tight bends.
- Let’s begin at the UCI starting line at West Park. Start your ride down Parliament Street before taking a left onto Crescent Road then right onto Swan Road.
- Back onto Ripon Road for your first climb before taking a left onto leafy Kent Road then left again onto Hereford Road.
- Turn left into Cornwall Road where you can enjoy a breather on the downhill straight. Take in Valley Gardens to your right and the impressive Windsor House to your left.
- Hope you gave your legs a rest because it’s a u-turn at the bottom and all the way up Valley Drive and Harlow Moor Drive. Take a right, back onto Cornwall Road and enjoy the long downhill ride into the countryside.
- You’re now on Penny Pot lane. It’s long, it’s bendy and it’s hilly. Once you’ve reached the mini-roundabout, turn onto Oaker Bank and enjoy your saunter down the hill and the view of Harrogate.
- OK, the really hard bit – up the (very) steep Pot Bank then left onto Otley Road.
- Once you’ve reached the top of Harlow Hill. Have a rest and enjoy the fantastic view of Harrogate, then it's downhill all the way. Turn left onto West Park and you’re back where you started.
- Oh, by the way, the UCI riders do two laps.
For more information on the UCI Road World Championship routes head to https://worlds.yorkshire.com/t...