UCI World Road Championships information

The page provides a handy summary of useful documents for local health system partners to refer to. It will be updated on a regular basis in the lead up to the UCI Road World Championships cycling event on 22-29 September 2019.


In September 2019, the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar. The Championships will include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.

The racing will commence on the Saturday 21 September, with a ground-breaking para-cycling event running alongside the Championships which will act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The showcase will feature every Paralympic road racing discipline and take place in front of one of the largest crowds ever assembled for an elite para-cycling event.

These UCI Road World Championships will build even further on the county’s growing global reputation for the sport after hosting ‘the grandest of Grand Départs’ for the 2014 Tour de France and the annual legacy race the Tour de Yorkshire which has continued to grow each year, with record breaking spectator numbers.

Harrogate will be the focal point for the Championships and host the finish of every race over the nine days of competition. Racing will take place throughout the 21-29 September 2019.

As in previous years, rolling road closures are due to be used along the route, which is likely to cause travel disruption across Yorkshire. Unlike the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire, there will be a permanent closure of certain roads in Harrogate for the nine days of racing. This circuit can be seen in the picture below, and will take in Swan Road, Parliament Street, Cornwall Road, Penny Pot Lane and the Duchy.

Residents’ Guide

Click here to view UCI 2019 Residents’ Guide. This leaflet was produced by Yorkshire 2019 in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council to provide a brief overview of the event and predicted road closures during the nine days of racing.

You may also find the Spectator Guide helpful.

Road closures and travel

You can now access and download road closure information for each day of the championships to help you plan your journey and plan ahead. Click here.

Click here to view detailed Harrogate town centre road closures.

Click here to view detailed Harrogate town centre overnight road closures.

Throughout the week there will be both full closures and rolling road closures of parts of the circuit. There will be rolling road closures in place before, during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for around an hour. Some areas, including the start and finish locations, along some of the climbs and some of the busier locations will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and the spectators.

The Harrogate circuit will be closed between two and five hours each day and Parliament Street/West Park will remain closed for the full nine days of racing. Please check the links below, for full details of the closures.

The race schedules for each stage of both the men and women’s races are available at: https://worlds.yorkshire.com/the-races/.

Further details regarding road closures can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website at: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/uci-road-world-cycling-championships.

Visitor information – medication

If you run out of medicine outside of your GP practice’s normal opening hours and need some urgently, there are a few ways to get an emergency supply quickly, even if you’re away from home.

If you have a prescription

If you already have a prescription and urgently need the medicine, try the following steps:

  • If your local pharmacy is closed, you should be able to get your medicine from any pharmacy as long as they have your medication in stock. Use the NHS pharmacy service search to find other nearby pharmacies and their opening hours – some are open until midnight or even later, even on public holidays. By clicking on “narrow your search”, you can select different opening times, such as early, late or weekend opening.
  • If you’d like to speak to someone first, call NHS 111 free of charge by dialling 111 on your mobile or landline. The person you speak to will be able to look up an out-of-hours pharmacy or another NHS service in your area.
  • You can also use the NHS walk-in centre service search to find your nearest walk-in centre. These can sometimes dispense medicines after a consultation.
  • For very urgent cases, you could try calling your GP practice. They should have details of their out-of-hours service recorded on their answering machine. This is the service your GP runs outside their usual opening hours and on public holidays, and shouldn’t be used routinely. You can use the NHS GP service finder to find your GP surgery’s phone number.
  • If it’s a real emergency and you’ve tried all of the above unsuccessfully, use the service search to find your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) unit.

If you don’t have a prescription

If you run out of prescription medicine and don’t have a prescription with you, you should be able to get an emergency supply from a pharmacy without a prescription.

It’s a good idea to take an old prescription or the medicine’s packaging with you, if you have it.


You’ll be interviewed by the pharmacist to find out:

  • if you need the medicine immediately
  • who previously prescribed the medicine (to make sure they’re a trusted source)
  • what dose of the medicine would be appropriate for you to take

The pharmacist will need to know the answers to all of these questions before they can supply a prescription-only medicine without a prescription in an emergency.

If the pharmacist isn’t satisfied that the medicine and dose is appropriate for you, they may not supply the medicine.

You may need to pay for this service and your medicine, even if you don’t normally, because they’re being provided without a prescription. This may vary between pharmacies.

Find a local pharmacy, including its opening hours.

GPs and walk-in centres

If you run out of medicine while you’re away from home, you may be able to have a consultation with a local GP and get a prescription for a limited supply of medicines. You’d then need to find a pharmacy that’s open.

Or, you could go to an NHS walk-in centre. They may be able to organise a GP consultation. In some cases, they can give you medicine after you’ve seen a nurse.

Some walk-in centres are open from early morning to late evening seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Find a walk-in centre near you.

If you don’t need a prescription

If you need a non-prescription medicine, such as paracetamol or an antacid, and you can’t find an open pharmacy, the following places may stock a basic range of over-the-counter medicines:

  • supermarkets
  • newsagents
  • petrol stations

They also often have longer opening hours than high-street pharmacies.

Further information

If you have any queries regarding the information above, please send these to [email protected] and a member of the team will be able to assist you.

A summary of the UCI 2019 routes can be seen in the image below, but to find more details about each stage please view the official Yorkshire 2019 webpage here.

School closures

Click this link for current (as of 24 July 2019) school closures.

Race dates

Saturday 21 September 2019
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International (Beverley – Harrogate)

Sunday 22 September 2019
Team Time Trial Mixed Relay & Sportive Race (Harrogate Circuit)

Monday 23 September 2019
Women Junior Individual Time Trial & Men Junior Time Trial (Harrogate Circuit)

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Men U23 Individual Time Trial & Women Elite Individual Time Trial (Ripon – Harrogate)

Wednesday 25 September 2019
Men Elite Individual Time Trial (Northallerton – Harrogate)

Thursday 26 September 2019
Men Junior Road Race (Richmond – Harrogate)

Friday 27 September 2019
Women Junior Road Race & Men U23 road Race (Doncaster – Harrogate)

Saturday 28 September 2019
Women Elite Road Race (Bradford – Harrogate)

Sunday 29 September 2019
Men Elite Road Race (Leeds – Harrogate)

Patient leaflet

A patient leaflet has been produced on the UCI World Cycling Championships to provide patients with key information on planning their journeys during the event, particularly to Harrogate District Hospital.

Key messages for patients are to:

  • Please use the information to make appropriate plans for your travel, being mindful that your journey may take longer than usual.
  • If you wish to cancel or rearrange your appointment, we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Click here to download the leaflet.

The Yorkshire 2019 app

Ahead of the Championships in September, Yorkshire 2019 has established an app which features; live race tracking, race timings and maps and a guide planning your journey, as well as the latest travel news. To download it, search ‘Yorkshire 2019’ in your App Store or via Google Play.

Contact us

For comments/queries about this page please email: [email protected].