Cycle Expo Yorkshire has announced it will partner with, and take place during, the pinnacle event on the International UCI Road Cycling Calendar in 2019.
Following the announcement that Harrogate will be the main competition town and finish location for each race of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, Cycle Expo Yorkshire has confirmed it will move its 2019 event to 21st to 23rd September to coincide with the first weekend of the event.
Charlotte Scoular from Cycle Expo Yorkshire said: “We are delighted to be officially affiliated with the UCI Road World Championships. It’s a massive statement of intent for our new expo that the event will take place during, and in partnership with, the UCI Road World Championships next year.
“This presents enormous commercial opportunities to any potential exhibitor at Cycle Expo Yorkshire as the dual packages for 2018 and 2019 we’re now able to offer have taken on a new significance. Any partners signing for 2018 are going to be able to take advantage of some very special 2019 opportunities as well.”
David Lappartient, UCI President, added: “This partnership will give the cycling industry exceptional visibility at an expo organised by the sector’s reputed professionals. The expo will also be an area of discovery and exchange for fans, who will also be able to follow our World Championships races on the big screens. Cycle Expo Yorkshire will no doubt contribute to the popularity of our major annual road cycling event.”
All races are set to finish in Harrogate, near the Cycle Expo Yorkshire. The expo has confirmed it will transmit live, big screen action from the races during its opening days.
The stage will be set to see Cycle Expo Yorkshire ambassador Lizzie Deignan make her competitive comeback, following the announcement earlier this year that she was to take a break from the sport due to the pending arrival of her first child.
A Yorkshire woman herself, Lizzie will still be representing her home county in her role as ambassador for the Cycle Expo Yorkshire in 2018.
A partnership between Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds-based marketing and events specialists, XSEM, Cycle Expo Yorkshire will boast a number of races, competitions and exhibitors covering all cycling disciplines, from BMX and freestyle, to road racing and cross country. With a mountain woodland track, a kids GoRide Zone, and several expansive demo areas, the event will cater for cycling enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and disciplines.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re looking forward to launching the first Cycle Expo Yorkshire in October and seeing it become an officially affiliated UCI event in 2019 will ensure it goes from strength to strength.
“We’re working hard to deliver the most inclusive UCI Road World Championships ever and hosting the Cycle Expo Yorkshire whilst next year’s racing is on will be an added bonus to the millions of fans who are set to descend on the county for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
in 2018, the event takes place at Harrogate’s Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) from 12th to 14th, October 2018.
For more information, see www.cycleexpo.co.uk.