World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire: Route road race - women

Tour de France 2019 stage 17Saturday 28 September - The women's road race rolls out of Bradford to finish on Parliament Street in Harrogate. The route amounts to 149.5 kilometres, while the testing 14 kilometres circuit in and around Harrogate is repeated three times.

Following the start in the centre of Bradford riders make their way north. They move through Shipley and Otley before the first climb of the lead-in to Harrogate is the short and sharp Norwood Edge. The route continues to Pateley Bridge and on to the Lofthouse climb with its maximum gradient of almost 19%.

A predominantly flat section via Masham, West Tanfield to Ripon leads the riders onto the testing Harrogate circuit. The first uphill is part of the long straight on Otley Road. It climbs 1.6 kilometres at 3.4%, while the road continues a fairly tight right-hander, which leads onto Pot Bank. Via a couple of downhill twists and turns at shallow gradients the route crosses the Oak Beck stream to return to climbing. Quite steep at first, the riders clamber out of the small valley.

This scenario repeats itself on Penny Pot Lane. The route descends to the Oak Beck stream again before heading up the other side. It is a short but steep pull up. An on it goes, back to Harrogate.

While the women arrive in Harrogate after the lead-in of 105 kilometres, the tackle the local circuit three times.

The women’s road race at the Worlds head out from Bradford at 11.40 to finish on Harrogate’s Parliament Street around 15.40.

World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire – women: route, profiles, more

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