The riders click into their pedals in Leeds city centre before the official start will be given at Cookridge after a neutralised zone of 10.5 kilometres. The riders head north through the Dales and are due to reach Kettlewell before the first uphill appears. The Cray is perfect to stretch the legs as the hill is 6.6 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 1.3%.
The Cray also featured in the 1st stage of the 2014 Tour de France, as did the other two climbs on the 185 kilometres lead-in to the Harrogate circuit. The Buttertubs climb is 6 kilometres long and slopes at 2.5%, while Grinton Moor is the longest and hardest climb of the day: 4.4 kilometres at 5.3%.
The men arrive in Harrogate after 185 kilometres in the saddle to tackle a testing 14 kilometres circuit seven times. The first uphill is on Otley Road, which climbs in 1.6 kilometres at 3.4%. The road continues on a long straight before a fairly tight right-hander leads onto Pot Bank. Via a couple of downhill twists and turns the route crosses the Oak Beck stream to return to climbing.
This scenario repeats itself on Penny Pot Lane, although this uphill is much steeper. The route descends to the Oak Beck stream again before heading up the other side. Quite steep at first, the riders clamber out of the small valley. Not hard in the first round, nor in the second, but it will certainly do damage in the finale of the 284.5 kilometres race.
After the Penny Pot Lane ramp the route continues back to Harrogate.
The men’s road race at the Worlds heads out from Leeds at 8.40 to finish on Harrogate’s Parliament Street around 15.20 – both are local times (BST)
World Cycling Championships 2019 Yorkshire – men: route, profiles, and more
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