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Images from Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International in Wetherby

Selection of images from the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International in Wetherby today. Some of the world's best para-cyclists raced through the town and on to Harrogate in an event which marks the first time ever para-cycling races have taken place alongside the UCI Road World Championships, which follow in Yorkshire from tomorrow (Sunday 22 September) to 29 September.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“It was a great day with yet more world-class sport in Leeds, with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International taking place in Wetherby. Families and supporters had a fantastic time enjoying the thrilling racing in perfect weather and showcasing Leeds again on the world stage.

"It was an ideal start to the week of races with the UCI Road World Championships to follow, which will provide a wonderful end to an amazing year of sport in our city.”

Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said:

“I’ve been completely blown away by the weather, crowds, scenery and support. The racing was brilliant too and all the riders were telling me it’s the best event to happen since London 2012. That means so much to me as we really wanted this to be a meaningful event, held on exactly the same stage as the Championships. The dream has become a reality today."

The UCI Road World Championships come through Leeds on Friday 27 September (Wetherby), Saturday 28 September (Guiseley and Otley) before the finale of the event, the men's road race, starts in Millennium Square in Leeds city centre on the morning of Sunday 29 September.

For more information on the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and the UCI Road World Championships go to worlds.yorkshire.com

Notes to editors

About the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International:

The Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International was the first-ever para-cycling event to take place alongside a UCI Road World Championships.

The event was organised by Yorkshire 2019 and British Cycling and included 26 races in total, all held on one day, with men’s and women’s contests taking place across all four para-cycling classifications. Setting off from Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby, every race finished in Harrogate and the results will count towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


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Leeds City Council communications and marketing,

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

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For further information on Yorkshire 2019 please contact:

Yorkshire 2019:

Nick Howes – Communications Manager

Email: nhowes@yorkshire.com

Mobile: 07590 964 828