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Yorkshire to Bid on World Championships

The British destination management organization, Welcome to Yorkshire, is looking to host the World Road Championships sometime in the not too distant future. 

Yorkshire’s role in hosting a major cycling event, came to prominence, when millions flocked to the British countryside to witness Tour de France’s 2014 Grand Depart.  

According to the area newspaper, The Halifax Courier, preliminary talks have already gotten underway with the Government and British Cycling.

While Welcome to Yorkshire says that talks are still in the early stages, if successful, Yorkshire could become the fourth British locality to host the Worlds, since it was first hosted in Goodwood in 1982, where Giuseppe Saroni won the race in a hard fought battle with Greg LeMond.

“The Government have been very supportive of late of our efforts, they were very supportive around the Tour de France and we’ve been talking to them since about what we can do to build on that,” said Welcome Yorkshire chairman Gary Verity. 

“We’re going to explore with our friends at British Cycling about the possibility of bringing the UK the Cycling world road championships and Osborne has announced today some report to that.”

“We want Yorkshire, off the back of the Tour de France success, to be at the heart of any future British bid to host the worlds and we want to spend the next few months working that up with that.”

“You’ve got all types of terrain in Yorkshire so you can do a hilly stage, you can do a flat stage or an intermediate stage,” explained Verity.

“Whatever the feeling is in the discussions that we will have with the excellent team at British Cycling, the typography required is absolutely something that can be delivered because we have all possibilities.”

With Richmond, Virginia, Doha, Qatar and Bergen, Norway scheduled to host the next three World Championships, the next available slot is 2018, but details of the potential bid are yet to be announced.

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