Communities prepare to celebrate visit of UCI Road World Championships

UCI caravan vehicles in Reeth.

Communities across Richmondshire are gearing up to celebrate the visit of the UCI Road World Championships later this month.

The world’s top riders will visit the district for an event billed as the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK this year.

Community celebrations, land art projects and fan zones have been planned to coincide with the race.

Here’s a list of what’s happening around the region.

If your event isn’t included let us know and we will add to the list.


Community Fun Day – Sunday, September 29, 9am to 5pm

The community in Bainbridge have arranged for a family fun day on the village green, right on the route of the Men’s elite race on Sunday. Activity includes pop-up stalls, inflatables, music and entertainment and a big screen to watch the race!


Community Fun Day – Thursday, September 26, 11am to 2pm

Carperby are coming together on the village green for a ‘bring and share’ picnic. About 20 villagers have been knitting little UCI jerseys to form bunting and decorating the village cross in UCI colours. They’re asking people to come dressed completely in one of the UCI Rainbow colours.

There will also be Land Art on the football pitch which will include a UCI jersey and the name of the village. The race will also be shown on a big screen, and the riders are expected in Carperby around 12.45pm.

Catterick Garrison

Catterick Garrison Land Art – Thursday, September 26, 12.20pm

The Army have created two pieces of Land Art at the Catterick Garrison Football Centre at the AWS Arena.

The first is ‘A Racing Rose’, which is 80ft by 80ft with a nod to the UCI Road World Championships. The second is a ‘Garrison Soldier’, which links the tri-services and the service personnel role in North Yorkshire. This is a Garrison led, ‘Army Welfare Services’, initiative in partnership with local artist Wendi New. A number of the local schools have got involved in helping to create it!


Dales Countryside Museum – Saturday, September 28                                       

Screening of films, family activities and workshops, open air cinema on the evening of Saturday 28th September, organised by Stage 1 Cycles.

Hawes Community Funday – Sunday, September 29, 10am to 6pm

Hawes are having a Family Fun Day on the Hawes Community Fields as the Men’s Elite Road Race passes by. They’ve arranged for a bar, disco, cake stalls, bouncy castle, craft stalls, face painting, body glitter and sports — and a big screen showing the race!

Buttertubs Pass Land Art – Sunday, September 29, 11.15am

Grid reference – 54°20’23.8″N 2°12’28.5″W

Yorkshire based artist Adrian Riley and student designer Emily Vitty were chosen by Richmondshire District Council to design, create and install the land art close to the Buttertubs Pass.


Leyburn Mini Fan Zone – Sunday, September 29                                               

A big screen to view the race, live local music, food court, climbing wall, funfair rides. The caravan is also due through Leyburn at around 09.30 ahead of the race around midday.


Caravan – Sunday, September 29, 8am to 9.20am

For the very first time in the event’s 98-year history, Yorkshire 2019 have organised a publicity ‘Caravan’. This was hugely popular when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014, and this year, the flotilla will travel the Men’s Elite Road Race route from Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales national Park down to Leeds.

Reeth was chosen especially as a way of recognising the resolve and spirit shown in the wake of the severe flash flooding which ravaged parts of Yorkshire Dales last month.

Swaledale (which encompasses Reeth) was particularly badly hit with many residents suffering damage to their homes and businesses. The bridge on Grinton Moor – which was due to feature in the Men’s Elite Road Race – was washed away completely but North Yorkshire County Council are acting swiftly to build a temporary replacement, meaning the route for that race will be unchanged.

Swaledale Fan Hub at the Dales Bike Centre – Throughout Championships week

The Dales Bike Centre in Fremington have setup a Swaledale Fan Hub for the Championships. They’re showing all the races on a big screen, arranging food, drink and entertainment, and have organised bike rides out to see the racing at various locations in the National Park. Dales Bike Centre have also done a fantastic job spreading the message that the Yorkshire Dales are opening for business following the freak flash flood at the end of July.

The Beefeaters at Grinton Moor Summit – Sunday, September 29, 9am to 11.55am

Since 2014 The 6 ‘Beefeaters’, a group of distinctly average cyclists, have been an ever present at the Tour de France. A group of friends brought together by their love of road cycling and a passion for sharing good times.

Together they’ve been putting on ‘probably the best party at the Tour de France’ all over the French Alps for 6 years.

This year they’re bringing the party to Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships. They are the world’s best cycling fan, and you can experience them ramping up the atmosphere on the Grinton Moor Summit during the Men’s Elite Road Race.


Richmond Fan Zone – Thursday, September 26                                                       

There’s lots of community activity happening in Richmond throughout the day today, and once the race has ended, they’re going to turn the big screen in the Market Place into a giant outdoor cinema! The race starts at 12.10pm.

Rooftops Nursery School Land Art – Thursday, September 26

Debbie Kilburn from Rooftops Nursery School in Richmond has arranged to take the children outside to watch the riders go by. They have a garden area at the back of the nursery and are decorating a large wooden bike in rainbow colours and using materials to make a rider!