The 2019 UCI Road World Championships take place in Yorkshire, UK from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 29 September. There will be some demanding racing this year to crown those worthy of the rainbow jersey. Read on to find out how to keep up with the action as it happens.
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships
The UCI Road World Championships cover team time-trials, individual time-trials, along with the longer road race for each category.
This is the first time Britain has hosted the UCI Road World Championships since 1982, and it aims to be an inspirational and inclusive event.
It will be the first time a UCI-sanctioned international para-cycling event takes place alongside the World Championships, with the inaugural Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International being held the during the opening weekend on 21 September.
If that’s not enough innovation for you, Yorkshire will also be breaking new ground by hosting the first ever Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay. This will see national teams comprising three male and three female riders.
Everything kicks off at the opening weekend with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, followed by the Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay. The Individual Time-Trials take up the first half of the week, with the Women Junior, Men Junior, Men Under 23, Elite Men and Elite Women categories.
The later half of the week is taken up by the Men Junior, Men Under 23 and Women Junior road races. This will be the chance to see up and coming talent in the junior categories.
The World Championships come to a climax over the second weekend, with the Elite Women on 28 September and Elite Men on 29 September.
How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in the UK?
The Road World Championships will be available to watch through the BBC via the Red Button on TV and iPlayer. We’ve been unable to find the schedule for this year yet, but last year the Elite road races and time trials were covered live, with highlights in the evening.
Eurosport will also be covering all the Elite action live. Amazon Prime subscribers can sign up to the Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £6.99 per month (with a 7-day free trial). Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.
If you want to access Eurosport Player direct it’s £6.99 per month or £39.99 a year.
Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99 per month, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others (in case you ever get tired of cycling!).
How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in the US?
You can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service for a $54.99 subscription, which lasts until 1 May 2020. This will also get you access to a range of other cycling events throughout the subscription period.
FuboTV is also providing coverage of the race. By subscribing to its service you gain access to the NBCSN channel. You will have to subscribe to the basic FuboTV package for $55 per month, but FuboTV does pitch itself as a complete replacement for your current cable package.
The NBC Sport Gold package appears to offer some additional versatility if you only want to watch cycling, with access to the app which provides coverage as well as live tracking and stats for riders and on-demand stage recaps and replays.
How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in Canada?
A FloBikes subscription costs $30 per month or $150 annually (which brings it down to $12.50 per month).
The site has a sub-licensing agreement with the Fubo Cycling channel (that doesn’t include access to other FuboTV channels), giving you access to content streamed there. You can check the full Flobikes cycling calendar here.
How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in Australia?
In Australia, the Women’s and Men’s Road World Championships will be broadcast on SBS, via SBS Viceland and streaming through the SBS online viewer — you can find the schedule here.
How can I follow the 2019 UCI Road World Championships if I can’t watch live coverage?
For additional coverage, the UCI will be providing live streams on its YouTube channel, though it’s unclear what precisely will be covered. It generally covers junior racing and those races not featured by bigger broadcasters.
The Cyclingoo app provides racing results and news, and covers the entire cycling season including the UCI World Championships.
UCI Road World Championships 2019 schedule
Below are the key stage details and timings for the race and you can also visit the official Road World Championships site for detailed summaries of the stages and more information.
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, 21 September
The inaugural Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International acts as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and will showcase all Paralympic road racing disciplines, including handcycle, tandem and tricycle.
Not only will this be the first time a para-cycling event joins up with the UCI Road World Champs, but this will also be one of the largest crowds to ever assemble for an elite para-cycling event, and it’s really exciting.
The event consists of four races of varying distance, all culminating in Harrogate.
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Beverley to Harrogate, 106.2km
The 106.2km route is open to both tandem and bicycle para-cyclists, and Cat 4-5 men. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Tadcaster to Harrogate, 57km
The 57km route is open to bicycle and handcycle riders, Cat 4-5 women and Cat 1-3 men. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Wetherby to Harrogate, 41.2km
The 41.2km route from Wetherby is open to handcycle men (Cat 1-2) and women (Cat 1-4), and Cat 1-3 women. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Wetherby to Harrogate, 28km
The 28km route from Wetherby is open to Cat 1-2 tricycle riders. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay, Harrogate, 28km, 22 September and Men Juniors Time-Trial, Harrogate, 28km, 23 September
The Team Trial Mixed Relay and Junior Men’s ITT follow the same 28km double-lap route. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Women Juniors Individual Time-Trial, Harrogate, 14km, 23 September
The Women Junior ITT follows the same route in a single 14km lap. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Men U23 Individual Time-Trial and Women Elite Individual Time-Trial, Ripon to Harrogate, 30km, 24 September
The Men U23 and Women Elite ITT follow the same 30km route from Ripon to Harrogate. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Men Elite Individual Time-Trial, Northallerton to Harrogate, 54km, 25 September
The Elite Men could come up against crosswinds as they head out of Northallerton. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Men Junior Road Race, Richmond to Harrogate, 147km, 26 September
This route heads into the Dales and varies between key climbs and flat sections. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Women Junior Road Race, Doncaster to Harrogate, 92km, 27 September
Two thirds of this route are flat but very exposed. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Men U23 Road Race, Doncaster to Harrogate, 193km, 27 September
The first 90km of the Men’s U23 race is flat, leading to a tough and testing three-loop finale. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Women Elite Road Race, Bradford to Harrogate, 150km, 28 September
In this mass start event, the Women’s national teams come together and compete where they will also complete three laps of the Harrogate circuit. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/
Men Elite Road Race, Leeds to Harrogate, 285km, 29 September
The Elite Men road race winds its way through the Yorkshire Dales where three significant climbs await them. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/