"Delighted to see our ambition recognised"

Published 13 October 2016

Head of Major Events Esther Britten expresses her delight to see the UK's reputation as a world-class major event host recognised with the awarding of the 2019 Road World Championships and has high hopes the UK will secure more World Championships in the near future.

“The 2019 UCI World Road Championships was our number one target due to its scale, prestige and enormous legacy benefits so UK Sport is delighted the ambition of the bid has been recognised by the UCI.

“UK Sport is directly investing £3million of National Lottery funding in to the Championships and will also manage the Government’s investment to ensure the Championships enhances the UK’s reputation as a world leading host. We look forward to working closely with all the partners – Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and Government - to deliver another unforgettable world class event in Yorkshire.

“The UK has been a leading host of major events over the last decade and this latest success will help maintain that momentum as we look to ensure the UK showcases its inspirational sporting stars from Rio 2016 and supports British athletes in key qualification events as we build to Tokyo 2020.

“With its passion for sport and great venues, the North of England is central to our plans and this is one of three World Championships the UK is looking to secure in the next six weeks that will directly benefit the region. The others are the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and World Taekwondo Championships 2017 in Manchester.”

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