Nicola Bartlett

Eight key questions about Yorkshire’s Road World Championships bid answered

The event will be entirely in Yorkshire and could draw on inspiration from the Tour de France’s 2014 Grand D part in the county.

Eight Key Questions About Yorkshire’s Road World Championships Bid Answered

Tour de France Stage 1 : Leeds – Harrogate Peloton (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

Yorkshire s announcement that it will bid to host the 2019 Road World Championships1 was celebrated among the British cycling fraternity. In what was an expected move after over a year of planning, the press release outlining the bid was big on ambition but fine on exact details.

Cycling Weekly has sought answers to eight key questions and here are the answers.

When will they find out?

The UCI s annual congress will meet in Doha this October during the 2016 Road World Championships.2 There, the board of directors including president Brian Cookson, will decide the host of the 2019 race. An announcement, however, may not be revealed straight away. Bergen, the host of the 2017, event found out during the 2014 Worlds in Ponferrada, but 2018 hosts Innsbruck didn t find out about their successful bid until this February.

>>> Yorkshire confirms bid to host 2019 Road World Championships3

What would be the road race route?

This is still a matter of discussion. Welcome to Yorkshire have included their own proposals in their bid to the UCI, but even if they are successful and are awarded the Worlds, the UCI could disapprove of their ideal route and seek an alternative. The 2014 Tour de France stage two from York to Sheffield4 and this year s stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough5 were both commended by riders and cycling commentators, with many suggesting that both routes were Classic-esque. An adaption of both routes would cover two areas of the county, fulfilling the bid s aims to take in all areas of the county.

Would events take place outside of Yorkshire?

It was understood that neighbouring Greater Manchester would have hosted the time trials, but Welcome to Yorkshire confirmed to Cycling Weekly that this is not the case and all events would be wholly in Yorkshire .

Would it affect 2019 Tour de Yorkshire?

No. The region s tour, ran each spring, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2019 and hosting the Worlds would not affect its annual race. It would still run as normal.

Where are the other bids from?

No other possible hosts have declared their intention yet, at least not publicly. Belgium did declare way back in 2011 that it was aiming to host the Worlds before 2019 in a country-wide venue covering all nine regions, but whether or not that proposal remains is not known. It is likely that the names of other bids will be reported in the coming weeks.

What will the exact cost of hosting the event actually be?

The 24m figure mentioned in the bid s announcement included 15m towards cycling infrastructure. The cost of staging the Championships would be 9m, which the Government has agreed to fund. Costs above this amount would be covered by Welcome to Yorkshire.


Catch up once again on the highlights of this year s Tour de Yorkshire stage three


So that leaves 15m to spend on cycling facilities in Yorkshire?

Not quite.

15m, up from the 10m thought to originally have been proposed by the Government, will fund cycling projects across England and not just Yorkshire. It is thought that the money will be ring fenced for cycling talent infrastructure, rather than being spent on cycle paths, for instance.

15m isn t actually a huge amount of money. The money is expected to be spent on the the development of closed road facilities, which cost up and around 1m. Hopes that England could get its fifth velodrome are quashed, however, as the latest (and smallest) indoor velodrome in Derby6 cost 28m almost double what the Government has promised to spend. Inverness proposed velodrome is likely to cost at least 23m7.

Why have the Government agreed to fund the event?

Sport, you see, is big business in politics. The bid forms part of the Government s Northern Powerhouse project and its timing is also not coincidental: 2019 is the year before the 2020 General Election (assuming a snap election is not called in the coming months) and the Worlds would be nine months until polling day. And why Yorkshire? Besides the laudable work of Welcome to Yorkshire and Sir Gary Verity that hasn t gone unnoticed in Westminster, the county has a number of constituencies in rural Yorkshire that returns a Conservative MP.

References

  1. ^ bid to host the 2019 Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Road World Championships. (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Yorkshire confirms bid to host 2019 Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ 2014 Tour de France stage two from York to Sheffield (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire from Middlesbrough to Scarborough (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ indoor velodrome in Derby (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Inverness proposed velodrome is likely to cost at least 23m (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Tao Geoghegan Hart signs for Team Sky on a one-year contract

The young British rider had already raced in Team Sky colours as a stagiaire, and will now join full time for the 2017 season

Tao Geoghegan Hart Signs For Team Sky On A One-year Contract

Tao Geoghegan Hart1 has signed with Team Sky2 for the 2017 season, making the switch from the Continental ranks.

The 21-year-old has already appeared in Team Sky colours as a stagiaire, racing both the Giro del Piemonte and Japan Cup in 2015. Moving up two levels from Continental team Axeon Hagens Berman to the WorldTour3 is a huge leap, but the present U23 national road race champion4 will be buoyed by a strong showing in the 2016 season.

It s super exciting for me , said the rider. This season was about getting another year stronger, becoming more consistent, and developing as a rider and as a person, before making the big step up from a Continental team to a WorldTour team.

He reiterated just how excited he was about the move, adding: I m 21 now, so I think this is the ideal time to be stepping up into a big team. I m super, super excited. As a 14-year-old Geoghegan Hart attended Team Sky s launch event, and has been on their radar almost as long.

We ve been following Tao for a long time now and obviously had him with us as a stagiaire at the end of last year, said Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford5.

He s continued to show real progress this season and we re delighted he ll be taking the next steps in his career with Team Sky.

Tao is another exciting addition to the group of young, talented British riders we have at Team Sky.

References

  1. ^ Tao Geoghegan Hart (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ national road race champion (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Sir Dave Brailsford (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Did they have a better Christmas than you?

Rich Kids of Instagram share photos of their extravagant gifts, decorated mansions and tropical winter…

  • The Rich Kids of Instagram1 only flew first class – if not by private plane – for their Discount Holidays © holiday vacations
  • They jetted off to the likes of Vegas, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Thailand to escape the cold
  • Those who stayed at home enjoyed Christmas trees that reached the ceiling, and plenty of Dom Perignon
  • Gifts included Hermes blankets, $14,000 cash and expensive watches
  • See the latest on Instagram news and rich kids of Instagram at www.dailymail.co.uk/instagram2

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Along with the warmth of family and friends, Discount Holidays © holiday vacations often conjure up painful memories of flight delays, freezing temperatures and more than one baby crying in economy class.

But alas, these are never problems for the Rich Kids of Instagram3, who spent their December sunbathing on yachts, jetting off in private planes and showing off their new Christmas toys.

Zach Rothman, son of wealthy Californian restaurateurs Harold and Wendi Rothman, skipped the airport chaos entirely and made use of his private jet, flying to Las Vegas with fellow passengers Patron and, of course, Dom Perignon.

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While others froze or tried to stay dry during El Nino, Rich Kid of Instagram Clarisse La Fleur was paddle boarding and lounging on a sun-soaked yacht in the Pacific Ocean before heading to Australia

Zach Rothman, son of wealthy Californian restaurateurs Harold and Wendi Rothman, skipped the airport chaos entirely and made use of his private jet, flying to Las Vegas with fellow passengers Patron and, of course, Dom Perignon

And Nicky Kaufman made sure to pack eight bottles of the expensive champagne before jetting off on his vacation to the Bahamas, with his Fendi bag casually displayed in the background

Speaking of the latter, Nicky Kaufman made sure to pack eight bottles of the expensive champagne before jetting off on his vacation to the Bahamas. An exclusive flight was also the only way to fly for 19-year-old Alison Tong, who accompanied a picture of her walking on the tarmac to a private jet with hashtag ‘the struggle is real’. It wasn’t all bad for the Rich Kids of Instagram who were stuck flying on every day airliners.

Corso Sestini Branca bypassed fighting for arm space and trading for the window seat with his own private first class cubicle en route to a Discount Holidays © holiday in Thailand. And another Rich Kid of Instagram put her feet up at the Lufthansa Senator First Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport, laying out among her Louis Vuitton luggage and fur as she assured her followers it was ‘okay to be peanut butter and jealous’ of her ‘champagne breakfast’. Chiara Alfonso Tobler, 19, spent her Christmas bikini-clad in Munich with glasses of Champagne and a pile of designer Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors bags for a weekend trip , according to her hashtag.

David Yehezkel escaped the winter weather by jetting off to the luxurious Miami Bal Harbour

An exclusive flight was also the only way to fly for 19-year-old Alison Tong, who accompanied a picture of her walking on the tarmac to a private jet with hashtag ‘the struggle is real’

Corso Sestini Branca bypassed fighting for arm space and trading for the window seat with his own private first class cubicle en route to a Discount Holidays © holiday in Thailand

And another Rich Kid of Instagram put her feet up at the Lufthansa Senator First Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport, laying out among her Louis Vuitton luggage and fur as she assured her followers it was ‘okay to be peanut butter and jealous’ of her ‘champagne breakfast’

While others froze or tried to stay dry during El Nino, Clarisse La Fleur was paddle boarding and lounging on a sun-soaked yacht in the Pacific Ocean before heading to Australia. And Rich Kid of Instagram Jacob enjoyed a cigar at The Plaza New York, or what he dubbed his ‘neighborhood dive bar’, before jetting off to San Juan for Christmas vacation. Tiffany Trump, daughter of GOP presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump, also spent her Christmas in New York, posing in front of a massive Christmas tree surrounded by gifts.

But not every Rich Kid of Instagram wanted to celebrate their holidays in the sunshine. Mark Vandelli, of the popular British TV series Made in Chelsea, put up his loafered feet in a luxurious living room in the wealthy Knightsbridge district in London. Tiffany Trump, daughter of GOP presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump, spent her Christmas in New York, posing in front of a massive Christmas tree surrounded by gifts

And Rich Kid of Instagram Jacob enjoyed a cigar at The Plaza New York, or what he dubbed his ‘neighborhood dive bar’, before jetting off to San Juan for Christmas vacation

Meanwhile Timothy Drake said he was struck away from family with the ‘Palm Beach Plague’, lounging in what looked to be a luxurious hallway extravagantly decorated for the holidays in the wealthy Florida town

And one Rich Kid of Instagram, who refers to himself at Lord Ryan on his profile, spent his Discount Holidays © holiday at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, where rooms begin around ‘ 1,500 a night.

Ryan’s picture features the massive crystal penguin sculptures created by the hotel’s artistic director Jeff Leathan, who has designed flowers for the weddings of Chelsea Clinton and Eva Longoria, among other celebrities. Some Rich Kids of Instagram were happy to spend their holidays at home, including Alex Bostonian, a Los Angeles native who calls himself an international socialite and had not one but two massive Christmas trees just in the front hall of his mansion. And it was Dom Perignon instead of milk and cookies that was waiting for Santa at the home of UK real estate investor Aman Bains, whose living room has a Christmas tree that reached the ceiling.

Meanwhile Timothy Drake said he was stuck away from family with the ‘Palm Beach Plague’, lounging in what looked to be a luxurious hallway extravagantly decorated for the holidays. And one Rich Kid of Instagram, who refers to himself at Lord Ryan on his profile, spent his Discount Holidays © holiday at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, where rooms begin around ‘ 1,500 a night

And Made in Chelsea’s Mark Vandelli put up his loafered feet in a luxurious living room in the wealthy Knightsbridge district in London

Some Rich Kids of Instagram were happy to spend their holidays at home including Alex Bostonian, a Los Angeles native who calls himself an international socialite and had not one but two massive Christmas trees just in the front hall of his mansion

And it wouldn’t be Christmas unless the Rich Kids of Instagram showed off their many gifts, with one showing that the only way to stay warm was a Hermes blanket and a pile of the designer’s classic orange gift boxes. Another showed off a ‘good morning’ text from their father, sharing the news that $14,000 had just been deposited to their account before signing off with ‘Love you!’

Mae Sae shared a picture of her in what looks to be a shoe closest specifically for Christian Louboutin heels, and said she was trying to decided which of her hundred pairs she should have the designer sign at an exclusive cocktail meet and greet in Thailand.

Makeup artist and hair stylist Deniz Gunizi’s new Franck Muller diamond encrusted watch, which runs upward $13,000. And Richard Muljadi, whose mother Kartini is one of the richest women in Indonesia, showed off the luxury watches adorning both his and his friends’ wrist, with the caption ‘It ain’t fun unless my whole team winning’. Perhaps one Rich Kid of Instagram is another person’s Santa Claus.

And it wouldn’t be Christmas unless the Rich Kids of Instagram showed off their many gifts, with one showing that the only way to stay warm was a Hermes blanket and a pile of the designer’s classic orange gift boxes

Kyle Parson also knows that the only way a Rich Kid of Instagram stays warm is with fox fur after a dip in his tub

Another Rich Kid of Instagram showed off a ‘good morning’ text from their father, sharing the news that $14,000 had just been deposited to their account before signing off with ‘Love you!’

Makeup artist and hair stylist Deniz Gunizi’s new Franck Muller diamond encrusted watch, which runs upward $13,000

And Richard Muljadi, whose mother Kartini is one of the richest women in Indonesia, showed off the luxury watches adorning both his and his friends’ wrist, with the caption ‘It ain’t fun unless my whole team winning’

Mae Sae shared a picture of her in what looks to be a shoe closest specifically for Christian Louboutin heels, and said she was trying to decided which of her hundred pairs she should have the designer sign at an exclusive cocktail meet and greet in Thailand

References

  1. ^ Instagram (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ www.dailymail.co.uk/instagram (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Instagram (www.dailymail.co.uk)