Yorkshire company supports UCI Road World Championships 2019

Vp PLC becomes an official supplier for the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.

By Jack Church

Yorkshire based supplies company, Vp plc, has decided to support and sponsor the UCI Road world championships which will take place in and around Leeds next year.

Neil Stothard, Chief Executive of Vp plc said: “We are delighted to be involved, especially given the the focal point for the championships is our home town of Harrogate, which will host the finish of every race over the entire duration of the event. Yorkshire already has an impressive track record in hosting world class cycling events. I am confident that the 2019 UCI World road championships will also be a resounding success and will further put our region on the international map.”

Leading company

The VP group of businesses are known for being one of Yorkshire’s leading companies in supplying specialist equipment to other businesses around West Yorkshire and and all over the world. They provide equipment for rental and sale both in the UK and internationally and are based in Harrogate, where the business started just under 65 years ago.

They specialise in six different operating divisions: UK Forks, Groundforce, Airpac Bukom Oilfield Services, Hire Station, Torrent Trackside and TPA. They provide the specialist products and associated services to a varied range several different end markets. These include, Construction, Civil engineering, Rail, water oil and gas, Outdoor events and house building.

The Championships

When the prestigious annual cycling event kicks off in Harrogate next year, it will be 37 years since the UCI World Road Championships were hosted in England (Goodwood, Chichester).

Great British cyclists taking part in UCI Road World Championships in 1982, Chchester. Photo by Brian Townsley

Great British cyclists taking part in UCI Road World Championships in 1982, Chichester. Photo by Brian Townsley

The event will be one of the biggest sporting events to be hosted in the UK in 2019. Some of today’s best riders will on show and will be competing for the iconic UCI Rainbow Jersey. More than 1,400 athletes from over 70 countries will be taking part in the pinnacle event

Host Bid and Funding

Yorkshire was awarded the right to host the 2019 Road Cycling World Championships in October 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria. The winning bid was made jointly by British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire told Leeds Hacks: “It is a great honour to be hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. This will be the most inclusive and diverse Championships ever held and cement Yorkshire’s place as a world-class cycling destination.”

The event will be funded primarily through DCMS and UK sport, while also receiving support from British Cycling and the local authorities selected to host the event, as well as Vp plc.

The Route

Each race will start at one of the 7 towns and cities selected for the event and finish in the host town Harrogate. These include Beverley, Northallerton, Ripon, Bradford, York, Doncaster and Leeds.

Host locations for 2019 UCI road world championships. Photo by British Cycling

Host locations for 2019 UCI road world championships. Photo by British Cycling

When asked about the route, Sir Gary Verity said: “We have worked hard with the UCI to design a challenging and spectacular range of routes which take in all four corners of the county. We are thrilled to be able to share these routes and are sure they will make for exciting racing.”

On Saturday the 28th of September the Women’s Elite road race, which is the penultimate race, will take the Bradford to Harrogate route which will see the female competitors cycle 149.5km. On Sunday the 29th of September, the Men’s elite road race, which will be the final race of the world championships, will take the Leeds to Harrogate route, which will see the male competitors cycle 284.5km.

Organisers and managers of the event are expecting millions of spectators to line the routes, and predict that there will be a global televised audience of 250 million!

About the Author

This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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