Britain will host cycling’s Road World Championships for the first time in 37 years after Yorkshire was awarded the 2019 event.
The successful joint bid by Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport includes a £24 million commitment from government to the event and its legacy, as well as an additional £3 million of National Lottery funding from UK Sport.
The government will invest £15 million of the budget to help develop 27 cycle sport facilities across the UK.
Sports and tourism minister Tracey Crouch said: “The government is backing the event with investment to stage the championships and leave a legacy that will help strengthen cycling at the grassroots across the country.
“Yorkshire has embraced major cycling events in recent years and I know the county will put on a fantastic show in 2019.”
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “Today marks a moment in history. Yorkshire has shown it can host world-class events with the Grand Départ (in 2014) and Tours de Yorkshire, and now the county has been chosen to host the nine-day UCI Road World Championships in 2019.”
The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar, with 1,000 of the best male and female riders from around the world.