UCI Road World Championships Land Art Competition Launched

Competitive cyclists racing in Tadcaster

To celebrate Yorkshire Day this week, Yorkshire 2019 have launched their 2019 UCI Road World Championships Land Art Competition in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire.

The Selby district features on two days of the nine day event, including a para cycling race start in Tadcaster.  Riders will also pass through North Duffield, Riccall and Cawood on Saturday 21 September; on Friday 27 September riders pass through Eggborough, Monk Fryston, Sherburn and Tadcaster again.

Schools, community groups, businesses, landowners and farmers are now being encouraged to think big and get creative in order to support this once-in-a-generation event.  Giant pieces of land art have become synonymous with cycling races across the county, with a whole host of stunning installations having been previously displayed along the routes of the 2014 Tour de France and subsequent Tours de Yorkshire. 

This competition is Yorkshire 2019 and Welcome to Yorkshire’s way of honouring those imaginative fans who go to great lengths to produce these wonderful pieces of art which will help showcase Yorkshire to a global audience of over 250 million people.

Between now and the Championships, land artists are being invited to submit their entries here.  

After the Championships, a shortlist of the best entries will be drawn up by a panel of judges and put to a public vote. One winner will then receive a one-off, signed and framed world champion’s jersey and two runners up will also be rewarded with special commemorative trophies.

Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “Producing land art is a fun and enjoyable way to get involved with the Championships and images of these fabulous creations will be beamed to over 150 countries around the world. We can’t wait to see fields, hills, roofs, market squares and car parks covered in colour and organising this competition is our way of rewarding people’s efforts.

“The more information people can give us about what they’ve got planned, the more details we can pass on to the TV producers to help ensure they get picked up by the cameras. Now that the competition is open we want people to get their thinking caps on and get designing, and we’re looking forward to seeing what people have got planned as the entries roll in.”

Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “Nowhere else does land art like we do here in Yorkshire, and since the Tour de France first came here in 2014 we’ve been treated to some truly amazing creations. 

“It’s brilliant how communities come together to produce them and they really demonstrate the pride people have in this fantastic county. We cannot wait to host the UCI Road World Championships and know Yorkshire will put on an unforgettable show.”