CYCLISTS taking part in the global world championships have been filmed battling with severe weather conditions as the eight-day event takes place in North Yorkshire

A video filmed by Dutch Cyclist John Den Braber, revealed a UCI cyclist in Harrogate confronting standing water from excessive rainfall, before he falls from his bicycle.

Video filmed by Dutch cyclist John Den Braber 

The deterioration of weather conditions across the region has prompted North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to issue warnings, urging those travelling on the region's road to take precautions.

A spokesperson for the service said: "Please take care if you're driving today. There's some heavy rain falling in parts of the county currently. Please don't drive through flooded roads if you don't know how deep the water is."

The Northern Echo:


Trackside at the UCI Road World Championship in Harrogate, the fan parks have been reportedly closed due to flooding. 

The competitions, which have returned to the UK for the first time since 1982, are planned to go through Richmond, Ripon and Northallerton over the next week.

The Northern Echo:


On Monday, September 23, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning covering North Yorkshire amid bad weather, while they warned of potential flooding and damage to some buildings. 

A UCI spokesperson said: "Due to the heavy rains experienced this morning and considering the inclement weather forecast for the rest of the day, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the organising committee of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships have reviewed the conditions for this afternoon’s Women Elite Individual Time Trial race.

"Following the discussions, it’s been decided that the start will be delayed to 3.30pm to allow water to be cleared.

"The organising committee and the county are deploying marshals to yellow flag areas with standing water and staff and vehicles are draining water on the roads to ensure riders’ safety.

"Gaps between riders will be reduced to 1 minute instead of 1’30 so that the finish time comes close to the original schedule.

"The UCI and Yorkshire 2019 will continue to monitor closely the events and take any appropriate decisions."