Respect, protect and enjoy

Respect, Protect and Enjoy  

This is an amazing opportunity that will see the world’s best cyclists competing in Harrogate for the legendary Rainbow Jersey. We need YOU to bring the party atmosphere, noise, support and pride that Yorkshire is famous for across the world by following these simple guidelines.  

Respect other peopleConsider the local community and others enjoying the race; don’t block gates, driveways or roads; leave the area as you find it and follow paths. Please be considerate when cycling along the route and through our towns.

Protect the environmentLeave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.  

Enjoy the racePlan ahead and be prepared. Follow advice and local signs.  

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire will pass through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Help us to keep it this way by following these simple guidelines.


Health Services

  • For minor injuries and aliments, pharmacists can offer expert clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses. Many chemists are open from early morning until late at night. To find your nearest pharmacy please visit:
  • On the day advice 111 is the NHS non-emergency number.
  • Call 111, 24-hours-a-day 7-days-a-week for free, and speak to a highly-trained adviser, supported by a range of healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.  This service can also be accessed through
  • To find the nearest dental practice visit or for urgent or out-of-hours dental care call 111. 
  • As the race routes change on a daily basis everyone with a long-term condition is encouraged to ensure they check they have enough medication with them and if necessary visit their local pharmacy.
  • Ensure you leave extra time to travel to existing appointments.

Visitor information

If you run out of medicine outside of your GP practice's normal opening hours and need some urgently, there are a few ways to get an emergency supply quickly, even if you're away from home.

If you have a prescription

If you already have a prescription and urgently need the medicine, try the following steps:

  • If your local pharmacy is closed, you should be able to get your medicine from any pharmacy as long as they have your medication in stock. Use the NHS pharmacy service search to find other nearby pharmacies and their opening hours – some are open until midnight or even later, even on public holidays. By clicking on "narrow your search", you can select different opening times, such as early, late or weekend opening.
  • If you'd like to speak to someone first, call NHS 111 free of charge by dialing 111 on your mobile or landline. The person you speak to will be able to look up an out-of-hours pharmacy or another NHS service in your area.
  • You can also use the NHS walk-in centre service search to find your nearest walk-in centre. These can sometimes dispense medicines after a consultation.
  • For very urgent cases, you could try calling your GP practice. They should have details of their out-of-hours service recorded on their answering machine. This is the service your GP runs outside their usual opening hours and on public holidays, and shouldn't be used routinely. You can use the NHS GP service finder to find your GP surgery's phone number.
  • If it's a real emergency and you've tried all of the above unsuccessfully, use the service search to find your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) unit.

If you don't have a prescription

If you run out of prescription medicine and don't have a prescription with you, you should be able to get an emergency supply from a pharmacy without a prescription.

It's a good idea to take an old prescription or the medicine's packaging with you, if you have it.


You'll be interviewed by the pharmacist to find out:

  • if you need the medicine immediately
  • who previously prescribed the medicine (to make sure they're a trusted source)
  • what dose of the medicine would be appropriate for you to take

The pharmacist will need to know the answers to all of these questions before they can supply a prescription-only medicine without a prescription in an emergency.

If the pharmacist isn't satisfied that the medicine and dose is appropriate for you, they may not supply the medicine.

You may need to pay for this service and your medicine, even if you don't normally, because they're being provided without a prescription. This may vary between pharmacies.

Find a local pharmacy, including its opening hours.

GPs and walk-in centres

If you run out of medicine while you're away from home, you may be able to have a consultation with a local GP and get a prescription for a limited supply of medicines. You'd then need to find a pharmacy that's open.

Or, you could go to an NHS walk-in centre. They may be able to organise a GP consultation. In some cases, they can give you medicine after you've seen a nurse.

Some walk-in centres are open from early morning to late evening seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Find a walk-in centre near you.

If you don't need a prescription

If you need a non-prescription medicine, such as paracetamol or an antacid, and you can't find an open pharmacy, the following places may stock a basic range of over-the-counter medicines:

  • supermarkets
  • newsagents
  • petrol stations


Banned items (Harrogate circuit) 

For UCI events certain items are restricted from the final 500 metres of the race route to the finish line for safety reasons. Items can make their way onto the race track and affect the race, cause crashes and possibly injury to riders.  

With Yorkshire 2019 operating a circuit in the final stages of the route for most races this exclusion area must be extended to cover the whole circuit within Harrogate.  

The safety of riders and spectators is of paramount importance to us and for that reason the following items are banned from the circuit: 

  • Bang-Bang Sticks 
  • Foam Fingers 
  • Hand Waving Flags 
  • Flares, Fireworks and Sparklers  

We don’t want you to be discouraged from supporting so we encourage you to cheer on the riders by banging on the barriers, ringing your cow bells and cheering on your favourite riders and team GB.


Restricted items:            

  • Alcohol
  • Bulk food & drink items (picnics)
  • Glass Bottles & Containers
  • Bags exceeding 25L (50x40x40 cm)
  • Bicycles, skateboards & Scooters
  • Shelters & Tarpaulins
  • Folding chairs
  • Animals or Pets (service dogs exempt)
  • Commercial Photography
  • Balls & Inflatable items
  • Fireworks
  • Laser Pointers
  • Guns
  • Knives
  • Illegal Substances
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Protest Items
  • Large Flags & Poles (over 1 x 2m)
  • Drones


Permitted items:

  • Empty plastic or metal bottles
  • Small amounts of food for personal consumption
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Bags smaller than 25L (50x40x40 cm)
  • Umbrellas 


Fires and barbeques 

Flares, fireworks and sparklers are strictly prohibited from the championships. Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes – it only takes one spark to start a fire. Avoid barbeques to protect farmland, the countryside and others. Be extremely careful with flames and cigarettes – it only takes one spark to start a fire. Avoid  barbeques to protect farmland, the countryside and others. 


Photography and drones 

Take pictures but do so safely and don’t obstruct the riders. Please be extra careful with selfie sticks. The use of drones is strictly prohibited during the entire Championships. 


Grass verges 

Grass verges are home to protected species of wildflowers and wildlife. Avoid parking on them, or near them where you might cause damage.  


Be prepared for the elements 

Make sure to bring warm clothes, sensible footwear, sun-cream and plenty of water. If watching from the more exposed areas on race routes, waterproofs would also be advised. 


Safety and security 

As always, please remain vigilant and if something doesn’t look right, speak to a steward or the Police who will take appropriate action.