The UCI World Championships take place over nine days in Harrogate later this month, and at Continued Care we have been busy implementing plans to ensure that we can continue to deliver our service during this period. Our priority is to maintain a service to all our clients that will ensure that their needs are met while also ensuring that they are safe throughout this time.
Starting on September 21st, the cycle race is followed by millions of people across the globe, and 2019 sees the event return to the UK for the first time in 37 years. As with the Tour de France in 2014, thousands of fans are expected to visit Harrogate to watch the competition, and this inevitably means there will be some road closures and diversions.
With approximately 3,000 care visits due to take place to Continued Care’s clients during the period of the cycle race, we have been attending meetings with the Council to help assist us with planning for the event.
As part of our plans, carers will be given zones to work within to ensure that they will not have to travel across the road closures. They have also been given information to enable them to check where the rolling road blocks and road closures are, including the North Yorkshire County Council web page for the UCI, which will enable them to plan their journeys.
All our clients have been contacted so that they are aware that we will be navigating our way around the road closures while offering full support through our main office. Through our newsletters, carers and clients have been kept informed about our plans during the championships. Our rota team have also been keeping in touch with clients who will be most affected by the event.
At Continued Care, we also have electric bikes available to use at any time, and they will certainly make it easier for some of our carers to travel around during the race!
Our director Samantha Harrison said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff for helping us in the preparation for the UCI World Championships in Harrogate. We have put robust plans in place to ensure that we can continue to offer our high standards of care during the nine days of the race, and we’re also very grateful to our clients for their understanding and support.”
Samantha will be to raising money for the Leeds Cares charity by cycling in the open road Sportive on Sunday, September 22nd. The Sportive gives local people an opportunity to be part of the UCI World Championships and cycle the same roads through the Yorkshire Dales that the professionals will be racing along.