The 2019 UCI Road World Championship is just around the corner and Harrogate is alive with activity as The Stray gets transformed into a cyclist’s haven. Here at Spirit of Harrogate, we’re undertaking all final preparations for the week’s activities.

Solo is an official supplier for this prestigious cycling event and we’re looking forward to welcoming cyclists from all over the world and all the fans who are coming to enjoy the atmosphere and cheer them on.

We’re giving you the chance to escape the madness and relax in our Solo activation space, it’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries… literally. We’ll have charging points at our stand so you can plug in your phone and top up the for the day ahead – we wouldn’t want you to miss the perfect photo opportunity at the finish line!

While you wait for that bar to fill, we have plenty of comfy chairs and daybeds for you to rest those feet of yours. And while you relax, the Solo trike will be there serving up refreshing samples of our new, delicious ready to drink gin and tonics. From our award-winning London Dry Gin and premium tonic to our latest limited-edition Marmalade Gin and Mediterranean tonic, we have five Solo variants for you to try.

You’ll also find our very own Solo bar in the fan zone so after you’ve tried, you can buy a gin and tonic from just around the corner. The Spirit of Harrogate store on Montpellier Parade will also be selling all Solo variants alongside the full Slingsby range. Our team will be more than happy to talk you through all that’s on offer, finding you the perfect local gift to take away after your visit to Harrogate.

Make sure you head over to the 2019 UCI Road World Championship’s sponsors zone to say hello to the Solo team throughout the week. And so you can make the very most of our town during your visit, we’ve complied a list of our best bits below. 

Our wonderful home town is the focal point for the 2019 UCI Road World Championship, hosting the finish of every race of the nine day competition. Since 1571 when William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from the Tewit Well, Harrogate has been a hotspot for tourists and a place to relax, indulge and socialise with friends and loved ones. With the world’s very best cyclists coming to Harrogate, it truly is the place to be. 



Enjoy the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate and take the time to relax during your stay. Book a spa treatment at the very popular spa retreat, Rudding Park, set in the picturesque North Yorkshire countryside and just a stone’s throw away from the town centre or visit Harrogate's famous Turkish Baths to enjoy their traditional methods of massage which will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

You could also relax with a delightful stroll in Harrogate’s beautiful countryside – there are some lovely views of the area on Brimham Rocks.



Indulge in local delights - Harrogate is full of great eateries. From brunch to late night and fine dining, this spa town has you covered. Start your day right with a leisurely breakfast at Hoxton North, then head to The Fat Badger to enjoy a pub lunch or treat yourself to dinner at The Ivy – the chocolate bombe is not one to miss! 

And of course, no trip is complete without a visit to Betty’s Tea Rooms. Betty’s is a piece of Harrogate heritage and has some of the very best food in the county. We recommend picking up their famous Fat Rascals to power you through the afternoon of cycling-inspired activities in the fan zone.



From coffee to cocktails, Harrogate is filled with the most perfect venues to catch up with friends and natter the afternoon away. During your Harrogate visit, spend some time in Hotel du Vin and West Park Hotel's to enjoy their fantastic range cocktails or chat all things cycling over some delicious nibbles and bar snacks at Threes a Crowd.


And don’t forget about visiting the Spirit of Harrogate store on Montpellier Parade. Visit us to sample our range of award-winning spirits and discover our range of development gins. We also have two fantastic experiences on offer - learn about the fascinating history of the nation’s favourite spirit, whilst sampling a selection of gins, or create your very own personalised bottle of gin at our Master Distiller experience.


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