Ten UCI World Championships and four UCI Bike City labels awarded at the 188th UCI Congress

The  188th annual Congress of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) took place 27 September 2019 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in Great Britain, during the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Representatives of 108 of the UCI’s member National Federations were in attendance.

This was an occasion for a ceremony to announce the different UCI World Championships, mostly for the period 2020-2024, that were awarded earlier in the week by the UCI Management Committee. In total, the names of organising cities for 10 UCI World Champinoships – in six countries and for five disciplines – were revealed:

2019 Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships: Bern (Switzerland)                                                                                                                                                 
The Swiss capital will welcome the very first edition of the UCI World Championships for pump track. Sponsored by the company Red Bull, the event will take place on October 18 and 19. Pump track is veryaccessible in terms of both participation and organisation of races. This makes it an excellent off-road training ground and an ideal pathway into cycling in different regions throughout the world. Participants are usually mountain bike or BMX specialists.

2021 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships: Los Angeles (United States)

The organiser chosen has significant experience, having already organised several UCI Masters and Para-cycling Track World Championships at the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles. This velodrome is the training centre for the national American team and has already been the theatre of numerous major UCI events.

2021 and 2022 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships: Ipswich (Great Britain)

Capital of Suffolk, situated some 100 kilometres north-east of London, the city of Ipswich will be able to count on an experienced organiser, who has already staged three National Championships, an edition of the European Championships and numerous events registered on the UCI International Cyclo-cross Calendar.

2022 UCI Track Cycling World Championships: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France)

The French velodrome has already welcomed numerous rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, as well as the 2015 UCI World Championships for the discipline. Moreover, it will be the theatre of the Olympic track cycling events in 2024. The host city, situated around 20 kilometres from Paris, received the UCI Bike City label in 2018. The National Velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines houses the headquarters of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) and the French team’s training centre.

2022 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships : Aigle (Switzerland)

It will be the third edition of this event (after those in 2016 and 2028) organised at the velodrome of the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), the UCI’s high-level training and education centre, which also houses the Federation’s headquarters. The UCI had committed to regularly welcoming this event to the UCI WCC velodrome.

2022 UCI BMX World Championships: Nantes (France)

The event will be organised by the FFC, which hosts a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup nearly every year and which already welcomed the discipline’s UCI World Championships in 1999 and 2005. The organisation of the UCI Worlds in this city in the north-east of France is in line with the country’s desire to welcome major events between now and the opening of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

2022 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships: Baie-Comeau (Canada)

Baie-Comeau, in Québec, is an ideal venue for this competition, marrying experience – from the organisation of rounds of the UCI World Cup in 2018 and 2019 and the UCI World Championships in 2010 and 2013 -, quality of a race route modified in 2018, a deep-seated local para-cycling tradition and strong popular support.

UCI 2024 UCI Track Cycling World Championships: Ballerup (Denmark)

With this event, Ballerup will organise the UCI Track Cycling World Championships for the third time after editions in 2002 and 2010. Situated in the urban area of the Danish capital Copenhagen, the Ballerup Super Arena is the training centre for the Danish national track cycling team.

2024 UCI BMX World Championships: Rock Hill (United States)                                                                                                                                                           
Situated in South Carolina, Rock Hill is one of the traditional stopovers of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it welcomed rounds in 2015, 2016 and 2019 (another is scheduled for 2020). The UCI World Championships for the discipline were disputed there in 2017.

Commenting on these awards, the UCI President David Lappartient declared: “As was the case last year at the Management Committee meeting in Innsbruck, Austria, we have again been able to award a large number of UCI World Championships for the 2020-2024 period. We now know nearly all the venues of the Worlds for our Olympic disciplines through to 2024 and for almost all of our World Championships until the end of 2021.

“This welcome success demonstrates the popularity of the UCI’s major annual competitions, which are both magnificent events from a sporting point of view, and fantastic opportunities in terms of economic benefits and enhancement of image for the cities and regions that host them. I look forward to moving forward with them in the preparation of our future World Championships.”

The Congress participants also discovered the names of the cities and regions to which the UCI Management Committee decided earlier in the week to award the UCI Bike City label in recognition of their strategy for the development and promotion of every-day cycling and their commitment to the organisation of events on the UCI International Calendar. The cities and regions are Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (Great Britian), Paris (France) and Tirol (Austria).

Since 2016, as well as the four new recipients, ten cities and regions have received the label: Bergen (Norway), the province of Drenthe (the Netherlands), the island of Fyn (Denmark), the province of Gelderland (the Netherlands), Heusden-Zolder (Belgium), the province of Limburg and the city of Valkenburg (the Netherlands), Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), Vancouver (Canada), Woensdrecht (the Netherlands) and Yorkshire (Great Britain).

The UCI President David Lappartient commented: “We are delighted to expand our network of cities and regions holding the UCI Bike City label, and wish to thank the new recipients for their commitment to both elite cycling and cycling for all. With their global strategy aiming to create and promote safe cycling conditions for their own population and for visitors, they are setting examples that can inspire all communities. The UCI is looking forward to contributing to the international visibility of the initiatives rewarded today. We now have a network of 14 cities and regions that are examples when it comes to the promotion of cycling, and we will continue to develop this network in line with the UCI’s Agenda 2022.