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Up for Bid: International Cycling Championships from UCI

10 Oct, 2020

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Bicycling has grown exponentially in 2020 and with it has come an increased interest in professional cycling, with a new public streaming the Tour du France and following cycling in the lead-up to the Olympics next summer.

Cities that want to capitalize on the trend should look into hosting one of the championship events put on by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the worldwide governing body for cycling, currently up for bid with a deadline of December 1.

The best news of all: the events currently looking for hosts span a wide range of disciplines: indoor, outdoor, road, track, BMX, mountain biking and para-cycling, as well as subdisciplines of these.

While the field size, venue needs and economic impact will vary by event, the rewards can be substantial for hosts. As an example, the UCI Road World Championship in Innsbruck in 2018 resulted in more than 700 full-time jobs, brought in nearly $42 million in visitor spending and more almost $47 million in gross value.

A quick look at the overall list of championships is available here. Detailed documents for the events up for bid include the following:

ROAD  

MOUNTAIN BIKE

CYCLO-CROSS

 TRACK

 

BMX

URBAN

PARA-CYCLING

TRIALS

INDOOR

GRAN FONDO

 COMBINED

Those interested in more information on the UCI may want to read the organization’s Annual Report, available at this link. The report includes extensive useful information about the UCI and its activities, including a general introduction to the institution and the disciplines it governs, the lists and compositions of its bodies and commissions, the list of the 196 member National Federations, and the results and rankings of all the UCI events throughout the 2019 season.

UCI President David Lappartient noted that the progress of the organization “continues in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic which is severely affecting the world of sports. The UCI is working very hard to limit as far as possible the negative effects of the pandemic, and I acknowledge the efforts being made by all cycling’s stakeholders to do the same.”

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