UCI awards hosting rights for Track, BMX World Championships

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has awarded hosting rights for its 2022 and 2024 Track World Championships to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Ballerup, respectively, while Nantes will stage the BMX World Championships in 2022 and Rock Hill will take the event to the United States two years later.

The decisions were amongst a number of events awarded during the UCI Congress, which took place in Harrogate, Yorkshire on the sidelines of the 2019 Road World Championships. The French velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has already welcomed numerous rounds of the Track Cycling World Cup, as well as the 2015 World Championships for the discipline.

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will also host Olympic track cycling events in 2024, while 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.

With the 2024 event, Ballerup will organise the 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.

Following on from this year’s event in Pruszków, Poland, the Track World Championships will head to Berlin, Germany in 2020; Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2021; and Glasgow in 2023. The latter event will form part of the new multi-discipline Cycling World Championships, hosting rights to which were awarded to the Scottish city in February.

Nantes’ staging of the 2022 BMX World Championships will be organised by the FFC, which hosts a round of the BMX Supercross World Cup nearly every year and has already welcomed the discipline’s World Championships in 1999 and 2005. The organisation of the UCI Worlds in Nantes is in line with the country’s desire to welcome major events between now and the opening of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Situated in South Carolina, Rock Hill is one of the traditional stopovers of the BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it welcomed rounds in 2015, 2016 and 2019, with another scheduled for 2020. The World Championships for the discipline return in 2024 having been disputed there in 2017. Following this year’s event in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium; the event will head to Houston, USA in 2020 and Arnhem, Netherlands in 2021 before Glasgow’s Cycling World Championships in 2023.

In other hosting news, the UCI announced that the inaugural edition of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships will be held in the Swiss capital of Bern from October 18-19. The UCI said in a statement: “Pump track is very accessible both from a sporting and organisational standpoint. 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.”

UCI president David Lappartient added: “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.”

Meanwhile, the UCI has said it will push forward with the formation of a new ‘Classics Series’, bringing together all of road cycling’s one-day WorldTour races. This is despite opposition from the Association of Men’s Professional Road Cycling Teams (AIGCP), which last week said its riders will not take part in the plans stating they do not address the inherent issues affecting road cycling.

The AIGCP had said: “The AIGCP hereby confirms that it has informed the UCI that it rejects the current approach and proposed regulatory framework for setting up the anticipated UCI Classics Series as part of the 2020 Reform.

“Such Classics Series was meant to be a stepping stone towards the true reform that men’s professional road cycling needs: to change the current broken economic model which over the years has done much harm to the sport, not only the teams and their riders, but also to many race organisers. However, the teams lament that no substantial progress has been made in this regard.”

In response the UCI stated: “The members of the Management Committee…commended the progress made in the establishment of the UCI Classics Series, an important element of the new organisation of men’s professional road cycling, which from 2020 will bring together all the UCI WorldTour’s one-day races. From the next season, the UCI Classics Series will have its own overall classification, and a common branding will be introduced for all the events featured in the series.”