The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has confirmed that Rwanda and Morocco are the two candidates vying to host the 2025 Road World Championships.
David Lappartient, the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) which groups together 194 National confirmed the development today.
Speaking to Gazzetta, Lappartient said, ‘Rwanda and Morocco are the two candidates the decision will be taken during the 2019 World Cycling Championship in Yorkshire, six years before the event to give the chosen candidate time,’
‘Rwanda is in pole position, they are set to organize a 2.1 Tour du Rwanda in 2019 as well,’ added Lappartient.
Africa represents the final continent to host the championships and it’s hoped the event will consolidate the growth of cycling throughout African countries.
The road world championship consists of road races and individual time trials for the elite men and women in addition to the multiple age groups resulting in a week-long festival of cycling.
In a statement, the UCI confirmed its intentions to take the World Championships to uncharted territory.
‘As announced during the UCI presidential campaign in 2017, and as unanimously adopted by the Management Committee in Arzon in June 2018, the UCI hopes to see Africa host its first UCI Road World Championships in 2025,’ said the UCI in a statement.
‘The bid deadline is September 2019, at which point the UCI, following the approval of its Management Committee, will announce the name of the city selected at its annual Congress,’
‘A letter of invitation and a document designed to help prospective candidates with their bids have been sent to all 50 National Federations of the African Cycling Confederation.’
The deadline for bids is September 2019 – following which the UCI’s Management Committee will select a city and annual it at its annual Congress.