Ambassador Flurina Rigling unveils Tissot Countdown Clock at Zurich Airport

The clock is ticking down to the start of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich – now also on the official Tissot Countdown Clock. Flurina Rigling, multiple UCI World Champion in para-cycling and one of the ambassadors for next year’s UCI World Championships, unveiled the special time display at Zurich Airport on Thursday, 21 December 2023, exactly nine months before the start of the global cycling event.

Tissot has already started to provide its expert timekeeping, as it will for all the races, with a 3.5 metres high and 2 x 2 metres long and wide Tissot Totem counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the thrilling event. The special graphic design for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich is now the eye-catcher par excellence at Zurich Airport. It not only features the Official Timekeeper’s iconic T-Touch Connect Sport watch, but also Flurina Rigling and individual time trial European Champion Marlen Reusser, another one of the UCI World Championships’ ambassadors. The two exceptional riders are representative of the 1,300 athletes who will be taking part in next year’s event.

On another side of the Tissot Totem, viewers arriving, departing or shopping at Zurich Airport will see the finish area at Sechseläutenplatz. There, for the first time in the history of cycling, participants in the cycling and para-cycling events will cross the same finish line.

In addition to Flurina Rigling, various other personalities took part in the ceremony. Switzer-land’s Rocco Cattaneo, member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee and Chairman of the UCI Road Commission, represented the UCI. Cattaneo can look back on a long career as a cyclist. He rode twice in the Giro d’Italia, took part in two editions of the Tour de Suisse and competed four times in the UCI Road World Championships. Also present were Stefan Schötzau, President of the Zurich 2024 Organising Association, Romualdo Cerioni, Brand Manager Tissot, Stefan Gross, Chief Commercial Officer of Zurich Airport and Daniel Rupf, Managing Director of the Zurich 2024 Local Organising Committee.

A symbol rich in tradition and an attractive competition prize

The Tissot Countdown Clock is an integral part of many major sporting events. Weighing just over 1,500 kilograms, the structure will display the time remaining until the opening of the groundbreaking global cycling event on Saturday, 21 September 2024. It will be the first time that para-cycling is integrated into the UCI Road World Championships, which will kick off with the Mixed Handbike Team Relay race.

People who photograph themselves in front of the Tissot Countdown Clock and send in their pictures will be entered into a competition to win a Tissot T-Race Cycling UCI edition watch.

Further information and contest regulations: Facebook – zurich2024 and Instagram – zurich_2024


About the UCI

Founded on April 14, 1900, in Paris, France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms and for all people: as a competitive sport, a healthy recreational activity, a means of transport, and also just for fun. The UCI manages and promotes the ten cycling disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials, indoor cycling, cycling esports and gravel. Five of these are featured on the Olympic Games programme (road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle), two in the Paralympic Games (road and track), and four in the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle). For more information:


About Tissot

Since 1853, Tissot has been at the heart of Swiss watchmaking. Our dedication to craftsmanship and quality is matched only by our passion for performance and precision. Over the years, our pioneering products such as the legendary Tissot T-Touch have made headlines as well as history. The ground-breaking Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar uses sustainable solar energy and connected technology that guarantees privacy. It confirms our long-held reputation as innovators by tradition.
Our passion for sport is unrivalled and our timing systems are tried, tested and trusted by a range of professional sports and athletes. In basketball the NBA and FIBA, in cycling the Tour de France and La Vuelta a España and in motorsports MotoGPTM are just some of the names that rely on Tissot as their Official Timekeeper. We provide innovative and traditional watches for our customers who appreciate our commitment to quality, authenticity and excellence.