100 days before the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships kick off on 21 September, Zurich is ready for the first fully inclusive and integrative competitions. At a media event at the Sechseläutenplatz finish area, representatives from politics, associations and the Zurich 2024 Local Organising Committee emphasised the enormous appeal of the global cycling event in terms of inclusion, but also for tourism and business. The estimated 850,000 spectators from Switzerland and abroad can look forward to exciting races, an attractive supporting programme, various fan zones and other highlights.

Zurich 2024 will have a major impact on sport and society. “The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships will be much more than just cycling races – they promote inclusion and togetherness,” said Cantonal Councillor and Sports Minister, Mario Fehr: “Thanks to the varied programme, these UCI Road Championships will be a cycling festival for the people of Zurich throughout the canton.”

These positive aspects were also emphasised by the head of the City of Zurich’s Department of Education and Sport, City Councillor Filippo Leutenegger: “In our everyday lives, we see time and again how powerful and integrative sport can be. The UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in our city will make a great contribution in this respect.”

Quantum leap for parasport

With the UCI World Championships for road and para-cycling road being held together for the first time, all participants will be equally in the spotlight. “As top athletes, non-para athletes and para-cyclists are on an equal footing in terms of performance. Thanks to the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, the numerous spectators along the racecourses and watching on television will also be able to appreciate this,” emphasised the CEO of PluSport Switzerland, Christof Baer.

Added value thanks to TV coverage and inclusion

“The attractive images from the live broadcasts of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships will generate a great deal of added value for Zurich,” emphasised Thomas Wüthrich, Director of Zürich Tourism. “This event also promotes barrier-free travel in the long term, as a lot of information on the accessibility of buildings and facilities has been collected.” In addition to accompanying measures, Zürich Tourism also supported the Mapathon initiated by the Sitios association, during which around 35 volunteers used the ginto app to collect accessibility data on buildings in the vicinity of the official zones at the end of May. This data is communicated via various channels and is available free of charge to all participants in and visitors to the global cycling event as well as the population of Zurich. This will also offer added value for guests and the local population beyond the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Supporting programme: medals, music and a mega atmosphere

The centrepiece of the global cycling event is Sechseläutenplatz, whose configuration for the event was presented in a 3D rendering. Here in particular, the various facilities will also be accessible or have elements that make it easier for people with disabilities to experience the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships on site.

A varied supporting programme awaits the fans in addition to the finishes. On the big stage, the 66 UCI World Champions for road and para-cycling road will be honoured and celebrated with gold medals and rainbow jerseys. The Zurich 2024 ambassador Ritschi, singers from the Swiss cult group Plüsch, Tabula Musica and Crimer will entertain the audiences. Sign language interpreters will also be on hand at the Crimer concert on 21 September. Moreover, in July, LOC Zurich 2024 will announce another concert with a well-known Swiss singer.

“These events, as well as the broadcasts of the races on the big screen, exciting talks with various personalities and other cycling entertainment elements will create a great atmosphere,” said Gabriela Buchs, who is co-responsible for the supporting events on behalf of LOC Zurich 2024.

Official cycling jersey from Santini: uniquely designed and sustainably produced

The official cycling jersey for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships also made its debut at the 100 Days To Go event. UCI Official Partner Santini came up with a unique idea: The designers of the Italian cycling clothing company recreated the traditional UCI rainbow with the icons of Zurich 2024, which represent well-known symbols from cycling and landmarks of the host region Zurich. The unisex event jersey is also sustainable, as it is made from 50% recycled fibres. The complete UCI World Championships merchandising collection from Santini can be ordered online from the end of June via the zurich2024.com website and purchased locally at various merchandising points of sale.

The Emil Frey Group will be the Official Car Partner of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, with the car brand Kia, which it distributes in Switzerland. The cooperation with the traditional Swiss company, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024 and has an impressive historical connection to the bicycle, also includes electric cars.

The support teams for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich will be travelling in cars manufactured by the South Korean brand Kia. The Emil Frey Group, which represents Kia in Switzerland as the official importer, and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 have agreed on a comprehensive partnership for this purpose.

Over 150 vehicles in use for 9 days – one third electric cars

The fleet provided by the Emil Frey Group for the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich will comprise over 150 cars. Various models will be used, including 80 Kia Sportage and 55 Kia EV6 and Kia EV9 electric vehicles, which corresponds to a third of the support vehicles used. LOC Zurich 2024 is thus exceeding its self-imposed sustainability target of 25% electric vehicles in the UCI World Championships fleet. The cooperation also includes various cars and commercial vehicles provided by Hertz Switzerland, a franchise company within the Emil Frey Group.

Lorenz Frey-Hilti, member of the Emil Frey Group Executive Board, welcomed the intensive collaboration with LOC Zurich 2024 in the coming weeks. “My grandfather opened a bicycle and motorbike workshop in Zurich as a mechanic on 1 October 1924. 100 years later, we are delighted to be able to support the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich with individual mobility. The presence that we are receiving as part of this co-operation ideally complements our anniversary activities to mark 100 years of Emil Frey. Our family-owned company is looking forward to impressive sport from the world’s best cyclists, who will be accompanied by Kia vehicles with the latest technology against the backdrop of the host region of Zurich.”

“The Official Car Partner is a very important cooperation for a UCI World Championships. It ensures a diverse fleet customised for the races with professional drivers at the wheel. We are delighted to be able to count on Emil Frey, a company that is Zurich-based and steeped in tradition, for this essential element of our major event. We would like to thank Mr Walter Frey, Lorenz Frey-Hilti and the participating companies of the Emil Frey Group for their great commitment,” said Ina Bauspiess, Head of Sponsoring, and Daniel Rupf, Managing Director, on behalf of the entire LOC Zurich 2024.

What almost nobody knows: Emil Frey and the bicycle have a historical connection. Emil Frey began his impressive career as a bicycle mechanic in what is now the building of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung on Sechseläutenplatz.

On 1 October 1924, Emil Frey opened his first own workshop at Schwingerstrasse 3 in Zurich. During the Second World War, he adapted to the new circumstances. He manufactured bicycles and electrically powered radiators himself and sold them successfully.

As coincidence would have it, Emil Frey’s first place of work in Zurich is located directly in the main fan zone of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. A “Recognition Spot” will draw visitors’ attention to the little-known connection between the automobile company and the bicycle, which helped the entrepreneur and mechanic Emil Frey overcome difficult times and ensured the successful development of the company into what it is today.

 

About the Emil Frey Group (https://www.emilfrey.ch/)

The Emil Frey Group is a family business with a long tradition. Emil Frey opened his first workshop in Zurich in 1924. With diligence and skill, the trained mechanic quickly earned a first-class reputation – as a specialist with prompt and conscientious service. He also broke new ground: The young garage owner successfully competed in motorbike races, not only because of his sporting spirit, but also to prove the quality of his products.

In 1969, Emil Frey officially handed over the management of the company to his son Walter. On this solid basis, Walter Frey continues to expand in Switzerland and in several European countries to this day. Despite its internationalisation, the Emil Frey Group has remained a classic family business, in which the principles of the founder are still anchored in the culture. With over 25,000 employees and almost 2,000 apprentices, the company imports and distributes numerous renowned car brands. The group also includes various mobility-related service companies.

The Swiss family business Planzer will support the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich as Official Supplier Logistics. The company will provide transport vehicles, drivers and storage space for the global cycling festival next September and serve as a hub for material logistics.

With just about three months to go until the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, logistical matters are increasingly coming to the fore for the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024. On the one hand, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will bring special facilities and equipment to Zurich for the organisation of the competitions. On the other hand, LOC Zurich 2024 will also have large quantities of materials produced, which will have to be stored centrally and transported to the start locations of Zurich, Uster, Gossau and Winterthur shortly before the UCI Road World Championships, which start on 21 September.

In the right place at the right time

To ensure the complex logistical planning and coordination, LOC Zurich 2024 can count on the expertise and experience of Planzer. As Official Supplier Logistics, the third-generation family-run company will ensure the storage and timely delivery of the materials. Planzer will provide various delivery vehicles, including drivers, to handle the complex preparation and set-up work for the UCI Worlds. These include the familiar beige parcel delivery vehicles with the curved red Planzer logo as well as large lorries. Planzer supports the goals of the Zurich 2024 sustainability charter and will also be using electric lorries. In addition, to increase the new partner’s integration into the event, a Planzer vehicle will be the traditional “broom wagon” for the road races.

Severin Baer, member of the Board of Directors and management board at Planzer, who is responsible for the ‘National Transport’ and ‘Parcel Service’ divisions, stated: “The collaboration with the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich is another milestone in our cooperation with various major events in Switzerland. We are proud to be able to contribute to the success of these unique UCI World Championships with our vans, drivers and storage space.”

Nearby hub ensures short distances

As part of the collaboration, LOC Zurich will have access to space at the Planzer site in Zurich Altstetten. This hub is ideally located close to the LOC office in Zurich, the start locations and the fan zones around the lake basin and the City Circuit.

Daniel Rupf, managing director of LOC Zurich 2024, is delighted to welcome Planzer, another traditional company from the greater Zurich area, to the Zurich 2024 family. “We would like to thank Planzer and the team led by Severin Baer for the trustful discussions and the huge commitment over the past few months. With Planzer at our side, we know we are in good hands when it comes to logistics.”


About Planzer (planzer.ch)

Planzer was founded in 1936 and has been a family-owned public limited company since 1966. Today, the logistics company employs over 6500 people, including over 370 apprentices, and has a presence at 72 locations in Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and Hong Kong. It serves business and private customers with various services and comprehensive solutions. The family-run company places particular emphasis on sustainability. For example, over 60% of consignments are transported by environmentally friendly rail.

An illustrious name joins the ever-growing family of Zurich 2024 partners: Italian bicycle manufacturer Pinarello becomes the Official Bike Partner of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich, Switzerland. Two Pinarello racing bikes are on display at the Zurich 2024 stand at the ongoing Cycle Week in Zurich: the Bolide F for time trials and the Dogma F for road races.

Pinarello is all about high performance. Pinarello bikes have helped some of cycling’s greatest riders to victory in one-day classics, grand tours such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, and at UCI World Championships.

A partnership for success

As Official Bike Partner of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, Pinarello is striving for success together with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024. “These UCI Road Worlds are a perfect match for our activities in Switzerland,” Fausto Pinarello, president of Pinarello and son of the company founder emphasised. “Coming September, some of the favourite riders will rely on Pinarello’s unique know-how and craftsmanship. Before that, in July 2024, we will open the first Pinarello shop on Bärengasse in Zurich, not far from the racecourse.”

Daniel Rupf, the Managing Director of the Zurich 2024 Local Organising Committee, is very proud: “Pinarello is an icon of cycling and embodies values such as excellence and quality, which we also uphold as organisers.”

Bolide F and Dogma F at the Zurich 2024 stand

Year after year, the high-tech workshops in Fontane di Villorba near Treviso produce models helping riders redefine the limits of their performance.

There are two very special Pinarello bikes at the LOC Zurich 2024 stand at the ongoing Cycle Week. The Bolide F time trial bike is truly made for the battle against the clock and is being ridden for instance by two-time time trial UCI World Champion Filippo Ganna, among others. The riding position with the forearms on the aero handlebars is aerodynamically optimised and has been perfected in the wind tunnel.

The Dogma F is just as successful for road races. Seven of the last 12 Tour de France editions were won on a Dogma. The successor model Dogma F is already being used for racing, with British INEOS Grenadiers rider Tom Pidcock winning the Amstel Gold Race on it. Some of the contenders for the coveted UCI rainbow jerseys at the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships road races will also be on the starting line on this bike.

A Pinarello as the main prize

The Italian company enjoys an enormous reputation among cyclists. Riding a Pinarello bike is a dream that riders around the world cherish. For one lucky person, this dream will come true this summer. Pinarello and Zurich 2024, together with media partner SonntagsZeitung, will be giving away a Pinarello bike in July in a raffle.

 

About Pinarello (pinarello.com)

Pinarello was founded in 1952 by Giovanni Pinarello, the father of the current President Fausto Pinarello. As a rider, Giovanni Pinarello was known for winning the Maglia Nera (the black jersey to “distinguish” the last rider in the ranking) at the Giro d’Italia. But as a frame-builder his name became synonymous with the Maglia Rosa and the Maillot Jaune, with cycling’s greatest champions, and for victory. Pinarello embodies the community of cyclists, everything they do is motivated by a deep love for the sport and for two wheeled mobility. The company is based in northern Italy.

The time has come: since midday today, cycling fans from Switzerland and abroad can buy tickets for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, via the Official Supplier Ticketmaster. The offer includes a wide range of tickets for the fan zone in the finish area on Sechseläutenplatz. Enthusiastic amateur and hobby cyclists can also register via Ticketmaster for our public races, the “Charity Ride”, the “Legends Race” and the “City Race”. Highlight: former time trial UCI World Champion and Olympic Champion Fabian Cancellara will be competing in the “Legends Race”.

Zurich 2024 will bring cycling at the highest level and unique experiences. For the first time in the history of cycling, the UCI World Championships for road and para-cycling road are combined into one event, with both para-cyclists and non-para-cyclists sharing the same routes and crossing the same finish line. This opens up an additional sporting and social dimension and makes these UCI Worlds an exceptional event.

Something for everyone: Fan Experience or VIP Hospitality

Tickets are only required for the main fan zone on Sechseläutenplatz and are sold exclusively via the Official Supplier Ticketmaster:

https://guides.ticketmaster.ch/2024-uci-road-world-championships-en/

Cycling fans are likely to find the option that suits them in one of the various categories, for example with the “Fan Experience” tickets, which can be purchased for one day or per weekend as required.

Day or combination tickets for the VIP category will also be available. Guests in the UCI VIP Lounge with a direct view of the finish line can enjoy a wide range of hot and cold dishes with specialities from the region.

The number of tickets is limited for security reasons and in view of the available infrastructure. All information, such as the opening times of the Sechseläutenplatz fan zone and the programme, can be found on the Ticketmaster website or at www.zurich2024.com.

Access to all areas and buildings is barrier-free and also designed for people with disabilities. In so-called “hosted areas”, seats can be arranged for them and their companions according to their needs using a simple modular system with seating blocks.

Action on Sechseläutenplatz every day

In addition to the finishes, fans can look forward to a varied programme, which will be presented in mid-June. The 66 para-cycling and non-para-cycling UCI World Champions will be honoured on the big stage with gold medals and rainbow jerseys. A special concert, which will also feature sign language interpreters, will kick off the event on 21 September. Further concerts, which will similarly focus on Swiss musicians, including the official ambassador “Ritschi”, singer of the Swiss band “Plüsch”, as well as broadcasts on the big screen, exciting talks and other entertainment elements will provide variety.

“Legends Race”: Against the clock – and against Fabian Cancellara

Registrations for the “Charity Ride”, the “Legends Race” and the “City Race” are now also possible exclusively via the Ticketmaster portal. Former time trial UCI World Champion and Olympic Champion Fabian Cancellara will also be taking part in the Legends Race.

An entry fee must be paid for participation. This fee will include the right to participate, a start number and, if applicable, timekeeping, memberships with partner organisations – which will be communicated in the coming days -, and results. All participants will also receive a commemorative gift.

“Our promise from the outset was that the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships and the races would come to the people,” emphasises Daniel Rupf, the managing director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024. “We are keeping this promise with our fan zone on Sechseläutenplatz, but also along the fantastic routes in and around Zurich, where admission is of course free. We are also delighted to be able to give amateur and hobby cyclists the opportunity to take part in three public races on the official UCI World Championship routes.”

Digital campaign with ambassadors accompanies the sales launch

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 is also launching the first digital campaign with its six ambassadors. The high-calibre sextet of Fabian Cancellara, Fabian Recher, Flurina Rigling, Marlen Reusser, Stefan Küng and Ritschi will draw the attention of the public and cycling fans to the global cycling festival next September on the news websites of media partner Tamedia as well as at Zurich main railway station and at Zurich Airport, Bern, Basel and Lucerne railway stations.

The Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPF) will be represented at the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. As Presenting Partner of the City Race, the public race on the final day of the Elite competitions, and with other activities, the internationally renowned institution will be part of the major cycling event in September. 

The Swiss Paraplegic Group has made a significant contribution to the ongoing development of para-sport in Switzerland. It has excellent sports and support infrastructure at its headquarters in Nottwil, which it also makes available time and again for international competitions and for training camps for various sports.

The SPF demonstrates its commitment to para-cycling with its presenting partnership of the City Race at the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. The public race will be held on Sunday, 29 September 2024, on the City Circuit, the heart of the UCI Worlds. In addition to the Charity Ride on 21 September and the Legends Race on 22 September, the City Race offers the cycling community the opportunity to ride on the closed-off official UCI World Championship routes.

As part of the agreed partnership, the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and LOC will offer a one-year membership of the Paraplegic Foundation to each participant in the City Race

For Stephan Michel, Head of Marketing and Communication at SPF, the presenting partnership helps to realise the goals of his institution: “Our vision is a world in which people with spinal cord injury lead a self-determined life with the best possible health. Sporting activity is an important element in regaining and maintaining this self-determination. With the City Race, which, like the Charity Ride and the Legends Race, is open to people with and without disabilities, we are sending out a strong signal in favour of inclusion together with the LOC Zurich 2024.”

Talks and other activities

In addition, an SPF representative will be on stage at the Sechseläutenplatz fan zone for one of the talks scheduled as part of the comprehensive event programme during the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. The LOC Zurich 2024 will unveil the detailed programme in a few weeks’ time. Joint activities are also being planned with other partners in the fan zone on Bürkliplatz.

“The Swiss Paraplegic Group enjoys a worldwide reputation for its treatment, care, support and rehabilitation of people with spinal paralysis. The LOC Zurich 2024 is delighted to welcome the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, the umbrella organisation of the group, as the presenting partner of the City Race”, says Daniel Rupf, managing director of the organising committee.

Zurich 2024 is making sporting history. With the first full inclusion and integration of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships into the UCI Road World Championships for non-para athletes, para-sport as a whole will receive a huge boost. The novelty is that the para-cyclists are fully integrated into the UCI World Championships programme in terms of time and location. Where it makes sporting sense, they will also be competing on the same racecourses as the non-para athletes. All riders will cross the same finish line at Sechseläutenplatz.

 

Swiss Paraplegic Foundation

The Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPF) in Nottwil LU is one of the largest solidarity organisations in the country. It forms the umbrella organisation of the Swiss Paraplegic Group, which comprises a globally unique service network for the holistic rehabilitation of paraplegics. The linking of seamless services from the accident site to medical care, rehabilitation and lifelong support and counselling is unique. 1.9 million people form the financial basis for the activities of this solidarity organisation with their membership of the SPF Patrons’ Association. Around 2000 employees work hard every day to fulfil its demanding tasks. The SPF was founded in 1975 by the current Honorary President Dr Guido A. Zäch. More information at www.paraplegie.ch.

The “Sporthilfe” (Swiss Sports Aid Foundation) will be the Main Charity Partner of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, thereby reaffirming its renowned support for young cycling talents on their way to the top. Sporthilfe will also be a partner of the Charity Ride, which will take place on the opening day of the UCI Worlds on 21 September.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 is proud to announce Sporthilfe as another strong partner of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships next September. The focus of the partnership is the promotion of young talent – a goal that unites both organisations.

In addition, Sporthilfe is already supporting two of the official ambassadors for Zurich 2024: para-cyclists Flurina Rigling (multiple UCI World Champion and UCI World Cup winner) and Fabian Recher (first victory in a UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium, last weekend). Sporthilfe is also involved in the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse.

For Steve Schennach, Managing Director of Sporthilfe, the partnership is a flagship project. “The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships will see the most promising young Swiss hopefuls compete in both the non-para and para-cycling categories. Our support in cycling for many years has helped them to progress on their challenging path as top athletes. Sporthilfe is delighted to be part of this fantastic event as a main charity partner.”

Multifaceted partnership

As part of the partnership, Sporthilfe will be associated with the announcement of the Swiss U19 national team as additional World Championship ambassadors. The members of the team are expected to be selected by Swiss Cycling, the National Federation of cycling in Switzerland, at the beginning of September.

Sporthilfe is also supporting the charity ride on the opening day of the 2024 UCI Worlds as a partner. It leads from Zurich to Feldmeilen and back, covering 24.9km, with the start and finish at Sechseläutenplatz. A maximum of 600 participants will be able to participate. The ride is open to riders with and without disabilities; the ability level is not relevant. From 15 May 2024, registrations can be made exclusively via the portal of www.Ticketmaster.ch, the official ticket provider. CHF 50 of the entry fee proceeds per registration will go to Sporthilfe.

Sporthilfe is also planning a stand in one of the fan zones at the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. Among others, bidons of the top riders – a coveted souvenir for all cycling fans – will be available in return for a donation.

“Sporthilfe supports Swiss athletes on their way to the top. It’s great that our event will make the promising Swiss U19 national team and young para-cyclists visible on this path at our UCI Worlds in September,” emphasised Ina Bauspiess, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship at LOC Zurich 2024.

 

About the Sporthilfe (Swiss Sports Aid Foundation, www.sporthilfe.ch)

Sporthilfe has been supporting Swiss athletes on their way to the top for over 50 years. Sporthilfe helps talented young athletes and their families to cope with the financial challenge, particularly at a young age and in fringe sports where media coverage, major sponsors and high prize money are lacking. Sporthilfe supports more than 1,000 Swiss sports hopefuls in over 80 sports with more than 10 million Swiss Francs a year. The funds flow directly in the form of individual sponsorship contributions, sponsorships and awards.

The Swiss Sports Aid Foundation is a non-subsidised, non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Ittigen near Bern. Together with Swiss Olympic and the Federal Office of Sport, it is one of the most important institutions in Swiss sport. The foundation generates its funding through support contributions, donations, events and partnerships with Loterie Romande and Swisslos, the Swiss Sports Promotion Foundation as well as companies and foundations.

Will there be a public race in Zurich where I can ride on the official racecourse of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships? The Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 is asked this question every day. Now we are revealing the answer: three special treats await enthusiastic amateur and hobby cyclists at the 2024 UCI Worlds. With the “Charity Ride”, the “Legends Race” and the “City Race”, the LOC is hosting three events on the official routes – a unique opportunity to measure up with the cycling greats. Registration for the races will be possible from 15 May 2024, when the official ticket provider Ticketmaster launches ticket sales for the global cycling event in September.

Zurich 2024 will cater not only to the world’s best cyclists, but also allow the general public – and especially its cycling community – to feel and experience a real racing atmosphere first-hand. The “Charity Ride”, the “Legends Race” individual time trial and the mass start “City Race” will provide participants with impressive experiences and memories from the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. All events are open to riders with and without disabilities; the ability level is not relevant. The respective race routes will be completely closed for the three events and secured with marshals. Detailed information on the individual events and the exact start times can be found at https://zurich2024.com/en/public-races/.

Charity Ride: for a good cause – Saturday, 21 September 2024

As the name suggests, the “Charity Ride” – on the opening day of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships – is not a race, but a ride.  It leads from Zurich to Feldmeilen and back, covering 24.9km, with the start and finish at Sechseläutenplatz. A maximum of 600 participants will be able to participate.

Legends Race: the individual dual – Sunday, 22 September 2024

A maximum of 270 participants will have the chance to race against the clock on the official UCI World Championships course from Gossau ZH to Zurich. The riders will start at intervals of 20 seconds, then tackle the 29.9km course as they become one with themselves and their bike until the finish. This will be a truly immersive UCI World Championships experience, as the Women’s tandem and cycle para-cycling athletes as well as the Women Elite will be riding the same course on the same day in their bid for the prestigious rainbow jersey.

City Race: in the really huge peloton – Sunday, 29 September 2024

The 26,8km City Circuit is the centrepiece of the road races and, depending on the category, will be ridden up to seven times by the world’s best non-para and para-cyclists at the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. In the City Race, a maximum of 900 riders will climb the slope up to Fluntern church, head up to Witikon, then turn via Binz and Sennhof towards Küsnacht, where the steep descent leads down to the lake and the long final section to Sechseläutenplatz. After this endeavour, all participants know what awaits the Men Elite cyclists later that day for the finale of their road race.

 

Registration

From 15 May 2024, registrations can be made exclusively via the portal of www.Ticketmaster.ch, the official ticket provider. An entry fee must be paid for participation. The services include the right to participate, a start number and, if applicable, timekeeping, memberships with partner organisations, which will be communicated in the coming days, and the creation of a ranking list. All participants will also receive a commemorative gift.

Zurich has it all – a beautiful old town, inviting promenades and lakeside squares, even a view of the Alps and picturesque surroundings. What has been missing so far? Exciting, well-described cycle routes for different target groups. This is now changing with the launch of the ZURICH RIDES – an initiative of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, which will leave a legacy as a global cycling event.    

The ZURICH RIDES developed by the Local Organising Committee Zurich 2024 together with Zurich Tourism leave a particularly valuable legacy. The routes connect the greater Zurich region and invite you to take one-day or multi-day rides all year round. Numerous routes on themes such as city, family, racing bike, gravel, mountain bike or para-cycling appeal to a wide range of users. Ambitious solo cyclists, families with children, leisure cyclists or para-athletes will find the ideal route – stony, gentle, hilly or steep, for every taste and every fitness level. The routes are presented with GPX data, descriptions, photos and videos as well as various tips on places of interest or catering. All information is available to the public and tourists free of charge via the two websites www.zurichrides.ch and https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/cycling and on the komoot outdoor app.

Inspiration for two-wheel experiences

ZURICH RIDES make it easier to plan your next cycling adventure in and around Zurich. Suitable routes are easy to find: Select the desired type, such as Gravel or City, and then decide on a route that suits your abilities. The suggested routes are divided into three levels of difficulty based on length and metres in altitude. For the mountain bike routes that will be released in summer, the technical requirements are added as an additional selection criterion.

ZURICH RIDES ROAD – and/or something else
Thanks to the UCI Road World Championships, Zurich is once again becoming a stronghold for racing bikes. ZURICH RIDES recommends road bike routes for different levels on the historic routes of the Züri Metzgete, the racecourses of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich or routes suggested by local cycling clubs.

Fans of single trails on mountain bikes will find their Eldorado in the MTB area. There are also suitable routes for families. And those who want to explore the city of Zurich by PubliBike will also find what they are looking for at ZURICH RIDES.

Barrier-free routes for para-cyclists

Special attention was also paid to the interests and needs of para-cyclists. The organisers asked local handbikers about their favourite routes. Thanks to these tips and information, it was possible to define a selection of accessible routes with a gentle route profile and minimal traffic, but without steep ramps or very narrow bends. These would be insurmountable obstacles that would spoil the fun of the ride. In addition, the routes were chosen so that suitable infrastructure for wheelchair users is also available at the start and end points wherever possible – in keeping with the spirit of Zurich 2024: Together We Ride!

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Zurich 2024 is putting cycling centre stage and initiating numerous accompanying measures that will leave a legacy beyond the UCI Road Worlds. The accompanying measures will strengthen existing strategies of the Canton and City of Zurich as well as Swiss Cycling in the areas of transport, mobility, the environment, sports promotion, tourism and destination marketing.

 

About Zurich Tourism (https://www.zuerich.com/en)

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The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich, which will take place from 21 to 29 September, will have a major impact on traffic. The Canton and City of Zurich, together with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024, the Zurich Transport Network (ZVV) and Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) are providing comprehensive information on traffic organisation. All journeys in and around the city of Zurich will require more time during the major event.

The organisation of the global cycling event will result in numerous adjustments to traffic routing and traffic restrictions in the city and region of Zurich. Different traffic regulations will apply depending on the race day and programme. With regard to road closures, the principle of “as much as necessary, as little as possible” has been applied; this is also to ensure the safety of the participating athletes, the accompanying teams and spectators along the routes. Access to health facilities remains guaranteed. Emergencies have priority at all times.

Websites and GIS browser of the canton as central platforms

All relevant information can be found on the websites of Zurich 2024, the Canton and the City of Zurich (see page 2 for a list of links). The traffic organisation is presented quickly, simply and clearly on the Canton of Zurich’s GIS browser.

The municipalities affected by the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships will play an important role. In close cooperation with the canton and the LOC, they will create an information programme tailored to the needs of their respective populations.

Travelling by train or bike

All road users should allow more time than usual for travelling in and around Zurich. It is strongly recommended that people refrain from travelling by car during the event.

The best way to get to the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships area is by train or bicycle. The Swiss Federal Railways train service will run according to the usual timetable, as will the Forchbahn railway. Cyclists, on the other hand, can easily reach the fan zones in the city centre and can, for example, park their bikes in secure bike parking areas.

Special timetable for tram and bus

Tram and bus services will be restricted in various neighbourhoods in the City of Zurich and in the Canton of Zurich. There will be a special timetable for the 2024 UCI Road World Championships, which will be published in due course. The best connections will be available in real time via the ZVV online timetable or the ZVV app.

Further communication waves planned

The range of information will be continuously expanded over the coming months. The canton, city and LOC will launch further waves of communication before and after the summer holidays. Communication on transport will be further intensified before and during the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in September.

 

Useful links:

Zurich 2024:                                   https://www.zurich2024.com/en/traffic/

City of Zurich:                                https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/rad-wm#verkehr

Canton of Zurich:                           https://zh.ch/rad-wm2024

GIS-Browser Canton Zurich:   https://maps.zh.ch/?topic=KapoRadWMZH

Public transport (ZVV):              www.zvv.ch/rad-wm

 

ITSCHNACH” Forchautostrasse A52 traffic management measures:

During the road races from 25 to 29 September 2024, the eastern urban area of the city of Zurich will only be accessible to motorised private transport via the A52 Forchautostrasse. An access permit is required for simplified access. Please read the instructions on the website carefully before completing the application form.

 

Further information: info@zurich2024.com