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)

Zurich Tourism is responsible for destination marketing and thus for the tourist brand profiling of the city and region of Zurich as a diverse tourist destination. 65 employees are committed to ensuring that Zurich is perceived as a sustainable and liveable premium destination with holiday quality.

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

The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships coming September in Zurich will be supported by ETH Zurich as an Institutional Partner in the field of science. As part of the cooperation, ETH Zurich will have an exhibition stand at the Velo Expo on Bürkliplatz to show how cycling improves quality of life and how technology can support people with disabilities in sport and everyday life. What is more, the scientists will provide the TV partners with exciting background information on the geology along the race routes.

 

It is impossible to imagine cycling without science. It plays a key role in various areas, for example through its research into biomechanics and physiology. Findings help, for example, to understand muscular processes and thus improve health and performance on the bike in a more targeted manner. The development of bicycles that are adapted to physical requirements is also being driven forward. Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) in combination with research into physical performance have opened up a new perspective for cycling.

ETH Zurich is one of the best universities in the world. “The Local Organising Committee Zurich 2024 (LOC) is very proud to have the renowned university at its side as an Institutional Partner of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships,” emphasised Managing Director Daniel Rupf. “Like our global cycling event, it makes a significant contribution to the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities.”

Hands-on science at the Velo Expo

ETH Zurich will bring the public closer to research from the fields of biomechanics, physiology and nutrition as well as various other scientific areas at its exhibition stand.  For example, visitors can try out textile sensors and instrumented leg warmers, learn more about pressure distribution when sitting, test themselves with muscle-stimulating devices, and discover how ETH students support para-cyclists with their developments. In addition to the various groups from the Department of Health Sciences, ETH’s CYBATHLON will also be present on several days. The CYBATHLON is an international competition that focuses on the research and further development of assistance systems suitable for everyday use for people with disabilities. The competition will next take place from 25 to 27 October 2024 in Kloten, Zurich.

For Dr Tobias Walser, Coordinator of the ETH Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST), the 2024 UCI Worlds next September offer a strong platform: “Our partnership with Zurich 2024 enables us to demonstrate and allow a broad public to experience the direct benefits of our research activities and scientific practice – there are more connections between science and cycling than one would generally think. There are countless examples of this: for example, our student Luca Hasler has developed a new handlebar specially tailored to the needs of Swiss para-cyclist and reigning UCI World Champion Flurina Rigling. Hopefully it will also bring the Zurich 2024 ambassador another rainbow jersey next September.”

Exciting data on racecourses for TV coverage

ETH Zurich will also contribute useful information and exciting data in completely different areas, for example on earth and environmental science topics in connection with the race routes. For example, the landscape around Gossau ZH, where numerous time trials start, is characterised by so-called “drumlins”. The elongated hills were formed during the Ice Age under an actively moving glacier, as ETH scientists have shown.

 

About ETH Zurich (https://ethz.ch/en.html) and the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (https://hest.ethz.ch/en)

Freedom and personal responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and cosmopolitanism: Switzerland’s values are the foundation of ETH Zurich. The roots of our university of technology and natural sciences go back to 1855, when the founders of modern Switzerland created this centre of innovation and knowledge. 567 professors educate around 25,000 students – including 4,500 doctoral students – from over 120 countries. At ETH Zurich, students find an environment that encourages independent thinking, while researchers find a climate that inspires top performance. In the heart of Europe and with a worldwide network, ETH Zurich develops solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

The Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST) at ETH Zurich researches and develops new technologies with the aim of better understanding the human body and maintaining and improving people’s health and quality of life from a young age to old age. With three degree programmes and over forty professorships in the fields of exercise science and sport, food science and nutrition, medical technology, neuroscience and clinical translation, D-HEST brings together a unique concentration of expertise under one roof.

Suva is supporting the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, as an Official Supplier. The country’s largest accident insurance company is the ideal partner, as one of the institution’s key goals is the reintegration of injured persons, many of whom benefit from sporting activities such as para-cycling.

Suva and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 have agreed a comprehensive collaboration for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, which already includes support for the accompanying measure “Zäme ufs Velo” (Together We Ride) that will be launched in May 2024. In the run-up to the UCI Worlds, this roadshow will visit Zurich, Regensdorf, Uster, Kloten and Hittnau. The aim of these events is for adults, young people and children to discover the enjoyment of cycling, while learning about the importance of safety. This includes, for example, skill and safety courses or trying out e-bikes in a safe environment.

Sport as an important support for reintegration

Successful reintegration after an accident is a key concern for Suva as Switzerland’s largest accident insurer. This makes Suva the ideal partner for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships: some of the participants are going through or have been through this integration process following an accident. In addition to support from the employer and insurance benefits, sport can also make a major contribution to reintegration.

People at the centre

Ina Bauspiess, Head of Marketing & Sponsoring at LOC Zurich 2024, lauded the collaboration with Suva: “People are always at the centre of Suva’s services. And that’s also the case with our global event in September. This partnership is based on this shared value and the desire to draw attention to the unique achievements of injured athletes. We are very grateful to Suva for their support.”

 

About Suva (www.suva.ch)

Suva, which has been operating since 1918, employs around 4,500 people at its headquarters in Lucerne, at its 18 agency locations throughout Switzerland and at its two rehabilitation clinics in Bellikon and Sion. As an independent company under public law, it insures around 130,000 companies with over two million employees against the consequences of accidents and occupational illnesses. Unemployed persons are automatically insured with Suva. It also manages military insurance and accident insurance for people undergoing invalidity measures on behalf of the federal government. Suva’s services include prevention, insurance and rehabilitation. It is self-supporting, operates without public funding and passes on profits to insured persons in the form of lower premiums. The social partners – employers and employees – and the federal government are represented on the Suva Council.

Zurich 2024 welcomes another ambassador for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland: Representing music and society, Ritschi joins the high-calibre quintet of previously announced cycling and para-cycling ambassadors: Fabian Cancellara, Fabian Recher, Flurina Rigling, Marlen Reusser and Stefan Küng. The singer, who enthrals the public with his numerous hits, is a big cycling fan in his private life and has dedicated a song to the bike. Moreover, Ritschi will also perform live on stage with a concert on Sechseläutenplatz as part of the various events accompanying the UCI Worlds.

 

Top performances are not only required in sport, but also in music. One of the top artists in Switzerland is, without doubt, Ritschi, who has been an integral part of the national music scene for over 20 years. LOC Zurich 2024 is proud to present the singer, lyricist and musician as the sixth ambassador for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, which will take place in Zurich and the surrounding area next September.

“Velo” – a power song in difficult times

The virtuoso stage artist Ritschi is also a keen cyclist. In 2020, he dedicated the song “Velo” (bicycle), which was written during the coronavirus pandemic, to the bike. During that time, he discovered mountain biking as a sporting balance and spent a lot of time on the saddle. The singer is also regularly out and about on his bike with his two children.

“I am very happy and proud to be representing the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich as an ambassador together with international stars Marlen Reusser, Stefan Küng, Flurina Rigling and Fabian Recher as well as former UCI World Champion and Olympic Champion Fabian Cancellara,” Ritschi stated. “Cycling has become an important part of my life. That’s why I’m particularly pleased to be able to combine my art with this great sport.”

Ambassador and live on stage at Sechseläutenplatz

In addition to his role as ambassador, Ritschi will also be performing live on stage at Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich. The supporting programme for the nine-day global cycling event from 21 to 29 September 2024 will be announced in a few weeks and will include Ritschi as well as various additional top acts and other show and entertainment elements.

The medal ceremonies will of course also be highlights of the supporting programme. As part of the historic sporting premiere, where the UCI Road World Championships and UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships are combined into one event dedicated solely to road, 66 winners will be able to don the coveted rainbow jersey.

About Ritschi (https://www.ritschi.ch/)

Ritschi first became known as the singer in the band Plüsch and is now a solo musician. The artist is one of the all-time greats of Swiss dialect pop. Music is his passion, his vocation, his profession. He delights his fans with hits such as “Höcher und verrückter”, ” Velo”, “Rote Fade” and many others. Ritschi, who captivates with his emotionally charged, grandiose performance and incomparable voice, has sold more than 340,000 albums and played over 300 concerts.

Secure and free bike parking and exclusive bike helmets for the volunteers: ABUS Switzerland will be providing these services as an Official Supplier at the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, to ensure safety on and around the bike. The company, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will also be showcasing its extensive expertise with an Expo Mobile at the Velo Expo in the Bürkliplatz fan zone.

Thanks to its diverse product range, ABUS is one of the world’s leading companies in the areas of home security, mobile security and property security. Cycling helmets and secure bike parking are also key elements of the cooperation with ABUS Switzerland as part of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships next September.

Exclusive gift for the volunteers

As “Official Helmet Supplier”, ABUS, together with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024, will thank the event’s volunteers for their valuable work. As an exclusive gift, the approximately 1,500 volunteers will receive a black bike helmet with a World Championships design. And not just any helmet: the basis is the “Stormchaser” model, which is also worn by the reigning UCI Road World Champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands). This special World Championships version will not be available anywhere else and is intended exclusively for the volunteers as a souvenir and thank you for their commitment to the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Secured bike parks “powered by ABUS”

ABUS will also support one of the declared sustainability goals of the event, i.e. to make travelling to the event as car-free as possible. At three locations in the central fan zones Münsterhof, Limmatquai and General-Guisan-Quai, the company will offer visitors free and supervised bike parking “powered by ABUS”.

“ABUS is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024 – it’s fantastic that in our centenary year the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships are taking place in Zurich and that we will be able to contribute our ideas to the event planning in such a personalised way in advance,” said Christian Maag, Managing Director of ABUS Switzerland. “We are very much looking forward to this cooperation, which underlines our great commitment to cycling.”

For Ina Bauspiess, Head of Marketing & Sponsorship at LOC Zurich 2024, the cooperation with ABUS is a prime example of modern partnerships that have long since gone far beyond traditional sponsorship. “Tailor-made implementations characterise our plans with ABUS for the next six months – the three bike parks at the event and the unique volunteer gift are the best proof of this. We would like to thank ABUS for their great trust.”

Appearance at the Velo-Expo

ABUS will be present with a truck at the Bürkliplatz fan zone, the Velo-Expo, during the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, where it will showcase its extensive expertise. With high-quality U-locks, chain locks and folding locks as well as armoured cable locks, spiral cable locks and cable locks, ABUS covers the full range of bicycle security products. In the production of bicycle helmets, experience from professional sport is incorporated into the development, such as that of Fabian Cancellara, ambassador for ABUS and Zurich 2024. As part of a promotion at its stand in the fan zone, ABUS will also be offering a different and attractive World Championships helmet for all visitors to purchase.

 

About ABUS (https://mobil.abus.com/)

ABUS is security technology made in Germany. Founded in 1924, the family business is now run by the fourth and fifth generation. 100 years ago, August Bremicker and his sons achieved the feat of bringing a pioneering padlock onto the market with the “Iron Rock”. Today, ABUS is a globally active company whose products for home security, mobile security and property security are recognised worldwide for their quality. ABUS employs around 4,000 people at five locations in Germany and around 25 branches in Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia.