The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich will create new cycling initiatives

Zurich Cycling Routes, Cycling Discovery Days and a national Cycling Forum: with these and other accompanying measures, the Zurich 2024 Local Organising Committee will implement a wide range of cycling activities beyond the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich leaving them as a legacy for the public. 

 

With their bid for the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, the City and Canton of Zurich committed to the introduction of various accompanying measures. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has taken on the task of developing these measures, the first of which will be implemented in Spring 2023. Others will follow over the year and a half leading up to the UCI World Championships in September 2024 and continue thereafter.

 

A boost for both competitive and recreational cycling

The supporting initiatives include projects to promote the sport of cycling, the use of bicycles in general and to showcase the region (for details see the fact sheet on accompanying measures). These measures will motivate, inspire, inform and initiate discussions related to cycling. With the national Cycling Forum, for example, an important congress is to be launched that combines national cycling topics from mobility to leisure. The newly designed Zurich Cycling Routes and the Zurich Cycling Challenge will motivate recreational cyclists to get on their bikes. A Roadshow will organise cycling festivals at various locations to get the public in the mood for the UCI World Championships. With the Cycling and Para-cycling Discovery Days, the LOC and its three governing entities, Swiss Cycling and the City and Canton of Zurich, are launching an important project to promote young talent, which will have an impact locally as well as regionally and nationally. The realisation of the “Trail Centre Zurich” as a pilot project should inspire other municipalities to follow suit.

 

Consolidation and reinforcement of existing strategies

The accompanying measures will combine and consolidate the existing strategies of the three governing entities in the areas of transport, mobility, environment, sports promotion, tourism and local promotion.

In order to reach these goals, the Zurich City Council has approved a contribution of 1,500,000 CHF. The Canton has also earmarked additional funding for activities and projects from various available sources including funds set aside for public benefit, bicycle traffic and sports. At the national level, the Federal government will provide 1,500,000 CHF to support the sports promotion projects of Swiss Cycling.

 

LOC Core Team almost complete

The measures were developed by Erwin Flury and Nathalie Schneitter, who joined the LOC Zurich 2024 in the summer of 2022 as Co-Project Leaders for Accompanying Measures and Sustainability. In the second half of 2022 the LOC, under the leadership of Daniel Rupf (General Project Manager) and Olivier Senn (Deputy General Project Manager and Head of Sports) was further strengthened with the recruitment of additional specialists from the cycling scene and other areas, including Gabriela Buchs and Adrien Merkt as Co-Project Leaders for Supporting Events. Tobias Fankhauser, the top handcyclist who retired a year ago, is Senior Manager responsible for para-cycling. The LOC project team is completed by Andreas Herren, Head of Communication, as well as staff from the Canton and City of Zurich, who coordinate the operational collaboration with the public sector.

 

About the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich

The 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich will be held in the Canton and City of Zurich from 21st -29th September 2024. The best 1300 riders, including para-cyclists, from more than 75 countries will take part in this major nine-day sporting event with global appeal. The UCI Road World Championships take place annually and are viewed by a worldwide audience of more than 300 million.

 

Attachment: Fact Sheet Accompanying Measures

 

Further Information:

LOC 2024 UCI Road and Para-Cycling Road World Championships Zurich

Andreas Herren, Head of Communication / Email: andreas.herren@zurich2024.com / Mob.: +41 79 799 00 46

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