With the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) David Lappartient in attendance, the Zurich 2024 Local Organising Committee presented the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships to cycling’s National Federations in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the first-ever presentation of the altitude profiles of the routes on which the world’s best road cyclists and para-cyclists will compete from 21 to 29 September 2024.
The end of one UCI World Championships always heralds the following year’s event. Shortly before the conclusion of the UCI Cycling World Championships that took place in Glasgow and across Scotland, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Zurich 2024 gave an overview of the state of preparations for next year’s UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. This preview was made at the traditional “N+1” event, at which the organisers of the following year present themselves.
Routes for complete riders
The altitude profiles of the different race routes (see download information on page 2) attracted the biggest attention. Switzerland’s top two Men Elite riders Stefan Küng and Stefan Bissegger, who travelled to Glasgow for the presentation after the individual time trial in Stirling, gave their first assessments. “With the two climbs in the road race circuit, there will be movement in the races. They will be open and exciting,” Küng said. Bissegger echoed his view and added: “The races will definitely be difficult.” Both regard the home UCI World Championships as an absolute career highlight.
The main circuit will also be completed by para-cyclists of different sport classes. For Tobias Fankhauser, Senior Manager Para-cycling of the LOC and himself a Paralympic medallist, the integration of para-cycling into the UCI Road World Championships is a huge step. “With Zurich 2024, we will put para-cycling right in the middle of the world’s public eye.”
UCI President David Lappartient is also looking forward to the next UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships. “Zurich and the surrounding hills have a long history in cycling and will be the scene of great races,” Lappartient stated in his welcome address.
Observer tour gives LOC important insights
Under the leadership of Daniel Rupf and his deputy Olivier Senn, the LOC Zurich 2024 followed the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow both in front of and behind the scenes. “In the discussions with the UCI and with the Scottish organisers, we received a lot of valuable advice, which we are taking on board in our planning,” Rupf noted. “Now it’s our turn. With the One Year To Go event on 21 September, the countdown to the UCI World Championships year begins for us.”
Accommodation can be booked now
The LOC also presented the starting locations of Zurich and Zurich-Oerlikon as well as Gossau, Uster and Winterthur. Also in the foreground were the arrangements for the accommodation of the expected several thousand riders and accompanying staff as well as the visitors from outside. The reservation platform launched in cooperation with the Official Supplier Kuoni Tumlare at https://zurich2024.com/en/accommodation/ already gives delegations, media and fans the opportunity to book hotel accommodation.
The altitude profiles of the courses of the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships Zurich 2024 are available at the following link: