Flanders will organize the third edition of the World Championship gravel race in 2024 | cycling

Flanders will organize the third edition of the World Championship gravel race in 2024 | cycling
Flanders will organize the third edition of the World Championship gravel race in 2024 | cycling

The International Cycling Federation (UCI) is organizing its first World Championships in gravel racing this year, in the Italian region of Veneto. The 2023 World Cup will also take place in Italy. In 2024 it will be Flanders’ turn, where the Hallerbos, the Zoniënwoud and the Meerdaalwoud will form the backdrop for the World Championship.

“Gravelen has quickly evolved from hype to a full-fledged part of the cycling offer,” says Christophe Impens of organizer Golazo. “About 1.5 years ago we approached the UCI with a proposal for an international Gravel Series, following the UCI Granfondo World Series that we have been organizing for years.”

“That 1st edition will be completed in a few weeks in the very first Gravel World Championship in Veneto, Italy. The fact that we can now bring the World Cup to Flanders and thus link top sport to our Flemish nature is a very nice opportunity.”

Flemish Minister of Sport, Ben Weyts, also reacts enthusiastically. “It was a great honor for us to organize the 100th edition of the World Cycling Championships last year,” it sounds.

“With the Gravel World Cup in 2024, we can now once again show our best side worldwide. We are not only putting Flanders in the shop window on an organizational level, but we are also putting our green assets in the spotlight during this World Cup.”

“We seize top sporting events like this one with both hands to promote cycling and cycling even more in cycling mad Flanders.”

Gravel riders must qualify for the World Championship through events across 5 different continents throughout the year.

The unique thing about the cycling discipline is that the amateur rider is at the start together with the world top from different cycling disciplines. This year, for example, Peter Sagan and Zdenek Stybar will drive the gravel World Championships.

In the coming weeks, Flanders, Flemish Brabant and Golazo will sit around the table to discuss the route and possible start and finish places.

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