After the successful Road Cycling World Championships last year, Flanders is organizing another World Championship in 2024. This is the World Championship for gravel bikes. Golazo is responsible for the organization and brought the news out on Thursday.
Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGA
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The International Cycling Federation (UCI) is organizing its first World Championships in gravel racing this year, in the Italian region of Veneto. In 2024 it will be Flanders’ turn. The Brabantse Wouden play host to the World Cup. This green lung of the province of Flemish Brabant, formed by the Hallerbos, the Zoniënwoud and the Meerdaalwoud, is a candidate to be recognized as a national park from 2024.
“Gravelen has quickly evolved from ‘hype’ to a full-fledged part of the cycling offer”, said Christophe Impens of Golazo in a reaction. “With Golazo, we were quick to set up beautiful grave events in our own country. About a year and a half 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 first edition will be completed in a few weeks in the very first Gravel World Cup 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, was also enthusiastic. “It was a great honor for us to organize the 100th edition of the World Cycling Championships last year. 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 spotlight 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 five 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.