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Could the World Championships be held in Africa by 2023?

Joe Robinson
17 Nov 2017

Success of Tour of Rwanda could see World Championships head to Africa within five years

Africa could be in line for its first ever World Championships within five years, with Rwanda bidding to host the 2023 events. Reports from cycling statistics website Procyclingstats suggest that Rwanda is working towards a bid to host the World Championships in either 2023, 2024 or 2025.

After the growing success of the country's major stage race, the Tour of Rwanda, mounting calls have been made for the UCI to take the competition to Africa.

Reports suggest that Rwanda will be working on a proposal to bring the Worlds to its capital, Kigali, in what would be a historic event.

The continent is yet to host a major cycling race, with the WorldTour failing to have reached its shores despite vast expansion in the past few years.

However, with the UCI having taken the Worlds to pastures new in recent years - most notably Qatar in 2016 - many believe now is the time to capitalise on the sport's success by granting Rwanda one of cycling's biggest one-day races.

Plus, if the Tour of Rwanda is anything to go by, a World Championships there wouldn't be lacking in support as was the case in Qatar.

Cycling has become a growing success in Africa thanks in large part to African WorldTour side Dimension Data and Kenyan-born Chris Froome (Team Sky).

This success has helped races such as the Tour of Rwanda grow, reaching an audience outside of its own country.

The Tour of Rwanda has quickly been noted for its vast crowds and cobbled climbs, with many drawing resemblances to the Belgian Spring Classics.

If the Worlds were to visit Rwanda, it is expected that the peloton would be taken to the climb known as the 'Mur de Kigali'.

A short but steep cobbled climbs, recent editions of the race have been remembered for photos capturing large crowds, sometimes over 10 deep on the ascent.