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UCI announces 2025 World Championships to be hosted in Africa

Dan Alexander
27 Jul 2018

African nations have been invited to present bids to host the event

The UCI has announced that the 2025 Road World Championships will be hosted by an African nation for the first time. Africa represents the final continent to host the championships and it’s hoped the event will consolidate the growth of cycling throughout African countries.

The road world championships consists of road races and individual time trials for the elite men and women in addition to the multiple age groups resulting in a week long festival of cycling.

In a statement, the UCI confirmed its intentions to take the World Championships to uncharted territory.

'As announced during the UCI presidential campaign in 2017, and as unanimously adopted by the Management Committee in Arzon in June 2018, the UCI hopes to see Africa host its first UCI Road World Championships in 2025,' said the UCI in a  statement.

'The bid deadline is September 2019, at which point the UCI, following the approval of its Management Committee, will announce the name of the city selected at its annual Congress.

'A letter of invitation and a document designed to help prospective candidates with their bids have been sent to all 50 National Federations of the African Cycling Confederation.'

Possible host bids will likely come from South Africa, which hosted the mountain bike and Para-cycling world championships previously and has an established presence within WorldTour squads.

Rwanda has also been previously touted as a potential destination as a knock-on from the success of its own Tour of Rwanda.

Daryl Impey (Michelton-Scott), Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and Jay Robert Thomson (Dimension Data) have all been competing in the Tour de France this month.

Ethiopia’s Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo) also started the Tour but was forced to abandon having crashed on the second stage.

The deadline for bids is September 2019 and the host city will be announced shortly after.