The Chinese city of Chengdu has been confirmed as the host of this year’s inaugural International Cycling Union (UCI) Urban Cycling World Championships, scheduled to take place between 8th and 12th November.
The new event will feature a mountain bike eliminator, trials and BMX freestyle park competitions. The world’s best cyclists in the three disciplines will compete for a rainbow jersey and the title of UCI World Champion.
The UCI believes the championships represent significant progress in urban cycling’s calendar, and will give the sport broader exposure.
“It is the UCI’s mission to invest in and develop cycling disciplines that complement our traditional disciplines and help shape the future of our sport,” said Brian Cookson, president of the UCI.
“Trials, BMX freestyle park and mountain bike eliminator are three spectacular and already popular disciplines that adapt perfectly to urban settings and provide a thrilling show for spectators. The UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will provide them with an ideal showcase to help them grow even further and reach a wider audience.”
The announcement coincides with reports that male and female BMX freestyle park competitions have been submitted by the UCI as a potential new event for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.