The UCI Road World Championships is the annual world championship of bicycle road racing, consisting of both the road race and individual time trial. Events are competed for by national teams, with the winner of each event being able to wear the prestigious rainbow jersey in races within that category over the next year.
Events of the UCI Road World Championships include (with current 2019 champions):
- Elite Men’s road race – Mads Pedersen (Denmark)
- Elite Men’s time trial – Rohan Dennis (Australia)
- Under-23 Men’s road race – Samuele Battistella (Italy)
- Under-23 Men’s time trial – Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark)
- Junior Men’s road race – Quinn Simmons (USA)
- Junior Men’s time trial – Antonio Tiberi (Italy)
- Elite Women’s road race – Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)
- Elite Women’s time trial – Chloe Dygert Owen (USA)
- Junior Women’s road race – Megan Jastrab (USA)
- Junior Women’s time trial – Aigul Gareeva (Russia)
- Team time trial mixed relay – Netherlands
When is the UCI Road World Championships?
The UCI Road World Championship takes place every year, usually held in September after the Vuelta a España.
The 2020 UCI Road World Championship event will be held between the 20th and 27th September 2020.
Where is the UCI Road World Championships?
The UCI Road World Championships are held in a different city or region each year. The 2020 Championships are to be held in the districts of Vaud and Valais in Switzerland, with all of the races to start in the town of Aigle and finish in Martigny.
Future events of the UCI Road World Championships confirmed are:
19th-26th September 2021 – Bruges and Leuven (Belgium)
18th-25th September 2022 – Wollongong (Australia)
2023* – Glasgow (United Kingdom)
2024 – Zurich (Switzerland)
*the 2023 event will be the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships, taking place every 4 years and combining road, track, BMX and mountain biking events.
How do I get there?
Each race of the 2020 UCI Cycling World Championships begins in the town of Aigle in the south west of Switzerland, close to Lake Geneva and the border with France. From here the race will pass through the cantons (districts) of Vaud and Valais before finishing in the town of Martigny.
Air: The closest major international airport to Aigle and Martigny is Genève-Cointrin, with flights mainly to European destinations but also has some long-haul routes to North America, China and the Middle East.
From Geneva Airport it is possible to catch a train to Aigle (1 hour 20 minutes) and Martigny (1 hour 40 minutes), or to drive takes just over an hour for both.
Other international airports about 2-3 hours travel from Aigle and Martigny include Zürich-Kloten, Bâle-Mulhouse, Bern-Belp, Sion, Lyon St-Exupéry (France) and Milano-Malpensa (Italy).
Train – Both Aigle and Martigny railway stations sit on the high speed Simplon Line that connects Domodossola in Italy with Lausanne and Geneva.
Where to stay in Switzerland
With the race’s passing through the cantons of Vaud and Valais, why not stay somewhere in the region? Or if you’d prefer to stay near the start, consider Aigle or if you’d rather be near the finish try Martigny.
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in each of the regions or towns by clicking on each of the links above.
UCI Road World Championships Official Website: www.uci.org/road/events/uci-road-world-championships
Aigle-Martigny 2020 UCI Road World Championships Official Website: www.aigle-martigny2020.ch/
Bruges-Leuven 2021 UCI Road World Championships Official Website: www.flanders2021.com/
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