The Canadian city of Montreal has been confirmed to host UCI 2026 Road World Championships, while the 2027 interdisciplinary worlds were awarded to the department of Haute-Savoie in France. This was announced in Wollongong on Thursday after the UCI Congress.
Montreal Worlds will be organized by Events GPCQM, who managed Quebec GB and the GP de Montréal WorldTour since 2010. These races will be a clear building block for the 2026 world, which will take place in late September.
Montreal previously hosted the World Championships in 1974, when Eddie Merckx and Genevieve Gambillon claimed rainbow jerseys at the Mount Royal circuit.
1974 marked the first time the world took place outside of Europe. The event returned to Canada in 2003, when Igor Astarloa and Susan Ljungskog won the elite road races in Hamilton.
Meanwhile, the assignment of the 2027 multidisciplinary worlds to Haute-Savoie bridges a 27-year gap for France, which last hosted a world championship road race in Plouay in 2000.
Haute-Savoie 2027 will be the second edition of the UCI World Multidisciplinary Cycling Championship, with title races taking place in road, track, mountain bike, biking, gravel and BMX. Interdisciplinary worlds are held every four years in the year before the Olympic Games, starting with Next summer edition in Glasgow.
While Glasgow 2023 sees the two worlds take place in a novel in early August, the UCI has confirmed that the Worlds of 2027 will take place from September 11-26. 2027 Worlds to Haute-Savoie will also see the creation of a covered track in the section, with the location yet to be announced.
The UCI has confirmed that there will be world titles in 19 disciplines on display at Haute-Savoie, with gravel, enduro, pump track, mini track, sport cycling and polo bikes added to the schedule. Next year’s Glasgow World Championships will see rainbow jerseys compete in 13 disciplines.
The track for the 2027 Worlds road race has yet to be revealed, but it seems likely to reverse the difficult course of the 1980 worlds at Salanche, where Bernard Hinault was victorious. Indeed, when Haute-Savoie officially announced its candidacy last February, the press conference was held on the Côte de Domance where Hinault scored his indelible victory.
“It is time for a world championship where Grand Tour professionals and climbers will have a chance to become world champions,” said UCI President David Lappartint. the team.
Thursday’s announcements mean the venues for the next five-year World Road Championship are now confirmed. Glasgow will stage the event in 2023, followed by Zurich in 2024, Kigali in 2025, Montreal in 2026 and Haute-Savoie in 2027.
The International Cycling Union also announced the locations of some of the upcoming world championships in other disciplines. San Juan, Argentina will host the 2025 Track Worlds, with the event taking place in Shanghai the following year.
Gravel Worlds will take place in Vlaams Brabant, Belgium in 2024, in Nice in 2025 and in Nanub, Australia in 2026.
Leogang in Australia will host the 2028 Mountain Bike Worlds, while Primiero San Martino Castrozza will host the MTB Worlds Marathon in 2026.
The Junior Track World Championships will be held in China in 2024, with the host city yet to be decided, and in Apeldoorn in 2025.