The UCI has introduced the creation of an formally sanctioned gravel collection and world championships after the conclusion of the Administration Committee meeting By way of the UCI Road World Championships in Belgium. The selection provides a tenth self-discipline to the worldwide federation’s events.
The federation has partnered with Belgian event organiser Golazo to create a UCI Gravel World Series of mass-participation races Which might Carry out qualifying events for The mannequin new UCI Gravel World Championships.
Golazo furtherly organises the Gran Fondo World Series and World Championships as An factor of the UCI Biking For All initiative.
The organisers of the Eroica rides in Tuscany provided to host The primary ever gravel world championships However the event is Extra probably to be held Inside the USA, the place gravel events have developed quickly In current events.
No particulars of The guidelines governing the gravel events or which events Shall be An factor of the collection have but been revealed.
There’s already an event in Nebraska that calls itself the Gravel Worlds which held 300-mile, 150-mile, 75-mile and 50km races in August. Lauren de Crescenzo and John Borstelmann gained the 150-mile titles this yr.
Gravel joins road, mountain bike, monitor, cyclo-cross, BMX, BMX freestyle, trials, indoor cycling, and e-sport on the itemizing of sanctioned self-disciplines.
The federation furtherly introduced A mannequin new rating for MTB brief monitor and a look at event for a cyclo-cross group relay On the 2022 Cyclo-cross World Championships in Arkansas.
The UCI furtherly said It is “exploring new prospects” to create a Snow Bike World Cup and World Championships for the 2022-2023 winter season, to be talked about On The subsequent Administration Committee meeting.
UCI President David Lappartient said: “Biking continues to innovate, this time in off-road with the creation of A very fascinating new rating for mountain bike cross-nation brief monitor, The recognition of gravel – An further and quickly growing self-discipline – the launch of A mannequin new group format in cyclo-cross and the exploration Of lalook at avenues for The event of snow bike.”