Combined UCI World Championships
The UCI didn’t stop there. It also intends to bring the diverse cycling disciplines together for a combined World Championships, every four years from 2023.
The 17 to 19 day celebration of cycling will take place in a pre-Olympic year and will group together World Championship events for: road, mountain bike (cross-country Olympic, cross-country marathon and downhill), track, BMX racing, urban cycling (BMX freestyle park, trials and mountain bike eliminator), para-cycling road, para-cycling track, indoor cycling (artistic cycling and cycle-ball) and gran fondo.
It’s suggested that this would bring together more than 2,600 elite athletes and 6,000 amateurs. The combined event would mean that those sports which sometimes receive less attention could gather more time in the spotlight and should also create an unmissable spectacle which demands media attention.
Following almost three years of tests, it was agreed that disc brakes will be authorised in road – thus ending the four year trial – and BMX racing going forwards. The decision came with agreement from teams, riders, mechanics, fans, commissaires, and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFGSGI).
Disc brakes will be allowed in BMX racing from July 1, as is already the case for cyclocross, mountain bike, trials and mass participation events.
Furthermore, the UCI will now recognise the growing ‘snow bike’ trend’, acknowledging the events in its calendar from 2019 and allowing the UCI Snow Bike World Cup to take place from 2020.