THE world’s best male and female cyclists will converge on the South Coast for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships, thanks to the efforts of the NSW Government.
Cycling NSW congratulates the groups for working together to ensure Wollongong was chosen to host the event.
This cycling championship attracts a massive global TV audience.
It will showcase the beautiful Wollongong and Illawarra region to the world like no event before.
“The commitment of the NSW Government and the City of Wollongong to staging the 2022 UCI World Road Champs is to be applauded,” Cycling NSW president Peter Beaumont said.
“It is a great reward for the vision and hard work of all those within NSW Government and Cycling NSW who have strived to lift the profile of cycling and cycling sport in our State to new heights.”
The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport agreed
“The eyes of the world will be on Wollongong for eight days in 2022, with an international viewing audience of 200 million people, more than 300,000 spectators and 500 media outlets staying in the region,” Ayres said.
“More than one thousand competitors from more than 50 countries will compete and the event is expected to deliver $94 million to the NSW visitor economy.”
The Championship will see junior, under-23 and elite male and female athletes compete across the road race, individual and team time trial events, creating a world class event for spectators.
NSW Government has recently made important investments in community cycling infrastructure, particularly in the regional centres of Bathurst, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
The 2022 Worlds will no doubt stimulate further opportunities for investment in community cycling and cycling sport facilities and cycling education programs.
“This announcement will have an enormous positive impact for the sport of cycling in NSW and Australia,” Cycling NSW CEO and Olympian Graham Seers said.
“The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gave the world an opportunity to see what NSW can deliver.
“The legacy from those Games still remains, not only the Dunc Gray Velodrome, but also the boom in cycling and cycling sport participation following the Games.
“Many current NSW Champion cyclists were inspired by the 2000 Games, and the 2022 event will surely rekindle the same fires.”