The world’s best cyclists are set to head to Wollongong following today’s announcement that the seaside city has won the bid for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.8 October 2018
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres today confirmed the NSW government has secured the state its’ third international event as part of the “10 World Cups in 10 Years” strategy.
“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,” Mr 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 Championships 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.”
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said: “Illawarra residents have a ‘once in a life-time opportunity’ to witness the world’s best cyclists, not to mention the fact our stunning region and its natural attractions will be broadcast into the homes of millions of people.”
“Wollongong has played host to major events including the annual ‘MS Sydney to the Gong’ ride and the recent Wigan v Hull Super League match, so we can’t wait to show the world what this region can deliver.”
Cycling Australia Chief Executive, Steve Drake said: “Hosting the 2022 Road Worlds in Australia is a coup for the country and our sport. We are confident the event will attract interest across the country and inspire the next generation of Australian cyclists to ride their bikes for both sport and recreation.”
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