Rwanda set to host 2025 Road World Championships, first in Africa

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Cyclists take part in the 90th Road World Championships, September 2017, Bergen, Norway. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cyclists take part in the 90th Road World Championships, September 2017, Bergen, Norway. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has awarded Rwanda hosting rights for the 2025 Road World Championships, making it the first African country to host the competition since its inception.

The announcement was made on Sept 24, with the cycling body hailing it as a “decisive step in the organization of this historic event.”

“I welcome the attribution of the 2025 UCI Road World Championships to Kigali, in Rwanda. Staging our biggest annual event in Africa was one of our dreams. Today, this is nearer to becoming a reality,” said UCI President David Lappartient.

Rwanda’s bid was rivalled by Morocco, which also sough to become the first African country to host the event.

Lappartient acknowledged Morocco’s bid and encouraged the North African country to submit new bids for future events.

All other continents have already hosted the road World Championships.

The latest edition was held in Flanders, Belgium, last week. The next editions are scheduled to take place in 2022 in Australia (Wollongong), Scotland in 2023 and Switzerland in 2024.

Rwanda has a strong cycling talent and fanbase. It hosts one of the largest and most prestigious road events in Africa – the Tour of Rwanda.

The country offers a tough terrain for the competition, where cyclists are offered an opportunity to test their mettle.

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