The team tasked with delivering the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong is moving into top gear, two years out from the eight-day festival of cycling.
Following the recent appointment of CEO Stu Taggart, Wollongong 2022 Ltd is ramping up the development of its operational roadmap for key activities leading up to the championships.
As Wollongong City Council unveils a dedicated countdown clock for the championships in the Crown Street Mall today, Mr Taggart says the 2022 UCI Road World Championships has the potential to establish Wollongong as a globally recognised cycling tourism and major event destination.
“It is fitting that as we unveil the countdown clock for Wollongong 2022, the world’s best cyclists are gathered in Imola, Italy to compete in this year’s UCI Road World Championships,” he said.
“With cycling firmly in the spotlight across the globe, we will continue to work closely with the UCI, NSW Government through Destination NSW and NSW Office of Sport, Wollongong City Council, Cycling Australia and the local community to plan and deliver a spectacular event in 2022.”
Chair of the Wollongong 2022 Board, Dean Dalla Valle paid tribute to the commitment of key institutional event partners as planning accelerates amid COVID-19 constraints.
“We are making solid progress in preparations, thanks to the outstanding cooperation and unwavering support of the NSW Government and Wollongong City Council,” he said.
“The UCI Road World Championships attracts the best international cyclists across eight days of competition and will deliver Wollongong and NSW to a global audience of millions.
“Our work during the next two years involves everything from event course development to managing event logistics, providing cyclists and officials with world class event services, and public education on the opportunities linked to the event. On a broader scale, we are working to increase opportunities for participants in cycling of all standards across NSW.
“It’s a mighty task but one I know we can excel at.”Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery AM described the championships as a coup for Wollongong.
“The size and scale of this event has not been experienced in this city before,” he said. “We will see some of the world’s best cyclists riding the streets of our city.”
“The unveiling of the countdown clock at the top end of the Crown Street Mall today is a nice way to build momentum and awareness in our community as we move closer to this exciting event.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the race would attract the best international riders and their passionate fans from every corner of the globe.
“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships is a landmark event for Wollongong and NSW,” he said. “It presents a major opportunity to showcase the region and attract a new generation of athletes and sports fans to this spectacular part of our state.”
The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will run from September 18-25, 2022.