The Organising Committee for next year’s UCI Road World Championships, Wollongong 2022, has thanked the Australian Government for its investment in the event and cycling participation.

At the launch of the courses for Wollongong 2022 on Friday, Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck announced a $5 million commitment to support the delivery of the World Championships and increase participation through AusCycling.

The funding will help boost the event’s international profile, support sustainability measures and increase accessibility and inclusivity for spectators and volunteers.

Wollongong 2022 Chair Dean Dalla Valle said the commitment would provide a significant boost to the event.

“We thank the Australian Government for its support and reinforcement of the substantial opportunity we have to create a spectacular event next September and a lasting legacy for the nation, the sport and the local community,” Mr Dalla Valle said.

“This investment shows the Australian Government’s recognition of the widespread benefits Wollongong 2022 will generate through visitation, global visibility and proving our credentials to host world-class events.”

Wollongong 2022 CEO Stu Taggart thanked Minister Colbeck and the Australian Government for the partnership.

“We are excited about the opportunities Wollongong 2022 can forge for the city and the community, and this commitment from the Australian Government is a demonstration of that,” Mr Taggart said.

“Wollongong 2022 is proud to work alongside partners who support our vision to make the 2022 UCI Road World Championships the best iteration of the event ever.”

The commitment will also support the expansion and delivery of AusCycling’s participation program, Ride Nation.

“This funding ensures we can set a new standard for international events of this kind, and that we can create a sustainable legacy of programs, infrastructure, training and activities to bring the joys and benefits of riding to many more Australians,” AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said.

On Friday Stan Sport and the Nine Network also announced it will broadcast the 2022 UCI Road World Championships, with every minute of every race to be shown ad-free and on demand on Stan Sport.

Live Coverage of the Men and Women Elite Road Races and live crosses to the Men and Women Elite Time Trial will also be broadcast on the Nine Network.

Nine Network CEO Mike Sneesby, Stan acting CEO Martin Kugeler and WIN Corporation CEO Andrew Lancaster attended the announcement of the courses in Wollongong.

“To have every minute of the action streamed live from Wollongong will turbocharge the reach of this ground-breaking event and put the city front and centre among cycling enthusiasts and sport-lovers nationwide,” Wollongong 2022 CEO Stu Taggart said.