Rwandan Cycling Federation (FERWACY) president Aimable Bayingana has said he is targeting bringing the Road World Championships to Africa for the first time.
Bayingana made the announcement while detailing broader plans for development of the sport in the East African country. Rwanda currently ranks second among African cycling nations, while Joseph Areruya is the top ranked individual on the continent.
From 2019, the annual Tour du Rwanda will be upgraded from a 2.2 to 2.1 category event on the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) calendar and Bayingana has bigger goals in mind.
“One of my main targets in the 2018-2021 term is to bid for the (Road) World Championships,” he told Rwandan newspaper the New Times. “We already have support from the UCI and the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) and we hope when we finally bid, we will get it and bring the cycling world to Rwanda.
“The World Championships convene over 20,000 people and at times the number can double or triple up. We are not ready to host the event this year or the next one but we will definitely soon be. We are considering to bid for the 2025 World Championships.”
Held on an annual basis, the Road World Championships were hosted by the Norwegian city of Bergen last year. The Austrian city of Innsbruck will stage this year’s event from September 22-30, while Harrogate in the English county of Yorkshire will be the main hub for the 2019 competition.