The first edition of the UEC Super Cycling European Championships, including gran fondo races, will be held in Minsk, Belarus in August, 2021 over two weeks.
An agreement of intent was signed by President of the European Cycling Union (UEC) Rocco Cattaneo and Chairwoman of the Belarusian Cycling Federation Natalia Tsilinskaya on 17 January.
“Minsk has almost everything needed to host large-scale cycling competitions. The infrastructure is well-developed. Belarus will need to set up tracks for mountain cycling, but I am sure that the country will fulfill this task successfully,” UEC President Cattaneo noted.
The event will bring together 5000 athletes from 50 nations, with the most of those athletes participating in the Gran Fondo competition. Elite and Professional riders will compete in road, track, BMX and MTB races. It follows the same model as the UCI’s “World Super-Championship” scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in 2023.
Minsk is no stranger to hosting major sporting events, including the 2013 Track Cycling World Championships, 2014 Hockey World Championship, 2019 European Figure Skating Championship and the 2019 European Games.
This year’s UEC European Gran Fondo Championship is in Verona, Italy on June 7.