The European Cycling Union (UEC) has announced it will host the first ever UEC Gravel Championships in Belgium in 2023.

Taking place 1 October in the Flemish town of Oud-Heverlee, which will also host the Belgian Gravel Nationals, the continental championship will award UEC titles and champion’s jerseys to male and female riders in elite and amateur age categories.

Just like the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) jumped into the gravel game in 2022 by hosting a UCI Gravel World Championship in Italy, the UEC is eager get into gravel racing and plans to host a championship annually through at least 2026.

“The UEC has always been very attentive and open to new forms, and this is why we wanted this speciality to have its own European Championships, and for this grand premiere, there could be no better place than Oud-Heverlee…,” Enrico Della Casa, president of the UEC, said in a press release.

Program and course details for the UEC Gravel Championships are expected to be released in the next few months.

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