The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Mapei are delighted to announce that Mapei will be one of the Main Partners of the 2022 UCI Cycling World Championships.
The inaugural edition of the event, which will be held every four years, is set to take place in Wollongong, Australia from 18 to 23 September 2022. More than 1,000 of the top international cyclists from 70+ nations will compete for a gold medal and the coveted rainbow jersey. It is one of the top five sporting events in the world and is watched by more than 300 million viewers around the globe.
It will be an event unlike anything Wollongong has ever experienced.
It’s an Olympic-scale sports and community celebration that will bring people together, champion the benefits of life with a bicycle, and showcase the qualities that make Wollongong, Australia, a wonderful place to live and visit.
Mapei's long-standing partnership with the UCI began in 2008 at the UCI Road World Championships in Varese (Italy) and will continue until 2024. The 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Australia) will mark the 14th anniversary of this collaboration. In this regard, Mapei, as Main Partner, benefits from significant visibility, particularly along the routes and in cities, on support vehicles and on digital platforms.
Mapei’s close relationship with cycling began with Rodolfo Squinzi, founder of the Italian group and former elite cyclist. It continued with his son Giorgio Squinzi, who died in 2019, and today with the latter's children, Marco and Veronica Squinzi. During the 90s, the company sponsored one of the first division UCI teams, which would go on to win more than 650 professional races, including four UCI Road World Championships.
The 2022 UCI Cycling World Championships will stand out for their contribution to sustainability, the involvement of the public in the event, the development of active mobility, innovation, as well as health and well-being.
UCI president David Lappartient said the course was designed to engage the Illawarra community as well as test the riders.
"The UCI delegation that visited Wollongong in February is very excited about the tough, technical and ambitious courses designed by the organising Committee in partnership with the UCI. The courses have been designed to create special experiences for our spectators, with lots of activity focused around the Wollongong city centre, where the riders will pass by multiple times. Fans will be able to witness the critical moments unfold against the backdrop of a quintessential Australian beach and the beautiful escarpment."
Mapei CEO Veronica Squinzi said: “As we continue our long and successful partnership with the UCI, we wanted to confirm our support for this historic edition of the UCI Cycling World Championships, which for the first time will celebrate every aspect of cycling. This wonderful sport continues to epitomise values such as commitment, determination, perseverance and teamwork that also lie at the very foundations of our company”.
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