UCI confirms U23 women's category for 2022 Road World Championships, with standalone races from 2025

2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders - Women Elite Road Race - Antwerp - Leuven 268,3 km - 26/09/2021 - Scenery - Start - photo Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021
The start of the elite women's road race at the 2021 Worlds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The UCI has officially confirmed the introduction of an Under-23 women's category at the Road World Championships, starting at Wollongong 2022 in Australia later this year. However, the wait for standalone races for U23 women will have to wait until the 2025 Worlds in Rwanda.

Plans for an U23 women category, to reach equality with the men's schedule, were first revealed when Cyclingnews asked UCI president David Lappartient about the matter at last year's Worlds in Belgium. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.