100 years of Road World Championships
100 Years of UCI Road World Championships
It all started with the first UCI Road World Championships in the year 1921. The Danish capital Copenhagen set the stage for that very first battle for the World title, which was only for amateurs at the time. In the years that followed, the greatest Champions donned the rainbow jersey and now the time has come to crown winners in a genuine jubilee edition.
After all, the UCI and cycling will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their Road World Championships in 2021 and the battle for the white jersey with rainbow bands across the chest will be fought on hallowed cycling ground: Flanders, where champions are born.
In the previous 100 years, Belgium has hosted the Road World Championships 9 times, 6 of those were in Flanders, and has lauded 26 World Champions. From 18 to 26 September 2021, the cycling mad region of Flanders will once again become the epicentre of racing, and the peloton is coming home for the 2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders, Belgium.
Ready for Flanders 2021?
Will you be there too? To get you in the mood, the UCI has produced 100 Years of Passion, a Youtube documentary on 100 years of road world champions! Check out the episodes below.
Episode 1: A century of UCI Road World Championships - part 1
A century of UCI Road World Championships, that's 100 years of champions on the road, even more world champions and countless stories. In this episode of the series, you go back to where it all began.
Episode 2: A century of UCI Road World Championships - part 2
In the second part of this episode we look into the history of the rainbow jersey and the first edition of this huge event.
Episode 3: History of the Rainbow Jersey
The third episode, "The history of the rainbow stripes jersey" reveals the origins of cycling's most prestigious prize.
Episode 4: The evolution of the bikes
The fourth episode, "The evolution of the bikes" looks at the technological evolutions of bicycles over the past 100 years of UCI Road World Championships.