The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces that it has awarded the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships in 2024, 2025 and 2026 to MyWhoosh.
MyWhoosh, which is based in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), will be the exclusive platform and organiser of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships from 2024 to 2026, which will include qualifying rounds and a final to be held on site in Abu Dhabi.
The UCI would like to thank Zwift, hosts of the first three editions of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships – held in 2020, 2022 and 2023 – for their expertise that has helped establish this event and its popularity among both the cycling and esports communities.
More specific information about the 2024 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships – including dates, qualification system and details on the format – will be communicated in the coming months.
UCI President David Lappartient said: “We are delighted to welcome MyWhoosh as the new platform and organiser of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships for the next three years, and we are convinced that they will continue to develop this exciting and popular event.
“Today’s announcement further confirms Abu Dhabi’s commitment to our sport after it hosted a magnificent edition of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in 2022. The city will again welcome this event in 2024, as well as the UCI Road World Championships and the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2028 and the UCI Track World Championships in 2029. The next three editions of the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships add to Abu Dhabi’s reputation as host of top-class cycling events.”
Akhtar Saeed Hashmi, CEO/Managing Director of MyWhoosh said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Union Cycliste Internationale for the next three years. MyWhoosh and UCI will be working closely to organize the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships with firm race control mechanisms. We are committed to transforming Abu Dhabi into a truly world-class cycling hub, and look forward to providing athletes, fans, and enthusiasts with an immersive experience that combines the excitement of esports with the spirit of cycling. This collaboration signifies a transformative era for MyWhoosh and the realm of cycling esports, bringing all the benefits and excitement of competitive cycling into home across the world. We are also excited to welcome the cycling community to Abu Dhabi for the UCI Road World Championships in 2028 and UCI Track World Championships in 2029.”
About the UCI
Founded on April 14, 1900, in Paris, France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms and for all people: as a competitive sport, a healthy recreational activity, a means of transport, and also just for fun. The UCI manages and promotes the ten cycling disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials, indoor cycling, cycling esports and gravel. Five of these are featured on the Olympic Games programme (road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle), two in the Paralympic Games (road and track), and four in the Youth Olympic Games (road, mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle). For more information: www.uci.org.
Born in 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, MyWhoosh is a free-to-use virtual cycling app. Designed by professionals and available to all riders, MyWhoosh aims to push riders to their limits through immersive, personalised and challenging indoor cycling experiences. Used by pros and beginners alike, MyWhoosh offers visually stunning virtual worlds, over 730 tailored workout plans and weekly competitive races. For more information: www.mywhoosh.com.