From 22nd to 30th September 2018 Innsbruck-Tirol will welcome the world’s best riders at the UCI Road World Championships, a leading annual road cycling event. More than 1,000 athletes will take part in individual and team time trials, as well as road races during eight exciting competition days.
The Tirol is ideal for stretches with especially difficult climbs due to its magnificent mountain roads. In accordance with the claim ‘Riding the Heart of the Alps’, the planned route for the Men’s Elite Road Race with approximately 5,000 metres of altitude difference already gives a first glimpse of how spectacular and challenging the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol will be.
Twelve races in total will be staged in the categories Women’s & Men’s Elite, Women’s & Men’s Juniors and Men’s U-23. The races will set off in one of the official start regions Ötztal (AREA 47), Hall-Wattens (Swarovski Kristallwelten), Alpbachtal Seenland (Rattenberg) and Kufstein and lead riders along different routes to finish in the heart of the region’s capital, Innsbruck.
Not only are hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to line the race routes, but also live TV coverage broadcast in 150 countries will reach an audience of 250 million people every day, making the UCI Road World Championships the greatest summer sport event ever held in Austria.
HELMI, our mascot
Look out, listen up…HELMI is here!
HELMI has been a cult TV ﬁgure in Austria for more than 35 years and has taught generations of children how to have fun and stay safe out on the road. He has not only appeared in around 1,500 episodes of his successful television show but has also for many years worked as an ambassador for the Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, an association which gathers statistics and campaigns for road safety in Austria. HELMI really is the perfect mascot for the 2018 UCI Road World Championships!