Rwanda has been chosen to host the 2025 UCI Road World Cycling Championships as it becomes the first African country to organize the world’s biggest cycling event since 1921 when it began.

The President of the country’s local cycling governing body (Ferwacy), Abdallah Murenzi, confirmed the development to the Press with an official announcement to be made by the world cycling union (UCI) in Louvain, Belgium.

“It is official, Kigali will host the UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2025,” he said.

Presently, Belgium is serving as host to the 2021 edition of the road world championships; and, Rwanda, which submitted its application to host World Championships 2025 in 2019, emerges victorious after outbidding Morocco in the process.

According to Murenzi, he knew Rwanda was in pole position to win the bid after he signed a contract of agreement with UCI. The UCI Road World Championship attracts about 5,000 cyclists and over 20,000 delegates. The event is followed by more than 200 million people worldwide via over 50 international media agencies that gather for coverage from the host nation.