Union Européenne de Cyclisme
UEC 25 November 2023

FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO HEUSDEN-ZOLDER (BELGIUM)

FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO HEUSDEN-ZOLDER (BELGIUM)

The brand-new Sport Vlaanderen Heusden-Zolder - Limburg Velodrome  (https://www.sport.vlaanderen/heusden-zolder) - will be hosting a series of Track European Championships in the coming years. The Union Européenne Management Board has awarded the velodrome, which was inaugurated a few days ago, the 2025 and 2028 editions of the Elite European Championships and the 2027 edition of the Juniors and Under 23 European Championships.

The Track events complete an action-packed programme that will also involve the Belgian velodrome with the start of the Time-Trials for the 2024 Road European Championships (11-15 September) and the adjacent BMX track, which has been awarded the 2027 BMX Racing European Championships.

Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: "We have enjoyed a close working relationship with Heusden-Zolder & Circuit Zolder for many years, particularly in BMX, and the creation of the new Sport Vlaanderen Heusden-Zolder - Velodrome Limburg complex will help to strengthen our link with one of the European territories where the passion and culture of cycling are deeply rooted.

With the support and backing of Heusden-Zolder, Sport Vlaanderen, the Province of Limburg, Belgian Cycling, Cycling Vlaanderen and Circuit Zolder, we have put together a four-year programme of high-level events that will bring many benefits to the region and our sport in terms of promotion, economic spin-offs and visibility, creating and strengthening the already close relationship between sport, tourism and economic development.

I would like to thank the Flemish Government, with minister of sports Ben Weyts, the Province of Limburg, with Governor Jos Lantmeeters, the major of Heusden-Zolder, with Mario Borremans and the National Lottery, with CEO Jannie Haek for their confidence, but above all for their strong commitment to the construction of the Sport Vlaanderen Heusden-Zolder - Velodrome Limburg structure, destined to become one of the benchmarks of European cycling excellence.

I would also like to thank Belgian Cycling, which, with its President Tom van Damme, has always supported our events with care and foresight, and Circuit Zolder, which, thanks to the passion of Marc Wauters, has played a fundamental role in the construction of the velodrome and the development of this ambitious but exciting programme.

Tom van Damme, President of Belgian Cycling: “With the new track in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium finally has a state of the art-venue to host important international championships. Therefore Belgian Cycling is grateful and proud that the UEC chose the track in the province of Limburg to host these important European Championships. We are keen to welcome the best European track riders and are looking forward to see the members of the Belgian Cycling Team – both youth and elite – competing against them. This venue reinforces the ambition of Belgian Cycling to remain one of the leading federations in cycling.”

"We are very pleased that Circuit Zolder can further expand its cycling activities with several European Championships," said General Manager Harry Steegmans proudly. The brand-new velodrome provides a significant boost to the sport of cycling, and we aim to capitalize on this momentum. Hosting top events on both the track and BMX, is of great importance to us. Together with all our partners, we will work to make these competitions truly spectacular!"

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