Downtown Fayetteville to host opening ceremony for world championships

American cyclocross rider Clara Honsinger competes during the 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup race on Oct. 13 at Centennial Park in Fayetteville. Riders from 25 countries will compete on the same course to crown a world champion in several categories this weekend.

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FAYETTEVILLE — The city will host an opening ceremony for the UCI Cyclocross World Championships at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Town Center plaza on the south side of the downtown square.

The event is free and open to the public.

As part of the ceremony, students from Fayetteville Public Schools will present a parade of nations to represent the 25 home countries of an expected start list of 300 race participants.

The races will take place at Centennial Park in south Fayetteville on a purpose-built course designed specifically for cyclocross racing. It’s the same course that was used in October for a UCI World Cup event. It will be just the second time the United States has ever hosted the world championships.

UCI is short for the Union Cycliste Internationale, the worldwide governing body for cycling that was founded in 1900 in Paris, France.

The pro women will compete for the world championship title on Saturday and the pro men will race on Sunday. There are also categories for Juniors (under age 18), and riders in the Under 23 division (ages 18-23) for both women an men.

The event will also include a new team relay race that will be tested for the first time on Friday.

Ticket information

General admission tickets are $30 per day or $50 for a three-day pass.

General admission includes complimentary shuttle services and/or bike valet. Once at the venue, general admission ticket holders will enjoy course access with plenty of viewing opportunities, access to the event expo, and the opportunity to purchase food and beverage as part of their race experience. Ages 11 and under are free and can receive tickets onsite.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

VIP tickets are also available, and include general admission access, plus entry to the start/finish line spectator area. VIP ticket holders can also access a covered, reserved viewing area with gourmet catering, beer and other beverages, TVs with live race coverage and more.

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2022 Cyclocross World Championships Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 27 (Downtown Fayetteville)

5:30 p.m. – Opening ceremony

Friday, Jan. 28 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
12:30 p.m. – Team Relay

Saturday, Jan. 29 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
11 a.m. – UCI Women Junior s
1 p.m. – UCI Men Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Women Elite

Sunday, Jan. 30 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
11 a.m. – UCI Men Juniors
1 p.m. – UCI Women Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Men Elite