Over the summer, Denmark has positioned itself as a strong cycling event nation and destination. Along with the Grand Depart Tour de France and the start of the women’s Tour of Scandinavia the Danish riders have picked up the narrative of a nation of ‘bikings’.
The forests around Haderslev dressed up in the many colors of the rainbow today, as the Municipality of Haderslev together with the Danish Cycling Federation, DCU, Sport Event Denmark, and the Triangle Region staged the UCI 2022 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships.
The Danish goal was to showcase the championships as both spectacular world championships and a cycling festival for the mass participants. Today’s event fully displayed the potential of the combination. For the first time ever, elite and recreational participants rode the course of the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships. The Danish strategy is to create more than just a race. However, this definitely does not mean compromises on the quality of the championships. The championships are the core of the event. Maintaining focus on the quality of the championship race is critical to the success.
The riders encountered a course with great variation that was challenging both technically and physically. The lap format offered both spectators and viewers alike an incredible experience. The recreational participants got an epic experience too.
The 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships was organized for the international cycling union, UCI, by the local Mountain Bike club in collaboration with DCU, Haderslev Municipality, the Triangle Region, and Sport Event Denmark.
Photo Credit: Ard Jongsma (Triangle Region)
UCI, Paul Beales, Mountain Bike Co-ordinator:
“The Marathon World Championships in Haderslev, Denmark has been a huge success, where we saw a large crowd come to watch Sam Gaze and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot crowned the new World Champions. It is clear that cycling is in a very good place in Denmark, and we would like to thank Sport Event Denmark, The Danish National Cycling Federation and the beautiful town of Haderslev for welcoming us and for putting on a great show.”
Denmark's Cycling Federation, Henrik Jess Jensen, president
“The 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship is over. And what an event. The many volunteers, the working groups behind, citizens, fans, and Haderslev Municipality as organisers, have created the framework for well-executed world championships. The participating teams, staff and riders from a total of 34 nations created the content. The rainbow stripes have now been passed on and a very warm congratulation to Pauline Ferrand Prevot from France and Samuel Gaze from New Zealand with the titles that now can be worn with pride.”
“I am delighted that Denmark once again has presented cycling at its best. I hope that everyone has had a good experience in and around Haderslev. Denmark and Danish cycling are very visible on the world map and the World Championships prove that. From The Danish Cycling Federation, we look forward to many times in the future to welcome large international cycling races, which is why I also need to say a big thank you to our partners, who make these races and events possible.”
“On behalf of The Danish Cycling Federation, I would like to thank all the many who made these World Championships possible.”
Sport Event Denmark, Lars Lundov, director
"What a summer of Danish sporting events! With the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, we crown a summer in which cycling, particularly, has put Denmark on the map. Both the start of the Tour de France, and the start of the women's Tour of Scandinavia showed Denmark from the road and the cycling from the side of the road. Today's worlds have taken us into the forests and on the paths around Haderslev.”
Haderslev Municipality, Mads Skau, mayor
"It has been fantastic to be part of The 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships. Watching the riders cross the finish line at Gravene was a tremendous experience, and we have heard from the riders that it was a nice but tough route. Organising world championships is a big task. I want to thank the UCI, and the local MTB club, and the many volunteers for the excellent cooperation, which we in Haderslev Municipality appreciate."
"2022 has been a big cycling year in Haderslev. It has been a year with sprints, mountain stages, trails, and dotted jerseys. Still, I am happy that we are somewhat on target with the many events and that we have positioned us as a cycling municipality."
Triangle Region Denmark, Thomas Kastrup, Sport Event Manager
"The 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships is a strong example of what local cooperation, will, and commitment can achieve. It is a milestone for the Triangle Region’s event cooperation that the rainbow stripes are distributed here in our area for the first time. A well-staged event in Haderslev moves us up in a new league as an event destination. It improves our chances of attracting future hosts."
- Pauline FERRAND PREVOT , FRANCE
- Annie LAST, GREAT BRITAIN
- Jolanda NEFF, SWITZERLAND
- Samuel GAZE, NEW ZEALAND
- Andreas SEEWALD, GERMANY
- Simon ANDREASSEN, DENMARK
Link to results list: https://www.sportstiming.dk/event/10014/results
Facts on the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
Elite men: 142 participants from 33 nations
Elite Women: 50 participants from 21 nations
806 recreational participants registered for the Haderslev MTB Challenge