Copenhagen joins the UCI Cycling World Tour
A new bike race will take over the streets of Copenhagen, as the world’s best cyclists will compete and race through a challenging circuit in the capital in 2025, 2026 and 2027. The UCI has granted the Danish Cycling Federation a World Tour license for an initial three years.
With 546 km of bicycle paths, bike bridges, cycle superhighways and other innovative solutions, Copenhagen is ranked as the world’s most bicycle-friendly capital. In 2022, the city hosted the first stage of Tour de France, which resulted in big crowds cheering on the professional cyclists racing through the city.
Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen is thrilled that Copenhagen once again will host a cycling race embraced by a vibrant festive celebration of cycling:
"It's a big day for me as Lord Mayor and as a cycling fan. In a great city of cycling like Copenhagen, the world's best riders should not just be someone we watch on screen and from the sofa. We should see them from the front row in our streets. It's simply historic that together with our partners we are getting our very own UCI World Tour cycling race, which will bring the absolute cycling elite to Denmark."
The UCI World Tour cycling race includes both a race for women and for men, and the world's best cyclists will compete in two professional races, starting in Roskilde and taking on the roads of Zealand with tricky Danish crosswinds, beautiful coastal stretches, and historical sights.
The races conclude with a spectacular finale through the streets of Copenhagen.
Locals, tourists, businesses, and community life are invited to join in creating a huge cycling festival, which will feature public races on the route of cycling activities and side events celebrating Denmark as the world's best cycling country.
"Around the race, we will create a public festival and a recreational cycling race where everyone is invited, and a cycling summit setting new ambitious goals for everyday cycling." - Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
A political summit will set ambitious goals for everyday cycling in the future.
The World Tour is a joint project between the Danish Cycling Federation, the Danish Government, The City of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark and the City of Roskilde.
Facts about bicycle-friendly Copenhagen
- Copenhagen's Municipality has in total 546 km of bicycle paths (source: Copenhagen Municipality's report Cykelregnskab 2022)
- Since 2015, Copenhagen has been ranked the world's most bicycle-friendly capital several times, the latest in 2022.
- Copenhagen hosted the Tour de France Grand Départ on 1 July 2022.
- The Copenhagen Tour De France Route is a 13 km long flat route where travellers can experience culture and gastronomy at their own pace.
- In 2022, Copenhagen invested 10 million Euros in cycling infrastructure in order to maintain and improve its position as the most bicycle-friendly city in the world.
- Cycling accounts for 37% of all trips to work and study in Copenhagen.
- Copenhageners own more than 745.000 bicycles, which is five times more than cars.
- 1.45 million km were cycled per weekday in 2021 in the city.
- The average daily distance for a Copenhagen cyclist is 9,3 km.
- Almost all major roads in Copenhagen have curb-separated bicycle tracks on both sides of the street.
- Dronning Louise's Bridge is one of the most heavily trafficked cycling stretches in Denmark with more than 40,000 cyclists daily.
- 1 in 4 Copenhagen families with two kids own a cargo bike.
- 70% of the Danes own a bicycle.
- Approximately half of all school children in Copenhagen cycle to school.
- 9 out of 10 Copenhageners bike in their spare time.
- Cycling reduces the risk of premature death with 28%.
- Cycling benefits society with 6,3 million € daily and 2,3 billion € on an annual basis.
- Socio-economic benefits per 1 km is 7.11 DKK by bicycle and 4.08 DKK by e-bike (Copenhagen Municipality).
Information for the press about Copenhagen as a bicycle-friendly capital.