— Published 11 September 2023

Montréal 2026 unveils its route

The big manoeuvres began in Montreal for the organisers of the road world championships in 2026. They took advantage of the presence of teams from the international peloton, who had come to Canada for the Grands Prix cyclistes de Québec and Montréal, two UCI WorldTour events, to symbolically kick off the global event. To mark the occasion, the organising committee unveiled one of the courses for the 2026 World Championships, which will serve both as the final circuit for the elite road races and as the entire route for the road races in the juniors and under-23 categories. All finishes will be judged on Avenue du Parc. The courses have been designed and laid out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976. The World Road Championships have only been held ten times outside Europe since their first edition in 1921. The first foray outside the Old Continent took place in Montreal in 1974, on the Mont-Royal circuit. The men’s race was won by Belgian Eddy Merckx. In 2026, the World Road Championships will be held from 20 to 27 September, just one week after the Grands Prix in Quebec and Montreal.