The official location of the 2024 Gravel World Championship has been revealed to be the Flanders region of Belgium. Starting in Halle and finishing in Leuven, the best gravel riders in the world will be battling it out for the rainbow jersey.
After Gianni Vermeersch and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot took home men's and women's victories from the inaugural Gravel World Championships held in Veneto, Italy at the start of October, the 2023 edition will be back on Italian soil before 2024 in the Flanders region of Belgium.
Ben Weyts the Flemish Minister of Sport was delighted to announce the news, "After the 100th World Cycling Championships that took place in Flanders in 2021, we are now also bringing the World Cup gravel to Flanders,” he said. “With our Brabantse Wouden as a beautiful green backdrop, we can once again show Flanders as a cycling nation with great organizational talent.”
Although the actual course is yet to be announced, reigning men's champion and proud Belgian Gianni Vermeersch spoke of his excitement at the chance to win once again, this time in front of a home crowd. "I know the region from a number of cyclocross races in the past," Vermeersch said. "Here you can map out a very nice course with quite a few altimeters. Bacon to my mouth, I'm already looking forward to it and I won't be the only one."