Wollongong’s new status as a Bike City isn’t just about the best – it’s also for the rest. In the early hours of Friday morning the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) awarded coveted Bike City recognition to Wollongong. While the city will host the UCI Road World Cycling Championships next year, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Bike City honour wasn’t solely for the best cyclists. Read more: The sweet secret behind a Wollongong cycling family “It’s not just about the elite, the specialists in that space,” Cr Bradbery said. “It’s about recognising cycling as a lifestyle opportunity and facilitating it not only for leisure but for active transport and that’s what we want to head towards.” The honour came Wollongong’s way in part because in 2022 it will host the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, an event Cr Bradbery said would be a boost for the city.