UCI World Road Championships set to head to North West Spain in 2014

Ponferrada bid recommended to UCI management committee

by Simon_MacMichael   April 4, 2011  

Ponferrada s Templar Castle jgaray Wikimedia Commons .jpg

World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has revealed that the 2014 UCI Road World Championships will almost certainly to be held in Ponferrada, Spain, located in the province of Leon in the northwest of the country.

Ponferrada regularly hosts stage starts and finishes of the Vuelta a Espana, with Stage 13 of this year’s race due to end there on 2 September.

The town, which is on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and is home to a 12th Century Templar castle, is completely surrounded by mountains, which opens up some intriguing route possibilities for the race.

In a statement, the UCI said: “The file received from the city of Ponferrada, in Spain, has been judged the best with a view to awarding the organisation of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships.

“The decision taken at this stage of the evaluation procedure comes after a rigorous assessment by the relevant UCI services of all the elements – particularly sporting and economic – of the different candidatures.

“As a result, the UCI has decided to propose only the candidature of Ponferrada to its Management Committee, at its meeting in Copenhagen (Denmark) in September, for the awarding of the 2014 edition of the World Championships.”

The UCI added that Ponferrada was also being considered to host the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

This year, the UCI World Road Championships are being held in Denmark after last year’s event in Geelong and Melbourne, Australia. That was the first time they had been held outside Europe since Hamilton, Canada, hosted the races in 2003.

Next year, the event will be held in Limburg in The Netherlands, followed by the Italian city of Florence in 2013, with Ponferrada an unsuccessful candidate to host that year’s championships.

The UCI has said that only applications from potential host cities outside Europe will be accepted, and it has confirmed that so far the Sultanate of Oman and the city of Richmond, Virginia have put themselves forward.
 

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The UCI has said that only applications from potential host cities outside Europe will be accepted

How about making that outside mainland Europe and considering a world championship in Britain for 2015? It has been 30 years since Goodwood, and the number of top-level riders, of both sexes, from or based in these islands is much higher now than it was in the early 80s. And I don't think Scotland or Wales have ever hosted a world championships. The British Cycling federation, if nothing else, has held a tough line against dopers, in contrast with, say, Spain. But I guess hosting the 2012 Olympics has ruled out Britain for a lot of other sporting opportunities, even in sports such as cycling where the Olympics are not the ultimate prize.

posted by handlebarcam [531 posts]
4th April 2011 - 12:19

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