Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), announced today, that Bergen, Norway, Innsbruck, Austria and Yorkshire, England will host the 2017, 2018 and 2019 World Road Championships.
The announcement was made at the end of the first day of the UCI Management Committee meeting, which took place in Doha, Qatar, during the 2016 UCI Road World Championships. It is the first time that these Championships are organized in the Middle East, and only the second time that they are held within the Asian Confederation.
In addition, the UCI also revealed a number of other host locations for future World Championships.
Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada was awarded the 2019 Mountain Bike (and Masters Mountain Bike) World Championships and Heusden-Zolder in Belgium and Houston in the USA will stage the 2019 and 2020 UCI BMX World Championships respectively. The 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Berlin, Germany.
The UCI also announced that the Junior Track Cycling World Championships will be held at the UCI World Cycling Centre velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland every two years.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal the names of so many new hosts from such a wide range of countries around the world and we look forward to working closely with the successful cities and regions in the coming months and years as we build towards each of these UCI World Championships.
“We were especially impressed by the strength of interest in hosting our flagship events, as demonstrated by the sheer number and caliber of the bids we received. The UCI is committed to expanding the reach of cycling worldwide and ensuring the sport continues to grow in both established and emerging markets.”
For Yorkshire, this marks the first time the World championships were held in the UK since 1982.
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