UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: new venue in Dornbirn
“Make friends with the world’s best” (“Die Weltspitze zu Gast bei Freunden”) is the motto of the seventh UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships to be held in Austria.
This year those “world’s best” hail from 20 countries and three continents. At the end of this month, they will descend on Dornbirn, the largest city in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, to not only make friends, but also to try to lay claim to the UCI World Champion’s rainbow jersey.
Vienna played host to the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in 1962, 1973 and 1983 and Bregenz once in 1990 before organisers first identified Dornbirn as an ideal venue in 2002.
Although the town near Bregenz is now preparing for its third UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships after hosting a second edition in 2008, this year still marks a first for Dornbirn. After twice taking place in the exhibition centre’s ice rink, the event moves to the Messequartier complex for the 2017 edition, from 24 to 26 November.
Five halls in this new complex are reserved for artistic cyclists and cycle-ball riders, and with the training and competition halls immediately adjacent, conditions are ideal for the athletes.
“The new halls allow us to handle the entire event in one fully connected venue,” the UCI World Championships hosts explain on the event website.
The competitors will not be the only ones to appreciate the new venue. Nine thousand spectators are also expected to attend the three days of competition at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships.
Every seat in the main arena provides its occupant with an unobstructed view of the competition floor, which has been successfully tried and tested on several previous occasions. Ample parking spaces are available on the exhibition grounds, while caravan pitches are available for campers. In addition, some 400 volunteers will be on hand to help visitors enjoy the UCI World Championships.
Together with established cycle-ball nations such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Hungary and Japan, teams from Armenia and Liechtenstein will be making their competition debut in Group B of the programme.
Dornbirn’s programme manager Hubert Schneider said: “We will integrate both these new nations seamlessly into the programme. However, this means there will be several more cycle-ball matches. We are also expecting more participants in the (artistic cycling) 4 Open event where there will be a Final.
The first medals will be decided in the team artistic cycling event on Friday evening. The 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships open with the first Group B cycle-ball matches on Friday morning, followed by the preliminary rounds of the artistic cycling 4 Open. The first round of the artistic cycling Single Women event gets underway on Friday afternoon before the opening celebration in the evening. This will be followed by the Final 4 in the 4 Open event, and the first Group A cycle-ball matches.
The Single Women medals will be decided on Saturday afternoon while the Pairs Open champions will be crowned later that evening. On the final Sunday, the last few UCI World Championships rainbow jerseys will be claimed in the Pairs Women, Single Men and Cycle-ball events.
The countries taking part in the 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships are Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macau/China, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.