All you need to know about the 2017 UCI Road World Championships
After two editions held outside Europe - in Richmond (United States) in 2015 and in Doha (Qatar) last year - the UCI Road World Championships are back on the Old Continent this year. From 17 to 25 September, 12 titles of UCI World Champion - seven for time trials and five for road races - will be awarded in Bergen, Norway. The best riders on the planet will chase the legendary Rainbow Jersey against a spectacular backdrop of Nordic fjords, cobbled streets and the summit of Mount Fløyen. Bergen 2017 goes down in history as the most northerly UCI World Championships the discipline has ever known.
The 31 kilometres of the Men Elite Time Trial will draw to a close on the slopes of Mount Fløyen: a 3.4km climb on an average gradient of 9%, with an arrival at an altitude of 316m. Riders wishing to use a traditional road race bike for the final kilometres of this unique time trial will have the opportunity to change from their time trial bike at the foot of Mount Fløyen. With its final stretch that suits the climbers, and with Bergen, the islands, and the North Sea as a backdrop, the final time trial of this week of competition is guaranteed to take its place in UCI World Championships history.
Thanks to its partner and official broadcaster TV2, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has put in place unprecedented arrangements to showcase an unforgettable event to over 230 million viewers in more than 130 countries: 20 cameras, 4 motorbike-mounted cameras, 1 helicopter supported by a plane, and 3 on-board cameras, all operated by a team of more than 75 professionals who will work on the production of the international broadcast.
Bergen is also the first edition of the UCI Road World Championships to benefit from the partnership between the UCI, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and IMG. Thanks to this major agreement, the EBU and IMG will ensure that the races have global reach.
Election of members onto the UCI Athletes' Commission
As part of the overhaul of UCI Commissions in 2017, the Athletes' Commission elects its new members during each discipline's respective UCI World Championships. After Cyclo-cross, Track, BMX, Para-cycling and Mountain Bike, it will be the turn of Road to elect its two representatives in Bergen. According to the new electoral system established this year, gender parity has been introduced across all disciplines. This new voting system will see the UCI Athletes' Commission increase from 13 to 20 members. Members of the Commission are elected for a period of four years, with a mandate running from the 2017 UCI Congress until the Congress in 2021. The results will be announced on www.uci.ch.
Awareness campaign for a clean sport
Anti-Doping Norway (ADNO), the UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body charged by the UCI with designing and leading the fight against doping in cycling, will jointly lead an awareness campaign for a clean sport during the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. From 22 to 24 September (10am-6pm) in the Exhibition area of the event, a stall set up by ADNO will present the work of the various parties in the fight against doping. Toby Atkins, a whistle-blowing cyclist, will be at the stall to share his experiences. This rider will also speak at the UCI Junior Conference, which will be held during the Championships, and attended by all Junior riders registered for the competitions.
How can you follow the races?
Follow the 2017 UCI Road World Championships on the UCI's official YouTube channel: tv.uci.ch. (geo-blocking applies)
Start lists, results, and - for the first time ever - live timing will be available at www.uci.ch, in the Events section, and at www.tissottiming.com.
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