The UCI has confirmed that the Spanish city of Ponferrada will be the only candidate to organize the 2014 world road cycling championships.
That means that the moderately-sized city in northwest Spain will play host to the worlds, though it will not become “official” until final confirmation during the worlds in Denmark this fall.
With the decision, the sites of the next four worlds are already known: Copenhagen (2011); Valkenburg (2012); Florence (2013) and Ponferrada (2014). The candidates for the 2015 worlds — which are set to be held outside Europe — include Oman and Richmond, Virginia. Quebec recently withdrew its bid to host the 2015 worlds.
With a population of about 70,000, Ponferrada is known for its mild weather and tangy bierzo wine. The city’s main sites are the 12th century templar castle and the Roman gold mine at Las Médulas.
Official UCI communiqué:
With the expiry of the deadline for the presentation of candidatures,the International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that the file received from the city of Ponferrada, in Spain, has been judged the best with a view to awarding the organization 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 is also considering the candidature of Ponferrada for the organisation of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
As for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, the Sultanate of Oman and the city of Richmond, Virginia (United States), have already presented their candidatures. It should be recalled that the UCI Management Committee announced that only candidatures from outside Europe would be accepted for the 2015 edition of the Road World Championships in order to acknowledge the increasing interest of non-European countries in hosting this prestigious event.