Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green has confirmed the national body is aiming to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2021 or 2022. With 2021 the 100th anniversary of the first edition of the Worlds in Copenhagen, Green has expressed a higher possibility of success in pursuing the 2022 slot.
In January, the South Australian government expressed interest in hosting the 2020 Worlds, with Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur explaining to Cyclingnews that he would back a bid. However, the 2020 date appears to be too soon on the calendar for Cycling Australia and Green.
Australia has hosted just one edition of the road worlds, despite sitting 15th overall on the elite men’s worlds medal table in 2010. Since the turn of the new millennium, Hamilton, Canada (2003), Australia in 2010, Richmond, USA (2015), and Doha, Qatar (2016) are the only-non European hosts.
With Bergen, Noway hosting the 2017 Worlds, Austria next year and Yorkhsire in 2019, a non-European Worlds could fit into the UCI’s bid to share the premier event across the globe in 2020. However, Green and Cycling Australia are looking further ahead to secure the Worlds.
“As an organisation, we have interest in hosting another world road championships,” Green told Cyclingnews. “I think 2021, 2022 was the earliest available. We expect that 2021, the 100th year of the road world championships, my inkling is that even though it is available it will stay in Europe. I think tactically we would look at what the next available year is, and 2022 becomes the first available year.”
While there was a recent change at the head of the UCI with David Lappartient disposing of Brian Cookson as president, and Australian Tracey Gaudry no longer a vice-president, Green states that “we still have a very good relationship with the president and decision-makers within the UCI.”
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