Norway’s Second largest city and “capital” of the West Coast shows itself from its most beautiful side. (Photo: Kathrine Liisberg Aune).
The World Heritage City of Bergen is going to host the world’s third largest sporting event. Yesterday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) brought the news from the ongoing Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. Bergen and Colombia were the two remaining alternatives.
This is fantastic! We will arrange the best event we have ever had, says Leader of the City Government, Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen, to NRK immediately after the news was released.
– For Bergen, Hordaland County and Norway this means a lot. Just imagine that this is the world’s third largest sporting event, says Mayor Trude Drevland.
Rain and More Rain
Approximately 330 million TV viewers will follow the event that will be a great marketing opportunity for Bergen and Western Norway – unless it is rain and fog. Bergen is surrounded by the Seven Mountains and the city in Norway with most rain. 2250 millimeters is annually pouring down over the Bergeners. Two meters and twenty-five centimeters!
The 2017 Road Cycling World Championships will in addition to Bergen visit Askøy, Fjell and Øygarden, the neighboring municipalities on the islands west of Bergen.
The finish will be on cobblestones in front of the picturesque old wooden Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The organizers are not worried that the streets are not very bike friendly.
– We have had the finish there before. They (Editor’s note: UCI) have been here and have seen the great qualities we have and that we can create a fantastic World Championships with lots of enthusiasm and punch. Ask the Bergeners to be participants in a celebration and a big sporting event – and magical things will happen, says Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen.
Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Sources: NRK, Storm.no
Categories: Sports & Health