In September, the possibility of hosting the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Quebec City was first talked about, publicly that is, prior to the first ever ProTour race held in North America, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. Well, it’s now official Canada, via the Canadian Cycling Association has initiated the bid process to make it happen.
Following the Quebec ProTour race in September, UCI President Pat McQuaid said, “The interest is there, make no difference about it, I had discussions with [Quebec] Mayor Labeaume about it, he’s interested in it, he hasn’t made any decisions about it. Before it goes much further he’d have to find out what’s involved. I think yesterday, it certainly proved to the cycling world, the teams, that should a World Championship take place in Quebec City that there is a warm welcome for it, and that it could be a big success.”
The riders were also up for it. “It’s really a course for a World Championship, I think they have a good chance to do a World Championship here, it was a really good atmosphere.” Rabobank’s Robert Gesink said about the Quebec course, who then added that 6 more laps would be needed. The 189-km Grand Prix de Quebec course was made up of 15 laps of a 12.6-km course. Worlds courses are typically 250 km.
“It’s almost a perfect course for the World Championships in 2015. We saw today, on a Friday, the weather wasn’t good, folks were working, imagine a sunny Sunday afternoon, it would packed with people.” Canadian François Parisien (Spidertech p/b Planet Energy) commented.
Twice now, in a 7-year cycle, the World Championships have been held outside Europe, in Hamilton, Canada in 2003 and this year, in Melbourne, Australia.
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) has initiatied the bid process to host the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to eligible candidates.
Held annually, the UCI Road World Championships represent the most important road cycling event in the World for National Cycling Associations.
Eligible organising committees have until November 7th, 2010 to present in writing their intent to present a candidature for consideration to the CCA. The deadline to file candidatures, which must be inclusive of the majority of the UCI candidature file requirements, has been set as December 7th.
The CCA will publicly inform the selected candidate on December 15th, and will then proceed to file the international candidature. The successful international candidate will be announced by the UCI at the 2011 Road World Championships.
Eligible organising committees are those with experience hosting major cycling events in the last five years, such as UCI ProTour events, UCI 1.1 / 2.1 road events, or a UCI World Cup/UCI World Championships.
Canada has hosted the UCI Road World Championships twice in the history of the event, most recently when Hamilton, Ontario welcomed the world’s top cyclists in 2003. The other occasion was 1975 in Montréal as an Olympic test event.
In 2010, Canada successfully hosted two UCI World Championships: the UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Baie-Comeau, QC and the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC.