Surprising news: Québec City has withdrawn its bid to host the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Race organizer Serge Arsenault told Radio Canada that, at a cost of 20 million dollars, the event was simply too expensive.
With no assistance provided by the provincial and federal governments, Arsenault decided to withdraw the bid. The UCI was informed last week.
Arsenault is the organizer of the two World tour races, the Grand Prix cycliste de Québec et Montréal to be held on September 9 and 11 respectively in 2011. He went on to add that it was just too much money for a one-time event and prefers to focus on the two World Tour races. He has a 5-year contract with the UCI for the two races.
Last week, the 22 teams for the two Grand Prix Cycliste races were announced. They included the 18 Pro Teams and 4 Pro Continental teams were invited. No major changes to the courses except that they will be longer, as each added one lap making the races over 200-km long.
Then there were 2. The other candidates for the 2015 Road Worlds are now Richmond, Virginia and the Sultanate of Oman. Oman has in its corner Eddy Merckx who has successfully put on the Tour of Oman, a UCI 2.1 event, for the past two years. Richmond has Tour of Ireland organizer Shadetree Sports with Darach McQuaid, younger brother of UCI president Pat McQuaid.
The UCI Management Committee will decide on the award the 2015 UCI Road World Championships at its meeting in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 21-22 September.
No news on Arsenault’s proposal to hold a stage race in the Boston Area. Last September, the news of the potential stage race was first reported with an ideal date of Labor Day. Two weeks ago, Agence France-Presse reported that Arsenault is looking into a 3- or 4-day stage race to be held in the same time frame as the Montréal and Québec races. The timeline would be early September 2012.