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by Shane Stokes
December 13, 2017
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The UCI has addressed recent reports of financial difficulties on behalf of the organisers of the 2017 world road race championships in Bergen, Norway, indicating that while it considers the worlds to have been a big success, that there is indeed a shortfall.
“It has been widely reported…that Bergen 2017 faces some financial difficulties. Often, that reporting has confused total creditors at the time of the Championships with the final deficit,” the governing body and the Norwegian Cycling Federation said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “The difficulties are due inter alia to a weakening of the Norwegian Krone against the Euro since 2014, additional costs associated with the challenging global security environment and significantly increased public requirements. Bergen 2017’s final situation depends on certain outsourced services, the results of which are still being finalised.
“Bergen 2017 and the NCF are intensively working to minimise any eventual losses the event may incur. Bergen 2017 and the NCF are engaging with other local stakeholders to find an optimal solution, and the UCI, as Bergen 2017’s largest creditor, will seek to minimise any negative impact on all creditors.”
However both parties have also underlined what they consider to be major successes. Referring to the championships as an ‘unforgettable spectacle’ and a ‘long-lasting advertisment’ for the area, they said that many of those who had been at the worlds to have been the best they had experienced.
“Initial TV viewing figures show that the 2017 UCI Road World Championships were the most-watched in history and the preliminary results of an independent study show 97% satisfaction with the event, with 80% of visitors likely to return to Bergen in the future.” They also said they were confident that the final report “will demonstrate an unprecedented economic benefit to the city, the region and the country.”