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World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
« on: September 25, 2014, 22:41 »


Can't find trace of today's big announcement at the Worlds in Pontferrada so I'll just make thread for it: the world championships road racing 2017 will be hosted in Bergen, Norway. For me that will be a quite special event...my town, my hills, my sport! 

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Looking forward to seeing you all! Welcome!
And watch out for Our local heroes *no Kristoffer Skjerping and *no Odd Christian Eiking (racing at U23 worlds in Ponferrada tomorrow) , they will be inspired by this!

Will add some details about the courses planned later unless someone else does it..

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    Re: World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
    « Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 22:58 »
    TT's should be interesting, rain will probably play it's part.
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    Re: World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
    « Reply #2 on: September 17, 2015, 22:10 »



    Announcements today included a new logo and some general news, from a more sporting perspective: modified courses for most of the races including men's elite road race. Now with an extension of 3.0 km city streets and seaside near the finish that makes the distance from the climbs to the finish longer and the run-in flatter. Smells more like a sprint finish now.


    The new web site for Bergen 2017 is up and running and includes good maps of all the courses.

    http://bergen2017.no/

    The race organization is looking for volunteers (lots of them, and some with competence in cycling meaning you maybe should consider it). 
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    Re: World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 08:04 »
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    Re: World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 11:29 »
    (<--- why can I only show this .png as a miniature??help!)
    Fixed it for you. ;)

    However, the HTML image embedding I did is only available for mods.

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    The race organization is looking for volunteers (lots of them, and some with competence in cycling meaning you maybe should consider it).
    Will they pay my accommodation? If yes, I'm game! :D
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    Re: World Championships 2017: Bergen, Norway!
    « Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 22:31 »
    BUMP!

    Posters like this are starting to appear in public places all over town.

    Sorry for the low quality picture, it was indoors in a quite dimly lit room and I didn't know how to set flash properly :)

    It is still half a year left, but I think the organization is struggling a little on local community relations - as much of the focus in the press these days are on the inconveniences.  Blocking ordinary access for cars and public transportation to some neighbourhoods for 10 days is far out of the ordinary and for those that have yet not noticed we're going to host one of the biggest yearly sports events here in this town, it comes as a shock. Now they are starting to realize the world championship is a huge event. In many people's head it probably meant "a bike race". That's as opposed to 9 days of racing....

    Furthermore,  there are a few expensive seats to be sold at a VIP location near the finish line. Not sure - it is probably on a boat overlooking the finish area (which will be on the Hanseatic Wharf at Vågen, Bergen's perhaps most iconic historic location.)

    The time trial course for men was changed last year - it will finish with the climb up to Fløyen. What I did not realize until I saw this poster was that in exchange they scrapped Birkelundsbakken, the other climb which now only will feature in the women's ITT. It is much shorter but it would have been a dominant feature of the course (and it wil be for the women). However, it was at the extreme end of the ~out and back course (ok..two different roads but still out and back...) - the audience wouldn't get a finish line experience if they were out there. Fløyen has the potential for massive crowds.

    Here's a view from the finish area a couple of weeks ago:


    This image doesn't really convey the gradient of the climb but at least you can get an idea about the general steepness of the area by showing one of the bends between the Fjellveien station and Skansemyren superimposed above the Torget marketplace.


    Now that the course will be flattish with a steep finish, it doesn't look like Tony Martin and Jonathan Castroviejo territory anymore and depending on who shows up and how motivated they are for the worlds, it could be between Chris Froome, Riche Porte, Tom Dumoulin, Thibaut Pinot and the Letalnica survivor. And the russian guy who only wins uphill time trials - I think it is too much of a flat start for him but Ilnur Zakharin might be as happy as Pinot for the lack of serious downhill here.
     
    EDIT: The Sollien climb has been renamed once again and is now known as Salmon hill.

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    I am looking forward to that.
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    *be cyclists Oliver Naesen, Yves Lampaert, Jolien D'Hoore and Ann-Sophie Duyck spotted in Bergen today, testing the course for the worlds with a few local riders from #fixit and an entourage of police guards and *be cycling boss Kevin De Weert. According to reports in the local media they tested both the road race and time trial loop courses + Naesen and Lampaert also did the Fløyen climb which will be the last part of the ITT.
    Their evaluation is different from the dutch team's evaluation: The Belgians said that the road race loop was not as hard as expected and might be perfect for strong sprinters like *no Kristoff. On the other hand, the climb to Fløyen which will be used in the men's ITT was much harder than expected. Lampaert said it would favor strong climbers that can also hold a high speed on the flat section,  *uk Froome, *au Dennis and  *nl Dumoulin.
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