Cyclo-cross: Masters World Champions crowned in Switzerland

Cyclo-cross: Masters World Champions crowned in Switzerland

cyclecrossjan72014One month before the world’s Elite battle for the rainbow jersey, some of the best amateur cyclo-cross specialists competed in their own World Championships in Gossau, Switzerland.

The 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships saw eleven titles awarded: the women raced in the 30+, 40+ and 50+ age groups, while the men’s categories went up to 65+.

The 2.5km circuit included a mixture of grass, gravel and asphalt. However with rain rendering the rolling course particularly muddy, it was the powerful riders who coped best during the two days of competition (January 4th and 5th).

France dominated proceedings, taking five of the 11 world titles at stake. The USA won three gold medals while one victory each went to Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany.

It was the first time that Gossau has hosted a UCI event, but the athletes were in good hands: President of the Organising Committee was Beat Wabel, a former professional athlete, World Juniors Champion in 1985 and five times Swiss Champion.

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships for Elite riders will take place in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands, on February 1 and 2.

Switzerland hosts 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

Switzerland hosts 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

000indoorThe St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, will provide the stage for the 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships from November 22nd to 24th.  Some 150 athletes from 17 countries will compete for the rainbow jersey in cycle-ball and the five artistic cycling categories: men single, women single, women pairs, women 4 and open 4.

Reigning cycle-ball World Champions, the Swiss team of Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer, will be looking to confirm their title in front of their home crowd. However they will be up against tough competition from the Germans and the Austrians who are always among the favourites of this spectacular and exciting discipline.

Last year, Germany made a clean sweep of the artistic cycling titles. Other medals went to Austria, Hong Kong and Switzerland, all of whom will be present and aiming to take over the No 1 spot in the world.

Swiss Television SRF2 (Schweizer Radio Fernsehen) will broadcast live some of the action on the last day of competition. Meanwhile, some 5000 spectators are expected to attend the competitions.

Switzerland has hosted the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships nine times since 1956, but this is only the second time in 50 years that the Worlds come to Basel. Built in 1976, the St Jakobshalle is particularly known for hosting the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour.

Photo: Last year’s cycle-ball finalists, Switzerland and Austria, will once again be among the favourites.

The St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, will provide the stage for the 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships from November 22nd to 24th.  Some 150 athletes from 17 countries will compete for the rainbow jersey in cycle-ball and the five artistic cycling categories: men single, women single, women pairs, women 4 and open 4.

Reigning cycle-ball World Champions, the Swiss team of Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer, will be looking to confirm their title in front of their home crowd. However they will be up against tough competition from the Germans and the Austrians who are always among the favourites of this spectacular and exciting discipline.

Last year, Germany made a clean sweep of the artistic cycling titles. Other medals went to Austria, Hong Kong and Switzerland, all of whom will be present and aiming to take over the No 1 spot in the world.

Swiss Television SRF2 (Schweizer Radio Fernsehen) will broadcast live some of the action on the last day of competition. Meanwhile, some 5000 spectators are expected to attend the competitions.

Switzerland has hosted the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships nine times since 1956, but this is only the second time in 50 years that the Worlds come to Basel. Built in 1976, the St Jakobshalle is particularly known for hosting the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour.

Photo: Last year’s cycle-ball finalists, Switzerland and Austria, will once again be among the favourites.

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships at a glance

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships at a glance

para2The 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Champions were crowned in Baie-Comeau, Canada from August 28th to September 1st. A few facts and figures:

•     264 athletes from 38 countries took part

•     They were accompanied by a total of 164 accredited staff

•     The USA won 19 medals, Germany 14 and Italy 13

•     22 countries won at least one medal

•     13 athletes won both the time trial and the road race

•     6 athletes successfully defended their world titles

•     20 Paralympic Champions were competing

•     C2, C4, C5 and H2 were the largest sport classes with 28 men and women athletes each

•     It was the second time the Worlds were held in Baie-Comeau after 2010

•     The last five editions were held in Aigle (Switzerland), Bordeaux (France), Bogogno (Italy), Baie-Comeau (Canada) and Roskilde (Denmark)

•     Next year they will be held in Greenville, United States, followed by Notwil, Switzerland, in 2015.

•     The date of next year’s event in Greenville: August 28th – September 1st.

 

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Photo: Handcyclists are encouraged by the crowds of Baie-Comeau as they prepare for the start of their road race.