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Next year the UCI Women Road World Cup will comprise eight events in seven different countries. On Monday, organisers of six of the races met at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

The UCI Women Road World Cup seminar started with short presentations from each organiser explaining the

particularities of their event. This was followed by presentations from the UCI and discussions on a range of topics including the UCI Regulations, marketing and advertising, television broadcast and social media coverage.

Guest speaker was Emily Shaw, Manager of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Women’s Football Development, who outlined their four-year strategy to promote women’s football in Europe.

“All our organisers are very experienced and already stage top class events,” explains UCI Project Coordinator Andrea Marcellini. “The seminar gave them a chance to share their experiences and learn how others tackle different organisational issues.”

The seminar was also an occasion to award the “best event” trophy. This year it went to the Open de Suède Vargarda. Teams and riders voted for the Swedish event thanks to its excellent organisation, atmosphere and format that includes both a team time trial and road race.

New to the World Cup calendar in 2014 will be a German event, the Sparkassen Giro which will take place on August 3rd, three weeks before the Open de Suède Vargarda.

Photo: The Open de Suède Vargarda, which includes a team time trial, was voted best event of the 2013 UCI Women Road World Cup

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