The International Cycling Union (UCI) has ended uncertainty over the hosting rights for its 2015 Track World Championships after it announced that the French town of Saint Quentin en Yvelines will stage the event.
Next year’s Championships will take place in country’s new National Velodrome in south-west Paris from February 18-22. The event will mark the first occasion that track cycling's premier competition will take place in France since Bordeaux hosted the 2006 edition of the Championships nine years ago.
Inaugurated in January, the National Velodrome has a capacity of 5,000 seats and is located close to the training centre for France’s national teams. The venue features a 250-metre track, a covered BMX stadium as well as the headquarters of the French Cycling Federation (FFC), which will organise the 2015 event.
The event’s hosting status had previously been an issue of concern amongst the cycling community. The governing body had already awarded hosting rights for the 2016 event to London’s Olympic Velodrome, but, prior to today’s (Wednesday's) announcement, a host had yet to be confirmed for 2015.
“The FFC and its stakeholders are delighted to host the UCI World Championships in our brand new National Velodrome,” FFC president David Lappartient said. “Creating these globally recognised facilities was our objective at the FFC. The organisation of major cycling events is a reflection of our ambitions for the development of French cycling.”
UCI president Brian Cookson added: “We were very impressed by the new velodrome of Saint Quentin en Yvelines at the inauguration and are delighted that track cycling’s flagship event will be staged in these state-of-the-art facilities, in front of passionate and knowledgeable spectators. It is without a doubt destined to become one of the landmark venues of modern cycling.”
Meanwhile, the UCI has also confirmed the host cities for three rounds of its 2014-15 Track World Cup. Guadalajara, Mexico will host a round later this year from November 8-9, before the competition moves on to London in the UK from December 5-7. Moving in to next year, Cali will host a World Cup round from January 18-19. The Colombian city staged this year’s edition of the Track World Championships.