Personally with the cycling festival and potential classic coming to London next year. Not to mention ready made TT and Road Race courses from the Olympics, London makes a certain amount of sense. Although France, Belgium and Norway are the likely candidates.The Union Cycliste International (UCI) is searching for a new world road championships host for 2014. Cycling’s governing body has given Ponferrada, Spain, a deadline to guarantee its money and has already started talking to new candidates.
UCI President Pat McQuaid confirmed to VeloNews that he asked Gerrit Middag, head of the events department, to contact potential hosts.
“I told him,” said McQuaid, “‘Get on to all your contacts, people that you’ve been dealing with in relation to possible world championships in the future. Ring them all up and say there’s a possible opportunity. And are you interested?’”
Ponferrada, near Leon in Northwest, Spain, won the right to host the UCI’s annual championship event last year. However, with Spain suffering from the ongoing financial crisis in the eurozone, Ponferrada is facing difficulty paying the guarantee. It needs to pay the UCI approximately €5.5 million ($7.07 million) as an up-front pledge to host the worlds — with additional costs coming down the line.