Cycling: France “optimistic” on the allocation of the Worlds in 2027

See you in France in five years? This Monday, the president of the French Cycling Federation (FFC), Michel Callot, said to himself “very optimistic“for Haute-Savoie’s bid to organize the 2027 Worlds, which will be awarded on Thursday on the sidelines of the World Championships in Wollongong.

The Haute-Savoie candidacy holds the rope by its quality and the dynamism that surrounds it. I think it’s off to a good start, I’m very optimistic“, he told AFP. Having organized three World Championships this year in France, BMX, mountain biking and track, we offer real added value and show our know-how.” France and the Netherlands are the two countries in the running for the organization of these “Super World Championships”, bringing together every four years, the year preceding the Olympic Games, all the disciplines of cycling, from road to BMX to track and MTB.

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They will be decided by a vote of the Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) which meets Tuesday and Wednesday, before the announcement of the decision scheduled for Thursday around 4:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. in France). The host country of the 2026 World Cycling Road Championships will also be revealed, with Canada as the favourite.

The candidacy is not unanimous in Haute-Savoie

The French candidacy is not unanimous in Haute-Savoie. Two appeals have been filed by a collective of associations and elected environmentalists who castigate “a 20th century project, disconnected from the real view and needs of Haut-Savoyards and Haut-Savoyardes“. In particular, they denounced the project to build a velodrome in Reignier-Esery, an expense deemed unjustified when there is already one in Grenoble.

Minorities lead to arguments that are completely surreal and extremist, it’s unfortunate“Lamented the president of the FFC on Monday. Not homologated by the UCI, “the track in Grenoble is a completely atypical distance and will be definitively destroyed next year. There’s nothing we can do about it, it’s obvious.”

The first appeal was dismissed by the Administrative Court of Grenoble, “an important sign“, according to Michel Callot who nevertheless says to himself”worrying” by any new procedures in the event of allocation: “This would make an already very heavy file even more complex. It’s a waste of energy and it gives a bad image of France.”

The last time France organized the World Cycling Championships dates back 22 years with the Worlds in Plouay in 2000. They had already been organized in Haute-Savoie, in 1980, for a victory in Sallanches by Bernard Hinault who will be present Thursday in Wollongong. The next World Championships will be held in 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland, again in an expanded format. The Road Worlds will take place in Switzerland in 2024 and in Rwanda in 2025.

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