Don’t miss one of the world’s biggest sporting events when the UCI Road World Championships are held in Bergen, Askøy, Fjell and Øygarden from 16 to 24 September 2017.
It will be the biggest event ever organised in Western Norway. See the most famous cyclists in the world close up, watch great sporting feats and experience the buzz around the event, when all eyes will be on Western Norway!
The UCI Road World Championships will be the biggest summer sporting event ever held in Norway, and the northernmost championships ever. The championships will comprise 12 races over nine days of competition and will bring together more than 1,150 cyclists from 80 participating nations. Crowds of around 500,000 are expected to watch the races, and more than 300 million will follow the championships on TV.
RACE TO CELEBRATE
The vision of the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen 2017 is to host a spectacular, inspiring and popular event. With its slogan ‘Race to Celebrate’, Bergen 2017 aims to engage the whole world, not just through the sporting performances, but also by organising fun activities for the crowds along the route, events for children and recreational cyclists and by focusing on public health. The UCI Road World Championships will be an event for everyone.
Locals and visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and to plan their transport arrangements well in advance. Askøy will also be affected during the first weekend of the championships while Sotra and Øygarden will be affected on the final weekend.
The race routes in Bergen will be closed to ordinary traffic from 8.30 to 19.00. They will not be closed quite as long as this on a few days. Bergen city centre will be closed to all traffic 24/7. It will not be possible to drive into or out of Bergen city centre all day every day during the championships.
It will not be possible to drive the race routes or cross them while they are closed to traffic. People on foot and cyclists can cross the routes at designated points, mainly where there are pedestrian crossings. Guards will help people to cross when it is safe to do so.
You can find more information about traffic management here.
The roads that will be used as race routes are closed to all traffic. A map has been produced that shows how traffic will mostly be affected in Bergen during the UCI Road World Championships, when many roads will be used as cycling routes, primarily from 8.30 to 19.00. The situation differs from day to day. You can find a map for each day here.
All of the bus services to and from Bergen city centre will be rerouted before the World Championships start, and many of the stops in the city centre will not be in use. Bergen bus station will be the public transport hub in the city centre. The last stop on Bergen Light Rail will be Nonneseter (which is the closest stop to the railway station and the bus station). You can find up-to-date information about public transport services during the World Championships on Skyss’s website.
During the UCI Road World Championships, the only stop made by airport buses in the city centre will be the bus station. The exceptions will be the night-time departures to Bergen Airport from Dreggsallmenningen (Radisson Blu Royal Hotel) at 3.25, 4.00, 4.45 and 5.30, which will start at Dreggsallmenningen, and stop near the Tourist Information beside Lido restaurant and at the bus station. They will not stop in Olav Kyrres gate.
Many of the taxi ranks will be closed for parts of or whole days. New temporary taxi ranks will therefore be set up. The taxi rank at Bryggen and the railway station will only be in use from 19:00 to 08:30. The taxi rank at the bus station and the Strandkai Terminal (next to the Tourist Information) is available 24 hours a day.
All pick up and drop off points are marked on the map available here.
Parking is prohibited along the race routes 24/7. Parking will also be prohibited in certain other streets to ensure that buses and the emergency services can reach their destinations. These restrictions will start a few days before the World Championships begin and will probably be in force until a few days after the championships.
There are several areas where motorhomes can park. You can find information about extra parking for motorhomes during the UCI Road World Championships at the Bergen2017.no website.
For tour buses:
For tour buses coming to Bergen there will be a designated parking. Information about parking, pick up and drop off points is avilable here.
Access to the Hurtigruten and Fjord Line Terminal:
Access via old Nygårdsbro and then Møhlenpris (Tormøhlens gt) all the way to the terminal. Applies to both bus and private car. Return via Nygårdstunnelen, which will be open at all times, in the direction of Danmarksplass or Åsane.
The harbor for small boats in Bergen city center (Vågen) will be closed 15/9 at midnight, and it will open again 24/9 midnight. Alternative marina will be at Marineholmen in the heart of the Puddefjord. GC Rieber offers 100-150 seats for small boats during the period.
The days before and after the World Championships:
Preparations for and tidying up after the event will mean that the streets will be closed for short periods in the days before and after the championships. The entire circuit in Bergen will be fenced in, and stands, stages and other facilities will be built in the city centre. The finish line for the UCI Road World Championships will be at Festplassen square. Christies gate, from Småstrandgaten to Lars Hilles gate, will therefore be closed to all traffic from Thursday 14 September up to and including Tuesday 26 September. More information to follow.
Areas particularly affected in Bergen
Large parts of Bergen will be affected by the championships. Some areas will be completely or partly closed to incoming and outgoing traffic from 8.30 to 19.00 during the UCI Road World Championships. People are advised not to drive in other areas, due to the risk of congestion and tailbacks. See the map.
TASTE OF THE PROGRAMME:
16 September Opening ceremony
17 September Team Time Trials
18-20 September Individual Time Trials
21 September Cycling for All event
22-24 September Road races
TEAM TIME TRIALS – 17 September
The UCI Road World Championships 2017 start on the island of Askøy with the Women’s and Men's Team Time Trials. This will be a spectacular and entertaining race that will be the perfect start to the UCI Road World Championships 2017. The team time trials for women and men will follow the same route. They will start on the island of Askøy, just outside Bergen. This beautiful island will be the perfect backdrop for the start of the UCI Road World Championships 2017. The finish line is at Festplassen square in the heart of Bergen.
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIALS – 18-20 September
The Individual Time Trials will take place in the area around Bergen. One of the highlights of the championships will be on 20 September when competitors in the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial cross the finish line at the top of Mount Fløyen. This will be the very first time a UCI Road World Championship time trial will finish on top of a mountain! The climb up Mount Fløyen is 3.4 km, with an average gradient of 9.1%.
CYCLING FOR ALL EVENT – 21 September
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle an official UCI Road World Championship route? On Thursday 21 September, you can find out! This date is set aside for a Cycling for All event. The Cycling for All event is suitable for everyone who wants to cycle the championship route. Times will not be recorded, so take whatever bike you like – old or new, heavy or light, big or small. This event will be the only chance to cycle the championship route during the UCI Road World Championships. Register for the Cycling for All event here.
Road Races – 22-24 September
The Road Races will take place on spectacular circular routes in and around Bergen. The Men’s Elite Road Race will start in Øygarden against the beautiful backdrop of the sea and the coastal landscape. This setting will guarantee a magical atmosphere for the crowds, the cyclists and, not least, those watching at home when the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen 2017 conclude with the Men’s Elite Road Race on the last weekend of the championships. The celebration of Norwegian coastal culture is an important feature of Bergen 2017, and there will be a great atmosphere in Øygarden and Fjell during the final weekend of Bergen 2017. The highlight will be the climb up ‘Salmon Hill’ to Mount Ulriken. There’s a lot to look forward to!
Download a complete day to day program here.
TICKETS AND BOOKING
The arena for the UCI Road World Championships are the streets of Bergen and the areas surrounding the city. They are open for everyone. There will also be special ‘fan zones’ where people will have access to screens, seating and food & drink. If you want to enjoy an out of the ordinary experience, you can buy VIP tickets for central locations with TV screens where food & drinks are included. Groups and individuals can book VIP packages at Bergen2017.no. You can book accommodation at visitBergen.com.
THE BERGEN CARD:
With the Bergen Card in your pocket, you can travel free of charge in Bergen on the Bergen Light Rail and buses in the city centre and the region (not valid for NSB trains). You get free or discounted admission to museums and attractions, as well as many cultural events, various sightseeing tours, restaurants, the airport bus and parking, also during the UCI Road World Championships. Read more about the Bergen Card and order one online here.
Emergency services and hospitals
The fire, police and ambulance services will have access to all areas. It will be almost impossible to get to Haukeland University Hospital and Haraldsplass Deaconal Hospital by private car from 8.30 to 19.00 when the race routes are closed to other traffic. Emergency medical assistance in Norway is telephone number 113. There will be first aid posts in Byparken, at Torgallmenningen, Torget, Bryggen, Skolten and at the Grieg Hall.
Bergen offers accommodation in all categories. Stay in Bergen city centre, close to the airport at Flesland, by the coast or beside a fjord. It is still possible to book accommodation at guest houses, hostels and hotels during the UCI Road World Championships from 16 to 24 September 2017. The most reasonably-priced accommodation is available during the first few days of the championships. Search for and book accommodation today!
ATTRACTIONS AND BRYGGEN OPEN:
Most of the attractions in Bergen will be open as usual. For trips and activities that include transport from the city centre, contact the activity supplier for more information. Bryggen will be open as usual, but, since Bryggen is a key part of the race route, Bryggen will be subject to the same traffic restrictions as Bergen city centre. Shops and galleries will be open as usual (or have extended opening hours). You can book tickets for concerts, fjord trips, activities and the Bergen Card at visitBergen.com.
For visiting media during the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, representatives from Bergen Tourist Board will be present in Region Bergen Information Centre in Grieghallen.
The city of Bergen is proud to present a special edition of the «Guest-of-Honour» card to all participants at UCI 2017 Road World Championships. The card gives you free access or discounts to museums & attractions, sightseeing, concerts & performances, restaurants, scheduled bus travel and Light Rail during your stay in Bergen. Bergen Tourist Board gives high priority to visiting media. If you have time to explore Bergen and the Region outside the sporting and cultural events that will take place in the period of the Championships, representatives from Bergen Tourist Board and our partners will assist in making suggestions and programs for you. Read more in Media Information.
RACE TO CELEBRATE
The vision is to hold a spectacular, popular and inspiring World Championships that will give a boost to Norwegian road cycling in general, and in Western Norway in particular. There will be fun for everyone! This will be a historic event! Welcome to the UCI Road World Championships from 16 to 24 September 2017.
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