Joint Statement from the UCI, Bergen 2017 and the Norwegian Cycling Federation
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Local Organising Committee of Bergen 2017 and the Norwegian Cycling Federation (NCF) would like to express their utmost satisfaction concerning the hosting of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
The Championships provided an unforgettable spectacle and a unique and long-lasting advertisement for Bergen and the surrounding areas. Few will forget the Mount Fløyen finish for the Men Elite individual time trial, and many of those fortunate enough to have been in Bergen considered the Championships the best they had ever experienced.
Initial TV viewing figures show that the 2017 UCI Road World Championships were the most-watched in history and the preliminary results of an independent study show 97% satisfaction with the event, with 80% of visitors likely to return to Bergen in the future.
Bergen 2017, the UCI and the NCF acknowledge the significant contribution made by the City of Bergen, the Province of Hordaland and other authorities, and are confident that the final report of the study will demonstrate an unprecedented economic benefit to the city, the region and the country.
It has been widely reported, however, that Bergen 2017 faces some financial difficulties. Often, that reporting has confused total creditors at the time of the Championships with the final deficit. The difficulties are due inter alia to a weakening of the Norwegian Krone against the Euro since 2014, additional costs associated with the challenging global security environment and significantly increased public requirements. Bergen 2017’s final situation depends on certain outsourced services, the results of which are still being finalised.
Bergen 2017 and the NCF are intensively working to minimise any eventual losses the event may incur. Bergen 2017 and the NCF are engaging with other local stakeholders to find an optimal solution, and the UCI, as Bergen 2017’s largest creditor, will seek to minimise any negative impact on all creditors.
None of the parties will make any further comment on financial matters related to the event until the final situation is known.