Cycling : UCI Road World Champs roadbook (2017)
Bergen is a city on the west coast of Norway, capital of Hordaland county. The second-largest city in Norway, with 280,000 inhabitants, Bergen is an international city with small-town charm and atmosphere. Known as the “Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”, it is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. The Bergen region has a coastline with thousands of small islands. This island archipelago and the majestic fjords make for highly varied scenery. The city is like a spectacular amphitheatre clambering up the mountainsides, overlooking the sea, embracing its visitors. Tradition and history live side by side with a vibrant cultural scene.
The legacy of the Hanseatic period goes hand in hand with Bergen’s present status as a European City of Culture. Both are highly visible on a stroll around the city.
Bergen is sheltered from the North Sea by the islands Askoy, Holsnoy (the municipality of Meland) and Sotra (the municipalities of Fjell, Sund and Oygarden). With its proximity to the North Sea and the fjords, Bergen and the region are accustomed to a fine mix of weather conditions. From the clear blue sky, to the delight of rain, the inhabitants of Western Norway live with nature. Because of the Gulf Stream, the climate is much better than the latitude indicates. The temperatures are mostly like continental Europe during autumn at 10-20°C. In the autumn, the landscape is painted in golden colors, creating a very special atmosphere around the city and region.
The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, as well as a national centre of expertise for higher education, tourism and finance.
Bergen is an important university city with more than 30,000 students. Among others, the famous Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshoyskole), School of Architecture. The National Academy of the Arts, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Naval Academy. Located in Bergen. Meanwhile, the CHU of Haukeland is one of the most modern in the country, and its biological research area is one of the most advanced in Europe.
Bergen and the region are proud to be hosting the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. As organisers of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, the Norwegian Cycling Federation is looking forward to warmly welcoming athletes, official delegations, media, providers and fans to Bergen to attend this event.