ITALY’S VENETO REGION TO HOST THE 2019 WORLD PRESS CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Next year, the Italian towns of Treviso, Bassano del Grappa and Marostica will play host to the 20th World Press Cycling Championship, an annual competition that attracts a large group of international journalists who swap their pens for bikes to do battle for the coveted title. The 2019 WPCC takes place between September 12 and 15 and provides the Veneto region with a unique opportunity to showcase its many areas of excellence as well as its legendary art, wine and cuisine.
Roeselare (Belgium) 28.08.2018 – For a few days each year, the members of the international press corps swap their role as armchair critics for action as they take to their bikes and do battle in the World Press Cycling Championship.
The 2018 edition of the event took place in the Belgian town of Roeselare and Sunday’s race marked the end of the 2018 World Championship. But the press corps will be back next year, this time on the roads of Veneto in Italy for the 20th outing of the event when Treviso, Bassano del Grappa and Marostica play host to 200 journalists from 20 different nations between September 12 and 15 2019.
A long Italian tradition
In the three days that follow the 2019 opening ceremony, the journalists will compete in an individual time trial, a team sprint and a road race to determine the winner of the press world champion jersey.
“Italy has won 100 medals over the years in the World Press Cycling Championship and so it is a great honour for us to be able to play host to the event once more. Doing so in Veneto, a region where cycling is revered, makes it a source of even greater pride,” commented Roberto Ronchi, president of the Italian Cycling Journalists’ Association (AGCI). “We in the AGCI are certain that the 2019 World Press Cycling Championship will be a great success and are expecting colleagues from all over Europe and beyond to take part.”
We want to astonish 200 journalists
Once the Belgian organisers hand over the baton to the Veneto committee, the countdown to the World Championship begins in earnest: “We have an entire year to work not only on the competitive side of the event but also on all the other elements that enrich the Championship”, stressed Enrico Cuman who chairs the 2019 WPCC Organising Committee. “That will involve a busy cultural and entertainment programme for all our guests to ensure this Italian World Championship is an experience to remember.”
Aside from being a major sporting event, the 20th World Press Cycling Championship will also provide the Veneto region with a major opportunity to raise its profile on an international level.
At the start of this year, in fact, the Region’s president Luca Zaia presented Veneto tourism’s new slogan “The Land of Venice”, which references a project that will use the world’s most famous lagoon city to promote the entire region.
That said, the 2019 World Press Cycling Championship may not be the only cycling event planned for Veneto because the city of Vicenza is in contention to host the UCI Road World Championship in 2020. A double triumph that would crown Veneto as the golden cycling venue par excellence for the next two years.
Even though the Italian edition of the WPCC is still 12 months off, the organising committee has already begun its showcasing work with an information and promotional stand in the competition and social areas of the Belgian event to give those present a taste of the unique talents of the North-eastern Italian region.