The European Cycling Union (UEC) has once again placed its trust in the Portuguese Cycling Federation to organise two European Championships in 2023, in mountain biking and track cycling, and a European Cup in BMX.
After having been the European capital of youth cycling in 2022, with three European Championships held in successive weeks, Anadia will host the Under-23 and Under-19 mountain bike and track Europeans in July. In September, the Bairrada High Performance Centre will host the final of the BMX European Cup.
The big news is the attribution to Portugal of the organization of the European Championship of MTB, between July 6th and 9th, at the track of Tamengos, Aguim and Óis de Bairro, a decision taken at the annual Congress of the UEC, held last month in Czech Republic.
The European Championship is mostly for the Under-23 and Under-19 categories, but will also allow the participation of elite riders in Short Cross Country (XCC) and mixed relay (XCR).
As soon as the mountain biking competition ends, the thrills of track cycling will start, with the Under-23 and Under-19 European Championship taking place between 11 and 16 July at the National Velodrome in Sangalhos.
With two interconnected Europeans, we can talk about a great European Championship, which, during two weeks, will attract thousands of people to Anadia, boosting the local and regional economy.
At the end of the summer, the European attentions of the cycling world turn again to Anadia. Rounds 11 and 12 of the BMX European Cup, the last qualifying rounds for the trophy of this Olympic discipline, will be held at Sangalhos BMX track, on September 2nd and 3rd.
The attribution of these major European events to the Portuguese Cycling Federation and the municipality of Anadia represents the confidence of the UEC in the Federation’s organizational capacity and in the unique conditions of the municipality of Anadia for the practice of the most varied aspects of the sport, reinforcing the status of the Anadia High Performance Centre as a reference centre of the World Cycling Centre.