The German city of Aschaffenburg hosted the worldâ€™s best indoor cycling specialists during three days of intense competition, skilful demonstrations and enthusiastic celebrations.
More than 142 athletes from 19 nations filled the f.a.n. Frankensholz Arena for the 2012 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships which include the two disciplines artistic cycling and cycle-ball.
The increasing globalisation of the sport was reflected in the participation of four new countries: Ireland, Italy, Poland and the Ukraine. The enthusiastic and generous German crowd reserved particular support for athletes from afar, in particular the Asian competitors. Hong-Kongâ€™s bronze medal in the Pairs Open incited delight in the arena.
Germany clearly dominated the artistic cycling competitions, winning the world titles in all categories. : Womenâ€™s 4, Pairs Open, Pairs Women, Men Single and Women Single. Finishing second in the Womenâ€™s 4, Switzerland just prevented the host country from taking the clean sweep of the silver medals as well.
In a reversal of last yearâ€™s cycle-ball final, the Austrian duo of Dietmar Schneider and Patrick Schnetzer had to bow down to Switzerlandâ€™s Dominik Planzer and Roman Schneider who become the new World Champions. Germany again took bronze.
After the close of competition each day, proceedings continued in a nearby marquee where fans celebrated their athletes in a party atmosphere with music, refreshments and a bar.
Photo: Artistic Cycling World Champions Benedikt and Luisa Bassmann (Pairs Open)Â
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