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Ponferrada World Road Championships 2014 – U23 Men, Sven Erik Bystrom Takes it Solo

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Well, if there’s a pizza place in Ponferrada, we can’t find it.

It’s rude to criticise your host’s abode but we’re mystified by how the Worlds came to be here.

The communications are terrible, it’s four-and-a-half hours by road or rail out of Madrid or get transfer flights up to the North West and more driving.

The town is ‘any town Spain/Italy’ and with the exception of the beautiful Knights Templar Castle there’s very little which is photogenic.

It’s ‘just a town,’ like Broxburn or Kelty – which is fine but maybe we’re looking for more from the biggest week of racing on the planet ?

Take the Commonwealth Games road race circuit – in the heart of the great city of Glasgow, passing the wonderful buildings, along famous streets and through beautiful parks.

That’s what a circu