Niels Albert celebrates his win

Niels Albert celebrates his win. © Bart Hazen

The UCI recently released some impressive stats from the World Championships:

The organization said: “It has already been widely reported that the Worlds in Belgium last weekend attracted more than 60,000 spectators who watched more than 230 athletes from 24 nations battle it out for the 12 medals at stake. But the statistics for the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships go much further than that.”

There were:
• 68,500 tickets sold
• 4500 VIPS (including King Albert II of Belgium and the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo)
• 300 international journalists
• 250 supporters’ buses
• 44,267 spectators using urban transport (tram and bus)
• 8,000 spectators taking the train.
• 230 mobile homes
• 25 km of cables
• 9500 barriers
• 1500 collaboraters, of which 500 were volunteers
• 1549 days of preparation