Portugal and Spain to coordinate calendars

Spanish and Portuguese cycling will share a calendar of racing in the near future with the creation of the Copa Ibérica. In Lisbon on Friday afternoon, the Federations of both countries reached an agreement during a working meeting including Portuguese Federation (FPC) President Artur Lopes and the Spanish Federation (RFEC) President Juan Carlos Castaño according to Jornal Ciclismo.

The calendar will involve professional, Under 23 and juniors in both road and mountain bike events. Professional road teams will travel across the border to race events in both countries while the Iberian Cup for mountain biking will include both cross country and marathon events. The federations will jointly apply to host the UCI marathon world championships in 2012.

Officials are expected to adjust the dates of various events in both disciplines to foster cooperation beginning in 2009.

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