The UCI Management Committee, which is meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands, today approved the calendar for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.
Next year’s edition of the World Cup series will comprise 10 events in nine countries on three continents. There will be seven rounds for each of the traditional mountain bike disciplines: Olympic cross-country, downhill and four-cross. 2012 will also see the introduction of the cross-country eliminator, in which several rounds will go towards a final ranking. This format of racing will also feature for the first time on the program of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.2012 season to kick off in Pietermaritzburg
As in 2011, the 2012 World Cup will open in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Traditional venues such as Fort William (GBR), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN), Val di Sole (ITA) and La Bresse (FRA) once again feature on the 2012 calendar. However La Bresse, known for its downhill course, will this year organise a round of Olympic cross-country in honour of Julien Absalon, multiple World Champion and double Olympic Champion, who lives just 15km from the French World Cup venue.
A new triple event will be organised in Val d’Isère (FRA), site of the 2009 World Ski Championships. This will be the final cross-country event of the World Cup season, and the last time these specialists will meet before the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, the final downhill and four-cross events will take place in a new venue, the Hafjell Bike Park (NOR), which hosted the 2010 European Championships.
Other venues for the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup are Houffalize (BEL) returning to the calendar after one year’s absence, and Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) which hosts an event for the second time. One round on the American Continent remains to be confirmed.
March 17-18: Cross country #1, Downhill #1
& Four cross #1, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
April 14-15: Cross country #2
(with Eliminator), Houffalize, Belgium
May 12-13: Cross country #3
(with Eliminator), Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech
June 2-3: Downhill #2
& Four cross #2, Val di Sole, Italy
June 9-10: Downhill #3
& Four cross #3, Fort William, Great Britain
June 23-24: Cross country #5, Downhill #4
& Four Cross #4, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
June 30-July 1: Cross country #6, Downhill #5
& Four cross #5, TBD in America
July 28-29: Cross country #7, Downhill #6
& Four cross #6, Val d'Isere, France
September 15-16: Downhill #7
& Four cross #7, Hafjell, NorwayNew format for World Championships
The 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Austria will be held over two weeks: the downhill and four-cross competitions will take place in Leogang from August 31st to September 2nd, while the Olympic cross-country, cross-country eliminator and trials specialists will confront each other in Saalfelden from September 6th to 9th.
August 31 - September 2: Downhill & Four cross, Leogang, Austria
September 5 - September 9: Cross country & eliminator, Saalfelden, Austria
September 22-23: Marathon, Ornans, FranceUCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series
The UCI Management Committee today also approved the first four events of the new UCI Mountain Bike Marathon series for 2011 – 2012. This series, which will be qualifying for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, will begin after the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Worlds, which will be held in Montello (ITA) on June 26th.
July 3rd, 2011 - KitzAlpbike, FestivalKirchberg, Austria
August 20th, 2011 - Grand Raid, Verbier-Nendaz-Hérémence-Evolène-Grimentz, Switzerland
September 18th, 2011- Adamello Bike, Ponte Di Legno, Italy
October 2nd, 2011 - Extrême Sur Loue, Ornans, France