UCI 2014 World Cup Calendar

Jun 21, 2013 at 0:08
Jun 21, 2013
by Matt Wragg  
 
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The International Cycling Union has today published the calendar for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Approved by the UCI Mountain Bike Commission but subject to approval by the UCI Management Committee, the 2014 calendar will comprise nine rounds in nine different countries.

Two new World Cup destinations in 2014 are Cairns, Australia, and Méribel in France, both hosting a triple event (Olympic Cross-country, Cross-country Eliminator and Downhill). The second round in Cairns will prepare the way for the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, which have also been awarded to the “Tropical North Queensland.”

Méribel will provide the stage for the final round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (August 23 - 24). It will be the last chance for the athletes to confront each other before the World Championships which will get under way in Hafjell, Norway, 10 days later.

After a successful debut in 2013, Albstadt (Germany) features on the calendar for the second time with Olympic cross-country and Cross-country Eliminator competitions. Meanwhile Windham (USA) returns after a one-year absence with a triple event.

2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano

Event Date
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1 05-06 April Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 2 26-27 April Cairns (AUS)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 3 24-25 May Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 4 31 May - 01 June Albstadt (GER)
UCI World Cup DHI Round 3 07-08 June Fort William (GBR)
UCI World Cup DHI Round 4 14-15 June Leogang (AUT)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 5 02-03 August Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 6 09-10 August Windham (USA)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 7 23-24 August Méribel (FRA)

*Subject to the approval of the UCI Management Committee
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198 Comments

  • + 148
 WHERE THE F*** IS VAL DI SOLE???????????????????????
  • + 117
 IN ITALY !! WOULD OF THOUGHT YOU WOULD KNOW Wink


But yeah kinda sucks it's not there next year
  • + 13
 didn't notice until I saw the comment, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!
  • + 7
 bigburd... I see what you did there Smile
  • + 39
 It's with Schladming, Champery and Nevegal, too awesome for the UCI's tiny minds!
  • + 22
 South Africa kind of sucks... 3 big jumps... a technical part... Then pedaling pedaling pedaling!!! It REALLY sucks
  • + 41
 i love how the only canada race is in quebec when bc has some of the best riding in the world sun peaks or whistler could have the sickest wc track ever
  • + 4
 Where the hell is UCI DH racing in MAY!?
  • + 8
 As much as BC got sick riding, MSA is still a rider's favorite and the terrain is much more different dans what Bc Offer (ain't saying you guys don't have sick riding). It also helps develloping the sport where it's still strugeling to be accepted.
  • + 2
 Fort Bill, enough said, im on it AGAIN :-)
  • + 1
 Never heard of Méribel! Should be interesting to see what the DHI track will be like!
Annnnnnd why start so early? Freaking April!?
  • + 3
 im already planning to return to VDS for the 2014 DHI WC? what the hella happened UCI? and a really tight schedule......what's the hurry?
  • + 10
 When are we going to see a 12 round season UCI?! That would be great, pretty sure most riders would want it too!
  • + 1
 Without a doubt the most boring schedule in years. South Africa and Cairns to start the season, so its once again not till June when we see the first real DH track.

Somebody in South Africa must be paying off the UCI (Minnar's wealthy relatives??) because its becoming a bad joke that they have had a World Cup event there for so long instead of other more deserving locations.
  • + 10
 @Protour, I think you should research the Cairns DH track from 1996. The elevation for World Trails aka Glen Jacobs to play with is around 400m, more than enough for a decent DH track. As for Pietermaritzburg yes I agree, zzzzzzzzzzzz.
  • + 14
 To all you people asking why start so early? because that is the southern hemisphere summer. Time to brush up on your geography I think.
  • + 3
 It will be April so just after our summer but here in tropical qld the weather will be perfect ... And so will the track , they won't let a opportunity like this go by.
  • + 4
 Ok, I remember the Cairns course being pretty pedally when they had World's there, but I guess they should be able to come up with something if they have that much elevation to work with. I wish the UCI would get creative and figure out a way to make DH more competitive with other similar mainstream action sports like motocross and even BMX but it doesn't seem possible with their current approach. It's as if they refuse to grow or do something progressive. I'll give them credit for coming up with the new junior class, but in the big picture they aren't doing much. There needs to be over 10 events a year and on every continent and more of an effort to promote events and get them on television.
  • + 10
 Agreed, the main problem we have is the UCI don't care at all about Downhill, all they care about is road as that's where the money is. They are a corrupt organisation headed by Pat McQuaid who still presides over the sport even though he/they were complicit in the worst doping era the sport has seen. We need DH to break away from the UCI to progress the sport but I can't see that happening given three of the biggest DH teams are Giant, Specialized and Trek all with vested and larger interests in road. Maybe one day, until then I'll keep dreaming.
  • + 5
 7 DH events..... no in Asia continent, zero in South America. ...
  • + 5
 All asia and south America seem to get is urban dh
  • + 5
 YESSS WINDHAM
  • + 11
 @ Protour, just to play Devil's Advocateabit, I really like Pietermaritzburg, as a track it's different enough to really test the top guy's skills. Because it's so flat smoothness and momentum become absolutely key, a bad corner can slow you down for the next 200m so there's no space for technical weakness. The crowd turn out puts a lot of other world cups to shame as well, they kind of deserve a race for the sheer numbers and enthusiasm they bring, that response is a better advert for DH than any one track can give.
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I also think there needs to be a spread of tracks for the World Cup, some Mt St Anne style 5minute pure DH tracks, some Champery type steep nightmares, some flat fast lung burners like PMB and Canberra. That way you separate the very best, who can be the fastest anywhere on any track, from the guys who suit one type of track or terrain.
  • - 1
 Agree ... but I'd like to see they pedal... redbull please put your camera on 60 sec flat section pedaling
  • + 3
 VAL DI SOLE would be World Camp for 2014
  • + 7
 Whistler won't be holding any world cups soon, they UCI f*cked them over hardcore a long time ago, hence why they have their own competitions and why there are no World Cups there. I'll bet half the people here hanging shit on tracks/praising certain tracks, have never actually been to them, which is...... yeah. Taking Val Di Sole out makes sense if they had of brought back Champery or Schladming, but they haven't, and Cairns will be a world class track in comparison to Stromlo. But what I don't understand is, we (australia) finally get a world cup, yet that doesn't prompt them to have one in New Zealand, If they have 2 world cups down this (better) lower half of the world, then it can justify the godly price of transport needed. New Zealand is BETTER than australia (when it comes to insane terrain)... and they have so many top riders just like us, NZ step up, bring back the mudfest of Rotorua!!

In conclusion, UCI you really are a bunch of muppets.
  • + 0
 ummm, Ollie-J, since when has the end of April been Summer here????? Someone else needs to "brush up"
  • + 0
 It's as close to summer as the UCI will get without putting a race in february,
  • + 1
 Hey Protour, not doubting your memory but you realise the last Cairns world cup was 1996? From what I've seen there was a sprint to the finish but nothing really pedally. You may be thinking of Canberra. Canberra is located next to a lake in the middle of a very flat area of a very flat country, and Cairns is right up the pointy end, with loads of mountains and beaches. They've secured 2 world cups and a World Champs so you better beleive the track will be getting the finest attention.
  • - 1
 Yes, but if you are going to preach about geography, best to stick to the facts....
  • + 2
 Completely agree with Goose76 and LiamRenault!
  • + 1
 @samjam about the weather being perfect for the WC DH in Cairns. How did that turn out?
  • + 3
 Ya got me mate ! Damn crystall ball , better get a new one .
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  • + 66
 Good to see new tracks being added....but still only 7 downhill rounds? C'mon UCI we want more events!
  • - 85
 9 theres already 2 rounds done...
  • + 4
 Not just 7 downhill rounds, also just 7 xco rounds, we want more!
  • + 43
 Did I miss the start of the 2014 race season?
  • - 15
 No, because its 2013
  • + 18
 Whistler/ blackcomb have never hosted a world cup.
  • + 6
 @dynamatt, I was responding to mtbforlife4s comment
  • + 10
 sun peaks! make it happen!
  • + 4
 Méribel nice! I'll be there! Smile (Watching... of course)
  • - 9
 IF there was more and these races happened more often than they would not be as significant and memorable.
  • + 31
 i dont understand how XCE replaced 4X..
  • + 1
 ...2014 schedule buddy.
  • - 2
 7. Tou can't add up 2 events of 2013 to the 2014 season as far as I understood the rules Wink
  • - 3
 You not tou...
  • + 5
 grouse!! like back in 2001
  • - 26
 GREAT to see 9 xc rounds and 5 dh rounds next year, how the hell do places like south africa and carins australia get world cups aren't these races supposed to prestiges. Instead its just the worlds most talented downhill racers suffering thru disgracefully designed courses... FIGURE IT OUT!
  • + 28
 How many world champs has Australia produced at any cycling discipline ? You don't think we are prestiges enough to host a race ? People outside of the US ride bikes too mate . Also please use a capital "A" when you spell my country .
  • - 30
 you are right i've heard lot of people ride in Canada but the only reason there are so many racers from australia is because the riding isn't exciting enough to actually just go ride downhill for fun... mate opps for got to spell australia with a capital again what a shame
  • + 23
 You know what ? You are 100% correct when you say we don't have enough places to ride . By having the round in Cairns AUSTRALIA this will give the sport WE BOTH love exposure and could provide opportunity to build on the back of what will be the best round of the year . We will put on the best weather , the best track and the best support I have no doubt . The thing is mtb is largely a untapped sport here yet we have so many riders on the circuit ... Imagine if we had the correct infrastructure ? As for not using a Capitol A I can live with that having come from a far superior education system I only have pity not anger . Oh and please don't say riding at windham is prestiges . Mate that's like a shuttle track to us Aussies !
  • + 8
 I am on samjam's side. Australia has provided with us with some of the best riders ever. Sam Hill is one small name and also Jared Graves, who many would argue to be the best all round rider of all time. He won 4x world champs in 2009 then finished 12th the next day in the DH. To be brutally honest with all the riding in Canada why have they not produced many big names.
  • + 6
 Wouldn't get too heated up samjam. According to his profile he's an 18 year old SWAG f@g who enjoys shit talking apparently. Also, in no way does someone from Alabama represent the American education system as a whole. Back on topic, I would love to see a WC stop in Australia. So many good riders from there, it'd be interesting to see what you have to work with.
  • + 7
 VPPFREEDOM is just mad because "MURICA" aka Aaron Gwin isn't winning anything now
  • + 2
 Lol, true. He did win Sea Otter, but that's not real downhill....
  • + 2
 I think they should give Mammoth a chance, it could be the sand track to the World Cup like what Southwick is to American motocross
  • + 2
 I'm stoked to see Cairns on the circuit over the next few years. Shows we can hold a decent DH race somewhere, not like stromlo for the 2009 world champs. Gives heaps of more local riders a chance to get around the possibility of racing a wold cup, it's really hard and expensive for some guys to go to europe and such to try and race a world cup!
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  • + 26
 Still no BC world cup... But hey, looks better than this year's.
  • + 27
 They should definitely bring some world cups to BC!
  • - 3
 where? whistler already has crankworx...
  • + 20
 the UCI isn't responsible for bringing the races. someone, somewhere in BC needs to put together a bid to host a world cup stop. it's a huge undertaking usually having something to do with trying to promote the region to cyclists and the last time i checked, BC really doesn't have a hard time drawing the cycling crowd. don't get me wrong, i'd love to see another WC race brought to Canada but i'd say it's more likely to see a Bromont round again than it is to see a BC race. most of the racers are in BC for Crankworx any ways.
  • - 2
 Whistler/Blackcomb has hosted world cups in the past. If nobody there wants to do so again, that's their choice.
  • + 11
 bromont wc was amazing, they need to bring it back.
  • + 3
 Ive always wonder why they cancelled Grouse Mountain WC.The track was RAD, literally minutes away from downtown Vancouver with huge crowds...Would love to see it back.

Id rather NOT see a WC in Whistler.We've already have plenty of event to entertain up there and the mountain doesn't need additional beating or tourists ;-)

Bromont was alright to watch but surely Canada has other/better alternative to offer.
  • + 14
 Whistler was all set for a World Cup this year. It was cancelled at the last minute due to the Uci deciding to schedule meribel the same weekend as crankworx. Whistler pulled the wc to reschedule cworx a week earlier, it is their big summer money maker.
  • + 3
 wow, well atleast there in talks !
  • + 0
 @ SuperSlowDH:

Ha! You know the answer...
  • + 2
 Whistler stated a couple months ago that in there plan to expand, after they open up more of Whistler they will open up Blackcomb for riding and also possibly build a world cup track on Blackcomb.
  • + 3
 @SuperslowDH.... its not my fault you're too young to know the full history of world cup mountain bike racing in Canada. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have held multiple world cup events over the past twenty years. In some years in the mid-90s they BOTH hosted events (they were separate resort companies until 1997 when the owner of Blackcomb bought out the Whistler owner) during the same summer within weeks of one another.
  • + 1
 Oops replied to wrong comment
  • + 1
 Thx FraserBritton, that makes sense now...
  • + 2
 can,t say i remember there every being a WC in Whistler or at Blackcomb , been riding since the early 90s and have been up there to see several CC races but never a WC last one i recall was Grouse
  • + 1
 I thought I read somewhere the Sun Peaks was going to try to get on the circuit. Have I remembered incorrectly, or are they just not there yet?
  • + 1
 I "heard" they got bumped for Whistler then as fraserbritton says above Whistler declined to focus on Crankworx.
  • + 1
 @stever I was under the impression that that was for the next year. There are a HUGE set of bids in for 2015 I've been told, including Japan among others.
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  • + 19
 How does Pietermaritzburg keep getting put on the calendar while tracks like Val di Sole, Champery, Schladming are being left off the calendar?!
  • + 0
 I am so disappointed. Pietermaritzburg and Leogang are again both part of the WC series? maybe they should add a tour de france stage as well - isnt that an UCI event as well? Well lets see where the World Champs are gonna be - if its not in champery or VDS, ill cry.
  • + 12
 Then start crying cuz its going to be at Hafjell..
  • + 2
 Hafjell will be the best World Champs since Champery, such a good track. Great venue, amazing riding... just bring a very full wallet!
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  • + 19
 After just seeing Val di Sole, I'm bummed it's not returning.
  • + 4
 I think the organisers are taking a little bit of break, I believe running WC events every year is pretty frustrating and demanding. They will be back, don't worry. There are also other legendary tracks being skiped ( Schaldimng, Champery,..) everyone would like to see but but we cant have it all.
  • + 6
 Exactly, Windham was taken away and 'Muricans were pissed. Now it's back, just like Val Di Sole will be eventually.
  • + 3
 Nothing is "taken away" generally. Most of the time, promoters just decide not to place bids due to some of the UCI's more outlandish demands that are made on both the promoters and venues.
  • + 3
 I hope to see Maribor back on the schedule one day!
  • + 1
 we can just pray that the 2015 schedule is val di sole/champery/maribor/schladming!
  • + 1
 Don't forget Fort Bill, Mont Sainte Anne and Hafjell. Perfect season spread over several months, not with two back-to-back events with a massive dead spot in between.
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  • + 11
 Why is XCE a world cup event? It seems like it was pulled out of thin air, and so has no history as a riding discipline, no amateurs who have raced or are racing it, and combines elements of short-track cross country and 4X while failing to be as interesting or challenging (or as refined a rule set) as either of them. This is just to remind the XCE bashing of last year, not rehash it. But my serious question is why did the UCI invent a sport instead of promoting one that people actually know, participate in, and like? Or just save money and do only XCO and DHI? Especially in the wake of last year's ~universal panning of XCE. Is UCI obligated to have an extra event for promotional purposes? It's puzzling.
  • + 2
 should be xc marathon or maybe enduro (although I prefer the world series) instead of XCE or just back to 4X
  • + 1
 I'm curious who is XCE aimed at. AFAIK you need XC points to participate in it, and I guess that nobody taking XC seriously would race in Eliminator the day before his main event.
  • + 8
 No we don't want UCI messing with Enduro!
  • + 1
 It's an easy way for lower ranked XC racers to gain UCI points.

Alexandra Engen competes in both and is currently ranked #1 in the World standings as a result of the additional points.
  • + 1
 they also want to try and incorporate it as an event in Olympics too! 100% with 4x, or maybe even create a cooler event, like a king of the mountain race UP the hill?
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  • + 11
 Grouse and Cypress are complete idiots for not trying to get in on the action of summer bike season. Cypress half assed a bike park and shut it down because it sucked. Vancouver is arguably the epicentre for all things cycling and yet there's no real events that take place here. Sure we have crankworx but that's more of a holiday for the pros that decide to go. Grouse, Cypress or Seymour should get their heads out of their asses and put on an event and look at opening a park. It's funny driving north on the second narrows bridge, look straight ahead and perfectly laid out are 3 ski hills all next to eachother with the best 'illegal' riding in the world. On top are business's that literally have huge business potential right under their noses and they're doing nothing about it. Makes no sense to me whatsoever.
  • + 4
 there should be something like sea otter around vancouver imo, other than crankworx
  • + 2
 Amen to that! So many riders in town driving all the way to whistler to ride bike park when I could hit up laps 20 mins after getting of work! One of the three should at least test the waters and try but for a season with a limited amount of trails. Stupid not to try i think...
  • + 2
 Agreed. Crowds would be huge. Put it either side of Crankworx
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  • + 12
 Surely its about time something went down in New Zealand - especially now Australia has a round again
  • + 3
 Yeah, bring back Coronet!
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  • + 8
 I dont see why there cant be 9 or so rounds. Makes for a more dynamic battle for the title. 6 rounds is just too easy for a top cinsistent rider to swoop the overal. Like Gee may do this year.
  • + 3
 Agreed. We want competition!
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  • + 7
 its ok people moaning that there's only 7 rounds for our entertainment but the riders and teams resources will be exhausted its not F1, im grateful there is a world cup and this new calendar is getting it across the world
  • + 3
 The riders themselves want more rounds
www.pinkbike.com/video/246990
  • + 6
 If they organised the races in a more logical way they could double the rounds with little to no extra cost to the teams. France could host say 3 rounds , then move to austria for another 3 rounds , then onto East coast usa for another 3 and then to west canada for another 3. Most of these places that hold events normally have 2-3 other tracks that are WC standard and not the same style over and over again.
  • + 2
 @bigburd, most of the teams are on strict budgets and struggle to make events as it is. A week in europe for 6 people (average World Cup team size with staff and racers) is astronomical if you do not live in Europe, or the general vicinity. There is not way teams would be able to complete that schedule the way budgets are. Could you do NZ and AUS back to back - of course. A west Coast USA/CND stop, sure, but not a dozen + events. As it is PMZ/AUS will probably bankrupt some teams next year!
  • + 1
 Is that why the world cup schedule is always so short then because of team budgets? Ive always wondered the real answer behind this as we have seen the likes of DH1 freecaster effort fail to launch was that because there was a lack of team interest? I know the UCI do some pretty stupid stuff at times but the schedule cant be just down to them surely they have to liaise with the teams? From the outside looking in downhill racing seems to have some pretty big sponsors involved Red Bull/Monster etc you would think there would be more money there for maybe 12 rounds but tbh I have no idea really what a top team budget is and what top riders get paid it always struck me as a sport that riders would get more money out of endorsements/personal sponsors than they would from the team.
  • + 1
 I think people underestimate how big of an undertaking it is to travel around the world with a mountain bike team. It'd not like most other sports like say snowboarding or skateboarding etc. where the sponsor basically sends their riders and their board. Mountain bikes are a whole different ball game. Riders, mechanics, support staff, the big rigs, bikes, spare parts etc. it's a lot regardless of what kind of sponsors are behind it.
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  • + 8
 what about South America, we have serious mountains down here, it's a WORLD cup after all huh?
  • + 5
 I have to agree . It's not a euro cup
  • + 1
 And the UCI is based out of where...?

*cough*
  • + 1
 Doesn't matter where the UCI is based its where the competition is supposed to be based, which is the WORLD
  • + 1
 Um, that's my point.... I know its a WORLD cup, but being based in Europe, they tend to sway toward home when picking tracks.... Thus everyone being upset.
  • + 1
 Oh my bad bro
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 S'all good ~
  • + 2
 Not really dude, out of 7, there's 1 in Australasia, 1 in Africa and 2 in North America... So 4/7 are out of Europe
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  • + 10
 Windham is back 'Merica
  • + 7
 still no west coast love though... I want another Angel Fire WC.
  • + 2
 Ha they dont like us in the west! Were not worldcup worthy!
  • + 2
 I want another Vail WC. I doubt either of us will ever get what we want Grog.
  • + 3
 +1 for angel fire

and snowshoe, wv.
  • + 1
 Was at Angel Fire last week, that place can be really gnarly. Gravity nationals are there this year, maybe another WC in the future?
  • + 1
 Windham is Ok, honestly, there are a million better US places, with much better venues and bigger better mountains. But I'm not complaining - it's close enough for me to go to.
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  • + 7
 2017 World Champs in Cairns - Bring it on, would be cool to have NewZealand round leading upto it! Either Queenstown or RotoVegas.
  • + 5
 Agreed mate . Have a look at how many riders are kiwis or Aussies . The UCI should " fish where the fish are" or even get into Asia where everyone has a bike .
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  • + 6
 Silverstar did say they were putting a bid in for a WC in the next 5 years.
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  • + 5
 So bummed about val di sole not being in the list, it's the race I look forward to the most now :/ and what about schladming and champery? UCI you tossers.
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 Would have loved to have seen more proper DH tracks like Champery, Val di Sole, Schladming and others
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  • + 2
 Meribel is such a knarly track. I raced a french National there last year and was glad to survive the weekend. Its Champery steep in places, with some mega crazzy lines and rock gardens throughout, its also very rootilishious. Should be an awesome race!
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  • + 7
 bring back bromont ffs
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 Meribel is an amazing track, one of the best track for WC in France. But what a shame, no schladming this year ? even after World Ski Championships, WHAT ? WHAT ? ... And an another round in PMB, damn uci you sucks
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  • + 2
 Hopefully in the future organized crime will release its stronghold on UCI, and they'll add races on different continents/countries to make it a true world cup. Wink OR... call it something else...

South America has killer terrain, Asia too. Also the American WEST.
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 I guess it's wasted keystrokes, but what is the problem with expanding the schedule and maintaining the time frame? Practically every other sporting event across the world does this, but the UCI can't figure it out? The riders want more, we want more, the towns and mountains want more. If it's about money, sack up. It takes money to make money.
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 Cross country eliminator, the lamest form of mtb racing ever created................ It would be great if a few of the big mtb companies actually had some balls and put on a proper DH series.
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 The crew have been super busy at Cairns preparing to host a world cup, great to see their hard work paying off! Well done......... Can't wait, yeouw!
  • + 3
 Yep I'm really happy for the Cairns MTB crew . Will be coming up from Rocky for this ... Cairns will put on great weather and a awesome track and will be great for the region
  • + 1
 Samjam a few of us will be coming up from Gladstone too. Pm us and come for a ride sometime
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 @turboute......yep will do mate.I was talking to a few Gladstone boys the other day at seeonee XC track saying Mt Larkem is the shiz ATM....our crew is mostly old fellas that do a XC loop once a week but we ride anywhere any time so if you guys dont mind a few unfit slow riders who have a f*cking ball i will come on down....
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  • + 3
 Good to see 7 events again. Also good to see Windham back. I've never been able to make it to a WC race and Windham is the only chance I'd ever get to see one.
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 When is New Zealand going to get a chance to hold a World Cup again? A lot of the best riders in the World hail from here, there must be a couple of good tracks...
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 Considering the entire city of Canberra was out of sellable liquor at 8pm the night of the 2009 Worlds, i hope someone in CAIRNS is already stocking or building bigger fridges!
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  • + 4
 World Cup in Australia? that's interesting..
  • + 3
 There have been ones there before, like Canberra in 2008 and then Worlds in 2009
  • + 4
 It's funny if you search for the place on Gmaps there is town next to it called Atherton, this must mean something ^^
  • + 4
 Cairns '96 world champs - nico edging out palmer by 0.15 ring a bell? carter and king going 4th and 5th...
  • + 3
 Nothin wrong with straya mate
  • + 2
 it was here in cairns in 1996, its been too long haha
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 UCI sucks balls, no Schladming, Champery total Fail, wtf, soon as the UCI gets dropped from running WC DH the better, thank gawd they dont have there grubby hands on EWS!
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  • + 1
 honestly the schedule gets more bunk every year. they need to throw some more variety in there and some more exotic locations but most of all....when are the west coast gonna see world cup races?
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 no schladming? wonder when it will be back, and stoked xc is still on nove mesto and pietermaritzburg, I love those tracks
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 Schladming, yes!
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 Would be nice to see bromont again, but I agree a world cup hosted by a resort near Van would be so good, everyone would show up
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 Yes! Windham is back! It's going to be a long year waiting for that date to come.
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 WTF fuck we just get Leogang and the rest is in BFE this is bullshit! The alps are still the steepest mountain range on the planet.Cheers!
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 Nice to see the World Champs after the World Cup. Nice way to end the series!
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 NO Val di Sole, NO Andorra? I dont see Windham being a better race venue than those 2!
Are iffin serious!? those were the best venues this year!
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 Good to see to see a round in australia! that will be awsome
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 nice to see Windham back. i'd love to see Bromont get a race
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 When are we having a world cup in Latin America??!!
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 Mexico has potential...they just need the money to bid for a round and the permission of the land owners, Monterrey would make for an awesome world cup round....big mountain on the edge of a city...party on!
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 I dont think Mexico can hold a World Cup, in any sense. There might be some places that could have potential, but hey, this is Mexico... things just dont work out down here. A highly corrupt cycling federation, no money to pay UCI for a WorldCup, no experience and capacity to hold such a complex event.... The Sun cannot be covered with one finger.

The only latinamerican country with real potential in every sense would be Chile (and its winter down there while the World Cup is being run)
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 @kjacometti, Please explain in what regard does canberra suck? Is it the abundance of tracks or the strong MTB contingent that you find particularity offensive?
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 What happened to Schaldming only taking 3 years off, it's Leogang yet again ?!
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 4 ever mtb ...................................................................... mtb is best sport of the worl
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 WHERE IS VAL DI SOLE????????????????????
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 Soooo......... What's the difference between the World Cup and the world champs?
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 Wonder what the costs are for team travel to Australia?
Must cost a fortune.
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 What about latinamerican riders that travel to europe and africa or even australia, maybe we aren't much, but you need to see that there's much more that euro riders in the circuit
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 I would say this would be the main reason for a lack of representation at this level . I mean compare the weather ! April in SA and tropical QLD will be amazing
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 Awesome having new tracks on the circuit, I'v ridden what I expect will be the meribel track it's super quick and gnarly
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 I will be attending Windham.
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 huh? no Val di Sole anymore???
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 We need more rounds! There are a whole 12 months to a year! We can fit in more races than that!
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 Awesome how races start in April instead of June!
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 And then they stop for a couple of months...
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 yew!cairns is finally back on the map after 17 years! been way too long
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 Finally the UCI is Australia
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 UCI World Cup DH/ XCO/XCE 3/6/2014 (IRI) ??????!!!!!!!!!!!
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 val di sole???????
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 VAL DI SOLE will be World Camp race i guess not World cup race
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 Where's China? I thought they were going for a round next year...?
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 Maribor ? Spicak? Ruzomberok?
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 YES WINHAM IS BACK!
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 Thank goodness it is not in Canberra that place sucks.
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 when and wheres the world champs
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 Hafjell, 10 days after the last World Cup, it says in the article...
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 awesome to have world champs in hafjell Smile
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 There should be better prizes for world cups, stuff the riders might need like pedal pins and Vaseline.
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