One of the big rumours going into the off-season about the changes coming to World Cups next year was the potential increase of team fees to $20,000. With the latest round of the information from the UCI this has turned out to be pretty accurate. Following the announcement of Enduro reaching World Cup status
and the rule changes
for downhill next year, it looks like the rumour of team fees rising are true.
While the headline-grabbing figure of €23,000 will only be for Elite MTB Teams competing in all three formats, the annual registration fees have risen for every type of team. An Elite Team riding in one format will see an increase from €3,500 in 2022 to €11,000 next year, while a two-format team increases from €6,000 to €18,000.
The price rises for next year have not just affected the Elite Teams as the MTB Team fees have also risen with double the cost compared to 2022.
The prize money for race results has not changed. XC and DH Elite wins remain at €3,750. Enduro has now been added to the prize money chart, with an Elite win netting €1,000. There is a parity for the overall wins between XC, XCC, DH and Enduro.
Privateer/individual riders registering for each race will also see a rise in costs next year as Elite (and U23 for XC) downhill and XC entry rising from €80 to €150. A Junior downhill racer will now need to pay €80 instead of the €40 this year. XC Marathon, Enduro and E-enduro races will have to pay €150 entry fees.
You can view the MTB financial obligation document from the UCI here
I just feel like racing could be a much cooler grass roots thing maybe with sponsorship from companies with interests more aligned than the UCI with their bullshit arbitrary rules.
There must be others who think the same?
like the comment bellow, how are the UCI any different from 'governing bodies' like FIFA etc?
Exponential increases in registration fees, yet prize money remains paltry as ever.
Time for unilateral boycott
Folks say a break away series can't happen? These numbers say otherwise...IMO. Hell, I'll shell out a some bucks for premium access, provided it's a good product, if that's what we need to get these athletes paid.
Another point, although not a great one: If MXGP racers don't like MXGP pay then they could go to the USA and race the Outdoor Motocross races that are paying out $50,000 USD to winners per race. With UCI MTB races there really isn't any other option.
The UCI is rotten to the very core.
Team fees increased to over $23,000
DH Only Team fees increased from $3500 to over $11,000.
Individual racer fees doubled while the prize money for race results has not changed.
Can't wait to see how much they want to charge us to watch the races this year with no Rob Warner.
Rent-seeking slime(Chris)balls…UCI is nothing if not consistent.
to quote that famous motorsport saying: "to make a small fortune in racing, one must start with a big fortune"
They’ve only ever been fully behind roadies and those who race in velodromes, so this announcement isn’t or shouldn’t be a surprise.
This seems to paint a less than rosy picture. Majority of riders are taking out their own private insurance. Most feel inadequately supported in the case of serious injury. More than 70% of riders are paid less than 50k in total earnings.
Even corrupt F1 and Moto have a way better redistribution. UCI decided cycling is a show so let's pay the performers!!
i'd go as far and say not even a qualifier is necessairy and directly start with the semi finals and finals.
entry fee in this case is absolutely fine. price money is ridiculous tough.
this would open the door for a new serie, let's say "continental" serie which replaces the qualifing round at each worldcup. every continent has it's own serie and the top 10% of each serie is directly qualified for the worldcup next year. couple of wildcards etc.
yes, this means privateers will most likly not be riding any worldcup at all. their place is the continental serie in which they fight for the best spots, to probably one day become a worldcup rider. if it's not every riders dream to become worldcuprider, they're probably better off in a continental serie anyway.
this would be the grass roots program. red bull as a worldwide operator and knowhow in mountain biking would totally be capable of pulling something like that off.
How many development teams are going to pay that much money, Cathro's Pinkbike racing team!?
Oh DiscoveryWarner and UCI...
Well Crankworks should expect more people to flock their way after this.
I could be mistaken but I believe if you're a top tier Elite team the entry fee's are included in the team fee. Which at 150 euros a race can add up quickly.
Can’t put on a show without them. Period.
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Maybe time for a rethink??
BTW- i was one of the few people who said that i would pay to watch
If you follow/participate the sport of mtb you better get used to advertising, for example the site your on right now is pretty much one big advertisement
As much as we all like mountain biking and as it is a lifestyle sport to many on here, we forget to remember that it is an extremely small sport, and the world cup races probably make almost zero profit for the UCI. If the UCI were to publish the money made from mtb world cup/world champs revenue that riders are probably seeing a higher percentage of the profit then the players at the recent Football world cup ( and before you say DH is more dangerous then football, Yes it is, but that really has no thing to do with profit).
Until MTB has a proper TV deal (this is where most of the money in sports in made) this is unfortunately probably a fair amount of prize money
£50ish on fuel to get it to a mountain
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