Team Registration Fees to Increase for 2023 World Cup Racing

Dec 17, 2022 at 3:28
by Ed Spratt  
UCI

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.

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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.

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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.

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You can view the MTB financial obligation document from the UCI here.

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160 Comments
  • 302 6
 Honestly, man... Fuck the UCI! Prize money should be way higher. The riders and teams should just cut the fuckers out and start their own race series and obvs get Warner back on commentary.
  • 54 0
 Right? Seems like there’s a huge opportunity here for someone to start a competing series with proper prize money and legit coverage.
  • 96 1
 I bet Red Bull would do an OK job.
  • 13 0
 @stevemokan: yeah fore sure.
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?
  • 32 4
 The UCI sucks ass. They have always treated MTB as a side show compared to other cycling sports. Dumb rules, low prize pots and keeping the majority of races in Europe. I say we get this elitist european union out of the sport because they are clearly not interested in MTB.
  • 26 0
 We had that and it was called the EWS, now we don't anymore.
  • 16 0
 I said it before and I'll say it again, Neko needs to start an international series and everyone needs to Jump ship to that.
  • 25 18
 The UCI/Discovery can eat AIDS from a hobos @sshole.

Exponential increases in registration fees, yet prize money remains paltry as ever.

Time for unilateral boycott
  • 15 2
 5000 EUR for an elite DH win???? No disrespect to any of the other disinclines, but the danger factor of DH alone proves how out of wack (and plain wack) these numbers are. No doubt that top XC riders deserve much more as well.

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.
  • 9 14
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 Why should it? F1 drivers get no prize money for winning a race or even the championship. They are paid to race by their sponsors
  • 5 0
 @chrismac70: teams get a large amount of prize money in F1 by way of money FOM gets commercial rights. Despite the fact that F1 prize money is not paid to the drivers directly, you better believe that's a big part of their take home, especially for a younger unproven driver.
  • 8 0
 Revenue to exploit the athletes and prostitute them on the mainstream television for people that are clueless to the sport and will never be invested in it. Only to make UCI and Discovery a more powerful dictator!
  • 10 1
 Ho Lee Fuq YoUCI
  • 9 0
 @chrismac70: No, drivers don't, but F1 teams get 47.5% of the F1 company's profit each year, which is a lot of money. Perhaps the UCI should consider a revenue sharing deal with it's teams.
  • 12 0
 I once got fined by the UCI when i was 12 for wearing sunglasses on a podium..
  • 4 1
 Looks like globally we can unite on one thing. These racers need better compensation.
  • 5 0
 No explanation to rationalize the increase? None? Wow - that's power.
  • 1 2
 At least there is prize money! Absolutely nothing in MXGP
  • 2 0
 @calcrossland26: Not irrelevant, because you're right (which I didn't know and that is crazy to me). But for MXGP you've got a ton more visibility as MXGP is arguably more mainstream than the UCI races so bigger payout to riders per race from sponsors. The sponsors in the MXGP world are also arguably bigger (read have more money) than those in the MTB world so they are willing to throw more money at teams.

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.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: and yet the entry fees for an individual are LOWER than most private US Based race series?? The whole thing still depends on the deep pockets of a title sponsor/promoter. The fees are a tiny part of the total budget for the team.
  • 2 0
 . Although the uci seem pretty clueless, they are the ones who provide the exposure. Good luck starting something and getting exposure right away..
  • 1 0
 @pwkblue: Its UCI's and Discovery's version of Socialism; Take more from teams and distribute some to Privateers.. just don't explain to them how it works and they believe its fair and great . Wyn TV will be delighted that they won't be needing to raise thousands$$$ for the Privateers at least!
  • 3 0
 @likeittacky: We all know how awesome socialism is… lol not
  • 122 0
 Next comes the announcement that Qatar is on the DH schedule next summer.
  • 27 0
 I waiting for the race in North Korea personally. Kim Jong is a missile down the track and is a guaranteed champion next year.
  • 6 0
 @WestC0astWanderer: now that is damn funny. Something about the mental picture of that bozo as a dh shredder is hilariuos.
  • 7 0
 Nah, but Turkmenistan is a real possibility
  • 1 1
 Why not. Messi is paid every week by Qatar as they own the club he plays for
  • 2 0
 Can see Indonesia coming, the government offers a lot of money for world events to come to their country. I can imagine the landscape is somewhat suitable there too
  • 72 1
 Unless there are noticeable, positive changes that come with this, there is nothing to show me that the UCI is no different than FIFA or the IOC in being money grabbing, corrupt A-holes. They charge venues outrageous fees and now hugely increase fees for teams to show up. If someone knows what those extra fees bring in better support, better coverage, better medical (Brook would disagree) etc., I would be greatly interested in hearing.
  • 5 0
 I totally agree dude.
  • 6 1
 What exactly do the UCI even do!? I'm pretty sure I could phone around a bunch of ski resorts and see if they wanted to put on a wc race worhout having to pay for it... thats basicslly where the UCI's input ends, not like there's any actual prize money being put out... I reckon after a couple of days on the phone I could put together a 20 race series for next year before xmas.
  • 1 0
 The UCI are no longer charging hosting fees; that's now the job of Discovery/Warner/ESO Sports......Exactly the same as in F1, MotoGP,...the Promoter runs the whole show, not the governing body.
  • 61 0
 How accurate is it to consider the UCI in the same leag of corruption as FIFA & the Olympic organization?
  • 14 0
 Dead on balls accurate
  • 8 1
 I’d say as they named that evil dictator, who has done absolutely nothing for cycling, their man of the year a couple years ago the corruption is quite deep. It is definitely time for a new series that involves no current cycling orginization. It least there would be a few years without it becoming corrupt as they all seem to eventually. Anyone have Elon’s contact info? He seems willing to throw money at some crazy ideas.
  • 11 0
 They made sure Lance Armstrong didn't fail a doping test for over a decade, when he failed anyway in 1999 the UCI provided backdated medical certificates to explain it away. Even Bernie Eccleston would be impressed.
  • 9 0
 All you need to know that the president of the UCI is best friends with and "exchanges favours" with some very shady characters, such as a certain Russian oligarch and the dictator of Turkmenistan. Unfortunately, I'm not even joking.

The UCI is rotten to the very core.
  • 5 0
 Oh I'd say the UCI whilst corrupt as hell has nothing on FIFA or the IOC. It's all a matter of money and the sums involved with the latter two are 100s of times larger. UCI is small beans. Still assholes though.
  • 1 0
 @vunugu: deff my take as well
  • 53 0
 I'm just here to say "f*ck the UCI"

Happy holidays!
  • 21 11
 Fuck holidays too!
  • 36 0
 Imagine winning a world cup race at any other sport and taking home 1000€.
  • 1 7
flag calcrossland26 FL (Dec 23, 2022 at 0:33) (Below Threshold)
 That would be a big upgrade for MXGP
  • 32 0
 UCI getting on the inflation bandwagon.
  • 19 1
 The bike manufacturers should start their own league and cut UCI out of mtn bike racing. The UCI are a bunch of stiff collar European elitists.
  • 9 0
 @rivercitycycles: with blackjack! And hookers!
  • 1 1
 @rivercitycycles: never going to happen.
  • 1 0
 @rivercitycycles: Commencal Race League just about already isnt it
  • 2 0
 Inflation that has occurred purely due to rampant price gouging in all sectors.
  • 27 0
 The prize money has always been a joke, but with the increased entry fee, its an even bigger slap to the face. I hope that new rider union will meet soon, they have to speak up. This is an insult for the people that give their all for the sport and risk their health and life for results and sport promotion. At this point, better for them to just be a brand ambassador with video edits, insta posts, etc. They are already living off of purely sponsor money.
  • 20 0
 "Following the announcement of Enduro reaching World Cup status" It's as if they assume it was less than just because it didn't have World Cup at the end of the name. Just because you bought something doesn't mean you get to now anoint it as the pinnacle of a sport. It already f*cking was, you are going to make it worse now.
  • 23 1
 Sometimes it’s hard to believe Chris Balls has been a WC racer in the past.
  • 6 0
 He used to be a commissary for them too before starting the ews...
  • 1 17
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:40) (Below Threshold)
 Why? Chris developing the sport and allowing lots of riders to make a living from it. Pegasus you would prefer it if Jessie, Jack and Ritchie etc couldn’t be professional racers
  • 10 0
 @chrismac70: explain me how draining more money from the teams will allow a better living for the riders, as those riders are paid by the teams (that are now drained if you remember the beginning of my sentence)
  • 1 7
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 @EnduroManiac: riders are paid to market products. The more air time on TV they get the more valuable they are to sponsors. Hire many more people will see dh on Eurosport v rb? Most prone don’t even know rbtv exists.
  • 3 0
 It‘s obvious. The starting fee for an EWS was around 250£. Someone needs to pay for this cut now…
  • 3 0
 @chrismac70: that makes a lot of sense: people who have eurosport but don’t know redbull tv are certainly those that are gonna buy a dh or enduro bike, a giro hellet and some fox pants. Undoubtedly this will double the sales of these brands.
Or not.
  • 20 0
 So, entry fees up and prize money stays the same. Cool.
  • 3 0
 That's pretty consistent with the rest of the economy Frown
  • 20 0
 FUCK THE UCI.
  • 13 0
 Red Bull x Monster x Rockstar should team up and create the ultimate DH Race Series. The 'Red Bull Monster Parties Like A Rockstar' DH series. Now that's something to Discover.
  • 12 0
 Merry Christmas from the UCI!

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.
  • 3 0
 I read your comment and thought that's wrong, it said increased "by 3500 to 11000", not "from 3500 to 11000". So I went back and read again and it's right! That's insane.
  • 12 0
 B b b but rubber stamper Minnaar and Volvo golfer (guys who already got theirs) told me there was going to be more money for the riders!!! I’m shocked!

Rent-seeking slime(Chris)balls…UCI is nothing if not consistent.
  • 1 0
 "Move along, nothing to see here people"
  • 11 0
 surprise, pinkbike readers discover racing is expensive and not paying much...

to quote that famous motorsport saying: "to make a small fortune in racing, one must start with a big fortune"
  • 9 0
 The UCI really doesn’t care about mountain biking, but they’ll still try to squeeze as much money out of the teams and racers, as they can.

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.
  • 2 4
 This is peanuts compared to paid racing
  • 9 0
 This should be fuel for grassroots races all over the world. US Open, Canadian DH Open, even Crankworx races. Low prize money at UCI races quite literally shows how much they value these athletes. People aren't going to stop racing just because the UCI is trying to price them out, these racers will still need somewhere to go.
  • 13 0
 What the f**k is Chris Ball doing taking the EWS anywhere near the UCI.
  • 18 0
 Selling out his own sport
  • 1 12
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:46) (Below Threshold)
 @calumjsmith: rubbish. With him professional enduro racers wouldn’t exist
  • 1 0
 He invited a sport which is hard to sell because of it‘s format and now managed to include it in a different system.
  • 8 0
 In the early 80's, BMX racing had $50,000 prize purses. I think NORBA even paid out more than the UCI does now in the very beginning, around 1990. We had a promoter running local mtb races, the pro classes he paid back 15 places and did times 1 for the top 10 (double entry fee pay out position 9, winner got 10x entry fee). Even handed out $500-$1000 total prizes for the amateur classes. Some guy bought the series after 3 seasons, first place got a trophy. It sucked. I can't stand the greed these days.
  • 12 0
 Screw the UCI, Discovery, & ESO. Pure greed.
  • 12 1
 Ah so that’s why the prices for bikes are so high!
  • 10 0
 Only the new Commencals... It's hard when you sponsor half the feild
  • 5 0
 I don't understand why the prize pots are so low, it should start at 10k and something substantial for the overall win. I'm presuming the fees are going up to produce more top end elite riders, bringing it maybe down to 60 riders total instead of 100+ but they should also increase the rewards with that!
  • 7 0
 I am surprised to see how small the purse is. It does not seem sustainable to be a professional mountain biker, even moreso when you consider the risk of injuries.
  • 1 8
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 It’s highly sustainable as they are employed by sponsors to pay their wages. They are part of the brands marketing department
  • 3 0
 @chrismac70:
www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbikes-state-of-the-sport-full-release.html

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.
  • 1 6
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 23, 2022 at 0:22) (Below Threshold)
 @jalopyj: Compare that though with reality. Does Aaron Gwin look like he isn’t making a fortune or the athertons or Minnar. Which one has there own plane? I can’t remember but they aren’t bought by those not making much money. Like all sports the top 10 do very well. The top 20 do well and the rest don’t
  • 1 0
 @chrismac70: they'll be paid by multiple sponsors and likely bonused by them all for results (and possibly exposure). So they may not win large pots of prize money but suspect they'll do alright via their sponsors.
  • 9 0
 just wait: next year EDR will be held in qatar…
  • 8 1
 Where is the incentive for teams to enter? Fees are up and if it all ends up pay per view/subscription, engagement and brand visibility will be down. Daft.
  • 1 9
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:48) (Below Threshold)
 Because they get more exposure with full runs being broadcast. It’s all about marketing. I’m quite sure the teams were consulted
  • 5 0
 What is the reasoning behind the increase in fees and the small prize money? The racers are going to work more (with finals and semi-finals) and they are going to be paid less... What is the value ESO and WB are supposed to bring???
Even corrupt F1 and Moto have a way better redistribution. UCI decided cycling is a show so let's pay the performers!!
  • 5 0
 It's not the Worldcups job to be an grass roots program. It's the worldcup! This means toplevel racing worldwide *cough* with the best athletes imaginable.
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.
  • 5 0
 I’m pretty sure Claudio and Rob could pool their talent and investors together to start up a new series to boot the UCI. Heck they could even have Bernard Kerr manage it. If he can ride, race and manage a World Cup team all at once, I’m pretty sure he could handle things better than the UCI. Just saying!
  • 5 0
 What a joke!!! It is the riders that MAKE this sport, everyone else's JOB or ROLE is ultimately secondary. All this pandering and compromise so higher ups can make more money while kneecapping the actual racing and riding is so bonkers. It is insane that 1/2 the riding (some of/ if not the highest level of riding in the world) at rampage this year was shelved on the day of "because t.v." Really hope the Riders take back the sport and get what they deserve, without them dedicating there lives and passion to drive and develop this sport none of this 'INDUSTRY" would exist.
  • 1 0
 Their...lol
  • 10 1
 Fuck you UCI!
  • 8 0
 If you win elite you can buy a wheelset for next day, niceBig Grin
  • 4 0
 Not sure if links work here, but the 2021 financial statements for the UCI are in this document, starting around page 160. They are a financial behemoth

downloads.ctfassets.net/761l7gh5x5an/bf3JFePeFwBI7BznNoDpC/8b27e6408fa091c2dcfe9091a6eb142e/2021_UCI_RAPPORT-ANNUEL_EN_web.pdf
  • 2 0
 The financial report starts on p. 82, another mystery of this not-for-profit nongovernmental organization whose primary objective is 'to direct, develop, regulate, control and discipline cycling in all forms worldwide'
  • 7 1
 Jeez! That money grab is almost as bad as the one made by the Polish government!...
  • 4 0
 Wow! How can a team or privateer afford to travel and prepare (medical, parts, health...) for races with such little payouts? These guys know how to stretch a buck. Super disappointed in UCI
  • 2 6
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 By being good enough to attract sufficient revenue from sponsors. It’s called professional sport, not amateur hour
  • 3 0
 Very, very difficult for a privateer
  • 3 0
 So how many factories can we expect to field a team with these fees, Santa Cruz Syndicate and Commencal Mucc Off, Specialized, Trek and Norco and who else is going to foot that bill and then pay riders so that they win at an event with no ticket sales provided people want to go on a leisurely hike and paywalled broadcast from an unproven diffuser...

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.
  • 2 7
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 23, 2022 at 0:27) (Below Threshold)
 Canyon will, Specialized will the atherton will. All the big teams will carry on as normal. These teams have budgets of over £1m a year. An extra £10k in entry fees is peanuts not much more than the cost of 1 advert in a magazine. It’s a tiny amount of money
  • 2 0
 @chrismac70: an advert in a what now?
  • 7 0
 You criminals are now charging me 150€ for registration? Thanks
  • 3 0
 Seriously? That much of a leap up? This is an unfunny joke. Seemingly everything is getting more expensive but this is an exaggeration. UCi is good just like the FIA fifa and similar organizations in extracting the hardship and wrecking what was great.
  • 3 0
 This does seem ripe for someone else to create a better opportunity for riders and viewers. Crankworx is already popular and with respect to competitors, difficult. The Dh tracks are not at wc level. Maybe a pairing with redbull or others on an additional level or complimentary series would be relevant
  • 6 0
 What the actual fck, these price increases are absolutely crazy!! Total moneygrab!!! BOYCOTT!
  • 3 0
 How does EWS being part of UCI affect the venues and non-pro participation? Will they only be racing at World Cup DH venues ( no more whistler, finale for example). Will there still be ews 80/100 at he races?
  • 7 0
 Just like FIFA
  • 7 0
 Exactly. If Salt Bae doesn't crash the first podium I'll be shocked.
  • 6 0
 UCIA go home, you are drunk
  • 6 0
 Redbull should do a DH/EWS world cup
  • 1 6
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 12:49) (Below Threshold)
 Why would they do that. It’s alot of extra drinks to sell
  • 5 1
 is there anything good with what the UCI does ? i'm seriously asking, how is the money paid to the UCI beneficial to the riders and team
  • 3 0
 As far as I can make out from reading about the application process. It’s the venues that stump up the the prize money as well as paying the UCI about €30000 to host the event. Please feel to correct me if I’m wrong.
  • 5 0
 Lol nw cup pro prize is 2k. Pros may as well race that instead.
  • 6 1
 Someone needs to start LIV MTB tour
  • 1 0
 Would need a different name lol unless Giant and Liv bikes want to get on board.
  • 5 0
 $1000 for an Elite win in Enduro - HAHAHA
  • 5 0
 Are UCI trying to kill our sport or what. Fing bunch of numpties.
  • 2 0
 What's stopping the "elite" guys from just showing up without an official team affiliation? Does the team registration get some sort of priority? Or are smaller guys like Neko going to have to pay 11k to race?
  • 2 0
 Independent riders and small teams can still race, but their teams/sponsors won't show up on the results sheets, and teams need to pay up for pit space on a race by race basis. UCI teams get a certain amount of space at all UCI events.

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.
  • 1 0
 If you don't register as a team elite you don't have a space for your pit and you don't have a bib for your team manager to come at the finish or on the track and you also don't have any media right so no video or anything which is a problem with the sponsor. Team elite is only for the top 15 teams based on the points of the riders.
  • 2 1
 I have not read all the replies. But what is the benefit to the riders by racing in UCI events. Is it because there is not many other elite level series? Will it cost us to watch? If so will teams get a cut of those proceeds? Could Chris Ball now work with RedBull and create that new series?
  • 3 0
 Starting a new series is easy and the venue setups and managing is easier!! Just get 2Guys and A Truck and they'll setup everything and events will be flawless!
  • 3 0
 Someone should just race in their underwear at the first World Cup and write pants on their chest. Should fix everything! Merry Christmas
  • 3 0
 How about the pro riders and teams just don’t f*cking go to this mess of a race series?
Can’t put on a show without them. Period.
  • 6 2
 *feigns surprise at UCI f****** everyone more than they already do*
  • 2 0
 Uci vision,
Unite people thanks to cycling and make it the inclusive and universal activity of tomorrow. For sport, for fun, for a better life.
Maybe time for a rethink??
  • 4 0
 It's a bit hard when entry level mtbs are 4-5k and anything with decent parts is 8-10K
  • 2 0
 @fphayton: those prices aren't entry level...you aren't really looking around beyond premium brands or your idea of entry needs readjusted.
  • 3 0
 UCI banners on all DH courses should be "adjusted" to say f*ck at every event.
  • 1 0
 How come Ed Spratt didn't dig in and find out what is changing for the teams along with the increase in entry/registration fee. Media rights, pit space, electricity, selling merchandise on-site .... things are changing?
  • 4 1
 Disgusting. The greed and grift is beyond transparent.
  • 5 6
 Pinkbike comments section logic- No one wants to pay to watch world cups, however riders should be paid more money

BTW- i was one of the few people who said that i would pay to watch

www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-poll-whats-your-idealistic-format-for-viewing-world-cup-downhill-coverage.html
  • 3 1
 The advertisers are already paying, and you are viewing their logos so they are getting what they want. Why the f*ck should you have to pay to see their logos all over the track?
  • 1 0
 @gabriel-mission9: Serious question, when you walk down the street do you ask to be paid to view billboards and such. WTF
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
  • 1 0
 @fphayton: what are you on about? at what point did I ever mention being paid to view adverts? And to your second point. Yes PB is full of adverts, thats why its free....
  • 3 0
 Life Time Grand Prix pays better in USA for the series of mtb and gravel.
  • 4 0
 UCI can suk it.
  • 1 0
 Their new rules are sh1te. The money is a disgrace. The UCI will probably put much of the money in to road racing. Breakaway! They are a joke.
  • 2 0
 Is there no prize money on offer for the winning team?
  • 2 0
 Even cucumbers went up 30%
  • 7 9
 Let's be honest though, this prizemoney seems really generous, you have to remember its split across both men and women and multiple and a small percentage to juniors, across multiple disciplines.
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
  • 3 5
 I agree. You only have to look at road racing where most of the money for teams doesn’t come from the cycling industry at all. Virtually none of the top teams have a bike brand as a title sponsor
  • 1 0
 I dislike how rational this reply is...
  • 2 0
 Price money is a complete joke!!
  • 2 0
 The UCI is the summer version of the FIS. Both are terrible.
  • 2 0
 Is team Norco cancelled again then?
  • 2 0
 "look at me, I'm the UCI" , f*ckin' dicks in red dresses
  • 2 0
 League
  • 2 3
 One of the many great things about cycling is its free, this is clearly lost on the UCI.
  • 2 1
 An entry level bike is like 4-5k, race fees cost about ads much for a race weekend as it does for a season of other sports. Cycling is far far far far far far from free
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 @deco1: My dh bike is now basically a subscription model. Every time I want to ride it, it costs me £100.
£40-50 uplift
£50ish on fuel to get it to a mountain
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 Just like everything else... charge more, pay the same.
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 Does this mean a privateer will have to pay $11,000 to compete?
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 Its now 150EUR and was 80EUR







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