Fourcross Alliance Press Release for Immediate Distribution
The Fourcross Alliance are as stunned and surprised as the majority of people out there at the UCI's decision to remove 4X from the Mountain Bike World Cup Series in 2012. The discipline that has provided so much entertainment during the 2011 Mountain Bike Series seemed to have secured it's future with the UCI after what will be remembered as the finest, most unpredictable race series ever seen.
This decision to simply remove the discipline with no warning to riders, teams, federations or organizers, with a complete disregard to any contracts that are currently in place is probably the point that we are most annoyed about. There are teams and riders out there who have contracts which will run through 2012 to race World Cup 4X. We definitely feel that some better consultation and warning would have been an appropriate move from UCI.
We really feel sorry for the World Cup organizers who have successfully won their bids and have contracts in place for the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup season which was due to include 4X.
Although we see this decision as being entirely the wrong one from the UCI and it's management committee, the Fourcross Alliance now see this as an opportunity to help develop the sport to it's full potential by creating a new 4X World Series.
After what has been a very successful 2011 season for 4X, the sport has continued to grow and showcase 4X as being one of the most exciting cycling disciplines the UCI have ever created. To end the sport now we feel is a mistake and it is vital to the continued development of the sport that 4X remains on the World stage.
We have had nothing but words of support for 4X in the last 24 hours and we anticipate many more opinions to be voiced in the coming days.
All the positive comments for 4X that have been written on the Internet from people all over the world have only fueled our passion and devotion to make the new World 4x Series a success.
The Fourcross Alliance plan to work with the UCI, where possible, to create a new an exciting future for the sport of 4X.
The plans are already starting to take shape in the very short time period we have had to work on creating a new 4X World Series.
We have to get contracts in place before we start to publish details of the new 4X World Series but what we would like to say to all riders is continue to finalize your sponsorship deals for 2012 with the knowledge that we are working on creating a new 4X World Series for 2012 and beyond.
We would like to thank everyone for there messages & emails of support.
A full statement will be issued in due course.
Scott Beaumont & Chris Roberts