Following its meeting in Bergen yesterday, the UCI’s Management Committee has agreed “major modernizations” of its rules governing road racing, mountain bike, BMX racing and indoor cycling. As far as mountain biking goes, here are the main points of interest:
In mountain bike, the addition of a Cross-country Short Track race (XCC) to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup program was confirmed. Both spectator and TV friendly, the XCC race will now take place at every round of the Cross-country Olympic (XCO) World Cup. The 20-minute XCC race will occur on a wide and flowing 1 to 1.5 km long course (2 to 3 minutes per lap), using the XCO Start/Finish straight and line, and will determine the line-up of the XCO race – with the top-16 riders occupying the first two rows.
Significant increases in the overall prize monies for UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (+67% – from €6,000 to €10,000) and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (+64% – from €3,950 to €6,500) were also agreed.
Additionally, the following World Championship event was awarded:
2018 UCI Four-cross World Championships: Val di Sole (Italy)
Val di Sole has huge experience of organizing major four-cross events, particularly having hosted the specialty’s UCI World Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
As an FYI, this is what the 2018 racing calendar currently looks like, the final announcement to confirm it is expected this week: