Posted by Editor on 06/13/08
Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2009 Calendar Released
The International Cycling Union's (UCI) Management Committee has approved the 2009 calendar for the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. The committee approved the calendar during its meeting in Snekkersten, Denmark, on June 12 and 13.
World Cup downhill races have already taken place in Stellenbosh, South Africa, in 1997 and 1998 but for the first time in World Cup history, the world's best will gather on the African continent for a triple event in 2009. The South African town of Pietermaritzburg will open the season for Olympic cross-country, downhill and 4-cross. The downhill star Greg Minnaar will definitely want to shine in his home town. This season's cross-country revelation, Burry Stander, will also have the chance to prove himself on his home ground.
The legendary cross-country site, Houffalize, will host, for the first time, the World Cup 4-cross riders.
Overall, eight legs will be organized for each discipline at 12 different sites. Taking into account the UCI World Championships, which will take place in Canberra, Australia, four continents will provide mountain bike athletes with the chance to prove themselves in 2009.
In order to finalize the calendar for the 2009 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the events on 9-10 May and on 1-2 August will soon be confirmed.
Editor's Note: While the August 1-2 triple has not been confirmed, the indications are that it will go to Bromont, Quebec. The UCI would like to see a World Cup in the U.S., but have had little luck in finding an interested (or reliable) American organizer.
|April 11-12||UCI World Cup XCO/DHI/4X Round 1||Pietermaritzburg (RSA)|
|April 25-26||UCI World Cup XCO Round 2||Offenburg (GER)|
|May 2-3||UCI World Cup XCO/4X Round 3/2||Houffalize (BEL)|
|May 9-10||UCI World Cup DHI Round 2||TBC|
|May 16-17||UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 3||Vallnord (AND)|
|May 23-24||UCI World Cup XCO Round 4||Madrid (ESP)|
|June 6-7||UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 4||Fort William (GBR)|
|June 20-21||UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 5||Maribor (SLO)|
|July 18-19||National Championships XCO/DHI/4X|
|July 25-26||UCI World Cup XCO/DHI/4X Round 5/6||Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)|
|August 1-2||UCI World Cup XCO/DHI/4X Round 6/7||TBC|
|August 23||UCI Marathon World Championships||Graz (AUT)|
|September 1-5||UCI XCO/DHI/4X World Championships||Canberra (AUS)|
|September 12-13||UCI World Cup XCO Round 7||Champéry (SUI)|
|September 19-20||UCI World Cup XCO/DHI/4X Round 8||Schladming (AUT)|
|September 26-27||National Championships XCM|
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