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December 10/99 1:22 am - Revised World Cup Calendar, Fraser Award, Birthday

Posted by Editor on 12/10/99

World Cup Calendar Changes

Lausanne, SUI - 10 December 1999


The UCI announced today that two new venues had been added to the schedule for the 2000 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup replacing venues previously announced earlier in the year. The changes, however, do not mean a change of dates. The new venues will be hosting their events on the previously advertised weekends and will therefore not affect the overall UCI Calendar.

- Round 5 of the Downhill/Dual which was due to take place in Squaw Valley, California will now take place in Vail, Colorado

- Round 6 of the Downhill/Dual which was taking place in Vail is now taking place in Arai Mountain, Japan

Squaw Valley, which withdrew from Season 2000 mainly due to financial reasons is essentially replaced by Arai Mountain, home of the popular 1998 World Cup Finals, and winner of a UCI Rainbow Award for the Downhill/Dual event of the year. With the Vail event graciously moving forward a weekend, the travel path for most of the athletes is not disrupted, and the national calendar dates of other nations are not affected. The Japanese organisers who are conscious of the costs of travelling to their country have agreed to assist the UCI Trade Teams in various ways to assure their attendance at the event.

The other change is that Downhill/Dual #2 which was scheduled to take place in Nevegal, is now taking place in Italy's premier ski resort, Cortina. Both are located in the area of Belluno, Italy, so the relocation is not a major exercise for the organisers. The weekend that the World Cup Downhill/Dual takes place in Cortina is also the same weekend that the classic road race Giro d'Italia will be passing through this resort, making for a spectacular weekend of cycling in the Cortina.

Both these changes will provide the UCI World Cup with 15 excellent sites in 2000.

March 25-26World Cup XC #1Napa Valley, CaliforniaUSA
April 1-2World Cup XC #2MazatlanMEX
April 22-24Asian MTB ChampionshipsKhao-Yai Rimthim ResortTHA
April 29-30World Cup XC #3HouffalizeBEL
May 6-7World Cup XC # 4St. WendelGER
May 13-14World Cup XC # 5PlymouthGBR
May 20-21World Cup DH/DL #1Les GetsFRA
May 27-28World Cup DH/DL #2CortinaITA
June 3-11UCI World ChampionshipsSierra NevadaESP
June 24-25World Cup DH/DL #3Mont-Sainte-Anne, QuébecCanada
July 1-2World Cup XC # 6Mount Snow, VermontUSA
World Cup DH/DL #4Mount Snow, VermontUSA
July 8-9World Cup XC # 7Canmore, AlbertaCanada
July 15-16World Cup DH/DL #5Vail, ColoradoUSA
July 22-23World Cup DH/DL #6Arai MountainJPN
July 29-30European DH/DS/OT ChampionshipsVarsFRA
August 5-6Panamerican Championships XC/DHPuerto RicoPUR
August 12-13World Cup DH/DL #7KaprunAUT
August 19-20European XC ChampionshipsRhenenNED
August 26-27World Cup DH/DL #8LeysinSUI
September 2-3World Cup XC #8LausanneSUI
September 2-3World Masters ChampionshipsBromontCanada
September 23-24Olympic GamesSydneyAUS

Fraser Wins Award

Mercury's Gord Fraser has won the VeloNews North American Road Rider award, for his stellar season that included 27 victories (and half the stages in the Tour TransCanada). Fraser's Mercury team also won the North American Team award.

Another Birthday...

We have been informed that we inadvertently left out roadie Julia Bradley (December 5th) yesterday. Our apologies.

Coming Up

Tomorrow is the U.S. National Cyclo-cross Championships, held in San Francisco, California. Canadian champion Chrissy Redden will be competing, and we have been promised a report. Check back late morning.


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