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
DOWNHILL VENUE CHANGES FOR 2000 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP
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 25-26||World Cup XC #1||Napa Valley, California||USA|
|April 1-2||World Cup XC #2||Mazatlan||MEX|
|April 22-24||Asian MTB Championships||Khao-Yai Rimthim Resort||THA|
|April 29-30||World Cup XC #3||Houffalize||BEL|
|May 6-7||World Cup XC # 4||St. Wendel||GER|
|May 13-14||World Cup XC # 5||Plymouth||GBR|
|May 20-21||World Cup DH/DL #1||Les Gets||FRA|
|May 27-28||World Cup DH/DL #2||Cortina||ITA|
|June 3-11||UCI World Championships||Sierra Nevada||ESP|
|June 24-25||World Cup DH/DL #3||Mont-Sainte-Anne, Québec||Canada|
|July 1-2||World Cup XC # 6||Mount Snow, Vermont||USA|
|World Cup DH/DL #4||Mount Snow, Vermont||USA|
|July 8-9||World Cup XC # 7||Canmore, Alberta||Canada|
|July 15-16||World Cup DH/DL #5||Vail, Colorado||USA|
|July 22-23||World Cup DH/DL #6||Arai Mountain||JPN|
|July 29-30||European DH/DS/OT Championships||Vars||FRA|
|August 5-6||Panamerican Championships XC/DH||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|August 12-13||World Cup DH/DL #7||Kaprun||AUT|
|August 19-20||European XC Championships||Rhenen||NED|
|August 26-27||World Cup DH/DL #8||Leysin||SUI|
|September 2-3||World Cup XC #8||Lausanne||SUI|
|September 2-3||World Masters Championships||Bromont||Canada|
|September 23-24||Olympic Games||Sydney||AUS|
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.
We have been informed that we inadvertently left out roadie Julia Bradley (December 5th) yesterday. Our apologies.
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.