The UCI Management Committee, which met in Maastricht, the Netherlands, approved the calendar for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
Next year, the World Cup series will comprise of 10 events in 9 countries on 3 continents. There will be seven rounds for each of the traditional mountain bike disciplines: Olympic cross-country, downhill and four-cross. 2012 will also see the introduction of the cross-country eliminator, in which several rounds will go towards a final ranking. This racing format will also feature for the first time at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
As in 2011, the 2012 World Cup will open in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Traditional venues such as Fort William, Great Britain; Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada; Val di Sole, Italy; and La Bresse, France will once again feature on the 2012 calendar. La Bresse, known for its downhill course, will this year organize a round of Olympic cross-country in honour of Julien Absalon, multiple World Champion and double Olympic Champion.
A new triple event will be organized in Val d’Isère, France, the site of the 2009 World Ski Championships. This will be the final cross-country event of the World Cup season before the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, the final downhill and four-cross events will take place in a new venue, the Hafjell Bike Park, Norway, which hosted the 2010 European Championships.
Other venues for the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup are Houffalize, Belguim, returning to the calendar after one year’s absence, and Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, which will host an event for its second time. One round on the American continent remains to be confirmed.
For the first time, the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Austria will be held over two weeks: the downhill and four-cross competitions will take place in Leogang from August 31 to September 2, while the Olympic cross-country, cross-country eliminator and trials will take place in Saalfelden from September 6 – 9.
The UCI Management Committee today also approved the first four events of the new UCI Mountain Bike Marathon series for 2011–2012. This series, which will be qualifying competition for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, will begin after the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Worlds, held in Montello, Italy on June 2.
In other news, the UCI Management Committee awarded the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Pietermaritzburg previously hosted the World Cup in 2009 and 2011. The 2012 season opener will be held in Pietermaritzburg as well.
2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar
March 17-18: Cross country #1, Downhill #1 & Four cross #1, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
April 14-15: Cross country #1 (with Eliminator), Houffalize, Belgium
May 12-13: Cross country #3 (with Eliminator), Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech
June 2-3: Downhill #2 & Four cross #2, Val di Sole, Italy
June 9-10: Downhill #3 & Four cross #3, Fort William, Great Britain
June 23-24: Cross country #5, Downhill #4 & Four Cross #4, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
June 30-July 1: Cross country #6, Downhill #5 & Four cross #5, TBD in America
July 28-29: Cross country #7, Downhill #6 & Four cross #6, Val d’Isere, France
September 15-16: Downhill #7 & Four cross #7, Hafjell, Norway
August 11-12: London, Great Britain
August 31 – September 2: Downhill & Four cross, Leogang, Austria
September 5 – September 9: Cross country & eliminator, Saalfelden, Austria
September 22-23: Marathon, Ornans, France
National championships weekends
July 21-22: Cross country, Downhill & Four cross, worldwide
September 22-23: Marathon, worldwide