Seems the UCI liked the effort that Yorkshire had made in promoting and designing the World Cup XC race in Dalby this year. The fans we spoke to at the event seemed to agree too. Great course, lots of vantage points to see the action and some proper technical XC racing (which still led to a thrilling sprint finish…)
2011 will see the UCI XC World Cup return to Dalby a little later (to hopefully coincide with the two-week British ‘summer’ we now get every May) and take place on May 21/22nd.
We’ll see you there!
Dalby Forest in Yorkshire will once again host a round of the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup in 2011, as confirmed on Friday by the UCI at the Management Committee Meeting, which is currently being hosted by British Cycling and UK Sport in Birmingham.
Next year’s event has been granted a slightly later slot on the calendar on 21 – 22 May 2011 and is a ringing endorsement of the work of British Cycling and its partners in promoting the first ever world cup in Yorkshire in 2010.
Giving his reaction to the decision, Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Cycle Sport & Membership Director and Event Director of the World Cup, said: “For this year’s Dalby World Cup we brought together vast expertise from within the sport, the Yorkshire region and from partners such as the Forestry Commission but the event was very much new territory to us all.
“UCI’s decision to award the event to us again is the ultimate endorsement of the great joint effort of British Cycling and its partners that went into staging the event and also cements Dalby Forest’s and Yorkshire’s growing reputation as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world.
“We are delighted that we have been given the opportunity to continue the long term legacy projects that this year’s World Cup began and we look forward to seeing the world’s best riders here in the UK once again.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome the World Cup back to Dalby Forest. We had a fantastic family weekend this year and I am sure next year will be even bigger and even better. We look forward to welcoming people from around the world for another world class weekend in Yorkshire.”
Planning for the 2011 Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup gets underway straight away with organisers promising to continue the innovative approach to the cross country discipline. In 2011 cycling fans can expect to see the return of the Pro Sprint Eliminator and Dalby Dare and spectators an even better experience of watching the event and enjoying the entire weekend.
Interested sponsors for the 2011 Dalby World Cup should contact British Cycling’s Cycle Sport Marketing Manager, Paul Rowlands on 07921 612091.