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Bringing a UCI Cyclocross World Cup Race to the United Kingdom

Words by Chipps Chippendale. Photos by Neil Webb

First published in Grit.cx Issue 1: October 2014

Just what’s involved in bringing a cyclocross World Cup race to a town near you? A lot of financial backing, a large open space and the UCI’s trust in you to pull it off. Luckily Simon Burney has all of those, and he’ll be organizing the biggest cyclocross event the UK has seen in decades this November. Chipps caught up with him to find out what was involved.

Genesis.

Simon Burney literally wrote the book when it comes to cyclocross (he’s the author of ‘Cyclocross Training and Techniques’, now in its third edition). However, he’ll admit that organizing a UCI cyclocross World Cup is not something that he’s particularly qualified to do – and yet, despite all that, he’s still the right man for the job.

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