SA city to host 2014 MTB World Cup
'Important'Alec Lenferna, who has organised every one of the UCI events, told SAinfo on Monday that following the World Championships with the World Cup was an important step. "I think it is important to have continuity," he said. "It is part of the plan that we put in place in 2009, that we would continue to have World Cup events after the World Championships," Lenferna said. "I think it is also important relative to the Cascades MTB Park, which is a legacy project, which is linked to the international mountain bike programme, that it continues to be used for major international events." Next year's World Cup stop in Pietermaritzburg will for the first time include the cross-country eliminator.
FormatContested on tracks shorter than classic cross-country race tracks, the event pits four riders against one another, with the two fastest riders progressing to the next round and the other two riders eliminated. "The cross-country eliminator has been launched by the UCI and, for us, it replaces the four-cross, which was never hugely popular here in South Africa," Lenferna commented. "I think with the cross-country eliminator the people can identify with it more and will be able to understand the format a lot easier. It is also right in among the main viewing area, so it's really exciting racing.
'The triple'"We will be one of only five venues to do the triple," he added. That means that Pietermaritzburg will host downhill, cross-country and cross-country eliminator racing. The 2014 calendar comprises nine rounds in nine different countries, featuring two new World Cup destinations in Cairns in Australia, and Meribel in France. In addition to to short course and gravity mountain bike racing, Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg will also welcome mountain bike marathon contenders for the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships, which will take place from 27 to 29 June. 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar
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