Cairns, Australia will host a UCI World Cup in 2014 and 2016!

Just saw this on Tracy Hannah’s Facebook this morning!

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Sounds like great news. Now if New Zealand get’s a WC round too that’d be perfect!

Here’s the official word:

Cairns to host two Mountain Bike World Cups

Cairns will be the focus of international sports fans when it hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups in 2014 and 2016.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today announced the successful bid as professional riders strutted their stuff at Cairns Esplanade.

Mr Newman congratulated Cycling Australia on its bid for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups and said the events would create an important tourism and events legacy for Tropical North Queensland.

“Today’s announcement is a major coup for Cairns and Queensland,” Mr Newman said.

“It provides a great opportunity to showcase a region renowned for being ‘Adventurous by Nature’ and will bring economic benefits to the Far North.

Where is Cairns?
Where is Cairns?

“The World Cup events in 2014 and 2016 will be the focus of the world’s mountain biking community. Investing in these events means the Far North will have ongoing infrastructure, positioning Queensland as a location of choice for future World Championship Mountain Biking events.”

Mr Newman highlighted the fact that mountain biking was a Commonwealth Games and Olympic sport.

“Hosting successful 2014 and 2016 World Cups will clearly demonstrate the state’s capacity to execute world-class sporting events ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“This Government recognises sport tourism as a major contributor to the Queensland economy and we have set ourselves the target of $30 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.”

Ms Stuckey said the city had long been seen as an ideal destination for hosting major sporting events, and was blessed with the natural attributes to entice competitors, families and friends to Tropical North Queensland.

“The events that were bid for and secured by Cycling Australia with the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, are expected to attract people from 45 countries around the world,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In addition, a series of participatory Cross Country Marathon (XCM) mountain bike events will be held in the lead up to each World Cup, encouraging cycling enthusiasts from across the country to bring their bikes to Cairns, test themselves on the trails and stay to watch the World Cup events.”

This race is going to be tough;-)
This race is going to be tough;-)

In 2012, the region welcomed more than two million visitors who spent $2.5 billion on visits, an increase of four per cent on 2011.

UCI Board of Management Committee Member and President of Oceania Cycling Confederation Ms Tracey Gaudry congratulated Cycling Australia and Tourism Events Queensland on the successful bid for the UCI MTB World Cup events.

“Today’s announcement is a significant one for cycling in Australia,” Ms Gaudry said.

“It marks the beginning of a new suite of major cycling events that the UCI and Cycling Australia have been working on together and the future is bright.”

Cycling Australia Commercial Director Mr Michael Edgley said the partnership between Tourism Events Queensland, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, James Cook University and Cairns Regional Council was the determining factor in Cairns winning the right to host these mountain bike events.

The UCI is due to ratify the full suite of UCI MTB events contained in the Cycling Australia bid at the June UCI Board of Management meeting.

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  1. Craig B

    V excited about popping north to Cairns next year. Spot of diving and fishing too.

    I have to say that it will be funny watching people try to ride in 38+ Deg.C and 90% humidity. Turbo trainers in the sauna…

  2. rossgo

    this is BS if they can go to Australia then they can come to NZ
    there,d be so much love for a would cup race here Queenstown, Nelson or Rotorua would all go mad for the chance to host a round COME ON when was the last time you saw a great edit of someone tearing it up in Fu#Kin Cairns??????

    1. Grant

      Although I agree with you in the most part, and I must say that i’m coming to Queenstown in October, I know for a fact that the powers that be of MTB in far north Queensland have been lobbying for this, for some time now.

      Has the same thing been happening in QT? That’s not a dig, it’s a genuine question.

      To further agree with you, I can’t see why they can’t come all the way down here for two back to back rounds. One in NZ and one in Aus.

      Can’t agree with your reference to “edits”…. We’d all be selling ourselves short if we only ever rode places that had “great edits” to showcase their pedigree.

      It’s a long way to come, so make it worth it UCI!!!

  3. Chris O'Dowd

    @rossgo, Cairn’s has been trying to get this for a while as Grant said, the aim was to get it for the 20th anniversary of when they had world (champs I think?) in 1996.

  4. rossgo

    Er… sorry bout that last bit. I’m sure theres great riding in Tropical North Queensland Ive just never heard about it .

  5. part time

    Not at any point does that article mention downhill……it mentions Olympics (no DH), it mentions the commonwealth games (no DH) and some ‘lead up’ XCO races…

  6. Queenie Buckingham

    Does anyone know what month the 2014 event may be?

  7. Arran Tandy

    wouldnt it be great to start the world cups in late march Qt then cairns in early april fly to the USA then Canada finishing off in Europe / brit-land .10 race series money time and energy .would link in with QT bike festival …!

    1. Grant

      You my friend are the new head of the UCI.

  8. Chenzo

    Plan to be in Cairns around the 12-13th of April 2014 for WC #1 DH/XC, and with that, get here a week earlier, and leave a week later. So much to do here, you are all gunna love it. :-)

  9. Rambo

    What about Denmark or the Netherlands too…

    1. sraak

      The Netherlands? Is there anything higher than 200m?

  10. Capt Cook

    Ah, well done Mr O’Dowd, Cairns has some history with the World Cup. I dare say the DH course will be more to the liking of the purists than Canberra, however our friends in the Northern Hemisphere (who love to bag the Canberra course)shouldn’t forget that their beloved Mr Peat won his one and only World Championship on our shores. Oh what a day that was….

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