UCI World Cup 2012 Schedule Announced

The UCI Management Committee, which is meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands, today approved the calendar for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Next year’s edition of the World Cup series will comprise 10 events in nine countries on three 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 format of racing will also feature for the first time on the programme of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.

2012 season to kick off in Pietermaritzburg

As in 2011, the 2012 World Cup will open in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Traditional venues such as Fort William (GBR), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN), Val di Sole (ITA) and La Bresse (FRA) once again feature on the 2012 calendar. However La Bresse, known for its downhill course, will this year organise a round of Olympic cross-country in honour of Julien Absalon, multiple World Champion and double Olympic Champion, who lives just 15km from the French World Cup venue.

A new triple event will be organised in Val d’Isère (FRA), site of the 2009 World Ski Championships. This will be the final cross-country event of the World Cup season, and the last time these specialists will meet 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 (NOR), which hosted the 2010 European Championships.

Other venues for the 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup are Houffalize (BEL) returning to the calendar after one year’s absence, and Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) which hosts an event for the second time. One round on the American Continent remains to be confirmed.

New format for World Championships

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 31st to September 2nd, while the Olympic cross-country, cross-country eliminator and trials specialists will confront each other in Saalfelden from September 6th to 9th.

2012 MAJOR MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENTS CALENDAR
EVENEMENTS / EVENTS
DATE
PLACE

UCI World Cup XCO/DHI/4X Round 1
17-18.03.2012
PIETERMARITZBURG (RSA)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 2
14-15.04.2012
HOUFFALIZE (BEL)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 3
12-13.05.2012
NOVE MESTO NA MORAVE (CZE)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 4
19-20.05.2012
LA BRESSE (FRA)

UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 2
02-03.06.2012
VAL DI SOLE (ITA)

UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 3
09-10.06.2012
FORT WILLIAM (GBR)

European Continental Championships XCO
07-10.06.2012
EUROPE

UCI World Cup XCO Round 5 / DHI/4X Round 4
23-24.06.2012
MONT STE ANNE (CAN)

UCI World Cup XCO Round 6 / DHI/4X Round 5
30.06-01.07.2012
TBC – AMERICA

National Championships XCO/DHI/4X WE 29
21-22.07.2012
WORLDWIDE

UCI World Cup XCO Round 7 Final / DHI/4X Round 6
28-29.07.2012
VAL D’ISERE (FRA)

Jeux Olympiques / Olympic Games
11-12.08.2012
LONDON (GBR)

UCI XCO/DHI/4X WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
31.08-02.09.2012 05.09-09.09.2012
LEOGANG (AUT) SAALFELDEN (AUT)

UCI World Cup DHI/4X Round 7 Final
15-16.09.2012
HAFJELL (NOR)

National Championships XCM
22-23.09.2012
WORLDWIDE

UCI MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
07.10.2012
ORNANS (FRA)

  1. Tom_

    What a long season – but 2 1/2 months break after PMB?? I already had severe withdrawal-symptoms this year!!

    Val D’Isère should also be interesting, as a replacement for Champery?

  2. thoughts of spell checker

    Norway, Rocking good to see a different track on the calendar. Would have been really good to have seen La Bresse back on the rota when was the last time we where there?

  3. Tom_

    La Bresse was in 2009, an epic race with Peaty taking the win – this year should be awesome there, too.

  4. Nat

    Nice to see some new venues on the go. Shame there will be no Champery or La Bresse, but I suppose you can’t have it all!

  5. Dirty Dee

    I think you forgot to bold Val D’Isere. Looks like a good range of tracks, and is it really sad that i’m already thinking about my fantasy team for next season. PMB and VAl di Sole back to back should sort the men from the boys..

  6. Poo

    They need to come to New Zealand between PMB and Val Di Sole… 2 1/2 month break thats just dumb.

  7. Renners

    I did indeed Dirty Dee, thanks for the heads up!

  8. KidCards

    I wish they would race a different track in Britain, i’m a bit bored of Fort Bill!

  9. andy g

    There isnt anywhere else IN the UK that could manage the World Cup other than Fort Bill. Inners at an absolute push, but then its not good enough trackwise. Dunlkeld good enough track wise but a little short and the uplift is not good enough, Rheola in wales again maybe but uplift etc, space at the bottom is the main problem. We need another super venue in the UK but can’t see where, answers on a postcard..

  10. Dirty Dee

    Glencoe is the only other chair assisted track. And it’s definitely challenging enough. Though as PMB (and maybe others) have proved, you don’t necessarily need the chairlift to make a World Cup work well.

  11. Joe

    God tracks aren’t a problem – good venues are!

  12. Tim

    I love Fort Bill but I do feel it should have been given a rest after the World Champs. There are so many good venues across Europe, it would be good to mix it up a bit more.

  13. Adrian

    God tracks shouldn’t be a problem for him! The tracks would be perfect and the view absolutely stunning! Should be a great venue, Joe!

  14. dirt dodger

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooom !!!

    what a season that is.

  15. Emile

    i hope the round 5 will be in bromont

  16. Jon

    Rubish schedule.
    Season should be at least 8 events. There needs to be far more triple events, like the old days. It’s ridiculous to have them broken up all over. Drop South Africa. Lame track and way too costly for most teams. The industry doesn’t have that kind of money and some teams are opting not to go. Not to mention, way too early in the season and huge lame break in between. There should be 3 events in North America and 5 in Europe/Eastern Block region. Keep the sport more viable by doing triples at most all of these events. And use ‘real’ downhill tracks. Would also like to see tracks like MSA and Fort Bill take a break for a year and involve other places.

  17. craig

    GLENCOE GET IT ON

  18. Justin

    I dont understand why UCI is trying to screw over the biking community… It sure seems like it. Maybe a new organization is needed because this is bs

  19. OliC

    Be interesting to see what they pull out at Val D’! I know Tignes (next door ski resort) has really been trying to push riding the last few summer seasons. Maybe i’ll have to drive take a drive round the corner sometime this summer to check it out.

  20. OliC

    for those interested here’s a link to Val D VTT piste map:
    valdisere.com/download/vtt.pdf

    also good info here
    http://www.valdinet.com/activities/val-d-isere-mountain-biking.htm#noscroll

  21. Steven

    The Val d’isere event should be sick, the hills around there are much steeper than hills normally used to race DH. The vertical difference is huge as well, it would be easy to build a track with 1000m vertical on the belverde side and 700m vertical on the solaise side

  22. nzjoe

    Glad Norway has finally got a WC round. Hafjell is a sick bike park!!!!!

  23. jack bennett

    i think the uci need to shake it up a bit and each country who wants to host a wc event should put a bid in to host it with all there proposals of track and all they have to offer a bit like they do for the football wc then if there proposal is excepted they go in to a draw then the final draw should be done as the lotto draw is where each country is a number.

    it should be an 8 round event and what ever countries hold the world cup 1 year are exluded from the draw the following year until 5 venues have been pulled out then the years before venues are added to the draw so that you only have a possible 3 venues from the year before and 5 new venues/tracks/countries each year now there would be nothing to stop a country entering with a new venue and entering the draw from the start but it would still mean a new track some where.

    SOME 1 FROM THE UCI PLEASE READ THIS AND TAKE NOTE UNLESS I CRASH AND BURN IN NEG PROPS

  24. Tim Lake

    Jack, there is already a bidding process.

    It costs a lot of money to host a world cup, and even more to host World Champs. That’s why you sometimes get sub par tracks given big events. The UCI are in it to make money as is everyone, therefore they need to pick the venues that give them the biggest return.

    8 events would be cool, but you take it to another continent and yet again it’s more cost. The only way we can have a true ‘World Cup’, with European events, Australasian events, The Americas and even events in Japan etc is with big financial backing.

  25. Pete

    I am supprised that Dalby isnt on the list, probably the best XCO course anywhere

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