In any big organisation it can be hard to keep everyone happy, but apparently the UCI are willing to listen to what you have to say, hence their recent survey of off-road disciplines...

Read on to see what was said...


The International Cycling Union (UCI) has today published the results of a survey of its off-road disciplines.

The survey was carried out in order to continue the development of mountain biking, which each season captures the imagination of more and more riders and spectators alike. The off-road survey was sent to National Federations, UCI Mountain Bike Teams, riders, organisers, sponsors, spectators and media. Some 4,300 people answered the survey, which was carried out in two separate parts: endurance (Olympic cross-country and cross-country marathon) and gravity (downhill and four cross).

Based on the outcome of the survey, the UCI has drawn up a new development concept for off-road 2011. This concept was approved this week by the UCI Management Committee, which met during the UCI Road World Championships currently taking place in Melbourne, Australia. The Constitution and Regulations for mountain bike will be modified accordingly.

The UCI’s Off Road Manager, Mr Peter Van den Abeele, was extremely pleased with the results of the survey: “It is clear that the mountain bike community is very passionate and committed to its sport. We received many valid comments and suggestions that show that the main players are very keen to continue developing their sport."

Check out the survey results here: gravity off-road survery