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The Forestry Commission’s Dalby Forest will host the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup in 2011 after receiving a glowing report from cycling’s international governing body on the inaugural running of the top class event in April in North Yorkshire woodland.
Next year’s race will be held over the weekend of 21/22 May and will be the second round in a seven legged championship, which takes in other venues in America, South Africa and Germany.
Alan Eves, Forest Management Director with the Forestry Commission, said:
“It’s an understatement to say we are thrilled. This is a huge event and made a massive impact on the region in April. The 2010 post event UCI report makes clear we hit the mark in nearly all areas. There was a fantastic buzz, both in Pickering for the curtain raiser Pro-Eliminator road race and in Dalby itself for the serious business of winning World Championship points.”
According to the UCI report, action from Dalby was broadcast on television channels worldwide and attracted 11,812 spectators over the weekend. A total of 286 riders representing 30 nations took part in the elite adult and junior world cup races.
Next year’s event will also hopefully see a re-run of the Pickering road race and the Dalby Dare, which gave mountain bike fans a chance to ride the World Cup course before the elite racers.
Notes to Editor
- The 2010 event was held in Dalby Forest on 25 and 26 April. British Cycling worked in close partnership with UK Sport, Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward and the Forestry Commission, with the support of a number of local partners including Ryedale Council and North Yorkshire County Council, to deliver the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup.
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. More information at www.forestry.gov.uk/YorkshireandtheHumber
Richard Darn on 0113 346 6085. Mobile 0775 367 0038.