Big changes planned for world championships
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Big changes planned for world championships

by Conal Andrews at 10:38 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, World Championships
The UCI is set to reverse the decision taken several years ago to downsize the number of events at the world championships, with the governing body now looking to create what its president Pat McQuaid says will be an ‘annual cycling festival’ at the Worlds.

Starting in 2012, the competitions will begin with a men and women’s trade team time trial, which will also feature squads from the Pro Continental level and Asia. The reinvention of the schedule will also see the junior men and women’s time trial and road races return after a four year change in dates.

"We want to create an annual cycling festival for the whole cycling family ... we also want to take advantage of new technologies that are available, and to create a mass 'cyclo-sportive' ride in which the public can take part," McQuaid was quoted by AFP.

The programme would be a week long, up from the current Wednesday – Sunday timeslot, and the intention is that it would attract more on-site visitors and TV viewers.

McQuaid said one goal of the team time trial is to enhance the globalisation of cycling, and that a qualifying system still needs to be determined.

The venues for some other world championships were finalised, namely three of those to be held in 2011. The BMX contest will take place in Copenhagen, the masters cyclo-cross in Mol in Beglium, and the road para-cycling in Roskilde in Denmark.

The UCI Management Committee also approved the following calendars:

• 2010 Road International Calendar;
• 2010-2011 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (provisional calendar);
• 2010 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar;
• 2010 UCI Cycling for All International Calendar;
• 2010 UCI Indoor Cycling International Calendar;
• 2010 UCI Para-cycling International Calendar.

They will be published soon on its website.

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