2010 Mountain Bike World Cup dates announced

New rounds in Dalby Forest, UK and Windham, USA

The UCI announced the 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup calendar on Friday. It will include six rounds for each of the three disciplines (cross country, downhill and four-cross) and will take place at nine venues in eight countries.

The 2010 series will kick-off at a new venue: Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, Great Britain, with a cross country round on April 24-25. That means the UK will host two world cup rounds, including the Fort William event on June 5-6.

After a five year absence, the world cup will also return to the US in 2010. A ski resort in Windham, New York, which last year and this year has hosted a round of the US national series, will host a triple event, featuring cross country, downhill and four cross. The event will take place on August 28-29, a few days before the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada.

The US lasted hosted a mountain bike World Cup at Angel Fire resort in New Mexico in the summer of 2005.

Other stops will include Houffalize, Belgium; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, UK; Schladming, Austria; Champéry, Switzerland; and Val di Sole, Italy. The latter is new to the World Cup calendar, but hosted the World Championships in 2008.

2010 World Mountain Bike Calendar

April 24-25: World Cup XCO #1, Dalby Forest, Great Britain

May 1-2: World Cup XCO #2 & 4X #1, Houffalize, Belgium

May 15-16: World Cup DHI #1 & 4X #2, Maribor, Slovenia

May 22-23: World Cup XCO #3, Offenburg, Germany

June 5-6: World Cup DHI #2 & 4X #3, Fort William Great Britain

June 19-20: World Cup DHI #3 & 4X #4, Schladming, Austria

July 6-9: European Continental Championships, Haifa, Israel

July 17-18: National Championships Weekend

July 24-25: World Cup XCO #4 and DHI #4, Champéry, Switzerland

July 31 - August 1: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #5 and 4X #5, Val di Sole, Italy

August 8: World Marathon Championships, St. Wendel, Germany

August 28-29: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #6, and 4X #6, Windham, New York, USA

August 31 - September 5: World XCO, DHI & 4X Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada

September 25-26: National Marathon Championships weekend

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