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