The debut World Cup race at Dalby Forest in Yorkshire, England has been named the best cross-country round of 2010 by the UCI (International Cycling Union).
And in a twin win for Britain, the long-standing World Cup round at Fort William in Scotland has been recognised as the best downhill event once again.
The awards are voted for by teams, journalists, riders, UCI officials and sponsors, and take into account everything from course quality to infrastructure and local facilities.
British Cycling invested two years and £200,000 to bring World Cup racing back to England for the first time in a decade at Dalby Forest. The event attracted praise from the UCI for its technical loop on a brand new course, perfect event organisation and great media facilities.
The Downhill World Cup at Fort William has now won this award six times (it missed out in 2009 and hosted the World Championships instead in 2007). This year, judges were impressed by alterations to the course and the overall atmosphere of the event.
It has already been confirmed that the UCI World Cup will return to both Dalby Forest (20-22 May; tickets go on sale next month) and Fort William (4-5 June) next year.
British Cycling’s chief executive, Ian Drake, said: “I’m thrilled that the events at Dalby Forest and Fort William have been recognised by the UCI and yet again these awards are further testimony to Britain’s ability to host truly world-class events.
“I’d like to thank everybody involved who helped make both events such a huge success, while paying a special tribute to Rare Event Management for Fort William, who for nine years have continually staged a fantastic event.
“We continue to work hard with stakeholders and partners to further improve the event at Dalby Forest in 2011, helping to deliver a legacy for cycling in the UK through to 2012 and beyond.”
The award for best four-cross event went to Windham in New York State, US. Judges praised the quality track, excellent organisation, and the welcome and enthusiasm provided by local people.
The huge crowd applauds Gee Atherton’s winning run at Fort William