Mountain biking on these shores received a boost yesterday following the announcement that Britain is to host two MTB World Cup rounds next year, according to this report from Singletrack.
Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest and Scotland’s Fort William will see two rounds from the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, with the former hosting the opening round of the cross country discipline on April 24th-25th. Fort William will see the downhill and four cross round in June 5th-6th.
“Securing two rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2010 is another great development for cycle sport in the UK which comes just hours after the UCI announced Birmingham as the venue of the 2012 BMX World Championships,” remarked British Cycling CEO Ian Drake.
“The UK is the only country to hold two separate rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2010 covering the three disciplines of cross country, downhill and four cross, sending a strong message to the mountain bike community that we are serious about mountain biking."
Drake added: "Both events will present a great opportunity for fans to engage with mountain biking on their doorstep and will prompt further investment into world-class facilities, helping inspire new generations of riders.”