The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announced the successful bids for an unprecedented number of upcoming UCI World Championships. In a demonstration of the sport’s continued globalisation and the UCI’s strong desire to take the sport to new territories and regions, eleven countries, including Turkey – a first in the history of UCI World Championships – Canada, Poland, Germany and the USA, have been awarded hosting rights for 15 flagship events across seven cycling disciplines up to 2020.
Among the successful bids are Yorkshire (Great Britain), which will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada), which has been awarded the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike (and Masters Mountain Bike) World Championships and Heusden-Zolder (Belgium) and Houston (USA), which will stage the 2019 and 2020 UCI BMX World Championships respectively. The 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Berlin (Germany).
In addition, the UCI has announced that every two years, the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships will be held at the UCI World Cycling Centre (UCI WCC) Velodrome, situated at the headquarters of the International Federation in Aigle, Switzerland. The decision was made as part of the UCI’s ongoing strategy to help nurture and grow track cycling for young athletes by ensuring competing nations are fully supported through the state-of-the-art resources and facilities at the UCI’s Home of Cycling.
The full list of upcoming UCI World Championships and hosts is:
? 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Four-cross World Championships – Val di Sole, Italy
? 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – Maniago, Italy
? 2018 and 2020 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships – Aigle, Switzerland
? 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Auronzo, Italy
? 2018 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships – Liège, Belgium
? 2019 UCI Road World Championships – Yorkshire, Great Britain
? 2019 UCI Mountain Bike (and Masters Mountain Bike) World Championships – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
? 2019 UCI BMX World Championships – Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
? 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – Emmen, the Netherlands
? 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships – Poznan, Poland
? 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Berlin, Germany
? 2020 UCI BMX World Championships – Houston, USA
? 2020 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – Oostende, Belgium
? 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Sakarya, Turkey
The announcement was made at the end of the first day of the UCI Management Committee meeting, which is taking place in Doha, Qatar, during the 2016 UCI Road World Championships. It is the first time that these Championships are organised in the Middle East, and only the second time that they are held within the Asian Confederation.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal the names of so many new hosts from such a wide range of countries around the world and we look forward to working closely with the successful cities and regions in the coming months and years as we build towards each of these UCI World Championships. We were especially impressed by the strength of interest in hosting our flagship events, as demonstrated by the sheer number and calibre of the bids we received. The UCI is committed to expanding the reach of cycling worldwide and ensuring the sport continues to grow in both established and emerging markets.”
The brand name of iconic UK bicycle component manufacturer, Middleburn Cycle Components has been bought by another cycle component manufacturer, Staffordshire based BETD Cycle Components. Hampshire based Middleburn are well known amongst custom bike builders and enthusiasts for their sought after cycle components which include retro-style, British made, chainrings and cranksets. The company went into voluntary liquidation in September after ceasing to trade in August.
The brand will now live on thanks to the acquisition by BETD who are part of the KMF Group, specialists in precision sheet metal and precision engineering products. BETD Managing Director, Kate Lewis commented: “We are delighted to be able to keep the Middleburn brand alive. We shall manufacture and continue the supply of many of their iconic products and will also be able to increase their availability through our existing online store and growing trade accounts.”
KMF Group is one of the largest privately owned engineering firms in the Midlands. It employs over 450 in its state of the art factories in Newcastle-under- Lyme and at a manufacturing facility in Slovakia. KMF Group managing director, Gareth Higgins said: “BETD are now an established part of our group supported by a fully integrated suite of our precision engineering facilities. The business will continue to grow leveraging off group functions such as marketing, logistics, and finance.”
“I would like to assure all former customers of Middleburn Cycle Components that we will continue to supply their sought after components, manufactured to the same exacting standards that customers expect. We also now have the exciting opportunity to add new products to the portfolio backed up by our first class customer service.”
After much anticipation, Rotec’s heavy hitting entry into the All Mountain arena is here! The Revert 5.0 is now available for order. Not only does the Revert destroy any gravity styled trail, from enduro to flowy jump lines, but the geometry of this new frame is super responsive on any park styled course – and our concentric-bottom-bracket-based based “SPP” (Shared Pivot Point) suspension system makes the rear-wheel tracking and overall handling truly superb. The pedaling efficiency is unbelievable, and with its X-Fusion’s Vector air HLR shock and it’s perfectly balanced cockpit and amazing center of gravity, it floats over the biggest jumps and obstacles like it has an autopilot function. This extremely comfortable and stable bike redefines fun on two wheels, while being at the pinnacle of all-mountain competition. The Revert 5.0 initially will be sold as a frame for $1499.00 USD without it shock, or with an X-Fusion Vector air shock for $1699.
The Revert 5,0 is compatible with either 27.5″or 26″ wheels, so you can truly build this frame up to suit you, and the roughest terrain you can find. While going through testing, we have had huge feedback regarding the frame’s lightness and handling. The rear end is amazingly stiff, making cornering feel like you are locked into a rail-guided machine. Keep an eye out for the new Revert prototypes floating around the local trails, as our factory pilots show just what these new bikes are designed for.
Congratulations to Paola Kendrick who won the Ten for Trails: Santa Cruz – Shimano Equipped Dream Bike Contest! When we called Paola she was in the middle of a museum tour and had to keep our conversations short, but after we followed up with her on email, this is what she had to say, “my husband Joe and I made a donation to your cause to support [our son-in-law] Byron in the [Trans-Cascadia] race.”
||I am thrilled to support your wonderful group and wish you all the very best!
– Paola Kendrick, Contest Winner
She is even giving the bike to Byron and he will be choosing the recipient of the $3000 to be donated to a trail advocacy group, “Byron’s response was one of pure joy! He put it in a text, because remember I was in a museum and shouldn’t have been on my phone in the first place! [He wrote] ‘just when I thought I could not be happier with my family vacation and safely completing an epic backcountry race – this just elevated my stoke!” Paola is definitely the hero of her mountain biking family today, “my daughter posted on FB that I am ‘Officially the coolest mother-in-law in the whole world!”
Ten For Trails: Byron will have his choice of Santa Cruz – Shimano XTR Equipped Dream Bike
Thank you to everyone who donated – stay tuned for more initiatives from Trans-Cascadia!
Big White Ski Resort has officially started constructing a world-class, lift-served mountain bike trail network with 100’s of acres of gravity fed trails, terrain parks, pump tracks, and freestyle training facilities. In June, Alpine Bike Parks began trail design and construction started in early August. Alpine brought on local riders Tom and Bas van Steenbergen and started carving out trails for Big White’s master plan developed by Brent Harley and Associates. For 2017, there will be a spectrum of trails for all ability levels, including pro-level trails designed by Tom and Bas.
For over 50 years, Big White has been consistently ranked as Canada’s top family ski resort. Located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the resort village is a 45-minute drive from Kelowna, 5 hours from Vancouver and 6 hours from Seattle.
Bike Big White’s goal is to create a unique asylum for the mountain biking community. At full build out, this family-friendly trail network will include more than 30 trails (70% flow and 30% technical) to explore for years to come.
Working around the clock to build world-class downhill trails before the snow flies, Alpine’s team has just scratched the surface of the resort’s wild alpine terrain. Everyone is psyched to make Big White’s ride-in, ride-out alpine trails legendary. The collaboration process between the resort, the builders, and the hometown hero’s has created something special that Big White is very proud to release. The bike park opens in the summer of 2017.
“Through the years, I have become an avid gravity mountain biker and often I find my family traveling long distances to ride great trails,” said Big White’s President, Peter Plimmer. “So, I have to say that this project is as much a personal lifestyle decision as it is a business decision. We want to have an awesome place to ride close to home and I believe the personal meaning of this project to our family will differentiate us from other lift-served riding destinations.”
Tom and Bas scheme on the optimal line with Alpine’s PM Morgan Benbough.
Dustin Gilding, Alpine’s lead trail designer and excavator operator, points out the line to ReBull Media House producer Harrison Mendel. Harrison has brought together an all-star crew to capture the magic up on the mountain this summer. Be on the lookout for some great content dropping in the coming months.
It would be an understatement to say that there are BIG things to come from Big White.
The dirt at big white is prime right now.
A couple trails on the lower mountain are complete and Tom and Bas took some time out to test ride them…
There are multiple lips and wide landings aplenty.
Alpine’s owner Judd de Vall brought his kids out to test out the trails… 9-year old Anthony Shelly with the big no-footer!
Smiles all around from the groms – Big White is Li’l Shredder approved.
Thank you Dustin Gilding for all that you do – Good luck to you and Carson at Rampage in the weeks ahead
Up and comer Kelowna rider Ben Schleith… Thanks for your shovelling and filming.
Thank you to the awesome crew. We could never have planned for this and we are so proud to have been able to get this park off to such a great start!
Big White mountain biking trails
“Big White Resort has some exciting collaborations and projects in the works with trendsetting riders, builders, and bike industry companies,” adds Plimmer. “We look forward to sharing our story with you as we undertake and continue this exciting and creative process.”
For more information visit bikebigwhite.com
MENTIONS: @tomvansteenbergen / @Basvansteenbergen / @bikebigwhite / @robb / @Alpine-Bike-Parks /@hmendel
There are few mountain bikers who draw admiration like Paul Basagoitia. He has always had a way of surprising us, starting of course with his big win on a borrowed bike in the inaugural Crankworx Slopestyle, followed by his repeated victory after returning to Whistler the following year—this time with multiple sponsors. He went on to continuously influence the sport with his vision and signature style year after year.
Paul has been featured in numerous video segments—continuously raising the bar for what’s possible on a bike. He went on to prove he was more than just a kid with a bag of tricks when he started entering and winning races. From big mountain double flip lines to Crankworx pump tracks, he has been an unstoppable force in a variety of disciplines.What many people do not realize is that Paul came from a BMX racing background and to this day he claims that one of his most cherished accomplishments was on a BMX.
||Winning the #1 gold cup plate is still one of my top career highlights. – Paul Basagoitia
In October 2014, as a four-time Red Bull Rampage competitor, Paul put in an impressive run to pre-qualify for a spot in the finals at the 2015 event with the world’s most elite freeriders. As the pinnacle of the MTB season, the annual event is the only competition of its kind in that athletes design and build their their own lines and can better their score by pulling tricks, doing it all on DH bikes. It is regarded as the Superbowl of mountain biking, and if you have ever witnessed the event in person, you definitely understand why.
Fast forward to Rampage 2015 and his line had it all; steep, rugged chutes; boosty jumps; a natural canyon gap; and a drop that looked to be the highest within the boundaries of the competition. But, as we know, with Paul it’s not just about the line, it’s how he rides it. And he didn’t hold back. After stomping a flip over the canyon gap on the upper portion of his line, Paul made his way down to where his big drop awaited. Blasting a massive blind drop is a stressful task under any circumstances, let alone in a competition of this caliber. A drop of this size is something that very few people have even witnessed, let alone experienced.
With the crowd roaring from what was shaping up to be a winning run, Paul approached the cliff with a full head of steam. Landing deep in the transition, Paul impressively muscled it out and managed to stay on the bike. However, at Rampage, if you lose control for even a fraction of a second, there are almost always consequences. In Paul’s case, the consequences were life-changing.The impact of the drop forced him off-line and he was bucked out of control over a cliff, landing directly on his back and shattering his T12 vertebrae. Paul was airlifted to St. Georges hospital and immediately underwent extensive surgery. Since then, not a day has passed where Paul has not worked towards recovery.
There was a tremendous outpouring of support from the tightly-knit community—from Paul’s close friends and athletes to various companies around the globe. Although the support was generous and wide-spread, the road to recovery is a long one, and a year later he could really use our continued support.
A few weeks before Rampage 2015, Paul filmed a video to help launch the latest RYDERS goggle, the Tallcan. After the accident, RYDERS chose to hold off on releasing the video as RYDERS did not want to distract from the strong impact the #IRIDEFORPAUL
initiative was having. Now that some time has passed, RYDERS is excited to share this video in an attempt to rekindle support for Paul.
||As the last footage of Paul riding before Rampage, this piece is very important to us. Since his injury, Paul has been doing everything he can to raise spinal cord injury awareness. His desire to help others while going through something so incredibly challenging speaks volumes to his character. – Fraser Vaage of RYDERS
||About 12k new cases of #spinalcordinjury occur each year. I Wish I could help each one of them out. – Paul Basagoitia
RYDERS wants to use this video to continue to bring attention and support for Paul, his rehabilitation, and his objective to raise spinal cord injury awareness. In addition to donating directly to the #irideforpaul initiative, RYDERS has added a couple of options:
– RYDERS will donate $10 with every #IRIDEFORPAUL T-shirt sale
– RYDERS will donate $10 with every Tallcan Goggle sale in October
– Simply donate directly to the IRIDEFORPAUL FoundationPhotos:
Nick Pavelka – Irelevant Media
Justin Liddell – Definition Films
MENTIONS: @RydersEyewear / @PBass775