The French ski resort of Méribel has received a vote of confidence from riders, team managers, journalists, sponsors and UCI staff in the annual “best event” awards. As well as topping the votes for the best downhill event of this year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, Méribel also placed 2nd in the vote for best cross-country and eliminator events. The honours come one year after the same venue was voted “best event” of the 2013 UCI Trials World Cup.
It was the first year on the Mountain Bike World Cup calendar for the family ski resort nestled at 1459m altitude in the Tarentaise Valley. Méribel hosted the last of nine rounds on August 23rd and 24th with a triple event: downhill (DHI), Olympic cross-country (XCO) and cross-country eliminator (XCE).
Nove Mesto, in the Czech Republic, was voted best event for XCO and XCE. The organisers of the third round of the series, which was held on May 24th and 25th, have been part of the World Cup for several years and in 2016 will host the UCI World Championships for XCO and XCE.
Third place for all three formats went to the ever-popular destination of Mont-Sainte-Anne, in Canada. It was the 24th time that the Canadian hosts organised a UCI World Cup or World Championships.
The best 52min from UCI MTB & Trials World Championships
Have here a look to the best moments and all important decisions from the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships: September 2nd The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, opened on Tuesday with the first titles awarded in the Eliminator. The event was held in the unique historic village of Maihaugen, on the outskirts of Lillehammer, which offers examples of Norwegian architecture going back hundreds of years. The 840 metre course has everything from gravel road, to rocks and roots, drops and banked turns. September 3rd The Team Relay is a once a year event, with each country entering four riders from four categories – Elite Men, Elite Women, Under-23 Men and Junior Men. Each rider completes one lap of the cross-country course and then hands off to the next rider. Teams can send riders off in any order they wish, so the team leading early in the race with their strongest riders has no guarantee of being able to hold onto the lead later in the race. September 6th The weather continues to favour the Championships during the Olympic Cross-Country race, with summer-like conditions bringing out thousands of fans. The local Norwegian spectators were hoping to see home favourite Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa win her fifth title, but the mountain biking legend could only manage ninth. September 7th The good weather that has blessed these Championships continued, but the dry conditions made the Downhill track rough and full of loose gravel sections, with many riders flatting or crashing. For more information just visit our hompage under: http://www.uci.ch/mountain-bike/ucievents/2014-mountain-bike-uci-mountain-bike-trials-world-championships/351392714/