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UCI releases 2015 World Cup racing calendar


The UCI released the 2015 schedule today and it includes six cross-country events, seven downhill events and zero cross-country eliminator events.

The season will kick off on April 11-12 with round one of downhill in the new venue of Lourdes (France). Although new to the World Cup calendar, Lourdes has already hosted the French Cup, and will present riders with a 2.5km long course that descends 600 meters in altitude.

The other first-time destination next year is Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which will organise a double event (downhill and XC) on July 4-5. This will be the first of three consecutive rounds (2015-2017) in the Swiss resort as it prepares to host the World Championships in 2018.

See the full schedule here.

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UCI will suspend enforcement of unsanctioned race ban in 2014


Relaxing its stance on the “forbidden race rule” the UCI has announced it will not prosecute or punish pro racers who participate in races that are not sanctioned by the UCI or a national federation, such as USA Cycling, in 2014.

These races include popular events like the Whisky Off-Road, Breck Epic, the Teva Mountain Games, the Oregon Cross Crusade, and countless others. It led to a backlash from pros and amateurs alike against USAC and the UCI. 

“Although we would have liked to see a concrete resolution regarding Rule 1.2.019, we are nonetheless encouraged that there will be continuing dialogue regarding the worldwide ramifications of the rule in the coming year,” said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. “In the meantime, we are pleased that enforcement of the rule will be suspended for another year.”

Because the rule has been “suspended” and not nullified, it is likely the UCI will make a more lasting decision on the rule later this year.

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