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by Anne-Marije Rook
January 28, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
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Today, on the eve of the 2017 cyclocross world championships, the UCI approved next season’s World Cup calendar, revealing that the US will once again host the two opening rounds of the series. However, instead of Vegas (pictured), the season will kick off in Iowa on September 16, and move onto Waterloo, WI, where Trek Bicycle will hosts the inaugural Waterloo World Cup on its home course.
Trek has hosted cyclocross races on their home course since 2013, and upgraded their Trek CXC Cup to a UCI C1 event this year with great success. Taking it one step further, on September 24, they’ll host the world’s best and hope to give them a world-class course.
Trek stated that the course will be enhanced throughout the spring and summer to meet the prestige that accompanies a World Cup event.
“We felt like we took a huge step in 2016 with the CXC Cup,” said Trek Race Shop Manager Scott Daubert. “After it was over, we asked ourselves, ‘What’s next?’ Trek is a place that always pushes for bigger and better, and the World Cup will be no exception.”
And, in accordance with Trek’s support of equality and commitment to its community , the company ensures equal payouts for the men’s and women’s fields while keeping the entrance to the events free for spectators.
“We are delighted to welcome Waterloo as a new round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in 2017. With the support of the local community, we are confident that this event will be a great addition to our series”, commented UCI Deputy Sports Director Peter Van den Abeele.
After having been the kick-off world cup event for the past two years, CrossVegas will continue as a UCI C1 event featuring a full schedule of professional and amateur racing.
After Waterloo, the 2017-18 UCI Telenet World Cup will go overseas where competition continues in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. While the Czech World Cup event in Namur is notably missing, the addition of Bogense, Denmark will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2019 UCI Cyclocross World Championships held in that location.
Hoogerheide in the Netherlands will again be the season finale, which will be extra convenient for those racers lining up at the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in the Dutch city of Valkenburg a week later.
2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar
Iowa City (USA) – 16.09.2017
Waterloo (USA) – 24.09.2017
Koksijde (BEL) – 22.10.2017
Bogense (DEN) – 19.11.2017
Zeven (GER) – 25.11.2017
Namur (BEL) – 17.12.2017
Heusden-Zolder (BEL) – 26.12.2017
Nommay (FRA) – 21.01.2018
Hoogerheide (NED) – 28.01.2018
The full 2017 UCI International Cyclo-cross Calendar features events in 19 nations world-wide, including first time UCI events in Portugal and Australia, and the return of UCI events in Canada and Slovakia.
“I am very happy with the way cyclocross has flourished in the last few years. The awarding of the 2019 UCI World Championships to Bogense, in Denmark, a first for this country in nearly 20 years, is a sign of the internationalisation of our discipline. I congratulate this major cycling nation for being awarded this event and look forward to it organising a round of the 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup,” commented UCI President Brian Cookson. “Our series, which has excellent audience figures, is definitely developing with six organising nations compared with five last year and, four years ago, just three.”