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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
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The UCI announced that the 2017 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will take place from November 8 to 12 in Chengdu, China. This first Urban Cycling World Championships will combine Mountain Bike Eliminator (XCE), Trials and BMX Freestyle Park disciplines. The world’s best specialists in the three disciplines will vie for the rainbow jersey.
“It is the UCI’s mission to invest in and develop cycling disciplines that complement our traditional disciplines and help shape the future of our sport,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.
‘Trials, BMX Freestyle Park and Mountain Bike Eliminator are three spectacular and already popular disciplines that adapt perfectly to urban settings and provide a thrilling show for spectators. The UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will provide them with an ideal showcase to help them grow even further and reach a still wider audience.”
Raced over short and technical courses in heats of four riders at a time, XCE is a mixture of cross-country Olympic, for the type of course, and four-cross, for the format. The BMX Freestyle Park is practised in skateparks, where freestylers are judged on tricks and their respective difficulties, but also on originality and style. Trials is about getting over obstacles grouped into sections, without setting foot on the ground or any part of the bicycle other than the tires touching the ground, with faults incurring penalties.
The Trials competition will open the five-day show, running from Wednesday November 8 until Saturday November 11. The BMX Freestyle Park will take place over the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, while the Mountain Bike Eliminator will crown the champion on Sunday.