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by Mark Zalewski
January 26, 2017
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A British round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup could be in the works, at the current Peel Park venue of the British National Trophy Series, which was also used for the recent British national championships.
The first UCI World Cup outside of continental Europe was Milton Keynes in 2014, It was equally epic as it was costly.
“The earliest it could be done would be the 2019-20 season – and that sounds a long way away but it isn’t,” organiser Fred Rothwell told the Telegraph & Argus. “It would take an enormous amount of work and there might be 20,000 watching – Milton Keynes got 12,000 in 2014 – but riders already said to me after the nationals there that Peel Park was like a mini-Belgium.”
Rothwell is referring to the first ever World Cup event staged outside of continental Europe at Milton Keynes. This season two World Cup events were held in the United States, illustrating the appetite for the UCI to expand the reach of the top-level cyclocross series.
Besides the hurdle of first being selected to host the event, Rothwell said the huge costs associated with staging it would be a burden.
“We did all right financially – we were in the black – but Milton Keynes had a bit of a shock for the World Cup,” he said. “[They expected] £100,000, of which they were expected to get £70,000 back, but instead they got £100,000 back but it cost them £400,000.”
Click through to read more at the Telegraph & Argus.