Milton Keynes looks set to get round of 2014-15 Cyclo-cross World Cup
Weekend of cross planned, but not at the Bowl, says Simon Burney
The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup looks set to come to the UK for the first time next year with a round in Milton Keynes on November 29, 2014.
According to cyclo-cross.info Milton Keynes was vying for a World Cup spot for the 2013-14 season, but did not meet the necessary budgetary requirements.
The town, famed for roundabouts and concrete cows, hosted a round of the cyclo-cross National Trophy series on December 1.
However, while the Belgians are getting excited about popping over to the UK for a World Cup race, Britain’s godfather of ’cross and UCI cross bloke Simon Burney took to Twitter to clarify.
He said: “Oh jeez who told Belgian press there might be a UK World Cup? Guess I can't back out now... #anyonegotanycoursetape?
“If you want to hear more about a potential Brit WC 'cross WHICH ISNT OFFICAL YET you better follow @MiltonKeynesWCX to see if we get it!
“It'll be officially official (or not) when UCI management board meet in Hoogerheide to discuss. I'd better buy 'em a few beers then...”
The plan is for a weekend of racing, with the World Cup on Saturday and a C2 grade race on Sunday, possibly a round of the National Trophy series, he said.
“And for those asking, it's NOT at the Bowl... I never forgave MK for letting U2 play there so we're somewhere MUCH nicer ;P”
European cyclo-cross champion Helen Wyman tweeted that the news was, “Very very very very very exciting.” Do you think she's excited too, then?