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The cyclo-cross world cup won't be returning to Milton Keynes in 2015, despite the success of the round of the series in November 2014.

According to the organisers, the 2014 venue, Campbell Park, will be used as a fan zone when the Rugby World Cup comes to Milton Keynes in October 2015 and Milton Keynes Council don’t feel able to deliver two world class events within such a short space of time.

The organisers said in a statement: "We’re sad that we can’t continue but were overwhelmed by the reaction and feedback we received after the event; we are proud that we were able to host the first World Cup in the UK and outside of mainland Europe and hope it will encourage other countries and organisers to step up and do the same.

"We’ll be working hard to try to do it again in 2016; whether in Milton Keynes or somewhere else remains to be seen, we just need to find another killer venue and a pot of money. Easy, right?!

"Finally, don’t be too hard on MK for not supporting it in year 2. The fact is they stepped up and supported an event they knew nothing about based on some vague promises that ‘if we build it they will come’. They put a lot of money and effort behind it and without that, well we wouldn’t have even had the taster of a year 1.

"Thank you Milton Keynes, your name will always be synonymous with Cyclocross in the UK and we hope people will talk about it for a few years, just like they did with Leeds ’92."

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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jarderich [94 posts] 3 years ago
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What about Chantry Park, Ipswich.
Tried and tested with good links to continental Europe.

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STATO [544 posts] 3 years ago
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The fact that they are open to running it elsewhere in 2016 makes you wonder why they didnt try that for this year. I suppose there are probably many reasons including scheduling with UCI which left them without time, it obviously took a lot of effort to set-up. Best of luck to them for 2016.

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surly_by_name [551 posts] 3 years ago
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Richmond Park - iconic and enough terrain you could put some great features in (a deers-mount, anyone). And its convenient to me. And it would really piss off so many of the anti-bike brigade it would be just fantastic.