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?

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.