24 Sep London UCI World Cup Cyclo Cross 2018
From Paul Maunder who is keen to keep London and other riders in the loop as much as he can.
The Cross London project is progressing well. We are developing a bid for a round of the Telenet UCI cyclo-cross World Cup for London, starting from 2018 and running for three years. In the long-term, a successful World Cup could pave the way for a World Championships for London. In 1973 the Worlds was staged at Crystal Palace. Cross London has the support of the Mayor, Transport for London and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and conversations are ongoing about public funding.
Before being submitted to the UCI, the bid must have the approval of British Cycling. To win this approval BC are running a tender process. Several other regions (you can probably guess them!) have expressed an interest in submitting a bid. So, interest in staging a British round is high, and serious bids are being prepared. This is great for British cross, wherever the event lands.
The financial realities of staging a World Cup are challenging; the event has to be run professionally, safely and responsibly. Any missteps could severely damage the reputation of British cross. I am fortunate to be working with a small team of experts in major cycling events management. We are aiming to make our event accessible and inspiring, and if nothing else, a great day out. Many sponsors have expressed an interest in being involved, but more are always welcome! If anyone in the League has connections to companies who might be interested, we’d be more than happy to have a conversation. Feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know Lee Valley is a venue that some feel ambivalent about. My reasons for choosing it were its infrastructure, space, experience of staging major events, transport links and the iconic velodrome. I hope the prospect of a televised World Cup taking place in the Olympic Park will prove to be attractive to both the UCI and sponsors. Moreover the people who run the VeloPark are keen to create cross as a fifth discipline in their offer. If we build features for the World Cup, some could be left on-site for future training and racing. The course I have designed with the help of Simon Burney, Steve Poole and Martin Seddon will be fast but deceptively hard, with four run-ups, stairs, scaffolding bridges, adverse cambers plus one or two surprises…
If we are successful in the tender process, I’d be more than happy to share more detailed plans with the League and talk through how we can engage London clubs and riders in the project. In the meantime, back to the spreadsheets…
Rainbows in the Mud
Paul is also the author of ‘Rainbows in the Mud’ – a must for all cross fans – https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/rainbows-in-the-mud-9781472925954/