The UCI has named Dalby Forest and Fort William as the best Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup rounds of 2010.
The awards, which are voted for by teams, journalists, riders, UCI officials and sponsors take into account the overall event – including infrastructure, course quality and local facilities.
British Cycling, organisers of the opening round of the Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup at Dalby Forest, invested two years and £200,000 into building a course that would bring World Cup racing back to England for the first time in a decade. The event proved to be a total success and attracted praise from the UCI for its technical loop on a brand new course, perfect event organisation and great media facilities.
Recognised as an all time classic event, the Downhill World Cup at Fort William has now won this prestigious UCI award six times and was this year rewarded for great racing on a revised downhill course, pleasing both riders and spectators. Still seen as an unbeatable event worldwide, Fort William continues to attract thousands of dedicated fans who make the trip north.
British Cycling’s Cycle Sport and Membership Director, Jonny Clay, said: “The Dalby Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup was a great success this year and I am delighted it has received the recognition it deserves.