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Windham Top 4-Cross Venue in 2010

 4X action during the World Cup finals in Windham, New York. Photo by Gary Perkin/UCI
4X action during the World Cup finals in Windham, New York. Photo by Gary Perkin/UCI

Every year riders, mountain bike teams, media, sponsors and UCI officials vote for the top venues of the World Cup season.

The 2010 edition of the World Cup included six rounds for each discipline for a total of nine events. Of the events, three — Yorkshire Dalby Forest (Great Britain), Leogang (Austria) and Windham (United States) — made their début on the calendar). And two of the newbies were voted the best — Windham, New York’s four-cross course and Dalby Forest, England’s cross-country track.

Best Olympic cross-country: Yorkshire Dalby Forest
Part of the World Cup calendar for the first time, riders praised the technical course. All the same, the UCI said race organizers faced challenges. The circuit went through a zone were the entire communication network had to be specially installed. In addition, the eruption of Iceland’s volcano Eyjafjöl cast doubt on the venue and necessitated speedy action from British Cycling.

The winner in 2008, Offenburg, Germany, came second and Windham third.

Best downhill: Fort William
Beaten last year, Fort William in Great Britain was once again voted best downhill event of the season. The thousands of spectators that regularly turn out for this Scottish event ensured its popularity within the mountain bike community, said the UCI. The modifications to the downhill course this season were also cited.

Much further back, two events shared second place: Val di Sole, Italy and Windham.

Best four-cross: Windham, New York (check out the Windham World Cup Photo Galleries)
The World Cup hadn’t stopped in the United States since the event in Angel Fire Resort in 2005. Windham Resort, which shares the same name with the host town in Upstate New York State, offered up a challenging four-cross track. Voters also noted excellent organization as well as the welcome and enthusiasm of the local population.

Fort William finished second and Leogang third. The Austrian resort organized the event just a few weeks before it took place.

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