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Sneak Peek: World Cup XC #1 Pietermaritzburg

Sometimes things just fall into the Singletrack.com inbox, like this glimpse of the cross-country course at the 2011 World Cup season opener in in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on April 23 and 24.

Thanks to Neels Ferreira for the heads-up on the vid! Check it out below…

Meanwhile, along with the stop in Pietermaritzburg new venues include Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic. And for the second year in a row, world class XC and DH riders will return to Upstate New York for the stop at Windham Mountain.

The big bummer is that Houffalize, Belgium is off the calendar. For nearly 20 years Houffalize was a fan and rider favorite, as Belgium’s cycling fanatic public turned out in droves — noisy droves. According to the UCI, the Houffalize organizers couldn’t meet the World Cup event standards. The race was almost cancelled in 2010, but did go on with Jose Hermida winning at one of the most desirable venues on the circuit.

April 23-24: World Cup XCO, DHI & 4X #1 – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
May 21-22: World Cup XCO #2 – Yorkshire, Dalby Forest, Great Britain
May 28-29: World Cup XCO #3 – Offenburg, Germany
June 4-6: World Cup DHI & 4X #2 – Fort William, Great Britain
June 11-12: World Cup DHI & 4X #3 – Leogang, Austria
July 2-3: World Cup XCO, DHI & 4X #4 – Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada
July 9-10: World Cup XCO, DHI & 4X #5 – Windham, New York, USA
August 6-7:
World Cup DHI #6 – La Bresse, France
August 13-14: World Cup XCO #6 – Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czechoslovakia
August 20-21: World Cup XCO & DHI #7, 4X #6 – Val di Sole, Italy

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