Two North American cyclocross World Cup races slated for 2015

Las Vegas and Montreal to host rounds in the next cyclocross World Cup season. UCI also announces women's youth category for worlds

The cyclocross World Cup will be heading across the pond for the 2015-2016 season. The UCI Management Committee met in Tabor, Czech Republic ahead of cyclocross world championships, and made this along with several other significant decisions.

The first two rounds of the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup will be held in Las Vegas, September 16, then Montreal, September 19.

“After the 2013 UCI cyclocross world championships in Louisville, we look forward to another milestone for this exciting discipline thanks to our first-ever World Cup rounds to be held in North America,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “Las Vegas will provide a spectacular backdrop to the opening round of the 2015-2016 UCI cyclocross World Cup. With the second round of the 2015-2016 cyclocross World Cup taking place in Montreal, Canada, our leading cyclocross series is definitely making a big push in North America.”

The UCI also announced the addition of what it terms a women’s youth category — riders 17-22 years old — to the 2016 UCI cyclocross world championships program.

“I believe the breadth of decisions taken today by the UCI Management Committee demonstrates this progress, our willingness to embrace innovation to help grow all disciplines of our sport and the increasing commercial and broadcast interest in cycling,” Cookson said.

In the same announcement, the UCI also granted provisional membership to the Kosovo Cycling Federation, enabling Kosovo to participate in UCI activities while awaiting a decision on its full membership request which will be considered at the 2015 UCI Congress in September.

The governing body also confirmed the closure of Global Cycling Promotion following a full review and the end of the Tour of Beijing.