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Four-cross canceled in Kaprun

The four-cross has been canceled at the World Cup final. Despite using a helicopter to dump gravel on the lower part of the course on Friday, the officials decided that the course was still too dangerous at the top, where no gravel was spread. The decision was not well received – many riders had come to Kaprun just to race the four-cross only to find themselves left with no event. There have been problems with the course since it was built. The organizer simply removed the top layer of grass without packing down the topsoil underneath, and during the past week of rain the course degenerated

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By Rob Jones

The four-cross course was so deadly that Carter was forced to ride it in his undies

The four-cross course was so deadly that Carter was forced to ride it in his undies

Photo: Mark Dawson

The four-cross has been canceled at the World Cup final. Despite using a helicopter to dump gravel on the lower part of the course on Friday, the officials decided that the course was still too dangerous at the top, where no gravel was spread.

The decision was not well received – many riders had come to Kaprun just to race the four-cross only to find themselves left with no event.

There have been problems with the course since it was built. The organizer simply removed the top layer of grass without packing down the topsoil underneath, and during the past week of rain the course degenerated into a soupy, muddy bog.

In desperation, organizers began spreading gravel, and the lower part of the course is now quite rideable. However, the upper part of the course did not receive gravel, and when the first few riders crashed during practice, the officials put the event on hold while they decided what to do.

The majority of the riders were ready to race, saying that they would just have to go slower. Eric Carter, the World Cup champion, added his two cents by riding the course in his underwear, much to the delight of the crowd.

But as the delay dragged on, it began to rain once again, and since there are no lights on the hill, the delay made the whole debate academic: It soon became too dark to race.

It was a poor end to the World Cup.