By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
On Tuesday the UCI made official what was rumored for much of the 2001 mountain biking season: dual is done. In it’s place for 2002 will be the 4-up format, which was seen at this year’s Sea Otter Classic and the NORBA finals in Vermont, and will now be a World Cup and world championship discipline.
The UCI announcement was accompanied by the 2002 World Cup schedule, which sees the series shrink from eight to six races. Also of note is the absence of a stop in the United States. It will be the first time in 12-year history of the series that the World Cup won’t be coming to America. However, there will be two stops in Canada, Mont-Ste-Anne and Grouse Mountain.
Here’s the complete World Cup schedule.
Cross country No. 1, Madrid, Spain, May 18-19
Cross country No. 2, Houffalize, Belgium, May 25-26
Cross country No. 3 / Downhill-4-up No. 1, Leysin, Switzerland, June 1-2
Downhill-4-up No. 2, Maribor, Slovenia, June 8-9
Cross country No. 4 / Downhill-4-up No. 3, Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, June 29-30
Cross country No. 5 / Downhill-4-up No. 4, Grouse Mountain, British Columbia, July 6-7
Downhill-4-up No. 5, Arai, Japan, July 13-14
Cross country No. 6 / Downhill-4-up No. 6, Les Gets, France, September 7-8