I have gone to masters worlds the last 4 years, just finally got the routine dialed. We heard already in Mol last year that the event may not go because the UCI wanted euro $35,000 more from the promoter. So go to Belgium over xmas and do some awesome cross racing and miss all the christmas bs.
2010 Masters Cyclocross World Championships Cancelled
This is not the year to plan that trip to Mol, Belgium to try your chance at the blue and rainbow-striped Masters World Champion jersey. The race has been held in Mol, Belgium for over ten years, but the contract is over and the race will not continue in 2010.
It’s bittersweet news for Kathy Sarvary, the only current World Champion in cyclocross from the States. The New Englander can now proudly wear her jersey for a third year without having to defend the title. But for the growing contingent of U.S. ‘cross racers, it’s just bitter.
Is it too late for an resourceful, innovative U.S. race promoter to convince the UCI to schedule the 2010 race in the United States? Domestic racers here will certainly fill the fields like never before. We know late-season race series such as Santa Cruz’s Peak Season series could pull off a major coup. The small, January-focused race series has favorable weather, former National Champions and current Masters National Champs participants, international music via a cyclocross-loving mariachi band, world-class spectators and a fairgrounds venue that has hosted the USGP. We can hope.
Stay tuned as we bring you more details of this disappointing breaking news. Bumming? Got some great ideas? Drop a comment below. Know someone who was thinking of going? Pass this story along.
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I doubt international riders are going to spend the time and money to get out to the west coast for this, considering Mol is a quick continental jump for anyone in Western Europe. East Coast (DC to Boston corridor) would make the most sense. As much as this would work in Portland, consider the distance for the folks traveling from Frankfurt and not the guys in your own backyard.
I heard rumblings of this a while a go and hoped it was just a rumor for my crew that had been planning on going this year. It's a shame as it was a fun event and a great venue. I went last year and had a blast. Watsonville would be a good venue, but an east coast venue would be better for international racers wishing to make the jump across the pond.
There are still lots of great races in Belgium. It is still worth the trip over as a Masters racer to get in some great racing and to see the hotbed of cyclo-cross up close and personal.
We have amazing organizations here in the US (Kansas, Seattle, MA, Louisville, Boulder, Portland, Bend) etc - let's hold the race here..
It looks like the NYCX guys are trying to build interest on the east coast. Check out their Facebook group.
Perhaps the US 'cross nationals can becomes Worlds. Crown National and World champs at the same time. Everyone can race, everyone is eligible for the World title, only US citizens can be US champs.