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Does anyone know why…

…the UCI World Championships are so different from different disciplines for women?

As far as I know, it goes like this:

  • Track – Elite World Champs and a separate Junior World Champs competition (European Championships is u23 and juniors only)
  • Road – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
  • Cross Country (XCo) MTB – Elite, u23 and junior World Champs races, different races at the same competition
  • Downhill MTB – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
  • Eliminator MTB – Elite World Champs only
  • BMX – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
  • Cyclocross – Elite women World Champs only

It kind of makes sense within disciplines – eg the XCo women’s field is much larger and deeper than Downhill & Eliminator – but it doesn’t make sense that there isn’t a u23 Road World Championships, because that field is bigger and deeper than all of the others.  If we can have such fun and competitive European u23 Champs, a World u23 Champs would be even better, surely?

Maybe part of the problem is that the men’s u23 WCs isn’t technically u23, but “espoirs”, so they have to be u23 AND not in a World Tour team.  With only one level in UCI women’s teams, that distinction can’t be made – but riders and national teams could surely decide if their rider enters the u23 or the Elite?  And when there were only 5 riders in the downhill junior worlds (it was a GREAT race!) surely there should be a CX Worlds.

I genuinely don’t understand the logic here – if you can help, either with actual UCI reasoning, or ideas why it could be, leave a message in the comments, or tweet me.  Thankyou!

  1. triptogenetica
    September 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I think it’s because the UCI assembled all its best brains to decide about womens cycling, sat down and carefully considered all the issues, and came to a logical conclusion.

    Sound likely?

    Probably just a jumble of what different event organizers were able to do with the shoestring and two bits of cardboard that the UCI supplied each time.

    • Sarah Connolly
      September 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Hahahaha, I guess different disciplines are run by different parts, too, and they don’t realise riders could (gasp!) ride more than one form of cyclings…

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