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!