The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced a number of changes to its Track Cycling World Cup competition and awarded organisation rights for its Cyclo-cross World Cup to the Flanders Classics cooperation.
From the 2020-21 season, the number of rounds in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup will decrease from six to three. Starting in 2021, The rounds will also be held between July and September, instead of between October and January.
The competition will also be rebranded as the UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup and will be reserved exclusively for national teams. In addition, from 2021, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Elite) will no longer be organised in March but in October, following the UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup.
The UCI management committee has also agreed on a project to create a new track cycling series with an “innovative” format. The first edition of the series will be held between November 2021 and February 2022 and will be designed to increase the appeal of the discipline. Further details of track cycling’s reform will be revealed following the next UCI Management Committee meeting in September.
Meanwhile, following a call for tender in April, the UCI Management Committee has announced Flanders Classics as the organiser of the Cyclo-cross World Cup from 2020-21 to 2023-24.
The rights cover general organisation, marketing and sponsorship, and the distribution of television rights for the Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships in Belgium (in Flemish). The deal covers global TV production of the World Cup and Belgian production of the World Championships.
The UCI said that more detailed information on the reform and concept for the Cyclo-Cross World Cup would be provided in September.
UCI president David Lappartient said: “This partnership with Flanders Classics opens new international development possibilities for cyclo-cross. This company has demonstrated its know-how and its professionalism by taking the events it organises and promotes to unprecedented levels of popularity. The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will greatly benefit from its expertise in domains such as the production and broadcasting of images and the improvement of the offer to spectators.”