UCI Cyclocross World Cup 2022-2023 Bunnyhops to Dublin, Swaps Three Venues – Cyclocross Magazine

The Flanders Classics race organizers and the UCI have announced that there will be a lot of changes for the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup schedule, which was first announced last February. First off, Dublin (Ireland) will fill in the missing spot on December 11th. While some publications have reported that London will host a World Cup this season, it’s still a season away when that happens.

It’s not for changes. Maasmechelen (Belgium) replaces Rucphen (Netherlands) on October 30th and photogenic Gavere (Belgium) replaces Dendermonde (Belgium) on December 26th. A total of 14 events will be held this season.

This season will be special for Ireland. For the first time in UCI Cyclocross World Cup history, the world’s best cyclocross riders will visit Ireland. Dublin takes 9th place at the event. Dublin, host of the European Cross-Country Championships, will host the race at the Sport Ireland campus. With Dublin confirmed to be the last missing slot, it is clear that London will not be part of the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup.

“Not only do we hope to develop a long-term relationship in Dublin, but in the meantime we will continue to work to include London in the schedule for the 2023-24 season” – Van Den Spiegel

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rucphen and Dendermonde are replaced by Maasmechelen and Gavere. The organizers hold the first-ever zero-waste cyclocross event in Maasmechelen. This will be the test case to see if it’s possible.

The 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup starts on October 9th in Waterloo (USA) and ends on January 29th in Besançon (France).

2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Race Calendar and Scheduled Dates (Updated September 2022)

come from date to Venue country
10/09/2022 10/09/2022 Waterloo United States of America
10/16/2022 10/16/2022 Fayetteville United States of America
10/23/2022 10/23/2022 tabor CZE
10/30/2022 10/30/2022 Maasmechelen BEL
11/13/2022 11/13/2022 Beekse Bergen NEED
11/20/2022 11/20/2022 Overijse BEL
11/27/2022 11/27/2022 cough NEED
04.12.2022 04.12.2022 Antwerp BEL
12/11/2022 12/11/2022 Dublin IRISHMAN
12/17/2022 12/17/2022 Val di Sole IT
12/26/2022 12/26/2022 Gavere BEL
01/08/2023 01/08/2023 Zonhoven BEL
01/22/2023 01/22/2023 benidorm ESP
01/29/2023 01/29/2023 Besancon FRA

Read the full announcement below:

Flanders Classics and the UCI welcome Dublin (Ireland), Maasmechelen (Belgium) and Gavere (Belgium) to the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup. The Irish round will fill the missing spot on December 11th. Maasmechelen, meanwhile, will replace Rucphen on October 30 while Gavere will do the same for Dendermonde on December 26.

On December 11th, the UCI Cyclocross World Cup moves to Dublin. For the first time in UCI Cyclocross World Cup history, Ireland welcomes the best cyclocross riders in the world. Dublin is the 9th round of 14 events. Two of the previously announced rounds will be replaced due to unforeseen circumstances. That’s why Maasmechelen is hosting a brand new cyclo-cross round on October 30th, replacing Rucphen (Netherlands). And on December 26, instead of going to Dendermonde in Belgium, we’re going to Gavere.

“We are very proud to add Dublin this season,” says Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics. “We will be racing in a real Irish environment. This will give the Dublin round its own identity, just like we saw at the Val di Sole and Flamanville races in the 2021-2022 season. On the other hand; We had to look for alternatives to Rucphen and Dendermonde. With Maasmechelen we are adding a Belgian race that we are really looking forward to. Finally, we will be racing in Gavere on Boxing Day and adding a true cyclocross classic to the UCI Cyclocross World Cup agenda for next winter.”

UCI President David Lappartient said: “I would like to welcome Dublin and Ireland to the 2022-2023 edition of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Organizing a round in a new country is part of the very significant evolution that the discipline’s premier series has undergone in recent years, particularly since the start of the partnership between the UCI and Flanders Classics. With Maasmechelen and Gavere we return to one of the traditional cyclocross nations where we are always guaranteed fantastic races and a warm welcome. All three venues announced today will be a true asset to the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup.”

The Dublin race is held at the Sport Ireland Campus, which recently hosted the European Cross-Country Championships. Sport Ireland’s Chief Executive, Dr. Una May welcomed the announcement: “Sport Ireland is thrilled to host this prestigious event at the Sport Ireland campus. Hosting a major international cycling event is another milestone for the Sport Ireland campus which has hosted major events across a wide range of sports with great success. Cyclocross is a discipline that is experiencing rapid growth worldwide. Sport Ireland would like to thank the UCI & Flanders Classics for choosing Sport Ireland Campus to host this event and we look forward to welcoming the cyclocross family in December.”

With Dublin confirmed for the ’22-’23 season, it is now clear that London will not yet be part of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. “Not only do we hope to develop a long-term relationship in Dublin, but in the meantime we will work to include London in the schedule for the 2023-24 season,” says Van Den Spiegel.

The Maasmechelen lap will not only be a beautiful race with a breathtaking, magical setting. It will inspire young and old alike to enjoy nature more and will revolve around the importance of sustainability. “We must dare to be ambitious,” says Maasmechelen Mayor Raf Terwingen. “The very first Zero Waste Cyclocross will soon be organized in Maasmechelen. Therefore, this output serves as a test case. We want to continue to build on this in the future. I know it’s short term, but if international cycling wants to contribute to the construction of our natural charging station, there’s no hesitation. The citizens of Maasmechelen are capable of many things and do great things every day. Together with Flanders Classics we have all the know-how to make this round a success.”

“We’re looking forward to it,” concludes Van Den Spiegel. “We would like to thank everyone involved, especially Maasmechelen, for acting quickly to make this project possible.”

Featured photo: Hoogerheide World Cup, Bart Hazen

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