Flanders Classics and UCI race promoters have announced that much will be changed for the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup schedule that was first announced last February. First, Dublin (Ireland) will fill in the missing spot on December 11th. While some publications have stated that London will host the World Cup this season, if that happens, the season is still a long way off.
This is not all for the sake of changes. Maschielen (Belgium) will replace Rochven (Netherlands) on October 30, and Javier (Belgium) will replace Dendermond (Belgium) on December 26. There will be a total of 14 events this season.
This season will be special for Ireland. For the first time in the history of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup, the best cyclists in the world are visiting Ireland. Dublin will take ninth place from the event. Dublin, which has hosted the European Cross Country Championships, will host the race on the Sport Ireland campus. With the confirmation that Dublin is the last missing venue, it is clear that London will not be part of the 2022-2023 Cyclocross World Cup.
“Not only do we hope to be able to establish a long-term relationship in Dublin, but in the meantime we will continue to work to add London to the schedule for the 2023-24 season” – Van den Spiegel
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rucphen and Dendermonde will be replaced by Maasmechelen and Gavere. Organizers are preparing the first-ever zero-waste event at Maschillen. This will be the test case to see if it is possible.
The 2022-2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will begin in Waterloo (USA) on 9 October and end in Besançon (France) on 29 January.
2022-2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup race calendar and scheduled dates (updated September 2022)
|History from||history for||place||nation|
|09.10.2022||09.10.2022||Waterloo||United States of America|
|16.10.2022||16.10.2022||Fayetteville||United States of America|
|17.12.2022||17.12.2022||Val de Sol||ITA|
Read the full announcement below:
Flanders Classics and the UCI welcome Dublin (Ireland), Machschelen (Belgium) and Javier (Belgium) to the 2022-2023 Cyclo-cross World Cup. The Irish Tour will fill in the missing spot on December 11th. On the other hand, Maasmechelen will replace Rucphen on October 30th, while Gavere will do the same for Dendermonde on December 26th.
On December 11th, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Championships will head to Dublin. For the first time in the history of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Ireland welcomes the world’s best cyclo-cross riders. Dublin will be the ninth round of a total of 14 events. Two of the tours that have already been announced will be replaced due to unforeseen circumstances. This is why Maasmechelen will be hosting a brand new cyclo-cross tour on October 30th, replacing Rucphen (Netherlands). And on December 26th we will be heading to Javier instead of Dendermond, Belgium.
“We are very proud to have added Dublin this season,” says Thomas van den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics. “We will be racing in a real Irish environment. This will give Dublin its own identity, just as 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 add a Belgian Tour we are looking forward to And finally, on Boxing Day, we’ll be racing the Gavere, adding cyclo-cross classics to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar for next winter.”
The UCI President, David Lapartiente announced: “I would like to welcome Dublin and Ireland to the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Organizing a tour in a new country is part of the very important development the discipline-leading chain has experienced in recent years, especially since the beginning of the partnership between UCI and Flanders Classics. With Maasmechelen and Gavere we will be back in one of the traditional cross country where we are always guaranteed great races and a very warm welcome. All three venues announced today will be true assets for the 2022-2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.”
The Dublin Race will take place at the Sport Ireland campus, which recently hosted the European Cross Country Championships. Dr Unna May, CEO of Sport Ireland, welcomed the announcement: “Sport Ireland is pleased to host this prestigious event on the Sport Ireland campus. The organization of a major international cycling event is another milestone at Sport Ireland’s campus, which has hosted major events across a wide range of sports to great success. Cyclo-cross is a rapidly growing discipline worldwide. Sport Ireland would like to thank UCI Classics and Flanders for choosing the Sport Ireland campus to host this event and we look forward to welcoming the cyclo-Cross family in December.”
With Dublin’s confirmation of the 22-23 season, it is now clear that London will not be part of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup just yet. “Not only do we hope to be able to establish a long-term relationship in Dublin, but in the meantime we will continue to work to add London to the schedule for the 2023-24 season,” says Van den Spiegel.
The Maasmechelen Tour will not only be a beautiful race with a magical and breathtaking environment. It will inspire young and old to enjoy nature more and it will be all about the importance of sustainability. “We must dare to be ambitious,” says Maasmechelen Mayor Raf Terwingen. “The first zero-waste roundabout will be organized soon in Maasmechelen. Therefore, this edition will be a test case. We hope to build on that more in the future. I know it is a short delay, but when international cycling wants to contribute to the construction of our natural charging point Do not hesitate. The citizens of Maasmechelen are capable of many things and achieve great things every day. Together with the classics of Flanders, we have all the knowledge needed to make this tour a success.”
“We are looking forward to it,” van den Spiegel concludes. “We would like to thank all parties involved, especially Maasmechelen for working quickly to make this project possible.”
The 2022-2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicks off on Sunday 9 October in Waterloo (USA) and ends after 14 rounds on Sunday 29 January in Besançon (France).
Featured image: Hoogerheide World Cup, Bart Hazen