• UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Eliminator will return to global city centers. (Getty)Source: Getty
The International Cycling Union has brought the dormant Eliminator (XCE) format back to life with the launch of a new World Cup in 2017.
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International Cycling Union
20 Feb 2017 - 1:48 PM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2017 - 1:57 PM

The reprised eight-round XCE format will be held in city-centre locations over short, technical courses in heats of four riders at a time, and is a fast-paced mixture of cross-country (XCO) and four-cross (4X).

“I am delighted by this partnership with City Mountainbike, which enables us to relaunch a discipline that is spectacular and popular with fans, UCI President Brian Cookson said.

"With this new UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup, we confirm our desire to bring our sport to where the public is, in the heart of cities. 

"As with trials and BMX Freestyle Park, Eliminator requires minimum logistics, which fits in with the desire of cities to organise events that use temporary installations.

"The international character of this first edition proves that the format appeals to cities throughout the world and we are delighted by that.”

The season will finish with the new 2017 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, which will feature XCE, trials and BMX Freestyle Park.

The first edition of the Urban World Championships will take place in China during the final quarter of the year, as part of the partnership signed with the group Wanda Sports for the development of cycling in China. The exact venue and date will be confirmed at a later date.

The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup will also offer equal prize money for men and women and nation qualification points toward the mountain bike world championships.

2017 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup calendar
Volterra (ITA) – 5-6.05.2017 (TBC)
Columbus (USA) – 3-4.06.2017
Waregem (BEL) – 24-25.06.2017
Bangkok (THA) – 29-30.07.2017 (TBC)
Winterberg (GER) – 26-27.08.2017
Apeldoorn (NED) – 2-3.09.2017 (TBC)
Antwerp (BEL) – 23-24.09.2017
Beirut (LIB) – 15-16.10.2017 (TBC)