September 25, 2007 (Bromont, QC) — Quebec’s Mount Bromont will be hosting a 2008 UCI World Cup MTB “triple” on August 2-3, with downhill (DH), cross-country(XC), and four cross (4X) competitions taking place on the first weekend of August. The MTB World Cup, XCO#7 and DHI/4X#5, will be the last elite MTB event before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Richard Deslandes, director general of Ise Management, which operates Centre National de Cyclisme Bromont, says he’s very excited about the news. “We’ve had a steam shovel working for two weeks making the downhill run and there’s another two weeks of work. The course was designed by world-renowned Phil Saxena according to UCI specs. It’ll be short, but exciting! We also built a new parking lot and we’re doing all this with a $750,000 budget.”
Bromont has previously hosted many events including prestigious races such as the 1992 MTB Worlds, World Cups and the Master World Championships. Deslandes believes Bromont was successful against a competing bid from St-Felicien because all of the MTB World Cup events could be held together at the Bromont site. He also pointed out that Bromont is close to Mont Ste-Anne, which will host a UCI World Cup MTB “triple” on July 26-27, the weekend before the Bromont MTB World Cup. In addition, Bromont is also close to the airport in Montreal for cyclists departing for Beijing.
Click here for the complete UCI 2008 MTB calendar and visit www.mondialduvelo.com for more info on Bromont.