The World Cup Downhill series is blindingly good viewing this year. After two staggeringly exciting back-to-back rounds, the circuit has a five-week gap before the third round in Andorra, thanks goodness because I need a rest from chewing my knuckles.
The World Cup Cross-Country series has also being terribly exciting to watch, so I’m told. Meanwhile, the UCI are still pushing onwards with their goal to see XC Eliminator become an Olympic sport, and not everyone is happy. British brat-punks, the S4P crew, have launched a campaign to stop XCE becoming an Olympic sport and remove it from the UCI’s calendar. Their first political move: make a video.
The Youtube description of the video puts it clearly, “XC Eliminator is a potential future Olympic Sport on which our sport will be judged by a worldwide audience.”
The UCI Management Committee recently expressed its support for a proposal to be made to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Back in February the UCI requested the addition of eliminator events for both men and women, effective for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“The proposal was made bearing in mind [that the] IOC does like new disciplines, especially if they have a modern and intense format like eliminator,” said Peter Van den Abeele of the UCI to Cyclingnews.
Cycling News had this to say back in February:
“Eliminator is like a four cross event with a format of qualifying and multiple rounds concluding in a big and small final, but they are run on flatter courses and are typically raced cross country racers although gravity racers do sometimes compete, too. Each heat lasts one to three minutes and rewards those with good speed and sprinting skills.
“The IOC could add an event like the eliminator because it would be a second event for athletes already attending the Olympic Games to race, and it would not have to add to the total number of athletes at the Olympic games or juggle quotas from existing sports. Those already going to compete in the cross country could double up for a second chance at gold if they also raced the eliminator.
“When asked about the possibility of including downhill in the Olympics, Van den Abeele said, “Downhill was never an option, because it would be hard to organize such a competition in an Olympic city like Rio or Tokyo, Madrid or Istambul.” He also noted that the IOC is not ready to increase athlete quotas, another obstacle.”