Prepare for the return of XCE mountain bike racing

A new series of cross country eliminator events will hit city centres as part of the UCI World Cup.
Men's XCE racing at Nove Mesto 2013
Maximum effort © Marius Maasewerd
By Ric McLaughlin

Cross country eliminator (XCE) is set to make a shock return to the 2017 race calendar with an eight-round UCI World Cup series planned for the summer.

The format that sees four riders competing elbow-to-elbow around a point-to-point circuit was dropped by the governing body at the end of the 2014 season. But eliminator racing has continued at national and regional level since then, as well as being part of the annual UCI World Championships.

enny Rissveds performs at the UCI XCE Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, USA on August 8th, 2014.
Jenny Rissveds takes the lead at Windham © Sven Martin/Red Bull Content Pool

The venues are the big new additions for 2017. The UCI will be working in partnership with City Mountainbike, an organisation that specialises in bringing XCE racing into urban settings.

Some cities are still awaiting approval from governing bodies – here are the rounds and their dates:

Volterra, Italy – May 5-6 
Columbus, Ohio, USA – June 3-4 
Waregem, Belgium – June 24-25
Bangkok, Thailand – July 29-30
Winterberg, Germany – August 26-27
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands – September 2-3
Antwerp, Belgium – September 23-24 
Beirut, Lebanon – October 15-16

The revitalised discipline will also form part of the UCI's new Urban Cycling World Championships, set to be held in China at the end of the year.

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