A tight budget has forced the organizers of the Windham, New York, World Cup to drop the four-cross event.
At the 2010 Windham race — the first World Cup in the U.S. after a five-year absence — cross-country, downhill and four-cross competitions were held. The 2011 weekend, however, will be a bit different than last year in that there will be no four-cross.
“Despite the success we achieved in 2010 with the four-cross event, we had to make the difficult decision not to include it in this year’s schedule at Windham,” said race director Nick Bove. “Since our venue is a ski mountain, the course has to be dismantled for the ski season and completely rebuilt each year, making it too cost prohibitive to continue.”
Bove said the decision will enable more resources — both financial and human — to be devoted to the downhill and cross-country events, which will be held from July 7 through July 10.
Windham organizers are also planning community events again this year, including cross-country and downhill racing for all levels of ability, a block party and a concert, among other activities.
“We received so much positive feedback last year about all of the community events we offered and we’re promising to deliver more fun activities for the entire family again in July,” Bove said.
The 2011 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will get under way in less than a week with the first round in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Windham is the seventh stop on a tour that also visits Dalby Forest, Great Britain; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, Great Britain; Leogang, Austria; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; La Bress, France; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; and Val di Sole, Italy.