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     1999 Season Guide
   Guide de la saison 1999




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EVENT SUMMARY
 This is a provisional list of 1999 Mountain Bike World Cup dates and sites approved on 29/1/98 and
 modified on 17/7/98 and 11/11/98 by the UCI Management Committee. This list is not completely
 confirmed as it is subject to each National Federation, which has been awarded a World Cup round
 in 1999, signing a contract with the UCI in the coming months. Category A is the World
 Championships and Category B are World Cup events. Category C, Continental Championships,
 and D1, major stage races.
 Category D2, E1 and E2 events will be found in the 1999 International Calendar to be published by
 the UCI in December.
 * (Denotes 3 Year World Cup Program allocation)


     Month     Date             Event            Cat.   Host Nation       Venue

     March    27/28       World Cup XC #1          B    USA               Napa Valley
      April    3/4       Easter Holiday
              10/11       World Cup XC # 2         B    Australia         Sydney
              17/18
              24/25        World Cup XC #3         B    Spain             Madrid
       May     1/2
               8/9        World Cup XC # 4         B    Germany           St. Wendel *
              15/16       World Cup XC # 5         B    Great Britain     Plymouth *
              22/23      World Cup DH/DL #1        B    France            Les Gets *
              29/30      World Cup DH/DL #2        B    Slovenia          Maribor
      June     5/6       World Cup DH/DL #3        B    Italy             Nevegal *
              12/13      Pan-American MTB          C    Colombia          Manizales
                           Championships
              12-19        10° Italian Cup         D1   Italy
              19/20       World Cup XC # 6         B    USA               Conyers, Georgia *
              26/27      World Cup DH/DL #4        B    USA               Crystal Mountain*
       July    3/4        World Cup XC # 7         B    Canada            Canmore, Alberta *
               3/4        European DH/DS           C    Spain             La Molina
                           Championships
              10/11      World Cup DH/DL #5        B    USA               Squaw Valley*
              17/18
              24/25
              31-1/8     World Cup DH/DL #6        B    Canada            Mont Sainte Anne
    August     1-8           Le Tour VTT           D1   France
               7/8       World Cup DH/DL #7        B    Canada            Bromont
               7/8           African MTB           C    South Africa      Pietermaritzburg
                           Championships
              14/15      World Cup DH/DL #8        B    Austria           Kaprun
              21/22         European XC            C    Portugal          Lisbon
                           Championships
              28/29
 September     4/5         World Cup XC #8         B    Belgium           Houffalize
              11-19          UCI World             A    Sweden            Åre
                           Championships
              25/26          Asian MTB             C    Malaysia          Malacca City
                           Championships
 December       11          Oceania MTB            C    Australia         Sydney
                           Championships
PROGRAMME DES ÉPREUVES DE LA SAISON
     On trouvera ci-après une liste des dates et des sites d’épreuves (provisoire) de la Coupe du
     Monde 1999, approuvés le 29/1/98 et modifié le 17/7/98 et le 11/11/98 par le Comité Directeur
     de l’UCI. Cette liste n’est pas confirmée car elle est soumise à chaque fédération nationale
     accueillant une manche de la Coupe du Monde en 1999 et, de ce fait, devra signer un contrat
     avec l’UCI au cours des prochains mois. La catégorie A s’entend des Championnats du
     Monde, et la catégorie B des épreuves de la Coupe du Monde. La catégorie C et la catégorie
     D1 s’entendent respectivement des Championnats Continentaux et des courses majeures par
     étapes.
     Les épreuves des catégorie D2, E1 et E2 s’entendent de « toutes les autres courses de
     mountain bike inscrites au calendrier international de l’UCI avec l’approbation du Comité
     Directeur, sur recommandation de la Commission Mountain Bike ».
     * (3 ans programme, Coupe du Monde)
    Mois    Date                 Event                 Cat.   Pays hôte        Lieu
    Mars    27/28       Coupe du Monde XC # 1           B     Etats Unis       Napa Valley
    Avril    3/4      Week-end de Pâques
            10/11       Coupe du Monde XC # 2           B     Australie        Sydney
            17/18
            24/25       Coupe du Monde XC # 3           B     Espagne          Madrid
      Mai    1/2
             8/9        Coupe du Monde XC # 4           B     Allemagne        St. Wendel *
            15/16       Coupe du Monde XC # 5           B     Gr. Bretagne     Plymouth *
            22/23      Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 1         B     France           Les Gets *
            29/30      Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 2         B     Slovénie         Maribor
     Juin    5/6       Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 3         B     Italie           Nevegal*
            12/13      Championnats Continentaux        C     Colombie         Manizales
                            Panaméricaine
            12 à 19          10° Italian Cup           D1     Italie
             19/20      Coupe du Monde XC # 6          B      USA              Conyers, Georgia *
             26/27     Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 4        B      USA              Crystal Mountain*
    Juillet   3/4       Coupe du Monde XC # 7          B      Canada           Canmore, Alberta *
              3/4      Championnats Continentaux       C      Espagne          La Molina
                          Européenne - DH/DS
            10/11      Coupe du Monde DH/DL #5          B     USA              Squaw Valley*
            17/18
            24/25
            31-1/8     Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 6        B      Canada         Mont-Sainte-Anne
     Août    1à8             Le Tour VTT               D1     France
             7/8       Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 7        B      Canada         Bromont
             7/8       Championnats Continentaux       C      Afrique du Sud Pietermaritzburg
                               Africaine
            14/15      Coupe du Monde DH/DL # 8         B     Autriche         Kaprun
            21/22      Championnats Continentaux        C     Portugal         Lisbonne
                           Européenne - XC
            28/29
Septembre    4/5        Coupe du Monde XC # 8           B     Belgique         Houffalize
            11-19         Champs. du Monde              A     Suède            Åre
            25/26      Championnats Continentaux        C     Malaisie         Malacca City
                                d’Asie
Décembre     11        Championnats Continentaux        C     Australie        Sydney
                              d’Oceanie
                           Chapter One / Chapitre Un
                                    UCI World Cup - Event Fact Sheets
                                 Coupe du Monde UCI - Fiches aide-mémoire




                                                FOR 1999 ALL REGISTRATION
                                                ROOMS WILL BE SMOKE FREE

                                                POUR 1999, TOUTES LES SALLES
                                                D’INSCRIPTIONS SERONT NON
                                                FUMEURS




NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA - XC #1 - 27/28 MARCH

Location & General Information
The opening Round of the 1999 UCI World Cup will be held for the third consecutive year at Skyline
Park in beautiful Napa Valley. Located 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and only two miles east of
downtown Napa.

Over 10 million people live within a two-hour drive of Napa and Skyline Park and we will draw
spectators from major Northern California cities such as San Jose, Marin/San Rafael, Sacramento,
San Jose, Santa Rosa and Tahoe. 250,000 people live within a 30-minute drive of the race venue and
Napa is located a mere 25 miles from the birthplace of mountain biking, Marin County and Mount
Tamalpais.

Napa Valley is the premier wine-growing region in America and is respected around the world for the
quality of its wine and it’s beautiful scenery. Vineyards, rolling green hills and old growth oak trees join
to create an incredible backdrop for this event.

Great restaurants and wineries such as Beringer, Charles Krug, Stags Leap, and Mumms are ready to
serve and satisfy your taste buds with wonderful food and drink. Or you can visit quaint towns such as
St. Helena, Calastoga, and Sonoma. If the urban nightlife is your desire, simply jump in the car and
travel about 45 minutes to San Francisco or Sausalito. Napa Valley, Marin and San Francisco
combine to provide the number one vacation destination in the world.

Athletes can also chose to arrive a week early to race the UCI and USA Cycling sanctioned SRAM
Sea Otter Classic in gorgeous Monterey, California. Elite riders from around the world annually
partake in this Spring MTB Stage Race. 4000 amateur athletes and 15,000 spectators enjoy the only
event in the world offering all of bicycling’s disciplines; mountain biking, road cycling, track, BMX and
cyclocross.

Great cities, great food and wine, beautiful scenery, and the season opener for the 1999 UCI Mountain
Bike World Cup—It doesn’t get any better than this!
Host Hotel
Embassy Suites, Napa Valley

Phone:        +1 707 2539570
FAX:          +1 707 2247708
Reservations: 800-EMBASSY (North America only).

Embassy Suites is located 3 miles (5km) from Skyline Park.

        Single Occupancy Rate:              $110.00 (U.S.)
        Double Occupancy Rate:              $110.00 (U.S.)
        Triple Occupancy Rate:              $120.00 (U.S.)

        Note: All rooms are suites and breakfast is included in room rates.

Taking bikes in the room may be possible but is yet to be confirmed. Please check with the hotel
before taking bikes into the rooms.

Lodging Options

Condos are rare in Napa Valley. Please contact the following agency for assistance:

Napa Valley Reservations Unlimited          Phone: 707-252-1985 or 800-251-6272

There are over 4000 rooms available in the Napa Valley, including hotels, motels and bed and
breakfast inns.

Napa Valley Reservations Unlimited                  same numbers as above
Napa Valley Tourist Bureau                          Phone: 707-944-1558
Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau          Phone: 707-226-7459

Transportation
Ground transportation is by rental car or airport shuttle to the host hotel. There is no rail service
available. For shuttle service, consider calling:

        • Evans Transportation              Phone: +1 707 2551557            Fax: +1 707 2550753

All those travelling by air can fly into the following three airports:

        • San Francisco International               1.5 hour drive to Napa
        • Oakland International                     1 hour drive to Napa
        • San Jose International                    2 hour drive to Napa

Note: San Jose International Airport is only a 1 hour drive from the SRAM Sea Otter Classic and
should only be considered by those arriving early to participate in that event.

Host Airline:    United Airlines. Please call 1-800-841-0460 for reservations.

Media Contact & Centre
National Contact:         Patrice Quintero, USA Cycling, NORBA
                          Tel : +1 719 5784867
                          Fax : +1 719 5784596
Local Contact:            Matt Lanning, GaleForce, Inc.
                          Tel : +1 650 3677797 (or +1 303 8108343)
                          Fax : +1 650 3679940 (or +1 303 4405940)
There will be only one media room thjis year, which is the one at Skyline Park used last year. As the
only building on-site, the Skyline Park Social Centre is most appropriate for this function. We will bring
in eight hard phone lines (five phone and three fax lines). Xerox will again provide two high-speed
copiers for use by the media. Food and beverage will be top level again, with unique daily menus.

Additional media support will be available at the Embassy Suites. Media will be able to use the
Embassy suites business office for additional fax and copy services.

A conference room will also be available at the Embassy Suites for evening press conferences or
special functions. Podium, microphone, and audio/video are available upon request.


Race Organisation
        The Race Director is: Rick Sutton, GaleForce Inc., 2608 Spring Street, Redwood City, CA
        94063, USA.
        Tel +1 650 3677797 & Fax +1 650 3679940 & email : gruntman@galeforce.org
        Rick Sutton and his team have had considerable experience in running events, most notably
        the early season SRAM Sea Otter Classic held every year in Laguna Seca, California, and the
        Rocktober Fest. GaleForce was also responsible for last 2 Napa World Cups.



Federation Contact
        Eric Moore
        NORBA Director of Competition
        Tel +1 719 5784842 & Fax +1 719 5784596 & email : emoore@usacycling.org



Hot Tips - Social Activities !
Mountain Bike enthusiasts should consider the following activities when they come to the Napa Valley
World Cup:

        • Napa welcomes the World Cup. Thursday evening party in downtown Napa.
        • Mountain Bike Riding in Calistoga, Angwin, and Santa Rosa.
        • The Mustard Festival is opening the weekend of the World Cup and it includes arts, wine
          and food tasting, and a full week activities in Napa Valley.
        • Hot Air Balloon Rides with Balloons Above The Valley.
        • Glider Rides with Calistoga Gliders.
        • Hot Springs in Calistoga.
        • Wine Tasting and Tours available at over 100 wineries.
        • Food and Drink :

                                 1. Don Pericos, the best Mexican food.
                                 2. American Bistro, great breakfast, lunch and dinner.
                                 3. Downtown Joe’s, microbrews and hearty American food.
                                 4. Red Hen Cantina, more good Mexican food.
                                 5. ABC Bakery, home made breakfast delights.
                                 6. Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co., coffee and more coffee.
Race Schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30          Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 16h00          Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration
                   17h00 - 19h00          Napa Street Race - Pro Team Relay Race
                                                             - Citizen Team Relay Race
Friday             08h00 - 11h00          Citizen Races
                   11h00 - 13h00          Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   13h00 - 18h00          Citizen Races
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Embassy Suites Hotel
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Embassy Suites Hotel

Saturday           08h00 - 09h30          Citizen Races
                   10h00 - 11h45          Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45          Junior Women Cross Country
                   10h00 - 11h00          Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                   11h50 - 12h50          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men Only)
                   13h00 - 15h30          WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h30 - 15h45          Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 18h00          Course Open For Training
                   17h00 - 18h00          Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Embassy Suites Hotel

Sunday             08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men Only)
                   10h00 - 12h00          Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00          Masters Women Cross Country
                   12h15 - 12h30          Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                   13h00 - 15h45          MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h45 - 16h00          Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup


Course

The Skyline Park course will be essentially the same course used in 1998. The primary changes will
be:

         • The Lake Marie Road climb has been graded up to the Disco Fly-Over. It will now be
           smooth, wide and fast for the first lap by comparision to 1998, however, more technical
           deviations are being explored for the 2nd and following laps.
         • Due to environmental concerns it is no longer possible to go under the fig tree after the
           Disco Fly-Over section. There will now be a trail going around this feature.
         • Due to environmental concerns it is no longer possible to allow spectator trafic through the
           marsh area at the beginning of Manzanita Trail. Options are being explored for a bypass,
           and to allow spectators to view the switch backs down the Manzanita Trail.
A verbal tour of the course begins with a fast start loop of 1.25 kilometres with riders turning through a
fenced corridor and then on to Lake Marie Road. Lake Marie Road is now much faster than before
and athletes can ride 4 to 6 abreast, searching the full width of the road for optimal traction, speed and
passing opportunities.

Upon hitting the crest, racers are then welcomed by loud music and even louder fans as they travel
under the Disco Fly-Over. Next comes the short, but steep climb through the Beer Garden.

The athletes will now turn right and push the “granny-gear” as they muscle up the almost vertical wall
of Passini Road. Passini Road is only 400m in length, and its solid rock base holds well, even in the
rain.

Upon finishing this gut-busting section, the riders will then turn back down Bayleaf Single Track
returning to the familiar sounds blasting from the Disco Fly-Over, which they will ride up and over.

From here the course goes around the Big Fig Tree and onto Manzanita Trail. Called one of the best
single tracks on the World Cup circuit, Manzanita is about 2km long and features ups, downs, left
turns, right turns, rocks, trees, roots, and a high-speed roller coaster section at its conclusion.

From the end of Manzanita Trail, the Skyline Park course will take the same serpentine route through
the Expo and start/finish area used in 1998, enhancing the riders’ visibility to all the spectators and
press in the base area. Total course length is 8km with 350 meters of climbing per lap.

There are two bridges, the Disco Fly-Over and a short creek crossing bridge that is optional. Riders
can use the bridge or ride through the creek.

Soil Conditions are mostly sandstone and granite rock base on all the course trails. Clay is present on
only small sections of the course. There are no plans for a wet weather course change as the Skyline
Park World Cup course has proven itself as a “rideable” course in rainy conditions.


        The Skyline Park Course is:      1) 40% Climbing
                                         2) 40% Descending
                                         3) 55% Wide Track
                                         4) 45% Single Track
                                         5) 2 km of Fast Downhill
                                         6) 1.5 km of Technical Downhill
                                         7) No hike-a-bike sections


Miscellaneous
        • For 1999, registration for World Cup Elite riders will be held in an Elementary School near
          to Skyline Park. It will be clearly sign posted.

        • The Team Managers’ Meetings will be held in a conference room at the Embassy Suites
          Hotel.

        • In 1998, the Napa Valley Grundig/UCI World Cup Cross Country had many following
          memorable features.

                1. Once again the Disco Fly-Over was a huge success. The area was electrified with
                   a huge crowd ringing cowbells, listening to music, and pinching the course like fans
                   at the Alp d’Huez in the Tour de France.
                2. There was also the beautiful Start/Finish and Expo area.
                3. Great food and drink for VIPs, press, and spectators.
                4. An Interactive Family Play Area featuring a climbing wall as well as other games
                   and activities.
                5. A bone-jarring, technically demanding and fun course that the riders seemed to
                   really enjoy.
       6. Great performances by Rune Hoydahl and Alison Sydor to win by big margins, and
          a thrilling come-from-behind charge by Thomas Frischknecht.
       7. The event marked the 100th event for the Grundig/UCI World Cup Series. Juli
          Furtado was on hard to mark this special occasion.
       8. Mountain Biking’s founders such as Joe Breeze, Jacque Phelan, Gary Fisher, Tom
          Ritchey and Mike Sinyard presenting the awards at the end of each day.
       9. 1998 was the first year for the Mountain Biking Museum featuring relics from many
          pioneering companies such as Ritchey, Fisher, Breeze and Manitou.
       10.Hot Air Balloon rides above the venue for Media and VIPs.



• A waiver must be signed by all competitors. Please see the next pages. This can be copied
  or torn out of this documents, and be signed in advance and brought to the registration
  room.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - XC #2 - 10/11 APRIL

Location & General Information

The UCI World Cup makes a return to Australia after an absence of nearly four years. Mountain Bike
World Cups were held in Cairns, Queensland in both 1994 and 1995, and of course the same city
hosted the World Championships in 1996. However, this time the World Cup makes its debut in the
most populace city in the country, Sydney, in New South Wales, and most importantly this race will
take place at the same venue to be used for the Olympic Games the following year. The name of the
site is Fairfield City Farm, and it’s a name that is destined to find its place in the mountain bike history
books.

The street address of Fairfield City Farm is Darling Street, Abbotsbury. The venue is literally in the
west of Sydney, which has a population of close to 4 million inhabitiants, and is approximately a one
hour drive from Sydney’s main airport (Kingsford Smith airport).

For the bulk of the journey, traffic will use the M5 South Western Motorway, a four lane dual-
carriageway. There is a toll of A$2.50 per car each way for use of the M5.

Kingsford Smith airport is approximately twenty-five minutes drive from the Sydney central business
district. Please see the Sydney area map for the route from Sydney Kingsford Smith airport to the
venue.

The venue is approximately fifty minutes drive from the Sydney central business district, with over half
the journey being served by a four lane dual carriageway - the M4 Western Motorway. There is a toll of
A$1.50 per car each way for use of the M4.

The climate in April, which is spring in Australia, is not disimilar to September, the month that Sydney
will host the Olympic Games. Both are transitional months.

Lodging Options

The organising committee will be glad to coordinate all your accommodation needs. Please see the
accommodation booking form at the back of this section.

Transportation
Air travel :
Ansett Australia and the Official Airline Team would like to assist you with your travel requirements to
Sydney for XC# 2 of the 1999 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, and over the next two years. The Official
Airline Team consists of Ansett Australia, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai
Airways International, Lufthansa German Airlines and South African Airways. The Official Airline
Team will be happy to negotiate your airfare and excess luggage requirements for your travel.

The Official Airline Team is committed to assisting you with your travel requirements.

Tel : +61 131316 (toll free from most countries) or +61 2 92972504
Fax : +61 2 9297 2873

Ground Transport Options :
All major international car rental companies are represented at Kingsford Smith Airport.
Also, the race venue and the central business district are served by public bus and rail transport.
Media Contact & Centre
Media contacts:

Richard Palfreyman                                Michelle Bartlett
Head of Press Operations                          Venue Press Operations Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 9297 2026                           Tel: +61 (0)2 9297 3606
Fax: +61 (0)2 9297 2817                           Fax: +61 (0)2 9297 2817
Email: richard_palfreyman@socog.com.au            Email: michelle_bartlett@socog.com.au

Gary Kemper
Photo Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 9297 2129
Fax: +61 (0)2 9297 2333
Email: gary_kemper@socog.com.au

The media centre will be housed in an existing building known as the Conservatory, which has a work
area of 160m2. This building is approximately 100 metres from the start/finish line. The media centre
will be equipped for the event with cold drinks and hot drink making facilities for the week of the event,
1 Fuji Xerox high speed & capacity collating photocopier, journalist positions, phone/modem lines, fax
machine and electricity points.

Telecommunications

Telecommunications in Australia are governed by the Australian Communications Authority (formerly
know as Austel). The Australian public telephone system uses tone dialling, and runs power of +/- 50
volts, the same as in most countries around the World. Most telephone sockets in Australia use the US
RJ-11 socket standard, however some older connections use the Australian 605 socket standard.
Hotels and the Media Centre will have US RJ-11 compatible sockets.

Any telecommunications items (including modems) imported into Australia are required to be labelled,
except for cellular mobile phones if for personal use. Cordless telephones, facsimiles and CB radios
cannot be imported or connected to the public telephone network unless they have been approved and
display a compliance mark, known as the ‘A-tick’.


Race Organisation
The Race Director of this event is Simon Calder, Race Director for the 1996 World Championships in
Cairns, and his contact details are :
Simon Calder
Deputy Competition Manager, Mountain Bike
SOCOG
GPO Box 2000
Sydney
NSW 2001
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 9297 3727
Fax: +61 2 9297 2019
Email: simon_calder@socog.com.au

Federation Contact
The Host Federation is Cycling Australia, and the contact is :

Stuart Dutton, National Development Officer
Cycling Australia
14 Telopea Avenue
Homebush, NSW 2140.
AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 2 9764 2555
Fax:       +61 2 9764 2888
email:     duttons@ausport.gov.au


Hot Tips - Social Activities !
Located 5km from the race venue is Cabramatta, where you can find restaurants serving some of
Sydney’s best Asian foods in styles from 13 different countries - all at very reasonable prices. As well
as restaurants serving traditional Asian food such as noodles, stir-fry, curry and rice dishes, there are
also a number of coffee shops. The majority of these restaurants are located on John St, Park St,
Hughes St and Cabramatta Rd, Cabramatta. A full address and telephone listing will be available at
registration.

For Italian-style pasta and pizza, try La Pafino (36 Spencer St, Fairfield 02-9609 3311) or De Niro’s
Pizza and Pasta (Shop 2, 144 Polding St Fairfield Heights 02-9726 0580).

If you go into the Sydney city area, head towards Victoria St, Darlinghurst. Here you will find traditional
cycling hangouts such as the Coluzzi Bar (322 Victoria St) Parmalat (320 Victoria St), and the
Tropicana Cafe (227 Victoria St), serving coffee, pasta and all kinds of Italian food.

Race Schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30           Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00           Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00           Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 16h00           Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00           Registration

Friday             10h00 - 16h00           Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00           Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Athlete Lounge On Site
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Athlete Lounge On Site

Saturday           10h00 - 11h45           Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45           Masters Women Cross Country
                   10h00 - 11h00           Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                   11h50 - 12h50           Course Open For Training (World Cup Men Only)
                   13h00 - 15h30           WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h30 - 15h45           Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 18h00           Course Open For Training
                   17h00 - 18h00           Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Athlete Lounge On Site

Sunday             08h00 - 09h30           Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 12h00           Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00           Junior Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                   13h00 - 15h45           MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h45 - 16h00           Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup
Course
The Fairfield City Farm course is set in a tract of typical Australian bush land - kangaroos, koalas,
wallabies and emus are all current residents. The area also has a strong Aboriginal background, with
recent discoveries of ancient tools and artefacts on the site.

The course has been designed to ensure that the first half of the course gives the spectators and
media excellent viewing options while also truly testing the technical ability of the riders. In this part of
the lap we find sections such as the Dharuk Downhill and the Cauldron, both tight, twisting
slingletracks looping around specially created viewing points.

Further along the lap, riders get a faster, more open ride as they traverse the main ridge-line and then
head to the rear of the site. Here they hit the highest speeds on the course, dropping down Cockatoo
Gully to Double Dams.

From Double Dams, riders climb to the highest point of the course at City View, and if they have time
to look up they can see Sydney City and the Harbour Bridge. After an open descent and a brief climb,
they return to the start finish area.

Overall, the course is fast as well as being physically and technically challenging.

        The Sydney Course is:              1) 42% Climbing
                                                  2) 42% Descending
                                                  3) 16% Flat or undulating
                                           4) 62% Wide Track
                                           5) 38% Single Track
                                           6) 26% Fast Downhill
                                           7) 22% Slow Technical
                                           8) No hike-a-bike sections

Three minor bridges have been built to improve the flow where the course crosses gullies, and a
number of artificial inserts have also been constructed to add technical challenge in some sections.
The artificial inserts are relatively minor and have been constructed using existing materials on the site
so that they sit well with the natural terrain.

The soil in the area is powdery when dry, tending to a clay consistency when wet. Large amounts of
road base have been spread onto sections of the course to improve the wet weather characteristics of
the course.


Miscellaneous
        • Registration will take place in the athlete lounge area. This can be located by entering
          through the Farm front gate, and following signs through to the grassed section of the farm
          yard. The athlete lounge is in the large barn on the left.

        • Team Managers’ meetings will take place in the athlete lounge area at the race venue.
         Please choose your preferred hotel from the following table and complete the
                     Accommodation Request Form on the next page.

      Name            Star     Location     Distance              Facilities              Room Rate -
                     Rating                   from                                           AUD
                                             Venue
Rydges                  4     Bass Hill      12km    24 hr room service, 1 restaurant,   single or twin
Bankstown                                            1 bar, swimming pool, gym           $105, triple
(Host Hotel)                                         Check-in Time 1400                  $130
Country Comfort         4     Rooty Hill      4km    24 hr room service, 1 restaurant,   single or twin
Rooty Hill                                           1 bar, swimming pool, gym and       $95
                                                     spa. Check-in Time 1300
Courtyard by            4     Parramatta     12km    24 hr room service, restaurant,     single or twin
Marriott                                             swimming pool, gym                  $85, triple $110
                                                     Check-in Time 1400
Wesley Lodge           3.5    Westmead       19km    restaurant, limited room service,   standard triple
Motel                                                gym                                 $95, deluxe
                                                     Check-in Time 1400                  triple $115
Hunts Motel            3.5    Liverpool      10km    restaurant, 24 hour room service    standard twin
Function Centre                                      swimming pool, spa and sauna        $90, deluxe
                                                     Check-in Time 1300                  twin $120, also
                                                                                         2 bedroom
                                                                                         apartment
                                                                                         (1 double and 2
                                                                                         singles)
Valentine Sports        2     Glenwood        20km     swimming pool, dining room        Triple $73.50
Park                                                   Check-in Time 1600                Quad Room
                                                                                         $84

Room Type Definitions

Single - one double bed          Twin - two single beds
Triple - three single beds       Quad - four single beds

Terms and Conditions

Rates
Rates are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD).
Rates are for room only - breakfast is not included.

Payment
20% deposit is due on 5 February 1999
Remainder is due on 5 March 1999

Cancellation Policy
For cancellations received after 10 March 1999, no refunds will be given

Pre-registration
If you are arriving prior to check-in time, we strongly recommend that you reserve the room from the
day before to ensure immediate access. This involves paying for one additional night. Please indicate
your arrival date to include the day from which you would like the room to be registered.

Other Dates
If you require accommodation outside of 5 - 12 April 1999, space will be requested from the respective
Hotel and we will confirm this back to you.

Confirmation of Request
We will advise you of the Hotel Name and send out our Request Payment on 22 January 1999.
           SYDNEY ACCOMMODATION REQUEST FORM
     Fax To:                              Vanessa Lenehan - Manager, Reservations
     Fax Number:                          +61 2 9297 2250
     Accommodation Deadline:              15 January 1999

Contact Details (Please print or type - CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY)

 Team/National Federation

 Contact Person

 Address

 State/Province

 Country/Zip/Postcode

 E-mail

 Telephone Number             (     ) (       )

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Accommodation Request
(Please complete a separate line if team members are arriving on different dates).
                    Hotel Name      No. of Rooms      Arrival Date   Depart Date     Room Type

 First Choice




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Accommodation Enquiries
Please direct all accommodation enquiries to:
                       Vanessa Lenehan, Manager, Reservations
                       Facsimile: +61 2 9297 2250
                       Telephone: +61 2 9297 2339
                       E-mail: vanessa_lenehan@socog.com.au
MADRID, SPAIN - XC #3 - 24/25 APRIL

Location & General Information

The site for this inner city event, la Casa de Campo, is a city park in the heart of Madrid. Like all city
parks there are always benefits and disadvantages from the outset.

The main benefit is the proximity to the city, and therefore thousands of spectators. There is an
underground rail station located only 150 metres from the start and finish area, and because of this
easy access the organisers expect to have no less than 40,000 spectators.

One disadvantage is the lack of good training roads for the athletes. These are not so easy to find in
Madrid and most athletes will probably train on the ciruit, or on roads outside of Madrid’s central
business district.

In 1994 the organisers, Last Lap, organised a round of the UCI World Cup in la Casa de Campo with
more than 60,000 spectators. Five years later and Last Lap is a bigger company with a lot of contacts
in the national media (especially in Madrid) and the event is certain to be one of the biggest all year..

Due to the location of this park, its good climate, its tracks and lake, and its popularity, every weekend
many people come to this place to practice different “sports” such walking, mountain biking, running,
football and so on.



Host Hotel
The Host Hotel is the Hotel Ex-Press which is 3km from the start/finish area. The price of a single room
is 9,000 ptas, and the contact details are below :

                          Hotel Ex-Press
                          Tel: +34 91 661 40 52 (Central Booking)
                          Fax: + 34 91 661 50 39

It is not possible to take bikes into the room at this hotel.


Lodging Options
There are several hotel, condos and apartments options, with different prices. Please contact the
central accommodation booking office :

        Central Booking (Triana Recio “Tri”).

        Tel :    +34 91 661 40 80
        Fax :    +34 91 661 50 39


Transportation

The only airport really to use is Madrid international airport which is only 18km from the race site, but
allow 1 hour for travel due to the traffic problems. The main railway stations are Chamartin train station
which is 4 km (1/2 hour) from the site and Atocha train station which is 3 km (1/2 hour) away.
Connections exist for the Lago Underground station which as mentioned is only 150 meters from the
start line.
Car rental is available through Hertz, Avis, EuroCar and some national companies. Truck rental is
available through OCSA.

IBERIA Airlines information telephone: +34 91 329 57 67.


Media Contact & Centre
The media contact for this event is Sonia Lopez of Last Lap. See the contact details below for Sonia :


                Tel : +34 91 661 4080 and +34 91 661 4052
                Fax : +34 91 661 5039


There will be two different media centres.

One of them will be located in “La Cabaña del Narcea” (in the start and finish area). This will be an on
site results, copying telephone and fax service for the press.

The other one will be located in a room adjacent to the Hotel Ex-Press, which will also be the official
hotel for press and other groups. This room will be the primary working area for press and will be
equipped accordingly. There will be a refreshments, food and other facilities to make the Press Room
an attactive place to work.

The media centre will have 6 phone lines (RJ11 standard), with no problem to use modems. There will
also be a minimum 6 fax lines, 3 photocopiers, and all other necessary equipment.


Race Organisation
The event is being organised by Last Lap who have organised and been involved in more World Cups
than any other European organiser. The have been responsible for Downhills (most recently in Sierra
Neveda and Panticosa) as well as Cross Country events, including the World Cups in Madrid in 1994
and 1995. The Race Director is Jesús Rodriguez :

        Jesús Rodriguez
        Last Lap
        C/La Granja, 33
        Pol. Industrial de Alcobendas
        28100 Madrid
        SPAIN

        Tel: +34 91 661 4080
             +34 91 661 4052
        Fax : +34 91 661 5039


Federation Contact
The Federation contact is Lluis Bosch :

        Federation Tel: +34 91 5420421
        Federation Fax : +34 91 5420341
Race Schedule
Wednesday           09h00 - 11h30           Course Inspection
                    14h00 - 16h00           Registration
                    14h00 - 17h00           Course Open For Training

Thursday            10h00 - 16h00           Course Open For Training
                    14h00 - 16h00           Registration
                    17h00 - 18h30           Madrid Street Race - Time Trial

Friday              08h00 - 17h00           Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                    14h00 - 16h00           Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                    18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Hotel Ex-Press
                    18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Hotel Ex-Press

Saturday            08h00 - 09h30           Course Open For Training
                    10h00 - 11h45           Masters Men Cross Country
                    10h05 - 11h45           Masters Women Cross Country
                    10h00 - 11h00           Final Registration For Sunday Races
                    12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                    11h50 - 12h50           Course Open For Training (World Cup Men only)
                    13h00 - 15h30           WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                    15h30 - 15h45           Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                    16h00 - 18h00           Course Open For Training
                    17h00 - 18h00           Press Conference
                    18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Hotel Ex-Press

Sunday              08h00 - 09h30           Course Open For Training
                    10h00 - 12h00           Junior Men Cross Country
                    10h05 - 12h00           Junior Women Cross Country
                    12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                    13h00 - 15h45           MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                    15h45 - 16h00           Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup



Course
There are no mountain ranges near the centre of Madrid, therefore the climbing on this course will be
made up of numerous short sharp climbs as opposed to anything of great length. The course will
naturally be fast, but includes technical challenge.

It’s a 7km course with an 800m start loop.

The start loop starts with an exit directly out of the race village and across a road (not using the bridge
over the road until the start of the second lap as it may create a traffic jam for the riders). It’s a short
but interesting start loop that will bring the riders back to the start for the start of their first real lap.

The course isn’t as flat as you would think when you imagine a city park. “ Le Casa de Campo” course
is a technical one, with a lot of short up and downhills which makes the course hard with little time to
rest.
It’s a course with areas where the spectators can see the race more than one time per lap and should
provide great entertainment for the thousands that will show up.

        The Madrid Course is: 1)   35% Climbing
                              2)   35% Descending
                              3)   30% Wide Track
                              4)   65% Single Track
                              5)   5% Fast Downhill
                              6)   15% Slow Technical
                                       7) No hike-a-bike sections

There are two bridges on this course. They are located in the start and finsh area (at the 500m mark
and 6.7km mark).


Miscellaneous
        • The Registration area will be in a permanent building on site. It will be inside “La Cabaña
          del Narcea” and be operational for a number of days leading up and during the event.

        • The Team managers meeting will take place in the Paradise Function room adjacent to the
          Hotel Ex-Press, 3 kilometres from the race site.The room will be partioned from the rest of
          the room which will be used for other purposes. There is enough room for more than 100
          people. There will be marked how to get there from the race site.
ST. WENDEL, GERMANY - XC #4 - 8/9 MAY

Location & General Information
     The city of St Wendel is located in the Bundesland Saarland in the far Southwest corner of the
     Federal Republic of Germany, bordering Luxembourg and France and only a short distance
     away from other neighbouring West European countries. The city of St Wendel and the «St
     Wendel Country» are part of the 'Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück' whose topography is
     characterised by well wooded, medium altitude hill country of high recreational value. The
     altitude ranges from 400 to 800 metres above sea level.
     The city itself has a population of approximately 30,000 people and is divided into 16 very rural
     districts. The Old Town of St Wendel dates back to the middle ages and is very popular with
     tourists.
     Under Mayor Klaus Bouillon's administration, the city has made a name for itself nationally as
     the site of important sports and cultural events, including, for example, this round of the UCI
     Mountain Bike World Cup, and open air concerts by stars such as Rod Stewart and Joe
     Cocker.


Host Hotel
     The Event Headquarters Hotel is the "Hotel Stadt St. Wendel", 66606 St. Wendel.
     Tel +49 6851 80060 & Fax +49 6851 800680

     This hotel which fulfils all requirements is located about 5 minutes by car from the start/finish
     area. The City of St. Wendel offers a shuttle service to the start/finish area during the time of
     the event. Depending on its size and furnishings, the price for a single room at the hotel
     ranges from 110 DM to 70 DM per night, including breakfast. The hotel offers in-house locker
     rooms where the bikes will be safe against theft.

Lodging Options
     There exists a number of hotels and pensions in St. Wendel and its surrounding area. For
     hotel booking and further information on room capacities and addresses please contact
     Agentur für Tagung und Reisen (ATR) under the telephone number +49 6851 9395512 and
     fax +49 6851 99395515. The booking service of ATR is free of charge for everybody.


Transportation
     St. Wendel is easily reached via the tight network of European and German freeways. The
     closest international airports are also within easy reach via freeway: Frankfurt International
     Airport within about 2 hours and Luxembourg Airport within about 1 hour. Saarbrücken
     Regional Airport is about 45 minutes by car.
     Internationally known car rental companies like Hertz, Avis and Europcar are available. St.
     Wendel is also connected to the network of long distance trains of the "Bundesbahn", via way
     of Saarbrücken and Mainz.


Media Contact & Centre
     The local media representative is Thomas Wüst who works for the City as the mayor's
     personal advisor on public relations and tourism. He has a degree in Television and
     newspaper journalism and is also a passionate mountain biker who participates in races.

     Tel : +49 6851 809138 & Fax: +49 6851 809102
     Email : wuest.stadt@st-wendel.de
     The Media Centre is one of the best on the circuit, and as usual will be located in the sports
     centre's big gym, right next to the start/finish area. The Media Centre will be comprised of an
     area of about 250 m2. The organisers will provide cold and warm beverages for the journalists,
     such as cold beer, lemonade, coffee and tea, also a buffet with fruits and other snacks. Also,
     MBPA journalists will have access to the VIP area.

    Attention: Plug type of phone lines: The standard plug of the German Telekom is the TAE.
    Please bring adapters to fit oversea-plugs to the German standard and check your software
    configurations before using your modems.

    German phones operate on both tone and pulse dial. The smart system recognises the
    needed dial and automatically switches from one to the other. Modems can be used without
    any difficulties.

    The organisers will provide 10 phone and 5 fax lines for the Media Centre, also 5 PC working
    stations, each with an internal fax card and a scanner-fax. Each working station for the
    journalists is individually equipped with a sufficient number of electric points to hook up laptops
    and so on. A Minolta EP 8600, a high speed photocopier is also provided to be able to collate
    documents.


Race Organisation

     The race is organised by the Mayors Office. The Mayor is Klaus Bouillon, his assistant is
     Thomas Wüst. Over the last years, St. Wendel's organisational team has gained great
     experience in organising mountain bike and road racing events. It all began 10 years ago with
     a mountain bike race for recreational cyclists which soon became very popular.
     Since the Mayor and his closest assistants are passionate cyclists themselves, they quickly
     realised that professionally organised mountain bike races could be successfully integrated
     into St. Wendel's marketing and tourism strategy.
     With the co-operation of the German Cycling Federation (BDR), things took off and one
     cycling event was soon followed by another, with a World Cup being held for the first time in
     1996, and every year since.
    In addition, there have been a number of German championships in other sports (Duathlon,
    judo, gymnastics a.s.o.), five in 1994 alone. The number of visitors of these events has been
    ranging quite a bit. The open air concerts have been the most popular, with up to 40,000
    visitors, followed by the German Professional Road Championships with 20,000 and the
    German Mountain Bike Championships with 10,000 visitors.

    For all enquiries please contact Thomas Wüst at: Kreisstadt St Wendel, Schloss Strasse 7,
    66606 St. Wendel, Germany. Tel +49 6851 809138, Fax +49 6851 809102. The email address
    is : events@St-Wendel.de


Federation Contact
     Martin Wolf
     Mountain Bike Co-ordinator
     BDR, Tel +49 69 9678 0043 & Fax +49 69 9678 0080.
Race Schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30          Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 16h00          Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration
                   18h00 - 19h30          St. Wendel Street Race - Time Trial

Friday             09h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Gymnasium
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Gymnasium

Saturday           08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 11h45          Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45          Masters Women Cross Country
                   10h00 - 11h00          Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                   11h50 - 12h50          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men only)
                   14h00 - 16h30          WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   16h30 - 16h45          Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   17h00 - 18h00          Course Open For Training
                   17h00 - 18h00          Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Gymnasium

Sunday             08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 12h00          Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00          Junior Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                   13h00 - 15h45          MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h45 - 16h00          Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup


Course
         Firstly, the organisers have a commitment to continue working for a shorter and more technical
         course.The design of the 1999 race course takes into account both, the requirements of a UCI
         World Cup race and the interests of the media, the sponsors and the spectators. With its
         compact vantage points to view the athletes on their way to and from the start/finish area, the
         course which is 7.9 kilometres long (difference in altitude of about 270 metres per lap)
         guarantees that the spectators and media can follow the race easily from very close vantage
         points.The athletes will be challenged physically by the constant alternation between steep
         climbing, downhill and fast flat sections. Constantly changing types of terrain, from gravel
         roads to natural forest soil covered with roots, to narrow bends, and topographic difficulties
         demanding technical skills.

         In its middle section, the course crosses a narrow creek which runs through a small canyon. A
         wooden bridge leads over the creek. It is 2.5 metres wide and secured on both sides by solid
         railings. For the race, the bridge will be covered with carpet or similar material to prevent
         slipping.
    St. Wendel Course statistics :

                                     Climbing                      40%
                                     Descending                    35%
                                     Flat                          25%
                                     Wide track                    65%
                                     Narrow track                  35%
                                     Fast downhill                 25%
                                     Slow technical downhill       10%


Miscellaneous

    • Registration will take place in the Gymnasium in a separate section to the Media Centre.

    • Team Manager Meetings will also take place in the Gymnasium in the room beside the
      Media Centre where the press conferences also take place. Same as in 1998. This room
      also includes a team managers’ meeting point in the lefthand corner with beverages, food
      and a special information board open for all race days.
PLYMOUTH, GREAT BRITAIN - XC #5 - 15/16 MAY

Location & General Information
The site for this event is Newnham Park, 8km from Plymouth. Newnham Park is situated just south of
one of England’s largest and highest wilderness areas, Dartmoor. Newnham has been the venue of
several BCF National MTB Points Series cross-country and downhill races since the 1980’s and host
for UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events in 1993, ’94 ’95 and ‘98. The course is well established as
one of the country’s most popular venues.

The UCI World Cup events at Newnham Park have consistently attracted some of the largest
attendance’s (up to 20,000) at any Great Britain cycling event and is one of the largest and most
prestigious sporting occasions in south-west England. Newnham is also a regular venue for the UK
National Carriage Driving Championships and stages of the RAC 4x4 Rally.

Mountain biking is an important part of the English Sports Council’s South West infrastructure plan.
Newnham will continue to support mountain biking activities both nationally and internationally into the
next millennium.

Host Hotel
        The Host Hotel for the event is Moat House (attention Carol Manning), Armada Way,
        Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2HJ and the contact numbers are :

                                  Tel : +44 1752 639988
                                          Fax: +44 1752 673816

        The Hotel is 9km (6 miles) from the start/finish area with the following room rates which all
        include breakfast :

                 Single - £70.00 - £79.00
                 Twin Share - £43.00 - £48.00

                 (Suites with a sea view are also available upon request).

It is not possible to take bikes into the rooms at this hotel, but a lock up garage will be supplied.


Lodging Options
Other hotels and farmhouse bed & breakfast are available through:

Plymouth Tourist Information:
Tel:   +44 1752 304849 or +44 1752 266030
Fax:   +44 1752 257955

Transportation
Plymouth is a large city and a visitor centre situated in England’s south west peninsular. Newnham
Park is 8km (5 miles) north east from the centre of Plymouth on the edge of the Dartmoor National
Park. Access is viable for the largest transport. Parking is available for several thousand cars.

Plymouth Airport is ten minutes from the course and city centre. It has connections to London,
Gatwick International Airport. International flights will use Heathrow International Airport.

Car hire can be arranged through the usual agencies. For road connections there are excellent links to
the M5 and UK motorway network via the Devon Expressway (A38). London is 4 hours by road.
From London Heathrow International Airport the fastest route by car (218 miles or 350km) is as
follows :

                                                                       direction   km
Heathrow (exit 4a)               Go via M25 to the M4 (west)               N
West Drayton (exit 4)            Turn to the M4 (west)                     W       2
Langley 15 (M25-M4)              Stay on the M4                            S       4
Maidenhead                       Stay on the M5                            S       22
Wokingham                        Stay on the M6                            S       34
Almondsbury- Bristol (M4-M5)     Turn to the M5- (south-west)              W       162
                                 Stay on the M5                            S       284
Exeter-South                     Stay on the M5/A38                        WSW     292
Buckfastleigh                    Stay on the A38                                   SSW      323
                                         Turn to the B3416                         W        346
Plympton                         Stay on the B3416                         W       348
Plympton                         Watch for signs                                   350


        Plymouth is connected to mainland Europe and Eire via Brittany Ferries. There are daily
        crossings every 6 to 7 hours.

        Brittany Ferries:
        Tel:              +44 1752 255065
        Fax:              +44 1752 252200

The railway station is six kilometres (4miles) from Newnham and close to major hotels. London is three
hours away by train.

        Train information:       +44 345 484950
        EuroStar:                +44 345 881881



Media Contact & Centre
The Media contact is Martyn Salt who can be contacted on the following numbers :

                        Tel : +44 1752 343456 and +44 1752 338524
                Fax : +44 1752 346644
                Email : Activities@newnham.co.uk

The Media Centre will be situated in a cabin next to the start/finish area, however, for 1999 the
organisers will be looking for a greater amount of space than that provided in 1998. Hot and cold
drinks, together with snacks, will be supplied to the media during the event.

Facilities to be provided for the Media Centre included phone lines as required (standard BT and RJ11
with tone dial - CSi and AOL local access), as well as fax as required, and a premium quality
photocopier.




Hot Tips - Social Activities !
Plymouth and the surrounding area has a large variety of activities from coastal walking and water-
sports to go-karts and other participation activities. Plymouth is also a regional centre for the arts and
possesses one of the finest and most critically acclaimed theatre companies outside London as well
as cinemas, clubs, restaurants and anything else normally found in a large tourist centre. Newnham is
also in the process of developing an on site programme of activities and entertainment.
Race Schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30          Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration at Elfordleigh Hotel
                   14h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 16h00          Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration at Elfordleigh Hotel

Friday             09h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   18h00 - 19h30          Dual Support Event - Qualification Under Lights
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Media Centre
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Media Centre

Saturday           08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 11h45          Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45          Masters Women Cross Country
                   10h00 - 11h00          Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                   11h50 - 12h50          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men only)
                   13h00 - 15h30          WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h30 - 15h45          Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 18h00          Citizen Races
                   17h00 - 18h00          Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Media Centre
                   19h00 - 20h00          Dual Support Event - FINALS - Under Lights

Sunday             08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 12h00          Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00          Junior Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                   13h00 - 15h45          MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h45 - 16h00          Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 17h30          Citizens’ Dual Competition



Federation Contact
The Federation contact is Bruce Johnson, Mountain Bike Co-ordinator at the British Cycling
Federation :
                       Tel:    +44 161 2302301
                       Fax:    +44 161 2310591

Course
         This well-liked 10.5km course is focused on the valley of the River Torybrook with the main
         centres of action being concentrated within a few minutes walk of the main arena. The route
         consists of a good mix of terrain and track types encouraging a fast and tactical race from elite
         riders. Main features include the Pipeline and Pipeline - The Return descents, the Bomb-
         holes, the Curtis Bridge loop and the Fly-over.
       1999 sees the continuation of an important artificial feature, the Curtis Bridge Loop. The
       bridge has recently been built for carriage driving competitions and consists of a wide track
       span from which the route immediately turns sharp left and descends under the same bridge
       and out onto a fly-over which spans the main entrance to the site.
       Water crossings will be raised and there will be much less volume of water to pass through.


       Plymouth Course Statistics :
                               Climbing                           44%
                               Descending                         20%
                               Flat                               26%
                               Wide track                         60%
                               Narrow track                       11%
                               Fast downhill                      11%
                               Slow technical downhill             4%



Race Organisation
The event is organised by Newnham Racing and the event director is David Cobbold who can be
contacted on the following numbers and at the following address :

               Newnham Racing
               Newnham Park
               Plympton, PLYMOUTH
               Devon
               PL7 5BN
               United Kingdom
               Tel : +44 1752 343456 and +44 1752 338524
               Fax : +44 1752 346644
               Email : Activities@newnham.co.uk
               Internet : www.newnham.co.uk

Miscellaneous
       • Registration will take place at the Elfordleigh Hotel.

       • The Team Managers’ meetings will be held in the Media Centre.

       • This year a Dual support competition has been included.

       • Newnham is a “green field” site situated on an English estate. The atmosphere is
         reminiscent of an English village fête with its marquees and its spring weather. The site is
         quite different from many World Cup events, not having the resource of a ski-village and/or
         tourist councils. The event takes on the ethos of a travelling circus with fun fair, street
         entertainers. The whole site is built and dismantled within a few days showing virtually no
         effects on the environment.
LES GETS, FRANCE - DH/DL #1 - 22/23 MAY

Location & General Information
        Les Gets is a well known ski resort situated in the Haute Savoie region between Lake Geneva
        and the Mont Blanc massif. It is in the heart of the Northern French Alps.
        The resort is situated on an open plateau in the high massif’s called Chablais and Faucigny.
        The area has been of strategic importance since the 10th century and its name derives from
        the Celtic name ‘Gis’ meaning forest track. This mountain village has remained authentic and
        has flourished as a winter and summer sports resort.


Host Hotel
        The Host Hotel for the event is Hôtel Mont-Chery and the contact numbers are :

                                  Tel : +33 4 50758075
                                  Fax: +33 4 50797013

        The Hotel is situated only 200m from the finish area for the Downhill and the Dual. Here below
        are the room rates based on a single room :

                                  • 400FF with full board (all meals).
                                  • 350FF with half board.

It is not possible to take bikes into the rooms at this hotel, but a special special place will be available
for storing the bikes.

Lodging Options
        There are 26 hotels in Les Gets, as well as a full variety of other sorts of accommodation,
        which provides in total 12,000 beds! For all bookings contact:
        la Centrale de Réservation, B.P. 27, Les Gets. (English is spoken).
                 Tel +33 4 5075 8051
                 Fax +33 4 5075 8513

Transportation

        The official company for the event is SUNTOUR SAVOIE. For all air arrangements and
        transportation contact :
                 SUNTOUR SAVOIE
                 Jean-Marie Borlot
                 Tel +33 450 263656
                 Fax +33 450 716674
                 Email : Soleil.Plus@wanadoo.fr

                 (Please mention the « 1999 UCI World Cup Downhill »).

The nearest airport is Geneva Cointrin, which is 60km away.

By car: Leave the A40 highway at Cluses. This exit is 20km from Les Gets. The A40 is connected to
the European highway network by the A6.
Media Contact & Centre

     Local media contact is Sandrine Gosset : Tel +33 4 5079 7979, Fax +33 4 5079 7099, and
     email address Lgevents@AOL.com.
     The Media Centre will be located in the « Salle La Colombière », right next to the finish area.
     The Media Centre will be comprised of an area of 200 m2. There will be a kitchen and bar in
     operation during the opening hours of the Media Centre.

     The organisers will provide food and beverage to accredited journalists. Furthermore, on the
     Sunday, a hot buffet is proposed right at the finish line, in the La Rotonde room, and this is
     freely available to all accredited journalists.

     The organiser will provide 3 phone and 3 fax lines for the Media Centre, as well as working
     stations, and sufficient number of electric points to hook up laptops. Also two high speed
     photocopiers will be provided to collate documents.

     Security storage will be provided for photographic media to leave their equipment.


Race Organisation
     The Race Organiser is Christophe Mugnier of Les Gets Evénements
                     B.P. 19
                     74260 Les Gets
                     France
                     Tel +33 4 5079 7979
                     Fax +33 4 5079 7099
                     email : LGevents@AOL.com


Federation Contact
     The Host Federation contact is Régis Alexandre:
                     Fédération Française de Cyclisme
                     5, Rue de Rome
                     93561 Rosny S/Bois - Cedex
                     FRANCE
                     Tel +33 1 4935 6949
                     Fax +33 1 4894 0997
                     email : mescaline@infonie.fr


Hot Tips - Social Activities !

     • There will be the opening of a « RIDERS’ CAFE » in the Salle la Colombière. This is next to
       the expo area. A space specially reserved for the riders and media in « Salle La
       Colombière ». This will include a buffet with coffee, soft drinks, and sweet pastries. This will
       be open on Saturday (12h00 to 17h00) and on Sunday (09h00 to 13h00).

     • On Saturday and Sunday, in the Expo Area, there will bedemonstrations by the French
       National Trampolining Team. There’s also the possible to do inverse bungy jump or elastic
       jumps.
         • Other important numbers to note (all local numbers) :

                Bowling le Choucas, in the town centre :              5079 8777
                les Copeaux, bar/restaurant :                  5079 7850
                Le Pub Irlandais (Irish Pub) :                 5075 8602
                L’igloo Night Club :                           5075 8500
                Le Boomerang, for Australian specialities :    5079 8065

         • Typical Restaurants (of the region) :

                La r’mize :     5079 7557
                Le stade :      5079 7382
                Le vieux chêne: 5079 7193
                La fruitière :  5079 7004
                Le schuss :     5079 7167
                Lou baitandys : 5079 7434
                Le belvédère : 5079 8152
                Le tourbillon : 5079 7034
                Le flambeau : 5079 8066
                L’op’traken :   5079 7817
                Mémé confiture: 5079 8090
                Le tyrol :      5079 7055
                La tanière :    5079 8708

Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00          UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00          On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00          Registration
Friday             09h00 - 12h00          Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00          Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00          Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                          (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00          Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting -Room B Colombière Bldg
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA Press Briefing -Room B Colombière Bldg

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00          Registration
                   08h30 - 11h30          Downhill Course Open For Training
                   11h30 - 12h30          Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                          (No Stopping on course)
                   13h00 - 14h00          Dual Course Training
                   13h00 - 14h00          Downhill Press Conference
                   14h30 - 15h30          Dual Qualification
                   16h00 - 16h30          Dual Course Training
                   17h00 - 18h00          DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS*
                   18h15 - 18h30          Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   18h30 - 19h00          Team Managers’ Meeting -Room B Colombière Bldg

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00          Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00          WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS*
                   13h00 - 16h00          WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS*
                   16h15 - 16h30          Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill
                                          *Subject to Live TV requirements
Course
        The course starts at Mont-Chéry, where there is a spectacular view of the Mont Blanc massif.
        The course follows a mixed trail mainly on dirt tracks with many switchbacks, narrow and wide
        trails, etc. It is a demanding, steep, and technical course, with very few changes from 1998.
        The short tarmac road that had to be crossed in the lower section is now by-passed.

Les Gets Course Statistics :

                                         Start altitude: 1,826 metres
                                         Finish altitude: 1,162 metres
                                         Drop: 664 metres
                                         Length: 3,100 metres
                                         Fast Descent - 45%
                                         Slow Technical Descent - 55%


Miscellaneous
        • Registration will take place in the Colombière Building, as it was in 1998, closely situated to
          the finish area.

        • The Team Managers’ meetings will also be in the building, in the Room B.

        • The organisers have built a training downhill course which is parallel to the World Cup
          racing course. The training course will be open on Wednesday before the race, for any
          riders who arrive early and would like get in some general training. The chairlifts will be free
          to use from that Wednesday onwards.

        • In 1996 and 1998, when World Cups were hosted in Les Gets, both winners of the
          Downhills have been French. Anne-Caroline Chausson won both events, and Nicolas
          Vouilloz won the men’s in 1996 and Christian Taillefer won the men’s in 1998. The
          organiser poses the question. In the French domain, who will be the first rider to break from
          this tradition, and will it be in 1999?
MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - DH/DL #2 - 29/30 MAY

Location & General Information
The course is located in a ski resort on the mountain Pohorje in the suburbs of Maribor, Slovenia's
second largest city with a population of 100,000. The same venue is used for the classic women's
Alpine Ski World Cup slalom and giant slalom events. The finish area is only 6km (10 minute drive)
from downtown Maribor.

The finish area is in the Snow Stadium which features Hotel Arena, a chairlift and a parking lot. Some
200m from the Snow Stadium is a city bus line, a gondola to the top of the mountain, more parking lots
and Hotel Habakuk, a new high class hotel. The mountain is a favorite recreational and sports facility
for the people in the region.

The beautiful historic downtown is 6km from the finish area, on the banks of the Drava river. Maribor is
a major tourist location thanks to the magnificent views of the mountains and the well preserved
historic downtown. Maribor is host to thousands of winter sports enthusiasts, who come for the
excellent ski and snowboard runs in the local mountains. Located in Lent, the riverside district of
Maribor has an extensive cafe life, where you can relax with tea and chat with friends.

Maribor is very well located. Munich (Germany) is a 5 hour drive, Venice (Italy) is only 4 and half hours,
Vienna (Austria) is a short 2 hour drive, Zagreb (Croatia) is only 1 and half hours, and Ljubljana (the
capital of Slovenia) is only an hour away.

Access to the finish area from the bus station in downtown Maribor is easy by public transportation,
simply take bus #6. The ride is approximately 20 minutes.

Downtown is about a 15 minute drive from the finish, but several restaurants, discos, theaters, shops
and other services are within 3 km of the finish area. The city nightlife is active, plus there are many
restaurants, movie theaters, concert halls, dance clubs and other cultural activities that provide a
welcome opportunity for athetes and sports fans to enjoy.

The finish area and stadium offers a perfect location, especially from the perspective of the press, TV,
organizers, teams and most importantly, the spectators.


Transportation

        1) By plane:

        Maribor has an international airport, but it's used only for private planes, charter flights, cargo,
        etc. The nearest airport is Graz/Austria, only 50km away or Ljubljana/Slovenia, 130km away.

        2) By train:

        The train station is 6km from the venue. City bus #6 goes directly to the venue.

        3) By car:
        From Les Gets: E25 South direction Torino (I); E64 via Milano to Brescia; E 70 via Venezia
        and Trieste to Ljubljana (SLO); E57 to Maribor.

From Munich: E52 to Salzburg (A); E60 direction Linz; E57 via Graz to Maribor.

Rental cars in Maribor:
                          Avis tel.: (386) 62/222-531, fax: (386) 62/27-151
                          EuroDollar tel.: (386) 62/28-860
                          Kompas Hertz tel.: (386) 62/225-252, fax: (386) 62/26-655
Rental cars at Ljubljana Airport:
                         Avis tel.: (386) 64/223-311, fax: (386) 64/365-000
                         Budget tel.: (386) 64/365-300, fax: (386) 64/211-890
                         EuroDollar tel.: (386) 64/223-400
                         Europcar tel.: (386) 64/261-710, fax: (386) 64/261-711
                         Kompas Hertz tel.: (386) 64/223-366, fax: (386) 64/261-667


Host Hotel
        The Host Hotel is the the Hotel Arena, which is located in the Snow Stadium, adjacent to the
        finish area. Contact details are :

                        Tel : +386 62 6361000
                        Fax: +386 62 636100314

The price of a single room is 8,000 SIT(52 USD or 70 CHF) and for a double it’s 12,000 SIT (80 USD
or 100 CHF). It’s not possible to take bikes into the rooms, but a secure storage room will be provided
in the hotel.


Lodging Options
There are several small family hotels near the finish area (with about 100 rooms) that may be able to
offer apartment-like rentals, but no condos are available near the Start/Finish area.
There is a variety of hotels and pensions in and around Maribor. The official booking agency for the
event is Sport Center Pohorje, and ask for Mrs Jelka Roskar :

                        Tel : +386 62 2208841
                        Fax: +386 62 223025
                        Email : jelka.roskar@sc-pohorje.si

In addition to the official hotel (Arena), there are several hotels very close to the finish area. Hotel
Habakuk is a brand new, 4 star luxury hotel with swimming pool, tennis courts and 200 rooms only
300m from the finish (the hotel also has a heliport and a medical station). There are 2 hotels right by
the course: Hotel Bellevue (34 to 60 DM) is near the start of the course with 60 beds, and Hotel Arch is
located 2 km from the start (84 beds). Downtown Maribor is 6 km from the finish area/ski lift, and there
are several major hotels located there, including Hotel Orelwith 200 beds (100 to 136 DM) and Hotel
Slavija, 200 beds (110 to 150 DM) as well as hundreds of rooms in smaller hotels.


Race Organisation

        The Race Director for this event is Andrej Dekleva, and he can be contacted at the following :

                        Dekleva & Dekleva SportCon
                        Andrej Dekleva
                        ul. Ane Ziherlove 6
                        1000 Ljubljana
                        SLOVENIA
                        Tel : +386 61 577492 and +386 61 1684312
                        Mobile Tel : +386 41 705168
                        Fax : +386 61 577492
                        Email: andrej@dekleva-sportcon.si
                        internet: www.dekleva-sportcon.si

Federation Contact
        The Federation contact for the event is Mrs. Marusa Komac, Mountain Bike Secretary who can
        be contacted at the following :
                         Tel : +386 61 1313358
                         Fax: +386 61 1335362



Media Contact & Centre
        The media contact for this event is Mr. "Flash" Gordan Cuka Savelli who can be conatcted as
        follows :
                         Tel : +386 61 577492
                         Mobile Tel : +386 41 705149
                         Fax number : +386 61 577492
                         Email: press@dekleva-sportcon.si

        The Media Center is in the Hotel Arena. This building is located 100m from the finishline and
        houses not only the Media Center, but also registration, administration and the VIP area. The
        press room is on the lower floor of the hotel, and is 126 square meters. There is an additional
        45 square meters available for storage or similar use.

        Cold beverages and coffee will be provided in the media center. Food will be available in the
        VIP area upstairs. The VIP area will be open to journalist from 9.00am to 6.00pm on both
        Saturday and Sunday.

        The Media Center will have as a minimum the following facilities :
                         - Photocopier: Canon NP 6241, 40 cop/min, collating
                         - Fifteen (15) electric points
                         - Five (5) pay telephone lines (RJ11, tone dial).
                         - Twenty (20) work places
                         - Two (2) fax machines and fax lines will be provided.

        Please note that modems may be difficult to use from some hotel rooms.



Hot Tips - Social Activities !
The place to be is the old riverside district (Lent) with restaurants, cafes and various shops.

Recommended:
           -Tako's (Mexican food during the day, party in the evening)
           -Verdi (great Pizza)
           -Grill Ranca

Elsewhere in Maribor:
               -San Remo, Villa Rustica (in Tabor, both great pasta and salad bar)
               -Astoria (downtown, international cuisine)
               -Crna kuhinja (Slovenian cuisine)
               -Galeb (Mexican in Bresternica)
               -Sidro (best pizza and salad bar, also in Bresternica)
               -Zlata skoljka (seafood in Limbus)
Fun:
               -Sachmo (jazz), 4 movie theaters downtown
               -Doli
Disco:
               -Massai (dance, techno)
               -STUK (student club)
               -Pekarna (Bakery, underground)
               -Yucatan (in Sentilj, direction Graz).
Sport activities: Jet ski, tandem paragliding, airplane tours, horse back riding. Bring your BMX race
bikes,there is a nice course only 2 km from the venue! (Ask at registration where this is).


Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00           UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00           On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00           Registration

Friday             09h00 - 12h00           Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Hotel Arena Lower Floor
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA Press Briefing - Hotel Arena Lower Floor

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00           Registration
                   10h30 - 13h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   13h00 - 14h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   14h00 - 15h00           Downhill Press Conference
                   15h15 - 16h15           Dual Course Training
                   16h30 - 17h45           Dual Qualification
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Hotel Arena Lower Floor
                   18h30 - 19h00           Dual Course Training
                   19h30 - 20h45           DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS
                   20h45 - 21h00           Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS
                   13h00 - 16h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS
                   16h15 - 16h30           Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill



Course
Although the area the course leads down has been used for several national series races, the course
for the UCI World Cup has only been raced on once, and that was the National Championships
(Category E1) in July of 1998. This course was 4km long, but for the UCI World Cup it has been
shortened to 3km, with a total elevation drop of 550m. This is an average descent of 20%, which
makes it one of the steepest courses on the World Cup circuit. The top recorded speed was 67 km/h at
the 1997 National Series race.

The course starts at the end of the second chairlift, and starts off on relatively non-technical trails,
which lead into several berm turns and a large jump. There is a steep section after that, with 3 berm
turns in a row, followed by a jump down a steep section. The course then turns into a very technical
forest section with roots, rocks and sharp turns. After the technical forest section in the middle, a
straight forest section with jumps and large rocky sections insures excitement for all. The final km is on
exposed ski slope with several turns. The good part of the final part is that the spectators in the finish
area can see the riders descending. This will provide exciting action for the photographers and TV The
last 100m of the downhill course runs parallel with the Dual course.



The major advantage of the course is that it provides a wide variety of terrain, fast pedaling, slow and
technical/sharp turns, fast technical parts, jumps, roots and rocks. It guarantees a very even challenge,
so the rider with the best overall combination of skills and fitness will have the advantage.

        Maribor Course Statistics :

                                           100% descending
                                            50% wide track
                                            50% narrow track
                                            70% fast downhill
                                            30% slow technical section

There is one small (1m wide) stream crossing. Water depth is approximately 10 to 20cm deep with
loose rocks. A jump or a bridge will be put over this. Three large earth built jumps are currently on the
course with several smaller natural jumps as well.

The chairlift will be the main rider and bike transport to the start. The lift has a station/transfer point in
the middle. In the event that the chairlift has technical problems the gondola can be also used for
rider/bike transport. The lower lift station is 100m from the finish and the lift ends 50m from the start.


DUAL INFORMATION

The final 300 m of the downhill course is on a wide open section of ski slope (approximately 100m
wide). The Dual course will run parallel to the downhill course, with the finish arch of the Downhill
being used for the Dual. The area has been approved for use of the Dual, and the required earthwork
needed to make an exciting Dual course has also been approved. Another major advantage of the
finish area is that it is set up for night skiing, and will be completely lit for running the Dual at night.
(See schedule).


Miscellaneous
        • Registration will take place in Hotel Arena, on the lower floor in the back. The entrance is
          from the rear hotel parking lot.

        • Team Manager Meetings will also take place in Hotel Arena, on the lower floor in the back.
          The entrance is from the rear hotel parking lot.

        • Trucks carrying bikes are recommended to have an ATA carnet when entering Slovenia.

        • Check with your rental car company if the car is allowed to go to Slovenia.

        • All entrants must sign a mandatory waiver document, which is on the next page. Make
          copies in advance and have them ready for to give at the registration office.
NEVEGAL, ITALY - DH/DL #3 - 5/6 JUNE

Location & General Information
Belluno is an exception within the Veneto region due to the majestic Dolomite mountains which make
a perfect backdrop to this beautiful old town lined by Renaissance and Gothic buildings, porticos,
quaint squares, parks and of course Bellunese restaurants with the irresistible food and wine of this
region. A short 15 min. drive from the town centre takes one to the heart of Nevegal, immersed in the
lush, green woods and rich pasture fields at an altitude that varies from 1,000m to the 1,763m of the
Col Visentin plateau with its breathtaking view of the pre-Alps chain.

Above all the locality is well known for its marvellous skiing terrain and excellent links between all the
ski runs; cross-country tracks and towing facilities for beginners, and more than 30 km of downhill
pistes which are all mechanically maintained.

Nevegal also offers many excellent opportunities to participate in organised nature trails and
excursions along its numerous paths that lead to the refuges and the plateau or, one can take a ride
on any of the 6 MTB tracks, downhill tracks and tracks for amateurs (summer ’98 will see the opening
of an MTB School) or pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens with more than 2,000 specimens of Alpine
flora.

There are various amenities which include: restaurants, pizzerias, shops, newsagent’s, bars and
cafés, a discotheque, tennis courts, a riding stable and two ski-schools.


Host Hotel
          The Host Hotel is Hotel Olivier, situated 250m from the finish line. The price for a single room
          is approximately 140,000 lire including breakfast.

                          Tel : +39 437 908165
                          Fax: +39 437 908162

          It is not possible to take bikes into the room, but a garage is provided for keeping the bikes.

Lodging Options
There are condos available and the contact number is :

                          Rent a Room Agency
                          Agenzia Immobiliare “Le Torri”
                          Nevegal +39 437 908100

          Apartments & camping bookings, plus all other lodging, should be booked through the Tourist
          Offices in Belluno Tel +39 437 940083, or Nevegal Tel +39 437 908149. You will need to book
          at least one month before the event.
In Nevegal and surrounding areas there are the following lodging possibilities:


Hotels:                   4 Hotels -                        Nevegal
                          10 Hotels -                       Belluno/Ponte Nelle Alpi
Apartments:               3,000 beds -                      Nevegal
Camping:                  400 caravan capacity -            Nevegal
Mountain refuge:          3 Alpine refuges -                Nevegal
Transportation
By car from the Marco Polo Airport of Venice (nearest airport) take the A27 motorway and follow the
directions for Belluno about 100km.

By train from Venice or Padua take the “Calalzo line” to Belluno - travelling time about one and a half
hours.

The major towns in the area, Venice, Padua, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alleghe are about one hour driving
distance from Belluno.

Car rentals available in Venice are:     Maggiore Budget : Venice Airport +39 041 5415040

        Car rentals available in Belluno are:   Hertz : +39 0437 915140
                                                Maggiore Budget : +39 0437 932044

Please note that no trains operate between Belluno and Nevegal in the summer season, only taxis
which can be a little expensive.

Race Organisation
        The Race Organisers are Equipe Dolomiti and Gore srL, and the contact details are as
        follows :
                Equipe Dolomite Tel : +39 0437 926305
                Equipe Dolomiti Fax : +39 0437 920112
                Gore Tel : +39 0437 969142
                Gore Fax: +39 0437 960119
                Email : equipe@dolomiti.it
                Internet : www.dolomiti.it/equipe

        The Race Director will be Mr Maurizio Bortot of Equipe Dolomiti who can be contacted at the
        following :
                        Equipe Dolomiti
                        Via S. Martino 316 (Castoi)
                        32020 Visome (Belluno)
                        Tel : +39 0437 926305
                        Mobile Tel : +39 0337 605993 or +39 0347 4444601
                        Fax +39 0437 920112
                        Email : equipe@dolomiti.it

        Equipe Dolomiti was responsible for the very successful World Cups held in Nevegal in 1996,
        1997 and 1998, as well as many other sporting events in the Belluno/Nevegal area.
        The mountain bike story in Belluno/Nevegal starts in 1987 with the organisation of local
        amateur races, followed by provincial amateur Championship of cross country, the Regional
        (Veneto) Championship, then other races of mountain bike Dual Slalom (the first in Italy). In
        1994 and in 1995 the Italian Championships of cross country and downhill were held in
        Nevegal and the 3rd round of the Downhill Grand Prix of Italy.


Federation Contact
Mr Enzo Bova
Mountain Bike Commission
Federazione CicIistica Italiana
Piazza Luigi Savoia,2
20124 Milano
ITALY
Tel + 39 02 6701464
Fax +39 02 6705364.
Media Contact & Centre


         The media contact is Mr Antonio Pellegrino
         Tel +39 437 925922 or mobile +39 360 792651
         Fax +39 437 925922
         Email : gpell@tin.it

         The Media Centre is in Nevegal at the Centro Servizi Le Torri and during the event will have
         the following contact number : +39 437 908171.
The media centre consists of 800 square meters and is divided into two floors:

Ground floor :      Bar
First floor:        Direction Event Office ,Conference room (250 seats), T.V and Press rooms,
                    phone booths, cloak rooms and toilets.

Facilities to be included in the Media Centre:

There are 7 telephone lines
The telephones operate on tone dial, and press will have no problems using modems.
There are 3 fax lines and two fax machines available.
There are 2 photocopiers: One is a Canon 6020 and one is a Minolta EP4232.
There are eleven electricity points.



Hot Tips - Social Activities !

Social and recreational activities suggested:


         Activity                  Name & Address                                 Telephone
                                                                                  (+0437.......)
         Video Games Hall          “Tam Tam” Via Caffi - Belluno                  81624
         Bowling/Snooker           “Il Finimondo”Via Cavassico Inf.- Trichiana    555435
         Swimming Pool             Località Lambioi - Belluno                     940488/93
         Ice-skating Rink          Località Lambioi - Belluno                     940897
         Night Club                “Club 70” - Nevegal                            908179
         Discotheque               “Dodo’s” Via Boscon - Belluno                  296804
         Cinema Edison             Via Matteotti 8/b - Belluno                    940306
         Cinema Italia             Via Garibaldi 8 - Belluno                      943164
         Pizzeria                  Le Terrazze - Nevegal                          ---------
         Pizzeria                  Bella Napoli - Via Feltre 240 - Belluno        944054
         Restaurant                La Casera - Via Faverghera - Nevegal           908180
         Restaurant                Da Emiliana - Pian Delmonte                    970375
         Restaurant                Al Borgo - Via Anconetta - Belluno             926755
         Wine Bar/Enoteca          Il Piacere - Mezzaterra Belluno                27705
         Museum                    Piazza Duomo                                   944833

Race Schedule
Thursday              10h00 - 12h00         UCI Course Inspection
                      13h00 - 16h00         On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                      15h00 - 18h00         Registration

Friday                09h00 - 12h00         Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00            Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00            Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                            (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00            Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30            Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00            UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00            Registration
                   09h00 - 12h00            Downhill Course Open For Training
                   12h00 - 13h00            Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                            (No Stopping on course)
                   13h00 - 14h00            Downhill Press Conference
                   14h00 - 15h00            Dual Course Training
                   15h30 - 16h30            Dual Qualification
                   17h00 - 17h30            Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 19h00            DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS*
                   19h15 - 19h30            Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   19h30 - 20h00            Team Managers’ Meeting

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00            Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00            WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS*
                   13h00 - 16h00            WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS*
                   16h15 - 16h30            Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill
                                            *Subject to Live TV requirements

Course
The course in served by two chair-lifts that transport riders and bicycles, with the 1st chairlift going from
1,050m to 1,279m. The 2nd chairlift goes from 1,277m to 1,615m. The start of the course is at an
altitude of 1,615m and after a dropping 565m arrives at the finish altitude of 1,050m. The length of the
course is 2,940m with an average gradient of 19.2%.

        The first part of the track is very fast grass followed by wide curves that lead onto a technical
        stretch on rocks with hard terrain and stones/rocks. Then follows another fast grass section
        that leads into the woods, a technical stretch on a hard terrain covered with roots and dirt soil
        and then finally one more fast grass section leading to the finish

Nevegal Course Statistics :

                                          100% descending
                                          50% wide track
                                          50% narrow track
                                          60% fast downhill
                                          40% slow technical section

The course does not have any bridges or artificial obstacles.

Miscellaneous
        • The registration and Team Managers’ Meetings will take place at the “Centro Servizi Le
          Torri” in Nevegal.

        • During the 1998 Nevegal event, the venue experienced terrible wet weather conditions,
          and the organisers would like to underline that despite this, excellent organisation was
          provided - especially in view of the adverse weather conditions that assailed the event- and
   they would like to thank all those responsible for the positive opinion expressed, especially
   by all of the athletes regarding the technical value of the track.

• Please note that all phone numbers in Italy changed during 1998. It is now necessary when
  calling from outside Italy to place a « 0 » between the country code of 39 and the area
  code.

• Riders are requested to sign a waiver document before the start of training and the race.
  This is on the following page. This can be copied or torn out of this documents, and be
  signed in advance and brought to the registration room.
CONYERS, GEORGIA, USA - XC #6 - 19/20 JUNE

Location & General Information
Even though this course has only had one UCI World Cup event, it is probably the most famous venue
in the world. The Georgia International Horse Park was the site for the Centennial Olympic Games
Mountain Bike Race, the first ever Olympic Mountain Bike event. Prior to the 1996 Olympics the
course had been used for the Georgia Mountain Bike Invitational and a United States Mountain Bike
Team selection race. The invitational was an international event that saw many Olympic contenders
compete. More than 60,000 spectators have watched racing at this site.

Now, the Olympic Mountain Bike Course is open to the public for recreational riding for a nominal fee.
Occasionally, local competitive events are staged at the site.

Located in Conyers, a growing community of 65,000 residents, 30 miles outside of Atlanta, the Horse
Park offers a world class course for mountain biking.

Host Hotel
The host hotel will be the LaQuinta Inn which is located at 1184 Dogwood Drive, Conyers. Bookings
can be made by fax on +1 770 9180565. Prices start from $75 per night and include a continental
breakfast. The LaQuinta Inn is located 4 miles from the Georgia International Horse Park. Bikes are
permitted in the room.


Lodging Options
Further options are available by contacting the Conyers Convention and Visitors Bureau on
Tel : +1 770 6022606. Some options are listed below :

        • Hampton Inn +1 770 4838838 - 104 rooms - 5 miles from venue - $79

        • Holiday Inn +1 770 4833220 - 134 rooms - 8 miles from venue - $62

        • Comfort Inn +1 770 7600300 - 83 rooms - 8 miles from venue - $63

        • Suburban Lodge +1 770 9180618 - 138 rooms - 5 miles from venue

        • Richfield Lodge +1 770 4831332 - 108 rooms - 6 miles from venue

        • Ramada Plaza Hotel +1 770 2169500 - 110 rooms - 15 miles from venue - $69

        • Ramada Limited +1 770 7600777 - 85 rooms - 6 miles from venue - $67



Transportation
The Georgia International Horse Park’s Olympic Mountain Bike Course is located 30 miles east of
downtown Atlanta, Georgia, off I-20, a six lane interstate. 35 miles from Hartsfield International Airport,
the largest airport in the world, the Georgia International Horse Park is easily accessible for
international visitors.

Atlanta, Georgia is accessible by most major airlines landing at Hartsfield International Airport. USA
rail company, Amtrack, brings passengers into Atlanta as well. Attendees of the World Cup may drive,
cycle, or use the bus shuttle system from their hotel site. A bus shuttle service will transport athletes,
media and officials to the Georgia International Horse Park on a regular schedule from designated
locations. There will be a fee for using the bus system.
Media Contact & Centre
The Media contact for the event is Stacy Jones, who can be contacted as follows :

                         Tel : +1 770 9294239
                         Fax : +1 770 9294244
                         Georgia International Horse Park
                         1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway
                         Conyers, Georgia 30013
                         USA

The Media Centre will be located at the Cherokee Run Golf Course club house approximately 700m
from the start/finish line. The Media Centre is approximately 1,200 square meters. There will be a daily
food service with varied menu items. There will also be a continental breakfast and a catered lunch
available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Soda, water, snacks and coffee will be available daily also.

There will be a minimum of 12 phone lines available (with RJ11 plugs). All phones will operate on tone
dial. Media must use a calling card to place a long distance call. There will be a minimum of 5 fax lines
and fax machines dedicated to the event.           Two Lanier 7385 copiers will be dedicated for the
event. There will be 24 work stations with electricity available at each post.


Race Organisation
The Event Director is Brian Stickel, who is one of the most experienced mountain bike events people
in the USA. Brian is a former NORBA Competition Director, and was also the Mountain Bike
Competition Manager for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Brian can be contacted at the following where
he is based most of the time.

                         1353 S23 Highway
                         Ackworth, Iowa 50001
                         Tel : +1 515 9426378
                         Fax : +1 515 9427127
                         Email : bstickel@gte.net

The venue, Georgia International Horse Park is managed by Ron Goodwin who can be contacted as
follows.

                         Ron Goodwin
                         Georgia International Horse Park
                         1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway
                         Conyers, Georgia 30013
                         Tel : +1 770 8604190
                         Fax : +1 770 6022500

Federation Contact
Eric Moore
NORBA Director of Competition
Tel +1 719 5784842
Fax +1 719 5784596
email : emoore@usacycling.org

Hot Tips - Social Activities !
Within the city of Conyers there is a go-kart track and a video arcade, a movie theatre and a golf
course. For those looking for a great Japanese meal, try Daruma on the edge of town. Additionally
Atlanta, Georgia is located 30 miles east of Conyers, and there is also the Malibu Grand Prix center
where many have tried to beat the 50 second mark for one lap.
Race Schedule
Wednesday          10h00 - 12h00           Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00           Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00           Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 17h00           Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00           Registration
                   19h00 - 21h00           Hot Southern Nights Race - Atlanta Criterium

Friday             08h00 - 11h00           Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   08h00 - 11h30           Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   13h00 - 16h00           Citizen Races
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing
                   19h00 - - - - - -       UCI World Cup Kick Off Party

Saturday           06h00 - 07h30           Course Open For Training
                   07h30 - 09h30           Citizen Races
                   09h00 - 10h00           Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   10h00 - 11h45           Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45           Masters Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Masters Events
                   11h50 - 12h50           Course Open For Training (World Cup Men Only)
                   13h00 - 15h00           WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h15 - 15h30           Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 18h00           Course Open For Training (World Cup Men Only)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   19h00 - - - - - -       UCI World Cup Party

Sunday             06h00 - 07h30           Course Open For Training
                   07h30 - 09h30           Citizen Races
                   10h00 - 12h00           Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00           Junior Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h15           Awards Ceremony For Junior Events
                   13h00 - 15h15           MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h30 - 15h45           Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup


Course
The original Olympic course was designed by Brian Stickel, John Bailey and David Wiens. In honour
of the 1996 event, the 1998 UCI World Cup course used the same course that was used for the
Olympic Mountain Bike Race.

However, 1999 a shortened modified course will be used. Expected to be between 6km and 7km the
final course layout had not been determined as we went to print. This was due mainly to negotiations
with respect to the start area. No matter what, look for a more compact venue, and a tighter and more
entertaining course. The course will still feature many hills of varying difficulty as well as many different
terrain types. The soil is very sandy with some rocks. this allows for excellent drainage when it rains.
This course was designed to have many alternatives in case of bad weather.
Miscellaneous
    • Registration will take place at the the Cherokee Run Golf Course club house approximately
      700m from the start/finish line, and will be appropriately sign posted.

    • The Team Managers’ Meetings will be conducted in a tent in the Start/Finish area.

    • A waiver must be signed by all competitors. Please see the next pages. This can be copied
      or torn out of this documents, and be signed in advance and brought to the registration
      room.
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTON, USA - DH/DL #4 - 26/27 JUNE

Location & General Information
     This is the same event as Snoqualmie Pass, but a different venue. The organisers and course
     designers have moved to another site near Seattle with the aim of raising the standards of
     facilities and support services for the teams and riders.
     Crystal Mountain is located in the north east corner of Mt. Rainier National park, and is 64
     miles from Seattle International Airport. The approximate drive time from the airport to the
     venue is 1hr and 20 minutes.
     Crystal Mountain is a beautiful village set in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The
     closest town, Enumclaw, is good sized and has plenty of restaurants and other facilities.


Host Hotel
     The Host Hotel is Quicksilver Lodge, and rates vary from $105 to $145. They can be contacted
     at :
                              33818 Crystal Mt. Blvd
                              Crystal Mt. WA 98022.
                     USA
                     Tel : +888.SKI.6400 or +1 360 6632262
                     Fax: +1 360 6630259
                     Email: reservations@crystalhotels.com.
                     Internet : www.crystalhotels.com

     For this event there is also a Host Condo at Crystal Mt. Lodging, where room rates vary
     according to the size of the condo. Bookings can be made by contacting :

                             Crystal Mt Lodging
                             33000Crystal Mt. Blvd
                             Crystal Mt., WA 98022.
                             USA
                             Tel : +888.OnTheMt, or +1 360 6632558
                             Fax: +1 360 6630145

Lodging Options

     There are close to 500 beds on site within a short walking distance of the village area. These
     range from condos (90) to individual hotel rooms (120), and prices vary from $40 per night up
     to $300 and more for weekend rates. Many condos and hotels have outdoor swimming pools,
     tennis courts, saunas and hot tubs. On site RV hook ups are available in the lower parking lot.

     Please mention that you're with the World Cup when making reservations. Here’s some
     suggestions :

     • Crystal Chalet Condos: +888 ONTHEMT for North America or +1 360 6632558

     • Hotels & Dorms: Quicksilver Lodge, Alpine Inn, Village Inn +888 SKI.6400
     or +1 360 6632262 or www.CrystalHotels.com, Fax: +1 360 6632394

     • Alta Crystal Resort: Beautiful condo chalets and cabins, located 7 miles from venue. Book
       early, they fill up during the summer.

     Also, check the Crystal Mountain web site at www.Crystal Mt.com.
Transportation
It is a 1h20 minute drive from the SeaTac Airport, which is the closest airport. It's a scenic drive
through Maple Valley and Enumclaw. To get to the race site from SeaTac, take Hwy 518 East to
Interstate 405 North. Exit on Hwy 169 South to Enumclaw.

Head east off of 169 onto Hwy 410 which takes you to the entrance to Crystal Mt. Drive 6 miles up
Crystal Mt. Blvd and you're there.

        Transportation options include rentals from either downtown Seattle or the SeaTac Airport. All
        rental car services are available at the airport, including Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Avis,
        etc.


Media Contact & Centre
The media contact for this event is Kim Boston of Boston Consulting who can be contacted at :
                        Tel : +1 509 4671775
                        Fax: +1 509 467.5121
                        Email: kboston@iea.com

The media room will be in the Ski Rental Building (100m from the finish line), which is an excellent
facility with a very large amount of room. It will have all of the requirements expected for a press room,
including phone lines, fax lines, photocopier and work stations. There are also many lockers, plus a
private area for food, and interaction amongst the press.

Important point, the Forestry Service requires all photographers to purchase a $25 permit from the
Service. For further information contact the event’s Media Contact.


Race Organisation
The Event Directors are Gino Lisiecki and Wendy Zupan who have been involved in many events,
most notably NORBA National Series events in Spokane and Snoqualmie Pass, as well working on
the World Cup events in Helen Georgia, 1996, Napa Valley in 1997 and of course Snoqualmie Pass in
1998. They can be contacted as follows :

                Round & Round Productions
                418 E Pacific,
                Suite 6A,
                Spokane, WA 99202
                USA
                Tel :    +1 509 4557657
                Fax : +1 509 4556365
                Email: cisco@roundandround.com
                Internet : www.roundandround.com


Federation Contact
        Eric Moore, NORBA Director of Competition
        Tel +1 719 5784842 & Fax +1 719 5784596 & email : emoore@usacycling.org


Hot Tips - Social Activities !
        Several restaurants will be open in the area during the event. There is a lodge/restaurant at
        the top of Crystal Mountain with incredible panoramic views of the Cascade Mountain range
        and Mt. Rainier. The main village lodge has three separate dining areas, and there are others
        in the village.
Restaurants & Food on Site:

The Market at Crystal Mt. - Small grocery.
Cascade Grill - Traditional grill
Silver Creek Deli - Made-to-order deli sandwiches, pizza, beer, wine, espresso bar and more.
Sourdough Sal's - Full service dinner and bar in a lodge-like environment. Spectacular views.
Alpine Inn Restaurant - Gourmet dining, gracious service, wide selection of fine wines.
Snorting Elk Deli - Homemade soups, sandwiches, pizza and pastries, espresso or microbrew.
Snorting Elk Cellar - Dark, atmospheric, European style cellar with full service bar, and great
assortment of microbrews and wine. Sure to be the World Cup hangout!

Stock up on supplies in Enumclaw! There you'll find grocery stores, hardware stores, bike shops, lots
of restaurants and more. Here are some hot spots:

CJ Coasters Sports bar, Enumclaw
Ranchitos Mexican Restaurant
Matzatlan Mexican Restaurant
The Mint Tavern, Smoke Free Bar in downtown Enumclaw
Wapatai Woolies - Great little shop in Greenwater, 14 miles from Crystal Mt.

         If you travel down to Seattle try the Wild Ginger Restaurant, tipped as one of the best in town.


Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00           UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00           On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00           Registration

Friday             09h00 - 12h00           Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Chapel, Main Lodge
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing - Chapel, Main Lodge

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00           Registration
                   08h30 - 11h30           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   11h30 - 12h30           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   12h45 - 13h45           Dual Course Training
                   13h00 - 14h00           Downhill Press Conference
                   14h00 - 15h00           Dual Qualification
                   15h30 - 16h00           Dual Course Training
                   16h15 - 17h30           DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS
                   17h45 - 18h00           Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting - Chapel, Main Lodge

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS
                   13h00 - 16h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS
                   16h15 - 16h30           Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill
Course

  Course designer David Moffitt, who designed the challenging Snoqualmie Pass course, will once
  again be designing the Downhill course at Crystal Mountain. The site has been inspected by UCI
  Mountain Bike Commission member and riders’ representative Mercedes Gonzalez who has
  helped layout the basic design of the course.

  Travel to the top of the mountain is via a brand new six person high speed quad to midway which
  takes about 10 minutes. From there it’s another high speed quad to the top. Round trip is
  approximately 25 minutes or less and can carry 3,600 people per hour. Hooks will be on both high
  speed quads. At the top there is an excellent view of Mt. Rainier, as well as plenty of room for
  warm up and tents. The course will be relatively high speed, and rocky like Sierra Nevada, with
  some technical challenges courtesy of David Moffitt. The course is on a sandy composite soil
  which retains water well.

  The start is steep and technical, followed by a drop onto the fire road, very short section, followed
  by a narrow traverse to other side of mountain, where there is a wide open steep slope with
  many switch backs, then up an embankment and down a high speed fire road which is relatively
  short. Then the course drops off into a rocky ski shoot with a possible rock jump to be confirmed,
  and then opens into a wide medium grade slope, back onto the fire road and then down an
  extremely tight -steep -rocky- rooty technical section (short), then onto rough jeep trail. After this
  the course traverses a narrow track back onto the fire road completed with jumps towards the
  finish line. Right before the finish area there is a large and steep drop in.

  The course is estimated to be around 5 minutes for the men and a little more for the women.
  Overall Mercedes Gonzalez rated the course potential as excellent and definitely worthy of World
  Cup status.


Miscellaneous
      • It is recommended that you stop in Enumclaw on the way up to Crystal Mountain and stock
        up on supplies as this will save you doing long shopping runs. Enumclaw has two big
        Supermarkets as well as many other speciality shops.

      • The Gameworks event that was hugely popular last year is scheduled for Wednesday the
        23rd, but this still to be confirmed. If you want to be on the invite list, be sure to contact the
        organisers closer to the event, check when it’s happening, and get on the invite list.

      • Registration will take place in the basement at the Main Lodge.

      • Team Managers’ Meeting will take place in the chapel in the Main Lodge.

      • A waiver must be signed by all competitors. Please see the next pages. This can be copied
        or torn out of this documents, and be signed in advance and brought to the registration
        room.
CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA - XC #7 - 3/4 JULY

Location & General Information
Winner of the prestigious 1998 UCI Rainbow Award for the World Cross Country of the year, the race
will once again be held at the Canmore Nordic Centre, which is located on the lower slopes of the
Rundle Range in the Canadian Rockies. The daylodge complex is less than a five-minute drive from
the Town of Canmore, on excellent roads. The daylodge complex includes a large start/finish and
staging area, with built-in crowd control and media facilities. Canmore hosted the Nordic Events at the
1988 Winter Olympic Games. The Town of Canmore has about 10,000 permanent residents, and is
one of the major service centers of the region. It is 106 km west of the City of Calgary (a one-hour
drive on the Trans Canada Highway. Calgary was the host City of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games
and the 1997 World Police and Fire Games. To the west of Canmore is Banff National Park, and the
nearby town of Banff, a popular international tourist destination in the heart of the Rockies. It takes
about fifteen minutes to drive to Banff from Canmore. Calgary and Canmore are located in the Bow
Valley Corridor, in southwestern Alberta, adjacent to several national and provincial mountain parks.
Canmore Nordic Centre is part of a million-acre preserve, Kananaskis Country, set aside by the
Province of Alberta for recreation and wildlife preservation. This part of western Canada is widely
renowned for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Canmore Nordic Centre first hosted mountain bike races in 1988, following the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Canmore hosted its first national level mountain bike event in 1990, the Western Canadian Mountain
Bike Championships. In 1991, the first year of the Canada Cup (Canada’s National Series), Canmore
hosted one of four Canada Cup Events. Also that year Canmore hosted the second ever official
Canadian Mountain Bike Championships. 1993 saw the return of Canada Cup racing to Canmore.
Canmore has hosted a Canada Cup every year since and has secured a Canada Cup sanction
through 1999. Canmore Nordic Centre has also been used extensively for provincial (regional) level
events, with at least two of these each year in recent years. The region is extremely popular for
recreational mountain biking, which has grown every year since 1988.

The regional mountain bike events held at the Canmore Nordic Centre have been one, two, or three
day events. Several have been provincial championships. The national level events have been two
day events consisting of a cross-country, downhill, and sometimes other disciplines. These events
have also attracted several thousand spectators, with spectators continuing to increase in numbers.

Canmore Nordic Centre is a legacy to sport from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Its mandate is to
serve the recreation and sporting needs of the region. Mountain biking races and events have always
been welcomed by the Nordic Centre. The Nordic Centre houses a bicycle rental facility and
encourages recreational cycling. In addition, the Canmore Nordic Centre wishes to attract more
National and International level events in the future. Canmore Nordic Centre staff look forward to
welcoming an international mountain bike event to the site.

Last year’s Canmore World Cup, the site’s first international mountain bike event, was a great
success. The venue, course, and region were all very well received.

Lodging Options
There is no single official hotel for the event. Contact Good Earth Travel Adventures for
accommodation information. A van shuttle will be available between hotels for officials and VIP’s. The
organisers have the support of the Bow Valley Hotel / Motel Association and several hotels will fill the
official hotel role. Conference and meeting facilities are available at several of the hotels. Please
identify that you are attending the World Cup when booking your accommodation.
                          Good Earth Travel Adventures
                          Phone: 1 888 9799797 (toll free in North America) or +1 403 6789358
                          Fax: 1-403-678-9384
                          Email : info@goodearthtravel.com
                          Internet: www.goodearthtravel.com
The hotels are all located in the Canmore Townsite, approximately 5 km from the start/finish area.
Rates range from CDN$75 to CDN$150 per night. Bikes are not allowed in rooms, however the hotels
have ski storage rooms where bikes can be securely stored. July is a busy time for Hotels in the
region, book early for best availability. See list below for accommodation options. For bookings of
hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes, or condos contact Good Earth Travel Adventures. For
information about hostels and camping, contact the event organiser.

      Central Accommodation Booking
      Name                                 Phone 1          Phone 2          Fax
      Good Earth Travel Adventures         (888) 979-9797   (403) 678-9358   (403) 678-9384


      Hotels and Motels
      Name                                 Phone 1          Phone 2          Fax
      A-1 Motel                            (403) 678-5200
      Akai Motel                           (403) 678-4664
      Banff Gate Mountain Lodge            (403) 678-5131
      Bear Country Lodge                   (888) 678-1008   (403) 678-1000   (403) 678-2229
      Best Western Green Gables Inn        (800) 661-2133   (403) 678-5488   (403) 678-2670
      Bow Valley Motel                     (403) 678-5085
      Canmore Hotel                        (403) 678-5181                    (403) 678-6182
      Canmore Lodge                        (403) 678-5528                    (403) 678-6665
      Cee-Der Chalets                      (800) 461-8730   (403) 678-5131
      Chateau Canmore                      (800) 228-5151   (403) 678-6699
      Drake Inn                            (800) 461-8730   (403) 678-5131
      Four Points Hotel Canmore            (800) 609-4422   (403) 609-4422
      Gateway Inn Motel                    (403) 678-5396
      Georgetown Inn                       (403) 678-3439
      Green Acres Motel                    (800) 820-5340   (403) 678-5344
      Greenwood Inn                        (800) 263-3625   (403) 678-3625
      Hampshire Inn                        (403) 678-8000   (403) 678-2288
      H & D Nesting Inn                    (403) 678-6010
      Lady Macdonald Country Inn           (800) 567-3919   (403) 678-3665   (403) 678-9714
      Mayfield Motel Ltd.                  (403) 678-5622
      Mountain View Inn                    (403) 678-0992
      Pocaterra Inn                        (403) 678-4334   (403) 678-3999
      Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge             (800) 665-6111   (403) 678-5445   (403) 678-6484
      Rundle Mountain Motel & Gasthaus     (800) 661-1610   (403) 678-5322
      Rundle Ridge Chalets                 (800) 332-1299   (403) 678-5387
      Stockade Log Cabins                  (800) 330-3824   (403) 678-5212   (403) 678-6463
      Wedgewood Mountain Inn               (403) 678-4494
      Westridge Country Inn                (800) 268-0935   (403) 678-5221


      Bed & Breakfasts
      Name                                 Phone 1          Phone 2          Fax
      A Touch Oh' Brass                    (403) 678-4220                    (403) 678-4220
      Above All                            (403) 678-1260                    (403) 678-9959
      Absolutely Viewtiful                 (403) 678-2747
Alpenglow Inn                (403) 678-3389
Alpine Meadow                (403) 609-2003
Alpine Quest                 (403) 678-2284                    (403) 678-2284
Amble Inn                    (403) 678-6497                    (403) 678-3794
Ambleside Lodge              (403) 678-3976                    (403) 678-3919
Apples & Spice               (403) 678-2866
Aspen Homestead              (403) 678-5803                    (403) 678-5803
Assiniboine                  (403) 678-2731
Astrid's                     (403) 678-4718
At the Studio                (403) 678-2779
Back of Beyond               (403) 678-6606                    (403) 678-0910
Bargnascht                   (403) 678-6432
Beside the Pond              (403) 678-5790
Burnside House               (403) 678-4320                    (403) 678-4320
By the Bow                   (403) 678-2372
By the Brook                 (403) 678-4566                    (403) 678-4199
Canadian Artisans            (403) 678-4138
Canyon Place                 (403) 678-5471




Canyon Ridge Chalet          (403) 678-0035
Carney's Rose Chalet         (403) 678-0928
Cat's Meow                   (403) 678-4051
Cedar Springs                (403) 678-3865                    (403) 678-1938
Cougar Canyon                (800) 289-9731                    (403) 678-6636
Cougar Creek Inn             (403) 678-4751                    (403) 678-9529
Cougar Point Cottage         (403) 678-6294
Eagle's Nest                 (403) 678-2440                    (403) 678-6721
Elephant's Head              (403) 678-2256
Elli's                       (403) 678-5436                    (403) 678-2267
Enjoy Living                 (800) 992-8274   (403) 678-3026   (403) 678-3042




More Bed & Breakfasts
Fjellhytten                  (403) 678-4932
Harriet's Place              (403) 609-2622
Haus Alpenrose Lodge         (403) 678-4134                    (403) 678-4134
Haven of Rest                (403) 678-5706                    (403) 678-4220
Hogs & Quiches               (800) 755-4463   (403) 678-5091   (403) 678-5091
Jac 'n' Sarah's              (800) 600-3816   (403) 678-2770
Jewel Mountain Guest Lodge   (403) 678-4698
Kiska Inn                    (403) 678-4041                    (403) 678-6945
Luna Lodge                   (403) 678-4849
McNeill Heritage Inn         (403) 678-4884                    (403) 678-4884
Monarch                      (403) 678-2566                    (403) 609-2122
Moose Mountain Lodge         (403) 678-4869                    (403) 678-6469
      Mountain Air                         (403) 678-2699
      Mountain Ash                         (403) 678-0066                    (403) 678-0066
      Mountain Mornings and Muffins        (403) 678-5961                    (403) 678-8813
      Quilters Inn                         (403) 678-6785
      Renaissance                          (403) 678-1875                    (403)678-1875
      Riverside Hideaway                   (403) 678-6746                    (403) 678-6573
      Room With A View                     (403) 678-6624                    (403) 678-6624
      Shady Lane                           (403) 678-5239




      Spring Creek                         (403) 678-6726                    (403) 678-6726
      Stella Alpina                        (403) 678-2119                    (403) 678-2119
      Sunnyview Inn                        (888) 678-1876   (403) 678-1876   (403) 678-3087
      Tall Pines                           (403) 678-5312                    (403) 678-9419
      The Away Inn                         (403) 678-2198                    (403) 678-3362
      Wedgewood Mountain Inn               (403) 678-4494                    (403) 678-5017
      Welcome To Our Home                  (403) 678-3221                    (403) 678-0770
      Wilma's                              (800) 678-5153   (403) 678-5153
      Wind in the Willows                  (403) 678-6556
      Young's Guest House                  (403) 678-2892                    (403) 678-2892


      Condominiums
      Name                                 Phone 1          Phone 2          Fax
      Canmore Regency Suites               (800) 386-7248   (403) 678-3799   (403) 678-3414


      Hostels / Dormitory Style
      Name                                 Phone 1          Phone 2          Fax
      Alpine Club of Canada                (403) 678-3200
      Serenity House                       (403) 678-3535                    (403) 678-3535


Race Organisation
The Event Director is Aaron McConnell of Altitude Events, who have organised regional and National
events in Canada. The organiser can be contacted as follows :

                                      Altitude Events Inc.
                                      #4, 801 - 8th Street
                                      Canmore, Alberta, Canada T1W 2B3
                                      Tel :    +1 403 6781635
                                      Fax:     +1 403 6780850
                                      Email: altevent@telusplanet.net

Federation Contact
The Federation contact is Lisa Davey, Events Co-ordinator at the Canadian Cycling

       Tel:    +1 613 7485629
       Fax:    +1 613 7485692
       Email : events@canadian-cycling.com
Transportation
Calgary has an International Airport served by many international carriers. Canmore has a regional
heliport. The best option is to fly to Calgary and drive to Canmore on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Canmore is 106km west of the City of Calgary (a one hour drive on the Trans Canada Highway). Car
rentals from eight major companies are available at Calgary International Airport. Scheduled and
chartered bus transportation is also available from Calgary to Canmore.




Media Contact & Centre
The Media Contact is Patricia Smith who can be contacted on :
                      Tel :    +1 403 6781635
                      Fax:     +1 403 6780850

The Media Centre is located on the second floor of the daylodge at the Canmore Nordic Centre,
overlooking the start/finish area. The Media Centre has an approximate area of 200 square meters.
The following food will be available in the Media Centre: pastries, muffins, etc and these drinks will
also be available: Coffee, tea, fruit juice, soft drinks (diet and regular), and bottled water.

The Media Centre facilities include 6 phone lines - RJ11 plug type (phones operate on tone dial, no
problems are anticipated) and 2 dedicated fax lines/machines. There will also be at least one high
speed photocopier will collating capabilites.




Race Schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30          Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00          World Cup Elite Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h30 - 16h00          Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00          World Cup Elite Registration
                   19h00 - 21h00          Canmore Criterium

Friday             09h00 - 12h00          Citizen Races
                   12h00 - 15h00          Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   15h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training (All Riders)
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           08h00 - 09h30          Citizen Races
                   10h00 - 11h45          Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 11h45          Masters Women Cross Country
                   10h00 - 11h00          Registration (Final Registration For Sunday Races)
               11h50 - 12h50          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men only)
               12h00 - 12h15          Awards Ceremony For Masters & Citizens Events
               13h00 - 15h30          WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
               15h30 - 15h45          Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
               16h00 - 18h00          Course Open For Training (All Riders)
               17h00 - 18h00          Press Conference
               18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting
               19h00 - 23h00          World Cup Party

Sunday         08h00 - 09h30          Citizen Races
               10h00 - 11h45          Junior Men Cross Country
               10h05 - 11h45          Junior Women Cross Country
               12h00 - 12h30          Awards Ceremony For Juniors and Citizens Events
               13h00 - 15h30          MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
               15h45 - 16h00          Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup


Hot Tips - Social Activities !

     • Best views of the valley ... There are hiking routes to most of the peaks surrounding
       Canmore. The routes are sometimes strenuous but the views are always amazing. Inquire
       at Altitude Sports for directions and maps. 801-8th Street. Phone 678-0009.

     • Dining in Banff ... Looking for a place to eat in Banff? Earls Restaurant has something for
       everyone. Earls - Great food, great people. 229 Banff Ave., Banff. Phone 762-4414.

     • Canada Day ... Don’t miss the Canada Day celebrations on July 1. There is a parade down
       the main street at noon and fireworks at 10 PM at Centennial Park.

     • Canmore’s #1 patio ... The Sherwood House is an excellent place to enjoy the sun’s rays
       and a great meal at the same time on its sunny patio. 838 - 8th Street, Canmore. Phone
       678-5211.

     • Canmore’s Best Bagels ... The Rocky Mountain Bagel Company bakes Canmore’s best
       bagels. 2 locations: 1306 Bow Valley Trail and 830 - 8th Street. Phone 678-9978.

     • Hand-crafted Beers ... Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Co. is Canmore’s only Brew Pub with a
       selection of hand-crafted beers. 622 - 8th Street. Phone 678-9983.

     • Games and entertainment ... Jake’s offers bowling, a video arcade, golf simulators, off-
       track betting, and live entertainment. Bow Valley Trail. Phone 678-1755.

     • On a hot day ... Swimming at Quarry Lake. Always refreshing, this poplar local swimming
       hole is located on Spray Lakes Road halfway between the town and the race site.

Course
     The course is in a “double figure eight” configuration. The clockwise first loop, “Rundle Loop”,
     is 5km long and includes the majority of the climbing. The climbing is a combination of wide
     and narrow track. The descent back to the stadium is on a mix of slow technical narrow track
     and fast wide track. Especially memorable in this part of the course is the treacherous “Chute”.
     The course crosses itself at the far end of the Nordic Centre Stadium on a bridge.

     The second loop, “Georgetown Loop”, is counter clockwise and has a distance of 3km. This
     loop includes two major narrow track sections as well as some fast wide track descending and
    ascending. The first section of narrow track, the Devonian Drop, is a slow technical steep
    descent into a drainage. The second section of narrow track is a rolling fast trail through the
    woods. The final 1.5 km of the course is primarily wide track back to the stadium. There are
    many outstanding spectator areas on the course due to three course crossings and lots of
    action close to the stadium. The course is technically challenging, but will be 100% rideable for
    the world cup field. Wet weather alternate routes are easily utilised if needed. The primary soil
    types are loam, silt, and rock, generally partly covered by decomposing organic debris. Most of
    the wide-track is covered by gravel or grass.

    Course Statistics :

                    Climbing: 40%
                    Descending: 40%
                    Wide Track: 63%
                    Narrow Track: 37%
                    Fast Downhill Sections: 15%
                    Slow Technical Downhill Sections: 15%




    The course has four bridges. All of these six bridges are wide (6 m), heavy bridges capable of
    holding large vehicles. They have a rough wood surface and railings and will not require
    alteration for the race. In some cases these bridges will be divided into course and spectator
    lanes.



Miscellaneous
    • Registration will take place at a dedicated room on the first floor of the Canmore Nordic
      Centre daylodge. To find this room, go in the main entrance of the Nordic Centre and turn
      into the hall on the left. The registration room is the first room on the right.

    • The Team Managers’ Meetings will take place at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Bill
      Warren Training Centre. To find it, turn right at the daylodge and proceed toward the
      Biathlon Complex. The Bill Warren Training Centre will be on your right. Go in the main
      entrance and go into the door at the end of the hall.

    • In 1998 there were several memorable moments. The start loop was incredibly exciting for
      both the men and women. Two sections of the course, the Chute and the Devonian Drop,
      attracted huge crowds of spectators waiting to see who would ride the technical challenges
      cleanly. The highlight of the Women’s race was when Alison Sydor, just short of riding to an
      emotional victory, stopped and lifted her bike over her head in jubilation. The men’s race
      got more and more exciting as it progressed with many lead changes late in the race with
      Cadel Evans finally riding to a stunning victory. On a lighter note, the Mechanic’s category
      of the Canmore Criterium witnessed several spontaneous direction changes and other
      practical jokes.

    • A waiver must be signed by all competitors. Please see the next page. This can be copied
      or torn out of this documents, and be signed in advance and brought to the registration
      room.
SQUAW VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA - DH/DL #5 - 10/11 JULY

Location & General Information
Squaw Valley suffered badly last year due to historic snow falls blamed on El Niño which resulted in
10m of hard packed snow sitting at the top of the Downhill course, when the race was scheduled to
take place in June. At the last minute, the event was relocated and held successfuly in Big Bear,
California. But in 1999, with a new date one month later, the World Cup will finally be realised at this
excellent facility.

Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, is located near North Lake Tahoe California.
One of the nation’s premiere winter ski resorts, Squaw located in the centre of California’s Sierra
Mountains. Lake Tahoe, a 12 minute drive, is the largest alpine lake in North America and a popular
year round recreation destination.

Squaw is twelve kilometres from Lake Tahoe, a one-hour drive east to the Reno Airport, two hours
west to Sacramento and a 3.5 hour drive west to San Francisco, all via Interstate 80. The majority of
visitors are from the San Francisco bay area.

        The elevation at 1900m above sea level, provides an alpine climate with snow depths
        averaging six meters and over 180 meters of annual snowfall. Squaw Valley includes a base
        resort with lodging and restaurant facilities and a second recreational facility on top of the
        mountain with year round swimming pool, ice skating, and bungy jumping.
        Mountain bike racing at Squaw began in 1992. In 1994, the UCI Pan-American Continental
        Championships were held at Squaw with 6,000 spectators over a two day period. Other events
        include the California State Downhill Series, American Mountain Bike Challenge Series,
        Knobular Series, Downhill Mania and the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival.


Host Hotel
        The Host Hotel is the Squaw Valley Lodge which is a hotel/condo complex located 400m from
        the start/finish area. Their rates start at $114 per night. (Studio condo - up to four people).
        The Hotel is expected to have a bike check room. Contact the hotel on the following :

                Tel : +1 530 5835500
                Fax :+1 530 5830326

Lodging Options
        Lodging options are through the central reservations - Tahoe North Visitors Bureau. There are
        condos, hotel and motel rooms in the Tahoe City area, twelve kilometres from the race site.
        To contact the Tahoe North Visitors Bureau : Tel : +1 530 5833494 or Fax +1 530 5814081.

Transportation
        The nearest airport is the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 95km from Squaw, along mostly
        Interstate roads. Car rental companies include Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, and Hertz
        etc.

        Shuttle Service from the Reno/Tahoe airport may be found through Squaw Creek
        Transportation (Tel : +1 530 5816628), Sierra Shuttle (Tel : +1 530 5259110), or Tours
        Unlimited (Tel : +1 530 5461355).

Media Contact & Centre
Media contact is Matt Lanning and his contact details are as follows :
                Tel : +1 303 444 8250
                Fax : +1 303 4405940
                Email: Activepr1@aol.com

The Media Centre is at the base of the downhill finish in the Children’s World building.
It is approximately 650 square meters, and during the event a buffet lunch, coffee, tea, and soft drinks
will be provided.

All phones will be portable cellular phones. Phones operate on a tone dial. The cellular fax phones are
set-up for modem use. Any long distance calls require use of a personal phone card, credit card, etc.
The organiser will provide three dedicated fax lines.

Race Organisation
The Event Director is Mark Lowenstern who has been responsible for many events at Squaw Valley
and also worked on the Napa Valley World Cup Cross Country in 1997. Mark can be contacted
through the following details :

                Mark Lowenstern
                PO Box 8314
                Truckee, CA 96162-8314
                USA
                Tel : +1 530 5828900
                Fax : +1 530 5828907
                email address: knobular@telis.org

Federation Contact
        Eric Moore
        NORBA Director of Competition
        Tel +1 719 5784842 & Fax +1 719 5784596 & email : emoore@usacycling.org


Hot Tips - Social Activities !
        Restaurants : (Please note all phone #’s are in the 530 area code)

        Squaw Valley
        Climbing Wall Cafe (in cable car building coffee, pastries)        583-6985
        Plump Jack (next to cable car) French, California cuisine          583-1576
        River Ranch - Alpine Meadows (near Squaw) variety, fresh fish      583-4264

        Tahoe City
        Bob Dog - Pizza                                                    581-0199
        Fiamma - Italian                                                   581-1416
        Hacienda del Lago - Mexican                                        583-0358
        Humpty’s - Music                                                   583-4867
        Naughty Dog - beer, food, Tahoe local’s hangout                    581-3294
        Bridge Tender - burgers, micro brews, pool table                   583-3342
        Syd’s - Coffee house                                               583-2666
        Wolfdales - four star California cuisine                           583-5700
        Grazie - Northern Italian                                          583-0233
        Swiss Lakewood - French continental w/Swiss touch                  525-5211

        Recreational :
        North Lake Tahoe offers every summer activity one can imagine. Water sports are very
        popular. A few suggestions include :
        • Taking Squaw’s cable car up to High Camp. Activities include an ice skating rink
          open year round, swimming pool and hot tub, bungy jumping, Tel : # 5836985.
        • Rafting down the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows.
         • Renting a boat on Lake Tahoe, or kayaking along the Lake
         • Ride your mountain bike on the Flume Trail
         • Try your luck at the Casinos in Crystal Bay - 25 minute drive from Squaw
         • Take a ride on the Tahoe Gal cruise boat Phone # 581-0454

Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00           UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00           On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00           Registration

Friday             09h00 - 12h00           Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00           Registration
                   08h30 - 11h30           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   11h30 - 12h30           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   12h45 - 13h45           Dual Course Training
                   13h00 - 14h00           Downhill Press Conference
                   14h00 - 15h00           Dual Qualification
                   15h30 - 16h00           Dual Course Training
                   16h15 - 17h30           DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS
                   17h45 - 18h00           Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS
                   13h00 - 16h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS
                   16h15 - 16h30           Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill



Course
The Squaw Valley downhill course is a new course, and is very steep with an average gradient of 20
degrees and maximum gradient of 44%. Taking the Red Dog lift, the start is at 2,300 meters above
sea level (7,550’) and descends 410 meters (1,350’) to 1890 meters (6,200’). The start area begins
with three steep, rocky switch back turns followed by a sheer drop-off where racers carry their speed
across a flat section and in to more steep switch backs. Then there is a quick straight burst into a rocky
drop-off and into upper tree slalom for about 15-20 seconds followed by a granite cliff and then
dropping between two granite outcroppings into a steep rock pile at the end of section four.
Accelerating past the top of old Red Dog lift, it is a quick descent into a scree pile of rocks and the
second tree slalom section.

Section six includes more loose rocky areas rolling into a big 'bermed' ‘airplane turn’ carrying into
section seven requiring nimble negotiating through a steep Christmas tree area. Section eight drops
down a narrow gully and then opens up to a 100m single track giving riders the only respite on the
course. Section ten darts in and out of the trees with a few technical sections. This part of the course is
visible from the base area. The course ends with a fast straight section flying over a road for some air
before landing in the finish area.



Squaw Valley Course Statistics :

                 Descending - 100%
                 Wide track - 10%
                 Narrow track - 90%
                 Fast downhill sections - 15%
                 Slow technical downhill sections - 40%


The Dual will be held on a steeper than average course. The start area is perpendicular to the course
with racers going off a jump and into the first turn. There will be four slalom gate turns with racers
sharing the same course in a single format. The middle of the course will be filled with moguls, then on
to stutter bumps and finishing with a three meter high table-top across the finish line.

Miscellaneous
        • Registration will take place in the ski school office. From the parking lot, the ski school is
          just left of the ticket portals and Olympic rings. The Team Managers’ meetings will take
          place in the Squaw Valley Lodge. The Lodge is located directly behind the cable car
          building.

        • A waiver must be signed by all competitors. Please see the next pages. This can be copied
          or torn out of this documents, and be signed in advance and brought to the registration
          room.
MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, CANADA - DH/DL #6 - JULY 31 TO AUGUST 1

Location & General Information
     Mont-Sainte-Anne is the only resort to have host one (or two) World Cup stage every year
     since its debut in 1991, except for 1998 because they organised the World Championships.
     This represents 7 cross-country and 5 downhill World Cups.

     The whole population is very proud of that, and they are very much looking forward to welcome
     the downhillers and dualists once again next summer.

     Mont Sainte Anne is situated at the cross roads of the Québec-Charlevoix tourist regions. The
     resort is a half hour drive from Québec city, and forty minutes from Québec airport.
     The view from the top of the mountain is a panorama including Cap Tourmente, l'île d'Orleans
     and as far as Québec itself.
     Parc Mont Sainte Anne is a 77km2 nature park and in the winter it’s eastern Canada's largest
     ski area. It is well known for its 55 alpine ski trails and its 250km of cross country trails.
     It also has many summer activities and is used as a four season recreation park by the
     inhabitants of the region, notably Québec City.
     It is the perfect site for mountain biking situated at 800 metres of altitude, with a vertical drop
     of 650 metres and with 200km of mountain bike trails.
     There are numerous other outdoor activities available - 2 golf courses, waterfalls, rollerblading,
     horseback riding, etc.
     Mont Sainte Anne was the site of the 1998 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.


Host Hotel
     The host hotel is the Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne, located a mere 50m from the start/finish
     areas. The price for a room in this hotel (single or double occupancy) is $100 Canadian per
     night (by mentioning you are with the UCI World Cup). Bikes are not permitted in the rooms
     therefore a bike locker is provided beside the hotel with 24 hour security.
             Tel +1 418 827 5211 or +1 800 4634467 (North America only)
             Fax +1 418 8275072


Lodging Options
     There are a lot of lodging facilities within 1km from the resort. Please contact the organisers to
     get some help for your booking or to get a complete list. You can also find information of the
     Mont-Sainte-Anne web site :
                              www.mont-sainte-anne.com

     More than 2 000 beds are available within 1 km from the resorts: hotel, condominiums, chalets
     and bed and breakfast.

Transportation
     Québec International Airport is located 45km from the race site (approximately 45 minutes
     drive). It has all major rental car companies available.
     Québec also has major bus and train terminals.
     Those World Cup participants and journalists who do not wish to rent a vehicle may make use
     of the free shuttle service from the Airport/Train/Bus stations to the race site. To access this
     service please confirm your travel itinerary with the Gestev office on +1 418 8271122.
Media Contact & Centre
       Before the event the media contact will be Chantal Lachance and during the event it will be
       Suzanne Roy. The contact numbers are :

                       Chantal Lachance
                       Tel : +1 418 8271122
                       Fax : +1 418 8274550
                       Email: gestev @videotron.ca

       The Media Centre is located just 100 metres from the finish line, but the name of the room is to
       be confirmed. The media will be served coffee, water, juice, soft drinks and beer (at the
       minimum), croissants and muffin (morning), snacks at the end of the day (journalists are
       invited to have lunch in the VIP area).

       The press room will offer the following minimum equipment to the press:

                       6-8 modem lines
                       4-6 phones
                       2-3 XEROX photocopiers
                       3-4 XEROX fax
                       20-25 electrical outlets
                       2-3 computers with internet access

Race Organisation
        The race is organised by Patrice Drouin, Chantal Lachance and the team at GESTEV Inc.,
        1000 Boul. Beau-Pré, C.P. 9, bureau 7106, Beaupré (Québec), Canada G0A 1E0.
                       Tel : +1 418 827 1122
                       Fax: +1 418 827 4550.
                       Email : GESTEV@videotron.ca

Federation Contact
The Federation contact is Lisa Davey, Events Co-ordinator at the Canadian Cycling

       Tel:    +1 613 7485629
       Fax:    +1 613 7485692
       Email : events@canadian-cycling.com

Hot Tips - Social Activities !
       A huge range of activitie3s are available in the region of Mont-Sainte-Anne and in Québec.
       The Organising Committee also ensures that there is a lot to do on site so be sure to request
       the program of social activities when you arrive on site. Here’s a list of recommendations :

Restaurants :

L’Aventure :           Pizzas, pasta, pool tables, bar, swimming pool and disco.
Pub St-Bernard :       Hamburgers, pizzas, pasta, pub (imported beers)
Chez Albert :          Various meals, close to the site, a popular destination for teams.
Chez Colette :         Small and cosy.
La Camarine :          The ultimate ! In the Top 10 of Canadian restaurants. Definitely worth
                       a visit, but be prepared to spend up big ! The foie gras is incredible!

And other recommendations :

Bars :                 Ask for the World Cup Party !
Bowling :              Less than 2km from the site, down the hill.
Golf :                 Two courses to choose from.
And in Québec the city...... :

Cosmos :                Cool restaurant and café, the place to be seen!
Maurice / Charlotte :   Disco and cool bar, just above Cosmos.
Kashmir :               A more underground bar.
Porto Fino :            The Italian restaurant preferred by the Organising Committee. Metropolitain :
                For the best Sushi in town, highly recommended, not too expensive.

The whole of Québec City offers a great night out........



Race Schedule

Thursday        10h00 - 12h00          UCI Course Inspection
                13h00 - 16h00          On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                15h00 - 18h00          Registration

Friday          09h00 - 12h00          Registration
                09h00 - 16h00          Downhill Course Open For Training
                16h00 - 17h00          Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                       (No Stopping on course)
                17h00 - 18h00          Dual Course Training
                18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Château Mont-Sainte-Anne.
                18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA-Press Briefing - Château Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Saturday        09h00 - 11h00          Registration
                08h30 - 11h30          Downhill Course Open For Training
                11h30 - 12h30          Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                       (No Stopping on course)
                13h00 - 14h00          Downhill Press Conference
                14h30 - 15h30          Dual Course Training
                15h45 - 16h45          Dual Qualification
                17h15 - 18h00          Dual Course Training
                18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting - Château Mont-Sainte-Anne.
                18h15 - 19h30          DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS
                19h45 - 20h00          Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup

Sunday          07h30 - 09h00          Downhill Course Open For Training
                09h30 - 12h00          WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS
                13h00 - 16h00          WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS
                16h15 - 16h30          Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill


Courses
         The downhill course is approximately 2,750 m long, with a vertical drop of approximately
         584m. 52% of the course is technical. The pitch is 11.6 and the slope is 21.5%. This is the
         course that was used for the 1998 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships and is
         considered to be extremely challenging – and respected by most riders as one of the toughest
         on the circuit and an honour to win on.
    Mont-Sainte-Anne Course Statistics :

                    Descending - 100%
                    Wide track - 48%
                    Narrow track - 52%
                    Fast downhill sections - 48%
                    Slow technical downhill sections - 52%


    The Dual course will also be pretty similar to the one used at the 1998 UCI World
    Championships with some modifications upon comments collected by the riders during the
    Worlds, and input from the UCI Course Designer.


Miscellaneous
    • Registration will take place in the Congress Centre of Mont-Sainte-Anne, on the 2nd floor.

    • The Team Manager Meetings will take place in a room on the lower level of the the host
      hotel, the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne.
BROMONT, QUÉBEC, CANADA - DH/DL #7 - 7/8 AUGUST

Location & General Information
     Bromont hosted the 3rd UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in 1992. It has also been a
     World Cup Cross Country on a number of occasions, the most recent being the Finals in 1998.
     Bromont is located about 1 hour from Montreal. The town is well known in the Province of
     Quebec for the numerous International Events it has hosted (skiing World Cups, Equestrian
     World Cups, site of the Montreal Olympic Equestrian events, major pro golf tournaments, etc.).
     Bromont is a four seasons sports resort with 4 golf courses, equestrian facilities, great
     mountain bike trails, water slides, alpine and cross country skiing infrastructures, etc.
     Bromont is located on the western edge of the Eastern Township south-west of Montreal.
     This municipality is exceptionally attractive by its physical environment which gives it the
     opportunity of being selected to hold many international competitions. the beautiful and
     enchanting town of Bromont has been greatly appreciated by many athletes of all disciplines
     such as mountain bike, road race bike, skiing, equestrian events.

     Bromont offers numerous possibilities of restaurants and accommodations and this, to the
     satisfaction of tourists and sportsmen of all level and sports. This, of course, without
     mentioning other activities available in Bromont.

Host Hotel
     Le Château Bromont is the Host Hotel and it is located 300 metres from the start/finish area.
     Room rates start at 106 CAN$ for a single. It is not possible to take bikes into the rooms
     however storage can be arranged.
                     Tel : +1 514 5343433 or toll free in North America +1 800 3043433
                     Fax : +1 514 5340835
     The Château Bromont is a 4-stars Hotel offering160 rooms with facilities such as tennis courts,
     2 swimming pools, squash & racquetball courts, whirlpools and a sauna. These facilities are
     accessible to all guests during their stay.

Lodging Options
     Bromont is a four season destination, also considered as a choice holiday destination, a
     natural jewel at the gateway to the Eastern Townships. Bromont is hosting vacationers and
     sportsmen with lodging possibilities such as hotels, restaurants, camping sites, recreational
     centres, Bed & Breakfast and chalet rentals.

     There is a huge range of accommodation to choose from in the area. For all information on
     other options contact the central reservations at Club Sportif Bromont on :

                             Tel :   +1 514 5342453
                             Fax:    +1 514 5341832

Transportation
     Bromont is a municipality situated in the Eastern Townships region about 45 minutes drive
     from Montreal and Sherbrooke. There is a direct access to the autoroute and from Bromont
     you can easily reach various important Canadian and American centers.

     Montreal has two majors airports, Dorval and Mirabel, with direct connections with important
     international centres such as Europe, USA, the Orient, Latin America and Oceania.
         The Eastern Townships’ airport is situated in Bromont and can be accessible to Challenger
         Dash 8, DC-9 and Boeing 737. The airport his also equipped to direct navigation and offers
         custom services.

Media Contact & Centre
         The media contact is Guy Breton who can be contacted on the following numbers :
         Tel : +1 514 5342453, Fax +1 514 5341832.
         The Media Centre will be located right at the base of the mountain. The center has been built
         exclusively for hosting big events. It is built to welcome a minimum of 100 journalists at the
         time and is is supplied with 100 phone lines and with the latest technologies. There will be
         views of the course from the Media Centre.
         The organiser will provide 12 telephone and 12 fax lines. There are 30 power and telephone
         points using CA 11A plugs and standard RJ 11. The organiser also provides two printers, two
         computers and three high performance photocopiers. During the event the Media Centre will
         mineral water, fruit juices, sodas, beer and wine, as well as fruits and snacks. The organiser
         will also provide transportation to the media to go to the course.


Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00           UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00           On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00           Registration

Friday             09h00 - 12h00           Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00           Registration
                   08h30 - 11h30           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   11h30 - 12h30           Dual Course Training
                   12h45 - 13h45           Dual Qualification
                   14h15 - 14h45           Dual Course Training
                   15h00 - 16h00           DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS
                   16h15 - 16h30           Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   17h00 - 18h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00           Downhill Press Conference

Sunday             07h00 - 08h30           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   08h45 - 11h15           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS
                   12h00 - 15h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS
                   15h30 - 16h00           Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill
Federation Contact
The Federation contact is Lisa Davey, Events Co-ordinator at the Canadian Cycling

       Tel:    +1 613 7485629
       Fax:    +1 613 7485692
       Email : events@canadian-cycling.com

Race Organisation
       The event is being organised by Richard Deslandes of the Club Sportif Bromont. The
       organiser can be contacted at the following :
                               Club Sportif Bromont
                       3, rue Gaspé
                       C.P. 39
                       Bromont, Québec, J2L 1A9
                               CANADA
                               Tel :    +1 514 5342453
                               Fax:     +1 514 5341832
                               Email: intercycle@sympatico.ca
                               Internet : www.bromontbiking.com

Course
       The course, chosen for the 1999 World Cup race is one of the most spectacular ever to be
       built. It is of 2km long, much of which is located close to the chairlift providing a spectacular
       show for the cheering public. Many spectular areas in the nature will be set up as hot spots for
       many spectators to watch the event. Like at the 1998 Cross Country World Cup Finals,
       Bromont continues to innovate by building areas where a large amount of spectators may
       watch the cyclists; the hot spots. The course has been developped in order to accomodate the
       best cyclists and to thrill everyone.

       Racers will face a series of natural obstacles (as well as manmade) specially designed to
       increase the difficulty. We have brought the best parts of the different technical challenges on
       the mountain together in one fantastic downhill course.



Miscellaneous
       • Registration will be held inside a building to be known as the World Cup Chalet (or Chalet
         de la Coupe du Monde). This will be situated on the ground floor and close to the
         start/finish area.
       • The Team Managers’ Meetings will be held in the Château Bromont.
KAPRUN, AUSTRIA - DH/DL #8 (FINALS) - 14/15 AUGUST

Location & General Information
     Be ready for change! The 1999 UCI World Cup event in Kaprun will be whole new world for
     those used to racing in this famous mountain bike village. The course is completely different,
     except for a small section it shares with the 1998 course (the famous Wiesengrat), it starts
     higher up, at the end of a new chairlift and it arrives at the other end of town. Remember this
     when booking your lodging, to be close to the finish area you need to be at the other end of
     town, near the Baum Bar.

     Kaprun - located in the center of Austria - is a well known and popular resort for both summer
     and winter offering a wide variety (more than 40) of sport and recreational activities all year
     round. There are about 5,200 guest beds available in all categories.

     Kaprun has been organising mountain bike events since 1988 and is the centre of mountain
     biking in Austria, being used also for National Team training camps. By 1999 Kaprun has
     hosted 7 UCI World Cups (4 of which have been finals), and 4 other major races that have
     attracted more than 20,000 spectators each. This year’s event will be the 11th major race on
     the famous course.


Host Hotel
     The official host hotel for the event is the Hotel Steigenberger Avance which is located at :

                             Schloßstraße 751, 5710 Kaprun
                             Tel : + 43 6547 7647
                             Fax :+ 43 6547 7680

     Located about 300 meters from the new finishing area; price for one single room is ATS 900.
     Refrain from taking the bikes to the rooms, and bike storage can be made available.

Lodging Options
     All other lodging may be booked through the Tourist Office in Kaprun, Salzburger Platz 601,
     5710 Kaprun.
     Tel +43 6547 86430, Fax +43 6547 8192.
     There is a wide range of accommodation available (5,200 beds in the area). It’s possible to
     receive price discounts for accommodation when you contact the Tourist Office and say that
     you are with the World Cup.


Transportation
     The next train station can be found in Zell am See (6 km), the closest airports are Salzburg (80
     km) and Munich/Erding (220 km); car rental through ARAC, travel time to Salzburg is
     approximately 1 hour, and to Munich approximately 2 ½ hours.


Media Centre & contact
     The local media contact is Monika Eder. Tel +43 6547 864314 & Fax +43 6547 7552.
     The Media Centre (120 m2) will be in the Hotel Auhof, at 560 Augasse. There will be six
     telephone lines, all with tone dial and with a plug type of Austrian Standard TAF, four fax lines,
     as well as a high speed copier and 16 work places for media. Drinks and snacks will be made
     available to the media during race days.
Race Organisation
         The Event Director is Hans Wallner who can be contacted at the following :
                         Salzburgerplatz 601
                         5710 Kaprun, Austria.
                         Tel +43 6547 86430
                         Fax +43 6547 8192.
                         Email : kaprun@gold.at

Federation Contact
         The Federation contact is Rudolf Massak of the Österreichischer Radsport-Verband.
         Tel +43 1 7681691/92 & Fax +43 1 7681676


Hot Tips - Social Activities !
         There’s only one word : «Dorffest ». The annual festival of music, beer and food that takes
         place on the same weekend as the World Cup offers a huge array of entertainment without
         leaving the village. There are many restaurants and bars open at this time of the year, and of
         course, there’s always the Baum Bar, right next door to the new Expo and Tech area.


Race Schedule
Thursday           10h00 - 12h00           UCI Course Inspection
                   13h00 - 16h00           On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders/Teams
                   15h00 - 18h00           Registration

Friday             09h00 - 12h00           Registration
                   09h00 - 16h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   16h00 - 17h00           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   17h00 - 18h00           Dual Course Training
                   18h00 - 18h30           Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00           UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           09h00 - 11h00           Registration
                   08h30 - 11h30           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   11h30 - 12h30           Downhill Training For Top 70 Men & Top 30 Women
                                           (No Stopping on course)
                   13h30 - 14h30           Dual Course Training
                   13h00 - 14h00           Downhill Press Conference
                   15h00 - 16h00           Dual Qualification
                   16h30 - 17h15           Dual Course Training
                   17h30 - 19h00           DUAL WORLD CUP FINALS*
                   19h15 - 19h30           Awards Ceremony for Dual World Cup
                   19h00 - 19h30           Team Managers’ Meeting

Sunday             07h30 - 09h00           Downhill Course Open For Training
                   09h30 - 12h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL SEMI FINALS*
                   13h00 - 16h00           WORLD CUP DOWNHILL FINALS*
                   16h15 - 16h30           Awards Ceremony For World Cup Downhill
                                           *Subject to Live TV requirements
Course
The race-course will be totally different from the 1998 version of the race: The start has been moved
up to the top of the Maiskogel (1,560m), which makes it possible to use the new chairlift as a shuttle
for the athletes as well as bringing spectators to the top of the course. (A shuttle system will still need
to be sued for the bottom section of the course, to where the chairlift starts, but this is only 3 minutes
on tarmac road). Lift stations (chairlift and Maiskogelbahn) and restaurants provide perfect
infrastrucure, and TV ameras can follow the athletes for about 25 seconds down the first single track.

Steep and narrow passages through the woods interchange with sections along the chairlift line fully
living up to the requirements of modern downhill racing. After a vertical drop of about 300m and a
technically demanding jump over a fireroad the course reaches the chairlift station and the classic
section of the former Kaprun downhill course, the “Wiesengrat” (remains more or less unchanged).

Just before the “Vorderweißsteinalm” there is a high-speed left turn on grass and passing the road
over a bridge the demanding trail leads right alongside the road to the “Plattenbauer”. This section of
the new course, where you have a perfect view of the athletes, is very attractive for both TV and
spectators.

After the “Plattenbauer” comes a steep section with short single trail passages leading to the
“Jausenstation Unteraigen”. From the new finish area in the vicinity of the notorious “Baumbar” it is
possible to watch the riders on their way from the “Plattenbauer” to the finish line for approximately 25
seconds. The vertical drop from the “Jausenstation Unteraigen” to the finish area is about 200 m. This
last section will have man made jumps and other features.

The new finish area is close to the city-center of Kaprun (plus the famous “Dorffest”) and provides us
with excellent facilities for the Expo and Tech areas as well as car parking. As stated above it is now
possible for the spectators to watch the race in its decisive stages.

Improvements:

        •   total vertical drop of about 800m
        •   starting area with improved infrastructure, restaurants etc.
        •   chairlift leads to the starting area
        •   possibility of bringing the specatators to the start with the “Maiskogelbahn”
        •   long single trail sections, increased attractivity
        •   good visibilty of the course (TV, spectators)
        •   high safety standard with enough room to allow for possible falls
        •   speed reduction
        •   no fire roads
        •   restaurants along the course
        •   last 25 seconds can be followed from the finishing area
        •   finishing area close to the Kaprun city center
        •   improved Expo and Tech Area facilities
        •   improved car parking
        •   one combined finishing area for both downhill and dual


New Kaprun Course Statistics :

                                          Descending: 100 %
                                          Wide track: 10 %
                                          Narrow track: 40 %
                                          Fast downhill sections: 10%
                                          Slow technical downhill sections: 40%
Miscellaneous
    • Registration will take place in the Hotel Auhof situated in the center of Kaprun, at 560
      Augasse.

    • The Team Managers Meeting will also be held in the Hotel Auhof.

    • In 1998 the event saw spectacular wins by the dominating riders of this season Anne-
      Caroline Chausson and Nicolas Vouilloz, the later exclaiming he’d finally won his « first
      Kaprun ». The Dual provided hot action with a surprising win by Eric Carter over Brian
      Lopes, using a fantastic choice of line, and yet another dominating victory for Katrina Miller.
HOUFFALIZE, BELGIUM - XC #8 (FINALS) - 4/5 SEPTEMBER

Location & general information
     Houffalize is a typical Ardennes town situated in the Ourthe Valley, in the heart of the
     Ardennes district a few kilometres from Bastogne. The Ardennes is a region famous for its
     picturesque valleys bordered by rocky outcrops and green hills.

     The town of Houffalize is perhaps the main centre for mountain biking in Belgium, and is
     committed to the development of a large mountain bike club, the construction of permanent
     marked mountain bike circuits, the development of specific tourism information for mountain
     bikers, and the hosting of training camps for the best riders in Belgium.

Host Hotel
     L’Hôtel du Commerce (contact M. et Mme Hendrickx), Rue du Pont 10, 6660 Houffalize. This
     hotel is reserved for the TV crew, sponsor representatives, timing company, IMG, organisation
     staff, UCI officials and staff.

     Tel : +32 61 28 80 15
     Fax : +32 61 28 89 79

Lodging Options
     There is some condominium (self catering) accommodation 20 kms from the course in La
     Roche. Contact Floreal Club on tel +32 84 21 94 11, fax +32 85 21 94 45.

     There are also many other hotels in Houffalize and the region that have rooms ranging in price
     from 1,000 to 3,500 Belgian Francs per room. The Central Booking Agency for
     accommodation is in the Tourist Office in Houffalize which should be contacted during working
     hours (09h00 to 16h00) on Tel +32 61 288116 & Fax +32 61 289559.

     Perhaps the most convenient hotels are:

       Hôtel                              Tel                        Fax
       du Centre**                        +32 61 28 81 04
       l’Espine****                       +32 61 28 81 82            +32 61 28 90 82
       Melba***                           +32 61 21 77 78            +32 61 21 55 68
       Chateau de Tavigny***              +32 61 28 87 54
       le Belvedere**                     +32 84 44 41 31            +32 84 44 45 11
       Panorama***                        +32 84 44 43 24            same as tel
       la Vallee des Fees**               +32 61 28 81 48
       le Cabri ***                       +32 84 44 41 85
       le Relax**                         +32 61 28 85 71            same as tel
       la Cles des Champs**               +32 61 28 80 44
       l'Ermitage**                       +32 61 28 81 40            same as tel
       les Nutons**                       +32 61 28 80 29            +32 61 28 94 58
       Les Casseroles***                  +32 80 41 88 08
       Vacances ol Fosse d’Outh***        +32 61 28 88 01            +32 61 28 88 04
       du Bon Accueil*                    +32 61 28 80 51
       Moulin Bocq**                      +32 61 28 86 43            +32 61 28 86 26
             * Not so high
             ** Moderately priced
             *** Priced a little higher
             **** Modern with all comforts and priced accordingly.
     Camping grounds are also available as follows:

     Le Viaduc, Houffalize, Tel +32 61 28 90 67

     Moulin de Rensiewz, on the road between Houffalize & La Roche, Tel +32 61 28 90 27

     Chasse et Pêche, route de La Roche, Houffalize, +32 61 288314

     Belle Meuse, Nadrin, Tel +32 84 44 44 42

     Au Bout du Monde, Engreux, Tel +32 61 28 83 55

Transportation
     By road head on to the E25 highway Liege - Arlon - Luxembourg. Take exit N° 51 into the town
     centre.
     By train take the principal line Brussels - Arlon - Luxembourg - Suisse - Italie. Get off at
     Libramont. Take the secondary line Libramont - Bastogne. Bastogne is the station closest to
     Houffalize at 15km. There is a bus that goes from Bastogne to Houffalize.
     By air, Brussells Airport is 180km (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes drive). Luxembourg
     Airport is 100km (approximately 1 hour drive). Both airports have all major car rental facilities.


Media Contact & Centre
     The media contact is André Gerard. Tel +32 83 216221 & Fax +32 83 215093
     The Media Centre (150 m2) will be in the Sports Centre of Houffalize, which will be clearly sign
     posted from the main road. The Media Centre will be equipped with 12 telephones, compatible
     for modems, 3 fax lines, 2 photocopiers and 20 power points. There will drinks supplied in the
     Media Centre, however, all journalists are welcome to the VIP hospitality area adjacent to the
     Media Centre where drinks and a buffet service is provided during the event.
     This event usually attracts the highest number of journalists - probably due to its central
     European position and the high standing of cycling as a sport in the Benelux countries and
     France.


Race Organisation
     The Organiser of this event is André Gérard,
     Maverick Event Promotions, Avenue d'Huart 83, 5590 Ciney, Belgium.
     Tel +32 83 21 62 21, Fax +32 83 21 50 93.
     The race headquarters is in the Houffalize Sports Centre, which is sign posted from the main
     road through the town.


Federation Contact

     The Federation contact is Thierry Marechal, who can be contacted at :
     Royal Ligue Velocipidique Belge, Avenue du Globe 49, 1190 Brussels, Belgium, or :
     Tel +32 87 530383
     Fax +32 87 542428
Hot Tips - Social Activities !
         In Houffalize there are many friendly and welcoming cafes and restaurants. The choice of
         restaurant is only as limited as your budget! There is something for everyone. HOUTOPIA is
         an excellent recreational and educational facility for children and the family. An ideal
         entertainment for young children during the weekend of racing as it’s very close to the
         start/finish area. Tel : +32 61 289205.
         La Chouffe, excellent special beer (8°), brown or blonde, brewed at Achouffe, just a few
         kilometers from Houffalize. Tours and tastings available by phoning +32 61 288147. Enjoy the
         famous beer of Houffalize.
         Liège (approximately 70km from Houffalize) is the closest major city to Houffalize. Here there
         are many business, great walkways along the edge of the Meuse river, and a night life that will
         satisfy all the party animals !
         At Marche-en-Famenne (approximately 60km from Houffalize) there is go karting, bowling and
         night clubs.
         In Vielsalm (approximately 25km from Houffalize) there is wave pool centre with jet pools and
         toboggans etc.


Race schedule
Wednesday          09h00 - 11h30          Course Inspection
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration
                   14h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training

Thursday           10h00 - 16h00          Course Open For Training
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration

Friday             09h00 - 17h00          Course Open For Training (World Cup Riders Only)
                   14h00 - 16h00          Registration (Final Registration For Saturday Races)
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting
                   18h30 - 19h00          UCI/MBPA - Press Briefing

Saturday           08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 11h45          Citizen Races
                   10h00 - 11h00          Final Registration For Sunday Races
                   11h50 - 12h50          Course Open For Training (World Cup Men only)
                   13h00 - 15h30          WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h30 - 15h45          Awards Ceremony For Women’s World Cup
                   16h00 - 18h00          Course Open For Training
                   17h00 - 18h00          Press Conference
                   18h00 - 18h30          Team Managers’ Meeting
Sunday             08h00 - 09h30          Course Open For Training
                   10h00 - 12h00          Masters Men Cross Country
                   10h05 - 12h00          Masters Women Cross Country
                   10h10 - 12h00          Junior Men Cross Country
                   10h15 - 12h00          Junior Women Cross Country
                   12h00 - 12h30          Awards Ceremony For Junior and Masters Events
                   13h00 - 15h45          MEN’S WORLD CUP CROSS COUNTRY
                   15h45 - 16h00          Awards Ceremony For Men’s World Cup
Course
    The course starts right in the centre of Houffalize.
    The Houffalize course is well known and has been used successfully for many seasons with
    minor improvements each year. In 1999 the course aims to be shorter and more compact,
    maybe 1km less, to bring the riders closer to the main village more often.
    Houffalize as a town has the great advantage of hills and trails which completely surround it.
    The town lies at the bottom of the valley and the course follows a clover leaf shape around the
    town, amongst the forest and hill trails. The transfer from the centre of the town onto the trails
    is very quick.
    The course will aim to be 9.1km long with a height gain and loss of 425m. There is a maximum
    of 1km on tarmac, approximately 3km of climbing per lap, and approximately 1km of single
    track descent per lap. The rest of the course is either undulating or descending on dirt trails.
    The course is easy to follow as a spectator because a minimum of movement around the
    course is required to see riders several times each lap. If spectators go to the highest point of
    the course, they will see the riders at four of five different parts of the course.
    There are two wodden bridges on the course.


Miscellaneous
    • Registration will take place in the Centre Sportif.

    • The Team Managers Meeting will be in the multimedia room of Houtopia close to the
      Start/Finish area, as it was in 1997.
                                          Chapter Four
                                1999 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships




ÅRE, SWEDEN - XC, DH AND TR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 11 TO 19
SEPTEMBER - THE UCI’S 10TH WORLD MTB CHAMPIONSHIP

Location & General Information
Åre, northern Europe’s largest ski-resort, is located in the middle of Sweden, 700 km north west of
Stockholm and the nearest major city is Östersund, 100 km east of Åre. Åre is most famous for its
mountain, Åreskutan, which provides excellent skiing in wintertime. Åre has hosted several major
alpine ski events like the 1954 World Alpine Championship, several Alpine World Cup races including
the Finals in 1993. The site was also host to a UCI World Cup Downhill in 1995.

Host Hotel
        The Official Hotel for the event is the Åre Fjällby which can be contacted on the following
        numbers :
                        Tel +46 647 131 00
                        Fax +46 647 132 35

Lodging Options
        There exists a number of hotels and apartments in and around the main village. For all other
        bookings please contact the following agencies :
                         1) Central accommodation, Åre Resor AB :

                                  Tel + 46 647 177 00
                                  Fax + 46 647 177 07

                         2) Tourist office :

                                  Tel + 46 647 177 20
                                  Fax + 46 647 177 12

Transportation
The nearest airport is Östersund/Frösö airport, approximately 90 km from Åre. Car-rentals are Avis,
hertz, Budget and Europcar.

Another alternative is Vaernes airport in Norway, approximately 100 km from Åre. Car-rentals are
If you travel by car, it is a 7 hour drive from Stockholm. Just follow the E4 to Sundsvall (4 hours), turn
left into E14 leading straight to Åre (3 hours). There are several ferries to Sweden from Germany and
Denmark.

Media Hotel & Centre
        The media have their own hotel, located right near the start/finish area, and for those
        interested in staying at this hotel, please contact Malcolm Fearon or Ari Cheren of the
        Mountain Bike Press Association. Their email addresses are as follows :

                                  Malcolm Fearon : blissimages@compuserve.com
                                  Ari Cheren : mbpaUSA@aol.com
        Rooms are limited. In the same hotel will be the Media Centre and the Press Conference
        room. The Media Centre has been inspected by representatives of the MBPA and will be
        equipped with all the necessary equipment, work stations, and be services with food and drink.
        There is an adjoining bar in the same hotel and lounge for the media to relax in after a tough
        day on the mountain.

        The concept of a Media Hotel is something new introduced in 1999 by the UCI and it is hoped
        the success of this concept in Åre will result in Media Hotels being a regular feature at the
        World Mountain Bike Championships.


Hot Tips - Social Activities !

Among social activities you will find excellent restaurants, cafés, spa-hotels, night-clubs, lap-camp,
chocolate factory, and some fabulous waterfalls. Additional recreational activities include an 18 hole
golf-course, horse-back riding, fishing, rafting, tennis, paragliding. A recreational centre is also being
planned for the athletes.


Race Organisation
        The organising committee for these Championships can be contacted as follows :
                         Åre 99 AB
                         P O Box 99
                         830 13 Åre
                         Sweden
                         Tel + 46 647 529 99
                         Fax + 46 647 529 88

        Ask for Johan Lindström or Sibyl Wede.


Federation Contact
        The Federation contact is Mr Anders Carlsson of the Swedish Cycling Federation who can be
        contacted at :
                Tel +46 243 23 10 17
                Fax + 46 243 23 10 17

Courses
Both the cross country and downhill course are situated right in the town square and around Åre
Village. The main road E 14 runs right through the village, and the Trainstation is also in the middle of
Åre.

Downhill Course Statistics :

                Length: 3.670 meters
                Vertical Drop: 499 meters/1,500 feet
                Fastest Time: 5.18.93 minutes
                (Set by Kristian Eriksson, SWE during the 1998 Scandinavian Championships).

The Downhill course contains everything you expect of a World Championships Course, with
highspeed, technical step sections and big jumps the course is a real challenge. Based on the World
Cup course from '95, it starts at the top at Hummeln, and immediately hits newly built technical rocky
sections. The section contains a couple of drop offs, where you can pick your line, depending how high
you want to go. After some highspeed sections, the course enters the famous "roller-coaster" section,
which ends up in Fjallgarden.
From Fjallgarden it drops into part of a sled course (in wintertime) containing big jumps and
spectacular banked curves before the finish in the middle of the town of Are.

Cross Country Course Statistics :

        Length of lap: 9,6 km
        Total climb: 459 meters

        Village Loop: 0,9 km/35 meters climb :

                                  Surface type
                                  Pavement       60%
                                  Single track   0%
                                  Double track   10%
                                  Dirt road      30%

        Olympia Loop: 5,5 km/251 meters climb :

                                  Pavement       3%
                                  Single track   45%
                                  Double track   32%
                                  Dirt Road      20%

        Fjallgarden Loop: 3,2 km/200 meters climb

                                  Pavement       5%
                                  Single track   35%
                                  Double track   40%
                                  Dirt road      20%

The cross country course is one of the hardest in northern Europe. With the start/finish located in the
town square, the course is designed with three loops per lap. The Village Loop is basically around the
town, fairly flat before the course hits Olympia loop - which starts with a long hard climb. After the
climb, the course hits a single track which is mainly downhill, with some short uphill sections.
Immediately after Fjallgarden the Olympia Loop hits a fast technical downhill section down to the
start/finish area.

The last loop - Fjallgarden Loop, is a hard climb straight up and the drop back to the village contains a
very technical downhill section, some fast downhill on a wooden bridge before it ends in the village.


Miscellaneous

        • Registration will take place on the second floor at Åre Fjällby, which is located 700 meters
          west of the Åre Square.

        • The Team Manager Meetings will also take place at Åre Fjällby, but downstairs on the lower
          floor.
  SPECIFIC PROCEDURES FOR THE 1999 UCI WORLD MOUNTAIN
                  BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS



1. LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

Dear Cycling Friends,

On behalf of the Swedish Cycling Federation, the local organiser Åre99 and the City of Åre I am very
happy to welcome you all to the 1999 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.

The Championships takes place during 11-19 of September, when the late summertime in the
Swedish high “fjäll” is at its best. This will ensure a very beautiful setting both for the riders and the
spectators, especially as the races are situated in the very middle of the village and its surroundings.

Åre is the major winter sport resort in Scandinavia and certainly, one of the oldest. Åre has an amazing
set of characteristics that range from ancient to contemporary. What in fact used to be a dashing resort
a 100 years ago, is now a lively spot with a multitude of activities going on all year – including cycling
of course!

Do take the opportunity to enjoy Åre which is used to welcoming both recreational people and world
class athletes in different sports. Evidently, the atmosphere is very youthful, very international but still
informal.

Åre 99 has a strong record for its capabilities to organise major events and races, which will ensure the
very best conditions for all riders and team officials. Sweden has a strong tradition as a cycling nation
which ensures the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships will be an important focal point in
September of 1999. Not to mention how important they are to enhance and promote cycling for our
future generations of younger riders.

I am sure the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in Åre will provide all the necessary conditions
and features to leave You with a very memorable event. Again, you are very welcome in 1999, enjoy
your stay and good luck!



Timo Murberger
President
Swedish Cycling Federation




2. ENTRIES
A) The World Championships will be considered to have started with the
   commencement of the first organised training session (Saturday,
   September 11 at 10h00).
B) For the World Championships, no entries will be accepted on site. In
   addition, National Federations must ensure that the list of all their National
   Team competitors is received by the Organising Committee before
   midnight, Central European Time, on Sunday, August 29, 1999.
C) For each category entered by a Federation, it will be possible to name up to
   two reserves on official entry forms, before the deadline. These reserves
   can be elevated to the official list only by the Team Manager, and no later
   than 48 hours before the relevant event.
D) National Team entries must be sent to the Organising Committee on the
   Official Form which will be provided to each federation by the organisers.
   The form will include a space for sponsor names beside each rider’s name.
   Forms may be sent by either mail or fax before the deadline, however the
   original entry form must still be received by the Organising Committee
   before the World Championships commence. Each National Federation
   must submit to the Organising Committee their National Team members by
   category, listed in order of ability within each category.
E) The quota system at Annex A will be used for Elite and Junior Men’s World
   Championship cross country and downhill events, including Under 23 Men's
   Cross Country. If any further categories are deemed subject to the UCI
   quota system, all National Federations will be notified by the UCI within two
   months after the 1998 World Championships (November 20, 1998).
F) National Team Managers may register their teams and collect their number
   plates as one collective group, at the race registration office, provided all
   entries have been validated and all forms have been completed and
   signed. Managers must have at least a photocopy of each rider’s passport,
   and the corresponding UCI licences.
G) Riders may also pick up their numbers and packets with a licence and
   passport. If a rider is not able to be present to pick up his/her packet, the
   Team Manager will be able to pick up the packet with a photocopy of the
   rider’s license and passport.
H) All competitors must have their licenses checked at registration by the
   Secretary of the College of Commissaires, or by an authorised UCI
   assistant to the Secretary. The license check will confirm the competitor’s
   participation in the event. Failure to present a valid license will disqualify
   the rider from starting a competition.
I) Rider numbers must be collected no later than 16h00 two days prior to the
   rider’s first competition (this includes seeding runs).
J) Lists of National Team members’ names sent by the National Federations,
   which have been validated and entered, will be passed out to Team
   Managers at the race office for verification. Any changes to this list must be
   made at least 48 hours before the start of the relevant competition.
   Replacement riders may only be chosen from the two reserves nominated
   in the validated lists already submitted by their federations.
      K) The Team Manager may change the start order of his team members within
         a specific event and category up to 48 hours before the start of that event.
      L) Any requests to change the start order of team members less than 48 hours
         before the start of a specific event must have the consent of the Chief
         Commissaire and the UCI Technical Delegate. (Start orders for Cross
         Country Finals in Elite Men, Under 23 Men and Elite Women will be
         essentially determined by UCI World Rankings, and cannot be changed).
      M)Each competitor will receive a packet containing the following materials:
        back, shoulder and bike numbers (one of each), maps and profiles of the
        courses, organisation procedures, detailed schedules and various other
        informational and promotional items.
      N) For identification purposes, each competitor will be issued a credential,
         which will provide priority access to the chairlift for downhillers and to
         competition venues and the parking lots. Competitors must carry this
         credential at all times while at the race site. This credential may be revoked
         at any time as deemed necessary at the discretion of the College of
         Commissaires.
      O) In conformity with UCI General Regulation 1.1.006, each entered rider must
         be adequately insured against accidents and for third party liability whilst
         competing or training in Sweden.
      P) Team Managers who wish to acquire a number plate so they can access
         the course(s) may request one from the Chief Commissaire at the Team
         Manager Meetings. This plate will be of a unique colour or design.


3. TRAINING PERIODS


3.1. Course Inspection (Downhill and Cross Country)
      A) The Cross Country course will be open for training on Saturday, September
         11, and the Downhill course for competitor walking inspection on Monday,
         September 13.

3.2. Official Training (Downhill) September 14 - 17
      A) During these periods, full security will be in place and the course will be
         considered as being under race conditions. During official training runs,
         riders may only start at the command of the starter. A start list may be
         utilised to which competitors will be expected to adhere.
      B) As per UCI Rules each competitor must complete a minimum of 2 runs.
      C) Bike plate numbers must be used at all times when racing or training.
      D) Other than Official Training periods and designated inspection times, the
         Organising Committee will accept no responsibility for the safety of the
         riders on the course. It is forbidden to access the course outside of official
         training periods and designated inspection times.
      E) Failure to comply with the training schedule found at Annex C may result in
         a fine to the rider and/or his Federation, or the rider’s disqualification from
         the event.
      F) During training it is possible for riders to inspect the course by foot, but they
         must walk outside the course markings and not inside the course. It is
         possible to walk inside Zone B if permitted by the Technical Delegate.


4. OFFICIAL DOWNHILL SEEDING RUN

      A) The Official Downhill Seeding run is mandatory for all riders. It will be
         scheduled for Thursday, September 16, commencing 13h00.

4.1. Start Order
      A) The start order is as follows:
                                  Junior Women
                                  Junior Men
                                  Elite Women
                                  Elite Men


      B) The order within each category will be by using the sequential order of the
         number plates, lowest number going first. For Elite Men and Elite Women
         the riders will be given number plates in order of their UCI World Rankings.
         The riders who do not have UCI World Rankings will be given numbers
         based upon order or entry with the Organising Committee. For the Junior
         Categories number plates will be awarded in order based on order of entry
         with the Organising Committee. Any current World Champions in any
         category will automatically receive number 1.
      C) There will be at least a 30 second interval between riders and at least a 5
         minute interval between categories. The start lists will be posted 24 hours
         prior to the first start time.
      D) The Official Downhill Seeding Run will determine the start order for the
         Downhill World Championships. Only the riders who complete their race
         and cross the finish line within 60 minutes of their start of the Downhill
         Seeding Run will qualify for the Downhill World Championships.


5. UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOWNHILL

      A) The maximum number of competitors permitted in the World
         Championships Downhill in each category has been established as follows:
             Junior Women:                175
             Junior Men:          175
             Elite Women:                 175
             Elite Men:           175
     B) The start order of the riders will be determined by the results of the Official
        Downhill Seeding Run.
     C) For the downhill final, riders will be started in reverse order with the fastest
        rider from the Official Downhill Seeding Run going last. The 10 slowest
        riders will be reversed at the front of the field so that the 10th slowest goes
        first, and the slowest riders goes 10th.
     D) Each rider will start at 30 second intervals, with the exception of the fastest
        20 Elite Women and fastest 50 Elite Men, who will start at least at 1 minute
        intervals. There will be at least a 5 minute break between categories.


6. UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM RELAY

     A) This event will be held in accordance with Chapter 6 of the UCI Mountain
        Bike Regulations.
     B) There is no limit to the number of teams which may enter a complete team.
        A Team must be complete to enter.
     C) The start order for each team must be given to the Chief Commissaire at
        the Team Manager’s meeting held on Tuesday night.
     D) The winning team must lead their nation, which will be the first nation to
        enter the parade of nations in the Opening Ceremony of the World
        Championships. They must wear their Rainbow Jersey throughout the
        Opening Ceremony.


7. UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CROSS COUNTRY

     A) For the World Championship Cross Country competitions, scheduled for
        Friday, September 17, and Sunday, September 19, the maximum number
        of participants for each category has been established by the UCI as
        follows:
             Junior Women               175
             Elite Women         175
             Junior Men          175
             Men Under 23               175
             Elite Men           175
     B) The number of riders each nation is permitted to enter has been
        determined by the UCI quota system (Annex A) in these procedures.


8. STAGING

     A) A staging area will be provided close to the start line and reserved
        exclusively for riders awaiting their start. This area will be accessible by one
        entry through which each rider must pass to verify bike marking.
     B) Riders will be called to staging 30 minutes prior to the start of each race to
        allow enough time for everyone to enter the staging area which will be large
        enough for the riders to continue their warm up. Riders must proceed
        immediately to the staging area once the call-up starts. The entry point to
        the staging area will be closed once the introductions start.
     C) For the World Championships Cross Country race, riders will be called to
        the starting grid from the staging area, beginning 15-20 minutes (20-25
        minutes for full fields of 175) prior to the start of the race. This will allow
        each rider enough time to take up his/her position on the start grid.
     D) The first rider to be called to the line will be the current World Champion, if
        he/she is entered in the race. The current World Champion must wear the
        National Team jersey of his/her country. Following that, the next rider called
        to the line will be the highest ranked rider on the UCI World Rankings as
        determined at September 7, 1999. Riders will then be called in order of
        their UCI World Rankings. The riders who do not have UCI World Rankings
        will be called up by nation, according to the order in the quota system
        found in Annex B. This will apply to all categories, even if quotas
        themselves have not been put in place. (For example, in the Junior
        Women’s cross country where quotas have not yet been introduced, the
        order the nations are called to the line will be determined by the placing of
        the nations from the 1998 Junior Women’s Cross Country World
        Championship on the points for placing basis). The best rider of each
        country (not called by UCI World Ranking) will be called first followed by the
        second best remaining rider of each country and so on.
     E) The order of the call-up for nations which are not listed in specific events in
        Annex B will be done by random draw.


9. COMPETITION

     A) Riders of each National Team must wear their registered national jersey
        and shorts in all competitions.
     B) Once the first 30 riders of any cross country race have finished, and cleared
        bike check, they will proceed to a media area. All remaining riders must be
        given a different exit after the bike marking has been completed. All bikes
        must be checked.


10. TEAM MANAGER MEETINGS

     A) Each evening, beginning Saturday, September 11, a meeting room will be
        designated for the National Team Managers to hold their daily meeting with
        the College of Commissaires and Technical Delegate.
     B) Upon application and approval by the Technical Delegate, UCI Registered
        Trade Team Managers may be allowed access to the daily Team Manager
        meetings as observers.
     C) As soon as the National Team Managers arrive in Åre and check into
        registration, they will be given a packet containing all necessary items,
       including UCI regulations, their complete team list, organisation
       procedures, details of the different races, schedules, maps of the courses,
       accreditation(s) and other details.
     D) At least one member of the Organising Committee will also be present at
        these meetings to deal with all organisational matters. Only one
        representative from each nation, either the National Team Manager or an
        appointed proxy, will be allowed at each Team Managers meeting. If
        translation services are not provided by the Organising Committee, a
        translator will be permitted for nations who do not speak either English or
        French. There will be a sign-in sheet each night. The meetings will be held
        in the official languages of the UCI: English and French.


11. ANTI-DOPING CONTROL

     A) There will be Anti-Doping Control at the World Championships as per UCI
        regulations.


12. PRESENTATION CEREMONIES PROTOCOL

     A) There will be only one Presentation Ceremony per final.
     B) Presentation Ceremonies will always be held at the same location.
     C) All riders (top 3 places only) involved in Presentation Ceremonies must
        arrive at the scheduled time.
     D) Riders must be presented in their National Team clothing.
13. ANNEX A - EXPLANATION OF QUOTA SYSTEM FOR CROSS COUNTRY
AND DOWNHILL
The top 24 nations (scoring the results of each nations top 3 finishers) in the
previous year’s World Championships receive a quota of National Team places
as follows:
Top 6 teams:                                                                           7 riders each
Teams 7-12:                                                                            6 riders each
Teams 13-18:                                                                           5 riders each
Teams 19-24:                                                                           4 riders each
Sub total:                                                                             132 riders1
Note: If a National Team entry includes the current World Champion in the
particular discipline, he/she will be considered an automatic qualifier and not be
included in the quota count.
Then (on the basis of a total number of 55 nations being represented) the next
31 nations are each represented by 2 riders.
Sub total (31 nations x 2 riders each):                                                62 riders
Note: The figure of 55 is considered the maximum realistic number of nations at
the 1999 World Championships.
Total (plus/minus depending on Nations entered):                                       132 + 62 = 194
Any new nation may be represented by a maximum of 2 team members in any
category and discipline.
The points system is a simple sliding scale considering the maximum field
entry : If the field is 175, lst place gets 175 points and so on to 175th place who
gets 1 point.
The number of starters will determine the points the winner receives, if the
finishers of a start field of 175 only number 130 (i.e. 45 riders failed to finish),
the last rider to finish will still receive 46 points.
Should lapped riders not be recorded accurately in their finish order, they will be
listed in the results as 1 lap down, 2 laps down, etc. All riders in each group will
receive points for placing, but, they will be determined by an average. That is,
should there be 15 riders who have been given «1 lap down» and they are in
position 100-114, the pts for those 15 positions will be added, then divided by
15, so all riders in that group will receive the same points.




1
    This number remains constant.
14. ANNEX B - LIST OF 1998 RESULTS BY NATION2


14.1. Elite Men
                     Elite Men’s Cross Country                         Elite Men’s Downhill

               1    * FRANCE                322 points        1              * FRANCE         267 points

               2    NETHERLANDS             309 points        2           NETHERLANDS         253 points

               3    DENMARK                 305 points        3                  ITALY        241 points

               4    ITALY                   296 points        4                   USA         234 points

               5    SWITZERLAND             287 points        5                  SPAIN        227 points

               6    AUSTRALIA               247 points        6          GREAT BRITAIN        223 points

               7    USA                     242 points        7             AUSTRALIA         206 points

                8   NORWAY                  241 points        8              CANADA           179 points

                9   GERMANY                 208 points        9           SWITZERLAND         174 points

               10   CANADA                  206 points        10            GERMANY           171 points

               11   COSTA RICA              210 points        11             SWEDEN           115 points

               12   BRAZIL                  185 points        12             IRELAND          111 points

               13   BELGIUM                 182 points        13          NEW ZEALAND         109 points

               14   CZECH REPUBLIC          167 points        14                 JAPAN        108 points

               15   SWEDEN                  135 points        15        CZECH REPUBLIC        92 points

               16   RUSSIA                  133 points        16             AUSTRIA          79 points

               17   GREAT BRITAIN           132 points        17            SLOVAKIA          57 points

               18   COLOMBIA                130 points        18             FINLAND          48 points

               19   IRELAND                 127 points        19            SLOVENIA          47 points

               20   AUSTRIA                 110 points        20             MEXICO           38 points

               21   JAPAN                   100 points        21          SOUTH AFRICA        37 points

               22   SPAIN                    96 points        22                 BRAZIL       35 points

               23   SLOVAKIA                 89 points        23                 CHILE        24 points

               24   NEW ZEALAND              70 points        24         CHINESE TAIPEI       23 points




2
    Which establishes quota for National Team. * = World Champion in category.
14.2. Men Under 23
              Men U/23 Cross Country

          1      SWITZERLAND       300 points

          2          * FRANCE      298 points

          3           BELGIUM      271 points

          4          GERMANY       265 points

          5            ITALY       255 points

          6           CANADA       255 points

          7            USA         229 points

          8          AUSTRALIA     208 points

          9           SWEDEN       184 points

         10            SPAIN       182 points

         11      NETHERLANDS       181 points

         12          NORWAY        173 points

         13          SLOVAKIA      166 points

         14           AUSTRIA      153 points

         15           MEXICO       143 points

         16          SLOVENIA      133 points

         17           BRAZIL       129 points

         18     CZECH REPUBLIC     128 points

         19      GREAT BRITAIN     125 points

         20          ARGENTINA     106 points

         21           JAPAN            95 points

         22      NEW ZEALAND           89 points

         23       COSTA RICA           82 points

         24          HUNGARY           68 points
14.3. Junior Men
               Junior Men’s Cross Country               Junior Men’s Downhill

           1          * FRANCE        203 points   1        * FRANCE            176 points

           2            USA           187 points   2       AUSTRALIA            146 points

           3        SWITZERLAND       184 points   3    CZECH REPUBLIC          139 points

           4          CANADA          169 points   4           USA              137 points

           5          SWEDEN          149 points   5      SWITZERLAND           104 points

           6            ITALY         141 points   6         BRAZIL             98 points

           7       CZECH REPUBLIC     139 points   7     GREAT BRITAIN          96 points

           8           MEXICO         127 points   8         CANADA             92 points

           9         GERMANY          126 points   9      SOUTH AFRICA          83 points

          10          NORWAY          98 points    10     NEW ZEALAND           80 points

          11         AUSTRALIA        89 points    11       SLOVAKIA            80 points

          12       GREAT BRITAIN      76 points    12      ARGENTINA            53 points

          13           SPAIN          61 points    13         SPAIN             53 points

          14          AUSTRIA         60 points    14       GERMANY             51 points

          15          DENMARK         58 points    15     NETHERLANDS           42 points

          16        NETHERLANDS       57 points    16      GUATEMALA            17 points

          17          SLOVENIA        55 points    17       COLOMBIA            14 points

          18          SLOVAKIA        51 points    18       SLOVENIA            12 points

          19          POLAND          51 points    19       ECUADOR              8 points

          20          UKRAINE         50 points    20    CHINESE TAIPEI          2 points

          21         COSTA RICA       49 points    21           ---                 --

          22           BRAZIL         48 points    22           ---                 --

          23        SOUTH AFRICA      45 points    23           ---                 --

          24          IRELAND         36 points    24           ---                 --
14.4. Note
      The following categories are not subject to quotas in 1999, however, the following nation placing will be used for the
      start order for the respective events at the 1999 World Championships.


14.5. Elite Women
                  Elite Women’s Cross Country                                  Elite Women’s Downhill

              1               CANADA               206 points          1                   USA               126 points

              2              * FRANCE              193 points          2            SWITZERLAND               99 points

              3                  USA               188 points          3               * FRANCE               99 points

              4           SWITZERLAND              171 points          4           GREAT BRITAIN              90 points

              5                 ITALY              148 points          5              AUSTRALIA               78 points

              6              GERMANY               141 points          6                CANADA                77 points

              7          GREAT BRITAIN             140 points          7                  ITALY               35 points

              8                SPAIN               120 points          8                 SPAIN                34 points

              9             AUSTRALIA              94 points           9                AUSTRIA               29 points

             10              SWEDEN                94 points          10                 JAPAN                28 points

             11                JAPAN               85 points          11                FINLAND               28 points

             12           NETHERLANDS              80 points          12          CZECH REPUBLIC              25 points

             13               RUSSIA               80 points          13                SWEDEN                21 points

             14              NORWAY                73 points          14            NEW ZEALAND               20 points

             15                CHINA               64 points          15               GERMANY                10 points

             16              BELGIUM               59 points          16              ARGENTINA               7 points

             17             ARGENTINA              56 points          17                 CHINA                3 points

             18             COLOMBIA               42 points          18                    ---                   --

             19               AUSTRIA              35 points          19                    ---                   --

             20                BRAZIL              26 points          20                    ---                   --

             21           SOUTH AFRICA             25 points          21                    ---                   --

             22           NEW ZEALAND              24 points          22                    ---                   --

             23              UKRAINE               23 points          23                    ---                   --

             24               MEXICO               19 points          24                    ---                   --
14.6. Junior Women
       Junior Women Cross Country                Junior Women Downhill

          1          * FRANCE       102 points     1        * SWITZERLAND    24 points

          2           CANADA        69 points      2              USA        16 points

          3            USA          65 points      3            FRANCE       13 points

          4          GERMANY        62 points      4           GERMANY       12 points

          5        SWITZERLAND      59 points      5         NETHERLANDS     11 points

          6           POLAND        51 points      6            BRAZIL       9 points

          7      CZECH REPUBLIC     26 points      7         NEW ZEALAND     6 points

          8          AUSTRALIA      24 points      8            CANADA       5 points

          9          AUSTRIA        24 points      9           AUSTRALIA     4 points

         10          COLOMBIA       22 points      10        SOUTH AFRICA    3 points

         11       GREAT BRITAIN     19 points      11       CHINESE TAIPEI   2 points

         12            ITALY        16 points      12              ---          --

         13    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   15 points      13              ---          --

         14          SLOVENIA       12 points      14              ---          --

         15        SOUTH AFRICA     10 points      15              ---          --

         16        NEW ZEALAND       7 points      16              ---          --

         17             ---             --         17              ---          --

         18             ---             --         18              ---          --

         19             ---             --         19              ---          --

         20             ---             --         20              ---          --

         21             ---             --         21              ---          --

         22             ---             --         22              ---          --

         23             ---             --         23              ---          --

         24             ---             --         24              ---          --
15. ANNEX C - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Friday, September 10
                         0900 - 1700 UCI Course Inspection

                         1300 - 1800 Registration and Credentials Office Open (Every Day)

                         1800 - 1900 UCI and Organisers Meeting

Saturday, September 11

                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Course Training

                         1800 - 1830 1st Team Managers Meeting

Sunday, September 12

                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Training

                         1800 - 1830 Team Managers Meeting (Cross Country)

Monday, September 13

                         1000 - 1400 Downhill Course Orientation (walking)

                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Training

                         1800 - 1830 Team Managers Meeting (Downhill)

Tuesday, September 14

                         1000 - 1500 Downhill Training

                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Course Training

                         1800 - 1830 Team Managers Meeting (Cross Country/Team Relay)

Wednesday, September 15

                         0900 - 1200 Cross Country Course Training

                         1000 - 1500 Downhill Training

        Team Relay World Championships - Finals:

                         1300 - 1530 All Teams in Final              4 Laps

                         1600 - 1630 Presentation Ceremony

                         1700 - 1730 Team Managers Meeting (Downhill/Dual)

                         1830 - 2000 Opening Ceremony



Thursday, September 16

                         0800 - 1200 Downhill Training
                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Course Training

        Downhill Seeding Run

                         1300 - 1600 All Categories

                         1600 - 1745 Dual Course Training

                         1800 - 1830 Team Managers Meeting (Cross Country)

                         1800 - 1930 Dual Competition (Qualifications)

Friday, September 17

        World Championship Cross Country Finals

                         0800 - 0900 Cross Country Course Training

                         0900 - 1500 Downhill Training

                         0930 - 1100 Junior Women                    1 hour 30 mins

                         1130 - 1330 Junior Men                      2 hours

                         1400 - 1630 Men Under 23                    2 hours 15 mins

                         1700 - 1730 Presentation Ceremony

                         1700 - 1800 Dual Course Training

                         1800 - 1830 Team Managers Meeting (Downhill)

                         1830 - 1930 Dual Competition Finals

                         1930 - 1945 Presentation Ceremony

Saturday, September 18

                         0800 - 0900 Junior Downhill Training

                         0900 - 1000 Elite Downhill Training

        World Championship Downhill Finals

                         1030 - 1600 Junior Women

                                      Junior Men

                                      Elite Women

                                      Elite Men

                         1615 - 1645 Presentation Ceremony

                         1000 - 1700 Cross Country Course Training

                         1800 - 1830 Final Team Managers Meeting (Cross Country)
Sunday, September 19

        Cross Country Finals

                       0800 - 0900 Cross Country Course Training

                       1000 - 1230 Elite Women                     2 hours

                       1330 - 1630 Elite Men                       2 hours 30 mins

                       1630 - 1700 Presentation Ceremony

                       1715 - 1730 Closing Ceremony

				
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