The UCI Trials World Cup Chronicle
– What will happen? –
The 19th edition of the UCI Trials World Cup will get underway on July 7-8, in Vöcklabruck, Austria, for the first of four rounds. Vöcklabruck was the second round in 2017. After a seven-week hiatus, the series will resume in Val di Sole, in the Trentino region of Italy. Round 3 is in Antwerp, Belgium, venue of the UCI World Cup final last year, on September 22-23. The 2018 UCI World Cup concludes in Berlin, Germany, on October 13-14, where the overall titles will be awarded.
Competition in the Men 20” category will be very open this season with the departure of reigning UCI World Cup winner Abel Mustieles (ESP) to the 26” category. The Spaniard has dominated 20” competition since 2012, winning the overall UCI World Cup title every year except 2015. New talents will be pushing hard to reach the 20” throne alongside another Spanish veteran Benito Ros, who at 37 years old enters his 14th season and will be looking to add a seventh UCI World Cup win to his name.
French athletes have been traditionally dominant in the 26” category until Great Britain’s Jack Carthy burst onto the scene in 2014, taking the overall UCI World Cup win then repeating his victory in 2015 and 2016. However last year France was back to its winning ways with the victory of Gilles Coustellier. A greater number of nations took part in the finals last year, which augers well for an interesting battle in 2018.
Germany’s Nina Reichenbach won three of the four rounds last year to take the overall UCI World Cup title in the women’s competition. Still only 19 years of age, the German athlete’s closest rival was French athlete Manon Basseville, also 19 years. Fourteen years their senior, Switzerland’s Debi Studer took third overall last year and is another athlete to watch out for.
– What's next? –
Vöcklabruck, Austria, Trials #1 > July 7-8, 2018
– Focus on Irene Caminos –
Spanish rider Irene Caminos comes into the 2018 UCI Trials World Cup ranked third among elite women after a strong finish to the 2017 season with a trials bronze medal at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships. Not yet 20 years old, Caminos finished just off the podium, in fourth place, at three World Cup rounds last season, and won the Spanish national title after taking the silver medal in the previous two seasons.
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