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UCI: Here are the changes to the 2024 MTB World Cup rules

The "Van der Poel" change has been made official, a paragraph has been added regarding pregnant women and a paragraph on action cams has also arrived.

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Do you remember last year's “Van der Poel rule” during the MTB World Championships? Now it's finally official: here are the changes to the regulations planned for the 2024 World Cup.

New standard for World Championship grids XCO

The UCI has clarified the regulations for the creation of the starting grids for the World Championships. Finally now there is some clarity, even if the UCI has shown that it can change the rules whenever it wants and with any timing.

By 2024 the regulations will become more specific. The way in which the first 32 places on the grid will be assigned will not change. The changes reach the position from 33rd to 40th, which will be assigned as follows:

  • Cyclists in the top-10 of the UCI cyclocross ranking
  • Cyclists in the top-20 of the UCI road ranking
  • There will be no preferences between the two classifications and if there are riders with the same positions in different classifications, the position between them will be assigned by drawing lots.
Mathieu van der Poel
Mathieu Van Der Poel victorious in the distant 2021 in the Nove Mesto Short Track in front of Pidcock // Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool

PREGNANT WOMEN

An important innovation is the introduction of the status of "pregnant" in the new legislation. It can be obtained when an athlete participates in fewer than 3 World Cup races due to pregnancy. In this case, her team or national team may request the pregnancy status. In this way, an approximate calculation of the ranking position will be made using the average of the UCI points obtained in the previous tests.

ACTION CAM

While the substance of the rule has not changed and the UCI must continue to approve their use, it has now clarified that they can only be worn on the visor or top of the helmet or on the bicycle and that the rider is responsible for their correct installation to avoid damage.



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