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    Switzerland to Host 2018 UCI MTB World Championships

    The series will include four races that begin next month.

    The UCI (International Cycling Union) announced on Friday that Lenzerheide, Switzerland will be the host city for the 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships, in addition to hosting a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

    Switzerland last played host to the event in Champery in 2011, and hosted the European Cross Country Championships in Bern in 2013.

    “It is very important to have events of this magnitude in Switzerland, on one hand for the development and visibility of the sport and on the other hand to motivate Swiss cyclists to maintain their place among the world’s elite,” said Thomas Peter, Swiss Cycling’s Head of Competition, according to Cycling News. “I am delighted with the excellent current and future collaboration with the organizers in Lenzerheide.”

    Leading up to the event, Lenzerheide will host the iXS Swiss Downhill Cup and a round of the BMC Cup this summer.

    “The work during the past years and the consistent implementation of our strategy to be a bike destination have born fruit,” Bruno Fläcklin, Director of Holiday Tourism in Lenzerheide, told Cycling News.

    Image courtesy of Andy Armstrong on Wikimedia Commons

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