No cyclo-cross World Cup for Milton Keynes in 2015 due to rugby clash

As one of the host cities of the Rugby World Cup, Milton Keynes Council feels it would not be able to host two world class events so close together

Milton Keynes will not host a round of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in 2015 because of a clash with the Rugby World Cup.

The event, held in Campbell Park in late November, was hailed as a success by riders and fans alike.

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But with the park set to be used as a rugby ‘fan zone’, Milton Keynes Council do not feel they can deliver two world class events in a short space of time.

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Organisers said on the event’s website: “We’re sad that we can’t continue but were overwhelmed by the reaction and feedback we received after the event; we are proud that we were able to host the first World Cup in the UK and outside of mainland Europe and hope it will encourage other countries and organisers to step up and do the same.

“The response of the riders, the media, and especially the British fans, showed that there is appetite in the UK for a big ‘cross event and to everyone who helped, supported, sponsored, worked, and came and yelled and rang a cowbell, we thank you for making it a success.”

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Milton Keynes council leader Pete Marland said it was regrettable that the city would not be bidding to host the cyclo-cross again in 2015, but insisted a full effort was needed to deliver the other World Cup in September.

“We want to make the tournament as unforgettable as it deserves to be, not just for local rugby fans, but everyone in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, as well as visitors to the city,” he said.

“This will take an enormous amount of effort and resources from the council, our partners across the city and of course our citizens, which will simply mean we can’t support another international event in the autumn months.”