There’s a bit of a cyclo-cross theme happening this week on this website and on others. Guess it just shows that people are getting excited about what is about to come in a few weeks! With this in mind, we’ll take a look at the history of the World Cyclo-Cross Championships.
The first official and recognized by the UCI World Cyclo-Cross Championship was held in Paris, France in 1950. This race was won by Jean Robic racing for France. From 1950 to 1966 both amateurs and professionals were able to race in the World Cyclo-Cross Championships. This changed when two separate races were created and held in the years of 1967 to 1993. In 1994 the format was changed to one race – for elite riders only.
The first junior World Cyclo-Cross Championship was held in 1976. The first women’s World Cyclo-Cross Championship was held in 2000. There is also a World Cyclo-Cross Championships for Masters aged athletes – though it is unknown when this race was first held.
This season, the 2012 World Cyclo-Cross Championships will be held in Koksijde, Belgium and the Masters World Cyclo-Cross Championships will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here are a couple links to World Cyclo-Cross Championships of years gone by: