The UCI has published an update to its rulebook, citing an "urgent need to adapt to the changing dynamics of the sport and the worldwide MTB market." In an effort to make several race disciplines more exciting, the UCI will mandate that all bikes be equipped with at least 4-inches of front and rear suspension travel (26-inch wheels) or  3-inches of travel for 29ers.
  "We feel that the Enduro World Series has shown the way forward, although we think their rule book is overly simple and in need of our expertise in writing rules for bike competitions," a spokesperson for the organization said. "We have commissioned research from the MUMF Institute of Research* which projects DH will lose 82% of its audience to Enduro by 2016 - and since we failed to embrace Enduro, we need to step up and basically put mountain biking back into our remaining disciplines."

We spoke to several big racing teams on the UCI circuit about this new development, and it seems the idea is met with universal approval. Said one anonymous team manager, "our XC athletes have been feeling quite down about their careers lately seeing one press release after another about a fellow, bored or aged XC racer 'making the move to Enduro.' The racers crossing over get to compete on real bikes which is making our riders feel ready to go for the fastest line on the downhill sections of the XC course. This is going to level the playing field."

The UCI is also considering creating an Enduro Eliminator series, or EnFourO, claiming it, "would be everything that XCE never was." This new and exciting format would see four riders go head-to-head in an eliminator-style, bracket-based competition, on actual mountain biking terrain.
  "We don't want to go down the 4X route again. We all know that the venues just can't cope with the expense involved in building sustainable 4X tracks, so we will keep the on-course drop and jump height to a maximum of 12-inches. Once again, our goal is to make sure mountain biking is promoted as widely as possible, and we feel that with this new series, we have a winner on our hands. Brian Lopes committed to the whole series on the spot after hearing the news."

When asked about Urban DH as a possible sanctioned race format for 2014, the UCI declined to comment, citing "lack of knowledge and/or understanding of the discipline."

The above report is completely not unfictitious.

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  • wakaba123

    4/1/2013 10:54 PM

    Excellent! Love it. Totally believable. And pic 2 with the stretchy pants on 29er is spot on.

  • ryan_daugherty

    4/1/2013 7:28 PM

    Picture 2 is kind of embarrassing. I would have ridden that on the Paradox i used to own.

  • kaibrabo

    4/1/2013 11:43 AM

    *Made Up Market Facts, it really is.. DH has grown in spectating over the last decade and enduro is hard to watch and quite boring compared to DH. 3-4 min. runs going all out fast on Huge bikes VS 40 min. less steep and knarly descents with more pedaling on shorter travel bikes. DH WINS!

  • Logic

    4/1/2013 10:12 AM

    I think the humor will be passed entirely about this and people will go directly to the fact that this is something totally viable for the UCI to do.

  • yusuke.abumiya

    4/1/2013 7:25 AM

    Oh, UCI. Please, please get away from mountain biking. We don't want to be forced. We choose what we like.

  • Scott_Townes

    4/1/2013 6:49 AM

    The sad part is that this is completely believable.

  • Eddie_Clark

    4/1/2013 6:25 AM

    Nice use of a double negative to 'fool' the minions with intellect on April first.

  • gerrycreighton

    4/1/2013 6:11 AM

    Good one! It's always fun to see what you guys will come up with.

  • jenny.mayhew.754

    4/1/2013 3:06 AM

    And the date is.....?

  • mrpowerjd

    4/1/2013 2:40 AM

    I hope Enduro can keep itself out of UCI and USAC B.S. piles. April fools or not, UCI and USAC are a bunch of fools who fail to understand that mtb in all disciplines except xc is SSSSOOOO not road racing. The souls of the two sports share two wheels, but that is all.

  • madjonnz

    4/1/2013 2:27 AM

    Urban DH has been going for just 2 years now, looking forward to next year and each year its grown bigger and bigger, It'd be good to see if they get added to UCI

  • Scott_Townes

    4/1/2013 6:49 AM

    No, urban DH has been going on for quite a long time...

  • jack.elliott.79

    4/1/2013 12:36 PM

    checkout Lisburn in Portugal they've had urban DH for years ask Steve Peat

  • Zondran

    4/1/2013 1:29 AM

    That second picture makes both angry and sad. They appeared to be mountain bikers until the mountain came...

  • jpday3

    4/1/2013 1:43 AM

    It's because they are stretchy pants riders, they should stay on the roads and off the trails.

  • der_geistmx

    4/1/2013 12:34 AM

    hahahahaha you guys really got me to laugh my *ss loud today!!!

  • travduant

    4/1/2013 12:08 AM

    I can't wait to see all the comments on this.

  • scarface

    4/1/2013 12:07 AM

    Yeah, like how exciting could it be, racing DH in A CITY. That's stupid anyway.

  • Lee.Norman

    3/31/2013 11:30 PM

    April Fools

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