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PhotoDid 4X just go the way of the dodo bird? It appears so.

During yesterday's Management Committee meeting, the UCI made several big adjustments to the 2012 World Cup schedule - 4X has been eliminated entirely, and Windham has been confirmed as a World Cup venue. 

As of June, 4X was still listed on the 2012 UCI schedule. Over the course of the summer several rumors circulated concerning the future of 4X as a World Cup discipline. Today, that rumor has been confirmed. We're still waiting on an official press release concerning the situation. (Update: See below for the official statement)

Costs and low participation numbers are likely to blame.

Interestingly, 4X is still listed for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria.

2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar
  • March 17-18: Cross Country #1, Downhill #1 - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa  
  • April 14-15: Cross Country #2, Eliminator #1 - Houffalize, Belgium  
  • May 12-13: Cross Country #3, Eliminator #2, Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech  
  • May 19-20: Cross Country #4, Eliminator #3, La Bresse, France  
  • June 2-3: Downhill #2, Val di Sole, Italy  
  • June 9-10: Downhill #3, Fort William, Great Britain  
  • June 23-24: Cross Country #5, Downhill #4, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec Canada  
  • June 30-July 1: Cross Country #6, Downhill #5, Windham, New York, United States  
  • July 28-29: Cross Country #7, Downhill #6, Val d'Isere, France  
  • August 31-September 2: Downhill & Four Cross World Championships, Leogang, Austria  
  • September 5-9: Cross Country & Eliminator World Championships, Saalfelden, Austria  
  • September 15-16: Downhill #7, Hafjell, Norway  

UPDATE: "Following the publication of the 2012 Mountain Bike calendar, the UCI confirms that Four-cross events will form part of the programme of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships to be held in Leogang, Austria. 

However, due to the high costs of constructing tracks and their impact on the environment, the UCI has decided to withdraw this speciality from the programme of events at UCI Mountain Bike World Cups from next season." -- 
UCI Communication Services 

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