Scottish National Youth and Junior Downhill Coach Chris Ball was recently appointed as a Technical Delegate for the 2008 UCI World Cup Series. As a Technical Delegate, Ball will be focused on making sure that each event's circuit is exciting, competitive and produces top quality and safe racing. He will perform course inspections, monitor the implementation of the technical and sporting aspects of the organisation guide serve as a liaison with event organisers, commisaires and team managers and manage award ceremonies.
"After years of only seeing World Cups from the riders perspective, I'm really looking forward to working with the UCI in a professional capacity and helping to further develop this fantastic sport at international level," said Ball of his new opportunity.
Ball started racing mountain bikes in the late 1990s while in school. He began competing on the international downhill circuit in the elite category in 2002. During his elite racing career, he attended numerous events in the UK and overseas; including over thirty World Cups and a European Championships. He amassed a list of top 30 World Cup results, a silver in the European Maxxis Cup series, together with a number of UK downhill titles including Scottish Series Champion and National Champion. Ball's racing career was brought to an end when a crash caused permanent knee damage.