The Mondial du Vélo and the Bromont National Cycling Centre are collaborating on an upgrade to of the facilities and programs for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round to be held in Bromont on August 1 - 2.
To prepare for the World Cup, organizers and their partners will have invested over CAN$200,000 over two years in order to create three totally new courses for the competitions. All circuits will feature upgrades for 2009 to make them truly World Cup level, with the award winning 4X course being turned into a permanent installation.
"This will be one of the only permanent 4X runs in North America," said Richard Deslandes, President of the Organizing Committee. "It will provide Canadian athletes with a place to train and practice for the World Cup and World Championships."
Prior to the World Cup, a Canada Cup will be hosted on the courses as a test event during the Canada Day weekend (July 4 - 5), providing a first look at the all-new cross country course. The first ever Canadian National 4X Championships will be held that same weekend, inaugurating the newly upgraded 4X course at the du Lac site of Ski Bromont.
"This event will allow Canadian athletes to obtain valuable international ranking points," said Deslandes, "as well as test out the circuit prior to the World Cup."
Bromont is one of only two North American stops on the World Cup circuit and it is one of only four total "triple" rounds, which host cross-country, downhill and 4X events. It is located in Quebec's Eastern Townships region, approximately one hour's drive east of Montreal.