The Danish National Cycling Federation (DCU) has chosen not to send any riders to the Cyclo-Cross World Championships this weekend. The qualification level is a place in the top 33% of a World Cup field, which indicates a chance to be in the top 33% in the World Championships. Two top 30 results in World Cups this season have not been considered good enough by the DCU, and no team was sent.
Danish riders are struggling against tough odds and long traveling distances to central Europe [what about the Zimbabweans? - ed] to uphold the heritage of former World Champion, Henrik Djernis. The Danish riders feel their sport is being neglected both by lack of funding from the federation and a proper organisation. The UCI has expressed its regret and bewilderment that Denmark, though present at several World Cups this season, is not present at the World Championships. Nations present: Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Canada, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, USA.
Courtesy of Frank Rud Jensen/cykel-sport.dk