Italy will host the UCI World Championships for the third time from June 17 to 22, when a record number of racers are set to compete. Val di Sole is hosting this edition while Ciocco (1991) and Livigno (2005) have hosted previous Italian editions
More than 970 racers from 52 countries will compete next week. The breakdown includes 532 in the cross country, 261 in the downhill, 96 in 4X and 100 in trials according to the UCI's website. The large numbers are due in part to the upcoming Olympic Games - many riders will use the World Championships to prepare.
By comparison, last year's worlds in Fort William, Great Britain drew 715 racers from 47 countries. In 2004, the last Olympic year, there were 794 racers in Les Gets, France. 2005 and 2006 (Rotorua, New Zealand) saw 702 and 482 racers respectively.