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Two more World Cups to determine Olympic MTB participation

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Cycling News
Published:
May 01, 2012, 20:55 BST,
Updated:
May 10, 2012, 21:09 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Race:
MTB World Cup Cross Country #3 & Eliminator #2 - Nove Mesto na Morave
Julien Absalon (Orbea Racing Team) and Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team)

Julien Absalon (Orbea Racing Team) and Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB Racing Team)

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Nations Olympic rankings as of May 1, 2012

In just a few weeks, mountain bike fans will know exactly how many athletes each nation will send to the 2012 London Olympic Games. What happens in the meantime are two back-to-back UCI Mountain Bike World Cups, one in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on May 11-13 and one in La Bresse, France on May 18-20.

On May 23, 2012, the UCI will establish the UCI Olympic Qualification Ranking, and by June 1, it will have confirmed the number of qualifying spots for each nation.

The final rankings are based the total number of points a nation has for the combined periods of 2010-2011 as of May 23, 2011 and 2011-2012 as of May 23, 2012.

Men

For the men, the top five ranked nations will send three athletes each while nations ranked sixth through 13th will send two athletes each. Nations number 14 through 24 get one rider each.

Here is how it looks as of May 1:

Countries likely to send three male mountain bikers
Switzerland
France
Czech Republic
Germany
Spain

Countries likely to send two male mountain bikers
Italy
Netherlands
Austria
Poland
Belgium
South Africa
United States
Canada

Countries likely to send one male mountain biker
Australia
Japan
Great Britain
Sweden
Argentina
Brazil
Hungary
Russia
Denmark
Portugal
Cyprus

The five top-ranked powerhouse nations are no surprise and are not too likely to change. The division between sending one and two male riders is much tighter with just 200 points separating Canada (sending two as of current rankings) and Australia (sending one as of current rankings).

Countries like New Zealand are not too far below the cut-off for sending one rider, but if they do not qualify by this primary criterion, they may be able to send a rider by a second qualifying criterion. If a nation does not already qualify athletes via the aforementioned international rankings system, it can send one male athlete each if it is in the top two ranked nations in the continental regions of Africa, American, Asia or Oceania.

Women

For the women, the top eight ranked nations get to send two riders each while those ranked ninth through 18th send one each.

Here is how the women's standings look as of May 1:

Countries likely to send two female mountain bikers
Canada
France
Switzerland
Poland
Slovenia
Norway
Germany
United States

Countries likely to send one female mountain biker
Russia
Czech Republic
Italy
New Zealand
Ukraine
Austria
Great Britain
Sweden
Netherlands
Denmark

In the women's rankings most of the powerhouse mountain bike countries are ranked about where expected although Australia and Spain are not qualified as per current nations rankings per criterion one. However, per criterion two, the top ranked nation, not qualified by virtue of nations rankings above may send one female rider each if ranked first in Africa, American, Asia or Oceania.

The United States women have reason to be nervous about whether they will get to send one or two women to London. They sit perched just on the two-women side of the cut-off currently, but places sixth through ninth in the rankings are all within 500 points of each other.

What happens next

Once the nations rankings are finalized, countries have until June 15, 2012 to confirm they will use all earned spots and if there are any unused spots, they will get re-allocated on June 29, 2012. Entries are due to the London 2012 Organising Committee by July 2, 2012.

Complete nations rankings as of May 1, 2012 are below.  See also the Cyclingnews guide to Olympic Mountain Biking.

Nations Rankings as of May 1

Elite men nations ranking as of May 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Switzerland 4987  pts
2 France 4659  
3 Czech Republic 4139  
4 Germany 3347  
5 Spain 3223  
6 Italy 2750  
7 Netherlands 2418  
8 Austria 2090  
9 Poland 1912  
10 Belgium 1888  
11 South Africa 1826  
12 United States 1797  
13 Canada 1754  
14 Australia 1554  
15 Japan 1342  
16 Great Britain 1329  
17 Sweden 1239  
18 Argentina 1129  
19 Brazil 1092  
20 Hungary 1038  
21 Russia 1023  
22 Denmark 1002  
23 Portugal 948  
24 Cyprus 894  
25 Ukraine 879  
26 New Zealand 826  
27 Greece 780  
28 Turkey 660  
29 Norway 654  
30 Chile 604  
31 Finland 578  
32 Estonia 562  
33 Slovakia 554  
34 Israel 520  
35 Colombia 503  
36 Iran 471  
37 Serbia 465  
38 Mexico 457  
39 Costa Rica 438  
40 Kazakhstan 391  
41 Slovenia 342  
42 Namibia 310  
43 Venezuela 308  
44 Malaysia 306  
45 China 295  
46 Ireland 294  
47 Latvia 288  
48 Hong Kong, China 286  
49 Puerto Rico 285  
50 Croatia 281  
51 Romania 278  
52 Georgia 275  
53 Lesotho 273  
54 Zimbabwe 270  
55 El Salvador 270  
56 Bulgaria 220  
57 Indonesia 220  
58 Thailand 135  
59 Korea 60  
60 Brunei Darussalam 60  
61 Guam 55  
62 Guatemala 47  
63 Ecuador 28  
64 Nepal 24  
65 Bolivia 22  
66 Singapore 21  
67 Chinese Taipei 17  
68 Lebanon 12  
69 Mongolia 2  
70 Belarus 1  
Elite women's nations ranking as of May 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Canada 4480  pts
2 France 4091  
3 Switzerland 3745  
4 Poland 3230  
5 Slovenia 3101  
6 Norway 2989  
7 Germany 2791  
8 United States 2572  
9 Russia 2513  
10 Czech Republic 2374  
11 Italy 2267  
12 New Zealand 2209  
13 Ukraine 2016  
14 Austria 2013  
15 Great Britain 1907  
16 Sweden 1796  
17 Netherlands 1765  
18 Denmark 1696  
19 Hungary 1489  
20 Australia 1230  
21 Spain 1184  
22 Turkey 1107  
23 Japan 957  
24 Slovakia 873  
25 Mexico 799  
26 Brazil 760  
27 Argentina 686  
28 Israel 666  
29 Estonia 584  
30 Chile 573  
31 Belgium 561  
32 China 550  
33 South Africa 549  
34 Portugal 546  
35 Serbia 544  
36 Colombia 535  
37 Costa Rica 488  
38 Finland 414  
39 Malaysia 405  
40 Cyprus 402  
41 Venezuela 326  
42 Ireland 317  
43 Puerto Rico 300  
44 Latvia 292  
45 El Salvador 270  
46 Greece 270  
47 Croatia 269  
48 Namibia 200  
49 Ecuador 179  
50 Zimbabwe 110  
51 Lesotho 110  
52 Bulgaria 110  
53 Korea 105  
54 Vietnam 85  
55 Chinese Taipei 75  
56 Thailand 60  
57 Dominican Republic 45  
58 Nepal 45  
59 Romania 38  
60 Malta 25  
61 Lithuania 12  

 

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