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Hong Kong race canceled, US World Cup in doubt

The UCI cyclo-cross season will end one week sooner than expected, reported Tuesday, as the Hong Kong C2 race has been canceled. UCI coordinator Peter Van den Abeele said that the organiser had not provided the bank guarantee for riders' the start fees.

The fate of a US start to the World Cup next season is also in doubt, the web site reported. There has been momentum behind the Las Vegas 'CrossVegas' event being added to the series, but Van den Abeele said that money is still an issue. The UCI has been saving a place for the addition of an American round in September.

"The demand is there," said Van den Abeele, but added that the financial requirements have not been met. "I have shown flexibility. I will keep the request under consideration until mid-December. This is the final deadline. One thing is certain: The will in America is there. Getting around the financial obstacles is another matter."

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