'Privileged position' rule draws ire of dedicated mountain bikers at Worlds

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Mass start at U23 men's cross-country race Friday at UCI Mountain Bike National Championships in Scotland (Image credit: Michal Cerveny/SWpix.com)

Mounting disquiet about preferential treatment of multi-discipline, star athletes by the UCI at the Mountain Bike World Championships turned quickly to a formal rebuke as a number of the competitors at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships penned a letter outlining their concerns over the late decision.

The written statement issued by athletes late Friday was in response to rule changes which moved Mathieu van der Poel and Peter Sagan, who haven't earned any mountain bike UCI points this season, from last-row grid start positions in Saturday's cross-country race to fifth row positions.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).