The second most important circuit in the world in terms of points distribution with nine UCI races16-10-2018
After a long trajectory, the Copa Catalana Internacional is raising its game in 2018 to position itself as a leading world championship. The second XC championship with the most UCI points on the planet (aside from the World Cup) is only surpassed by the Swiss Bike Cup. This commitment to the best cross-country will be kept up in 2019 and even expanded. Once again, for the second time in its history, all of the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point’s races will be of international stature, listed in the UCI calendar.
This year a new competition was unveiled: the Super Cup Massi, which was created by taking advantage of the four most important races with the highest UCI category, consisting of only UCI HC and UCI C1 category competitions – the crème de la crème. The Super Cup Massi will return in 2019 for its second edition with a new five-race format, with the addition of Santa Susanna as a C1 event. Once again it will be a leading XC event, not only in Spain but throughout Europe.
However, the Copa Catalana Internacional International Biking Point will not lose its influence, quite the opposite. Next season its calendar will be extended, expanding from eight to nine races, two of them taking place after the summer break, so you can get the most out of that second part of the season. As a matter of fact, the calendar is completed by a new point scoring event, which will close the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point. Held in Igualada, it will be the culmination of a race that has been disputed for years as part of the Barcelona Open, with a track and organisation that is well worth the jump to the international calendar. Igualada continues on its way to becoming the European City of Sport in 2019, and its commitment to mountain biking is exemplified with the arrival of this XC point scoring event, as well as the consolidation of Igualada as the main hub of VolCAT, an MTB stage race that leads the way for these types of international events.
The rest of the point scoring events will stay the same except for a small variation to the order in which they are disputed. Banyoles will start off the XC international year as the first HC race of the season. It is, without a doubt, one of the highlights of the year – the best XC race in the country and one of the most popular in the world (both in terms of participation and its level). The event will take place on 23 and 24 February 2019. What’s more, as if that were not enough, this year in Banyoles the Junior event will be part of the Junior UCI Series, reaffirming the competition’s strong commitment to promoting the grassroots of mountain biking.
It will be followed by two of the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point’s most classic races: on the one hand, Corró d´Amunt, and on the other, Vall de Lord, both UCI C3 category events. The Vall de Lord race has been brought forward in the calendar, which means we will be able to enjoy the wonderful background of Sant Llorenç de Morunys at a different time of year. The Santa Susanna event will be back for its second edition in 2019, moving from UCI to C1 category thanks to being one of this year’s most prized circuits.
Barcelona, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, will be the next stop for a unique event with the best cross-country – the perfect formula for bringing our sport to the general public.
Sea Otter Europe, held in Girona, is also not to be missed. It will continue combining an international bicycle fair with a top-level competition programme, in which the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point shines in its own right.
Before the summer break, bikers will move on to the breathtaking Vall de Boí for the seventh point scoring event. Possibly the most spectacular setting of the entire championship and a varied circuit like few others, it is the only location to have a double event, with the time trial (ITT) on Saturday.
Vallnord, after being designated once again as the location for world mountain bike championships in 2024, is still one of the leading events of the calendar. Consequently, the penultimate event of the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point will be held in this extraordinary setting in Andorra.
The grand finale of the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point will take place in the new location of Igualada, with a UCI C3 point scoring event that will be held on the city's permanent MTB circuit. A great way to end a unique championship.
In doing so, bikers will be able to enjoy the largest championship in 2019 with the most UCI points, the most varied circuits, the best organisation and the greatest media reach of all time for the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point. Nine races to fulfil an intense year of mountain biking.
The ideal place to keep track of all the latest news and developments is through the championship’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Below is the 2019 calendar for the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point:
23-24/02: Banyoles, Hors categorie. Super Cup Massi
10/03: Corró d'Amunt, C3
07/04: Vall de Lord, C3
28/04: Santa Susanna, C1, Super Cup Massi
04/05: Barcelona, C1, Super Cup Massi
01-02/06: Girona, Sea Otter Europe, C1, Super Cup Massi
16/06: Vall de Boí (XCO/CRI), C2
14/09: Vallnord, C1, Super Cup Massi
22/09: Igualada, C2
Registration for the first Banyoles event opens on November 15