Mountain Biking Returns to Sakarya
After staging a very successful championship last year, Sakarya is set to host two important events on 30 July and 1 August.
International Cycling Union (UCI) accommodates the two events to take place at the Sunflower Bike Valley on its 2021 calendar. Sakarya Mountain Bike Cup will kick off with the women’s race at 10:00 on Friday morning, July the 30th. The start time for the male bikers is 14:00. The women participants will pedal 28.1km while the men cover 37.1km in the event that is labelled as HC (Hors Class - beyond categorization), the most difficult type of climb in any race. Sakarya Mountain Bike Cup is classified by UCI as “XCO” (Cross-Country Olympic), the only cross-country discipline in the Olympics programme.
The Sakarya round of the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series will be held on Sunday 1st of August. Men will step out on the race course at 09:00 to ride 110km. Women will follow at 09:30 and race over a distance of 80.9km. The race is of great significance since it offers top 20 men and women a qualification for the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships.
Sakarya Sunflower Bike Valley hosted the Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, one of the foremost global events in mountain bike racing, last year. The multinational Depar Timing team who provided the timing services at the successful event will be on duty again on 30 July and 1 August.