Just one month after the crowning of the 2012 World Cup winners, trophies have been awarded to the best organisers of the 2012 RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.
As is the tradition, riders, UCI Mountain Bike Teams, media, sponsors, and UCI officials voted for the top events for each of the three disciplines: cross-country, downhill and eliminator.
Olympic cross-country: two in a row for Nove Mesto Na Morave
Nove Mesto Na Morave has made it two out of two: 2012 was the second time the Czech town hosted a World Cup XCO event and the second time it was voted best event.
Voters were seduced by the course and the start-finish area in the impressive biathlon stadium which next year will host the 2013 Biathlon World Championships. The grandstands in the stadium allowed spectators to make the most of the event, while television spectators benefitted from high quality production from Czech National Television.
La Bresse (FRA) and Pietermaritzburg (RSA) were voted second and third best events respectively.
Cross-country eliminator: La Bresse first winner
XCE was introduced into the World Cup this year, and La Bresse (FRA) immediately came up trumps. The course through the town provided lots of action that delighted the crowds that had turned out in mass to encourage the riders.
La Bresse adds this latest trophy to those won in 2009 and 2011 for its downhill events. It headed off Nove Mesto Na Morave (2nd) and Houffalize, Belgium, 3rd.
Downhill: Fort William returns to the top
Fort William is one of the great traditional downhill venues on the World Cup circuit. Hosting its 11th edition in 2012 (including the World Championships in 2007), the Scottish town is well known for its excellent organisation and its large and enthusiastic public. Even the rain this year did not deter the fans from turning out in force.
Already voted best event on two occasions, Fort William was beaten last year by La Bresse. It is back on top this year, no doubt helped in part by the work and investment by the organisers on a new section of the course and the largest screen in Europe that relayed images to the spectators.
New to the World Cup calendar this year, Hafjel (NOR) was voted second best DHI event, followed by Val di Sole (ITA).
Photo: The exciting course through the town centre, watched by a large crowd,Â earned La Bresse the title of Best XCE event
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