Home of the second stage of the 2022 Mountain Bike World Cup, Petropolis welcomes professional and amateur athletes
16 / 16 January: 07
by Vinicius Ferreira
Petropolis and its mountains are located in the Atlantic Forest in the Serrana region of the state of Rio de Janeiro and are among the most popular cities for cyclists in Brazil and in the world for mountain biking. Proof of this is that it will be, for the first time, the stage of one of the stages of the XCO (Olympic Cross Country) and XCC (Cross Country) Mountain Bike World Cup. This event will be the second stage of the world, of which France is the starting point. It will take place from April 8 to 10 and will only be hosted by the Petropolitan Henrique Avancini, winner of the competition in 2020.
Indeed, precisely because Avancini from Petropolis has included the city in the list of stages for the 2022 World Cup) and our partners to bring the event to Brazil. I have been very involved in what it means to find a regulator that meets UCI requirements. If I’m going to Brazil, I have to be in my hometown,” said Avancini, who drives the Cannondale Factory Racing team and trains constantly in his hometown during the break between domestic and international competition. “It is a collective achievement. Avancini, who have grown as athletes, have completed the Michelin CIMTB Cup (International Mountain Bike Cup) as an organizer and for complete cycling in Brazil, which has become a global force in the sport.
In all, the world will see nine XCO and XCC stages and 8 Down Hill – DH World Cup stages. The DH World Cup kicks off first, with stages on March 26 and 27 in Lourdes, France. The Petropolitan leg of the competition will be the second of the 2022 World Cup, however, XCO is the first of the competition in which Avancini will participate.
The definition of the World Championships in Petropolis reveals the sporting potential of the city
Brazil is one of the countries with the most sports fans, and of course Henrique Avancini is currently largely responsible for that. So also thinks professional mountain bike athlete Larry Martins, three-time Brazilian mountain bike marathon champion and two-time national time trial and XCO champion.
“Petropolis has always stood out on the national mountain biking scene. First with Albert Morgan, then with our idol Henrique Avancini. Since then, mountain biking has grown here in quality and sports practitioners, without a doubt the national mountain bike, with Henrique as an ambassador and supporter, He is gaining space in social and sports media. The arrival of a stage of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Petropolis is the result of the organization of various sectors of society, sport, politics and business. It will be beneficial for oil tourism and for the national tour,” says Larry.
Last year, when the city government announced the event, at an event attended by Avancini, an additional 5,000 people were expected to visit the city because of the World Cup. The event in Petropolis marks the return of competition to Brazil after 17 years. The last major international cycling event took place in the country in 2004. The World Cup, along with the Tour de France, is considered the main cycling event in the world.
The theater is also a fuel to encourage sport among amateurs and the use of the bicycle as a means of transport in the city.
And it wasn’t just professional competitors who were excited by the news that the city would host a stage of the Mountain Bike World Cup. Amateur athlete Cleo Quintella sees the city as a natural incentive to exercise. “The mountain is attracting more and more mountain enthusiasts, whether by bike or on foot. It’s the challenge of finding a worthwhile point of view. It’s great to climb and get to the top, keep busy and take a photo to record, and Petrópolis is a natural spur. For those who love nature, ”reveals the cyclist, who also says that she sees the sport developing every day in the city. “When I started, I didn’t have a lot of sports fanatics. When it was my boyfriend, now my husband, who introduced me to the world of cycling, I just started keeping him company and today it has become an addiction.
Data from Abraciclo (Brazilian Association of Motorcycles, Scooters, Scooters, Bicycles and Similar Manufacturers) The growth of bicycle production in Brazil in 2020 was 12.8%, with a total of 750,000 bicycles manufactured. In 2021, there will be further growth, of around 15.7%, recorded by the bicycle production sector. One of the reasons for this increase is the entry of the bicycle into the daily life of Brazilians during the pandemic.
“In 2021, we (Acipe) conducted a survey of Petrópolis in the national profile of Brazilian cyclists, which indicates that many people have adopted the bicycle as an alternative means of transport to the car. The fact that Petropolis was chosen to host the Mountain Bike World Cup illustrates the importance of the city for this type of sport. An event like this will have many positive impacts on the city, including highlighting that cycling brings benefits to all sectors, such as tourism, urban mobility, health and the economy,” resides the President of the Association of Cyclists of Petropolis-Aquipe, Isabella Guedes, who also recalls the need for public policies to ensure greater safety and mobility.
“Particularly during the Cup, we will have cyclists from all over the world racing through the city, reinforcing the importance of education and empathy in traffic, which is essential for a good coexistence between drivers and cyclists. These athletes undoubtedly know other realities of urban mobility and road safety, which are topics that Petropolis is still in its infancy, but we believe that in the very near future we will have cycling infrastructure bigger and better and more respectful of life in traffic, this event will undoubtedly be a milestone for Brazilian cycling in the Petropolitan territory.
2022 Mountain Bike World Cup Schedule
March 26 and 27 – Lourdes, France (DH)
April 8-10 – Petropolis, Brazil (XCO/XCC)
May 6-8 – Albstadt, Germany (XCO/XCC)
May 13-15 – Novi Mesto, Czech Republic (XCO/XCC)
May 21 and 22 – Fort William, UK (DH)
June 10-12 – Leogang, Austria (DH/XCO/XCC)
July 8-10 – (location to be confirmed) (DH/XCO/XCC)
July 15-17 – Vallnord, Andorra (DH/XCO/XCC)
July 29-31 – Snowshoe, USA (DH/XCO/XCC)
August 5-7 – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada (DH/XCO/XCC)
September 2-4 – Val di Sol, Italy (DH/XCO/XCC)
2022 XCO/DH World Championship
August 24-28 XCO/DHI/Team Relay World Championships in Les Gets, France