OUR GUIDE TO BENIDORM2023 WORLD CUP
For the first time in 11 years, the cyclocross world cup is going to Spain again! Benidorm will be hosting the worlds biggest cyclocross classification on the 22nd of January! Here we’ve comprised all the useful information you need to know about the 2022 Cyclocross World Cup in Benidrom, Spain.
Benidorm is located in the province of Alicante, along the Costa-Blanca of Spain. Benidorm is famous for it’s beautiful beaches, good weather and skyscrapers. Amongst cyclists it is a popular destination for training camps in the sun.
The event itself is located in and around the Park de Foietes, right in the city center of Benidorm. The park is an urban park, which normally serves as a gathering place for children to play, or for parents to relax. For the world cup the park will transform into a super challenging section of the course. The sand, stairs and elevation will be used to maximum potential.
Besides visiting the world cup, Benidorm offers a lot of different things to do. You can visit the old town, the zoo, one of many beaches or the dolphinarium. If you bring/rent a bike, you can also get out and do some training around Calpe!
Travelling to the event
By Car: Benidrom is easy to reach by car. Take exit 65 from the AP7 highway, and you drive directly into Benidorm. More information about parking will be announced later.
By Plane: The nearest airport is the El Altet Airport of Alicante, about 60km for Benidorm. Multiple low budget airlines, like Ryanair & EasyJet, fly to this airport for low prices. Flights to Alicante go from a large number of airports across Europe and the UK. From the airport there are multiple options to get to Benidrom.
- There is a regular bus service that offers the possibility of traveling quickly, comfortably and cheaply from Alicante airport to Benidorm and vice versa.
- There are airport shuttle services such as those offered by Beni Connect Transfers.
- From Alicante there is a train line to Denia which stops in Benidrom.
- There are multiple car rental companies located at the airport of Alicante where you can rent a car.
Dates and Schedule
The Benidorm world cup takes place on the 22nd of January, with races for the Junior Men, Junior Women, Men U23, Women Elite and Men Elite. The 22nd of January will see all the participants practice the course. A full schedule can be found below:
21st of January
14:00 Start training session
16:00 Finish training session
22nd of January
09:30 Junior men
10:30 Junior women
12:00 Men U23
13:40 Women Elite
15:10 Men Elite
Where to stay:
Benidorm offers plenty of accommodation possibilities. The city has various hotels, resorts and Airbnb’s.
One of the closest hotels to the venue is the Hotel Agua Azul. Located at just 1.5km from the venue, you can walk from the hotel to the races on Sunday. The hotel offers both single and double rooms, with breakfast and dinner included. After watching the racing you can enjoy the pool and free wifi.
Another hotel close to the event is the Albir Garden Resort. This resort offers rooms for up to 4 people, just 7km from the course. Your stay will include breakfast and dinner, and give you the possibility to use one of their numerous sporting facilities.
Buy Tickets Now: Tickets can be bought in adcance via Flanders Classics. Use the discount code CXSOCIAL for a 20% discount on your tickets for the Benidorm world cup. Click here to buy now. The tickets normally cost €15.50 in pre sale, but with our discount code you pay just €12.50. Tickets can also be bought at the venue itself for €18,-
The course for the Benidorm cyclocross world cup is located around the Park de Foietes. The park is an urban area with a lot of minor elevation. The riders will face a lot of technical challenges here, before heading towards El Moralet Park, a lush and demanding Mediterranean forest. They will need to overcome a major climb here, before a technical downhill takes them towards the finish line for another challenging lap.
Only a complete cyclocross rider can win on this course, since the course features: a sandpit, a set of stairs, barriers and a major climb.
‘’This is what you are looking for in a cyclocross race. I think it will be a very attractive circuit for the public, and being my home race I will give it my everything to try and get a top 10’’
The full start list for the worldcup will be available later, but for now we know that cyclocross stars Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert will be racing. The world champion Tom Pidcock is alsoe expected to take the start!