AIGLE, Switzerland (transcendmagazine.com) -- Rumours are lighting up email boxes everywhere this morning that the alternative DH1 race circuit proposed by Freecaster owner Raymond Dulieu is cancelled. This coincides with word from European sources that Redbull Media House will be taking over direction and live broadcasts of all MTB world cup events. Smaragd will reportedly still be doing the actual production work as in years past.
Dulieu recently gave an interview to french magazine Velovert, and stated that if Redbull were to take over the broadcasts, he would not want, or have the ability, to compete.
As of this time we haven't been able to get in touch with representatives of any of the parties involved. DH1 has been pushing for venues and sponsors to jump on board up until just a few days ago via social media, so the move does come as a surprise if it is the case.
UPDATE: We are now waiting on an official response from Redbull Media House.
UPDATE: Raymond Dulieu of Freecaster has had this to say: "If it is confirmed that red bull will now finance and produce a full HD coverage of the UCI world cup I'll have to consider wether we haven't then ultimately achieved our goal of secure excellent coverage for DH MTB and DH1 might then have served its purpose. In any case for red bull to consider MTB is greatly do to Freecaster fantastic work to put it back in the public eye"