Instead of using bikes as substitutes for skis in slalom skiing, fatbike XC courses could be a better alternative. These courses would still require the fundamental skills of XC racing but in a unique format. Another suggestion would be to create a “skiercross but on bikes” event, similar to Dual Slalom but with larger and more elaborate courses. Using bikes with skis instead of tires on these courses could add an extra level of excitement.
It’s worth considering that snow could just be left as the domain of skiing and for those who enjoy riding fatbikes through snowy woods. This is a more suitable and enjoyable option for some people who would rather stick to the traditional activities for snow sports. Mixing snow and bikes in the way it’s being suggested is not practical and doesn’t make sense. The UCI should explore other options to make something more interesting to watch.
In conclusion, while there may be a desire for wintertime biking on snow events, there are better alternatives than using bikes as substitutes for skis in slalom skiing. Fatbike XC courses or creating a “skiercross but on bikes” event could provide a unique challenge while keeping the traditional aspects of skiing intact. It’s important to consider what works best for both athletes and viewers when planning winter events.