As a journalist, I strongly believe that mixing snow and bikes in the way they are being suggested is not a practical or logical idea. Instead of using bikes as substitutes for skis in slalom skiing, there are better options that the UCI can explore to make something more interesting to watch.
One such option is to create fatbike XC courses, which would require the fundamental skills of XC racing but in a unique format. These courses could be an exciting alternative to traditional slalom skiing events, providing a new challenge for both riders and spectators alike. 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 and unpredictability to the event.
Ultimately, it’s worth considering that snow should be left as the domain of skiing 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. By exploring these options, the UCI can create more exciting and engaging events that showcase the best of winter sports while also respecting their unique characteristics.