2020 Pinkbike Awards: Event of the Year Winner

Dec 27, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Event of the Year Winner



While we may not have had the year of racing and events we hoped for, there was still plenty to celebrate about what did go ahead this year. After some tough decisions, the 2020 Event of the Year award goes to the incredible final chapter of the 2020 DH World Cup in Lousã.






Why it's the winner
As one of the first major international races to be postponed in 2020 there was no better way to close out a season of huge ups and downs than to finally head to the brand new World Cup venue of Lousã. While we may not have seen as much World Cup DH action this year as we hoped, the double header event in Lousã provided nearly enough drama and cause for celebration to fill the void.

The week of wild racing kicked off in incredible style when we saw the return of the G.O.A.T as Greg Minnaar stomped his race run to take his 22nd World Cup win by 1.8 seconds over Matt Walker. This would make the weekend all the more nail-biting as the fight for the Elite Men's overall became a five-way fight.

Greg Minnaar looking for grip during practice making mental notes of where he can push a little harder without too much consequence.

Marine Cabirou came out all guns blazing but it would only be enough for second place.
Matt Walker has officially cemented himself as a threat to the top dogs in the field and he s only getting started. A strong third for him and with that the overall title.

On the final day of racing, we couldn't have been offered a bigger spectacle as we saw both Elite overall titles come down to the wire. The Elite Women's race saw Marine Cabirou's rapid race run that took the win by 1.7 seconds. But away from the title fight we also saw Tracey Hannah take her final race run after she announced her retirement earlier in the week. With nothing to lose, Tracey sent one of the wildest runs this year that included a crash just before the line after going huge on the final section of the course.

The Elite Men's race was no less exhilarating as we saw amazing results from the likes of Phil Atwill and UK privateer Jamie Edmondson, who looked like he may have laid down the winning run for most of the afternoon. As the race progressed a little bit of wet weather may have slowed down a few riders, but by the time the final racers took to the track everything was back up to speed and the times were tumbling. It's a testament to the venue that everyone was left guessing who could win the race and the overall.

Across the whole week of racing the track in Lousã provided everything you could want from a race venue with unpredictable results and exhilarating racing. We can't wait to see a return to the Portuguese venue in 2021.





24 Comments

  • 55 1
 I'm surprised a 2019 event didn't win
  • 41 7
 Honorable mention: Event organizers all over the world that cancelled events to protect communities and racers.
  • 4 0
 Honorable mention no 2 pinkbike and other media digging out past classic replays
  • 15 2
 could have been a lot better with different camera angles to show the changes in the track between the two races. There was probably 5+ different cameras filming the bottom sprint
  • 12 0
 this, i'd prefer to see any one of the technical sections in the middle and see only half of the sprints in the end. You would have less 'he's 5 seconds back there must have been some mistake somewhere in the middle' from the commentators too
  • 12 2
 Crankworx summer series. Was good seeing bike race stuff.
  • 1 0
 That was probably a highlight for me as well, was lots of good interviews, race footage, etc.
  • 5 0
 When you would have thought the winner would have been local races. Having to deal with navigating state, county, and government protocols for COVID practices. Guess Pinkbike would rather give it to the world cup racers instead of the grassroots racers trying to make it to world cup.
  • 8 4
 I loved this event. The double header format is really fun to watch as a fan and this was a great track. My one complaint is that it sounds like the prize money was half of what it is for a normal race. My guess is that this is probably the UCI being shitty more than the venue, but it would have been good to mention it in the article.
  • 7 1
 I would have chosen Leogang worlds, I havent laughed at the telly that loud in many years...
  • 1 0
 Agree, thought that would win comedy race of the decade.
  • 6 1
 Now imagine that race with thousands of fans that waited all their lives to have a World Cup on their country!
Thanks Pinkbike.
Oh,and it spells "Low-zahn" Wink
  • 5 1
 went there. it was i great event at all levels. lousã deservs to host future uci events!
  • 6 0
 They probably would if the Portuguese federation supported MTB a bit more. Apparently the race was almost self funded by the town and sponsors
  • 1 0
 Tracey only retired from racing UCI world cups. Someone has been slacking...

m.pinkbike.com/news/tracey-hannah-will-stop-racing-uci-world-cups-and-sets-new-goals.html
  • 1 0
 It was a war of attrition for the ballsy world and weary cup riders in a jam packed injury season!!
  • 2 0
 Came here hoping for Strait Acres slalom.
  • 1 0
 I doubt any Scots will agree with this one
  • 1 0
 *laughs in Crankworks Summer series*
  • 1 0
 Audi Nines??? Loosefest???
  • 1 0
 Downhill southeast.
  • 1 0
 Love posts like that.
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