Albstadt XC World Championships Postponed

Mar 28, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Ronja Eibl takes second place for the u23 women.

The UCI has announced that the XC World Championships which was due to take place between the 25-28 June has been postponed.

Following the announcement earlier this week that the Fort William round of the downhill World Cup had been cancelled the latest event to fall victim to the spread of COVID-19 is the XC World Champs in Albstadt, Germany.

The decision which has been made by the City of Albstadt, the German cycling National Federation (BDR) and the State of Baden-Württemberg, focused on the risk "to the health of the riders, all those involved in the event and the fans", with the UCI in full support of the decision. Under the latest guidelines set by the cycling federation, all World Championship events will have priority when it comes to finding new dates for the events to be held in the future.

Read the full statement from the UCI below:

bigquotesIn the current context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regrets to announce the necessity to postpone the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz initially scheduled in Albstadt, Germany, from 25 to 28 June.

The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the City of Albstadt, the German cycling National Federation (BDR) and the State of Baden-Württemberg. In view of the current sanitary situation across Europe and the world, holding the annual flagship of the discipline would have potentially posed a risk to the health of the riders, all those involved in the event and the fans.

The UCI will work with the organisers to fix a new date. In accordance with the decisions announced on March 20 concerning disciplines other than road, in connection with the coronavirus, the UCI stresses that the UCI World Championships have priority within the framework of the revision of the UCI International Calendar with a view to the resumption of the 2020 season.

The UCI shares the disappointment of the Cross-Country (XC) community following the postponement of the Championships and wishes to thank the City of Albstadt for its cooperation in these difficult circumstances, as well as the athletes, teams, partners and anyone concerned by the event for their understanding.

Current list of all cancelled or postponed World Cup events:


  • 7 1
 Well, who saw that coming? Oh yeah, literally everyone.
  • 3 3
 Wait, the World Champs were supposed to be at Albstadt, the lamest course on the WC calendar? With the Olympic postponed they should reschedule World Champs at a better venue.
  • 1 0
 I fear this will be our new normal come October when flu season kicks off.... stop the planet.
  • 1 0
 Cov19 ......what’s that all about ?
  • 3 1
 COV is the actual virus whereas COVID is the disease induced by the virus. Corona Virus Induced Disease.
  • 2 2
 A mediocre beer for a mediocre virus.
  • 1 0
 Makes sense

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