Dates Changed for 2021 Leogang and Fort William World Cups

Oct 13, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

After a season disrupted by COVID this year, we've already had out first change to the 2021 World Cup calendar. Dates for next year's competition were initially announced on September 25 but the UCI today revised the dates for Leogang and Fort William. Unlike most of the changes we saw this year, this doesn't seem to be related to COVID but comes at Fort William's request for logistical reasons.

Fort William was initially scheduled for 12-13 June and will now take place on 22-23 May, Leogang was originally meant to take place on 5-6 June but will now take Fort William's slot on June 12-13.

The new calendar is below:

XCO

Round 1: 08-09 May - Albstadt, Germany
Round 2: 15-16 May - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA
Downhill

Round 1: 24-25 April - Maribor, Slovenia
Round 2: 22-23 May - Fort William, UK
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA


Press Release: UCI

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that the Fort William (Great Britain) and Leogang (Austria) rounds of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will finally take place on 22-23 May and 12-13 June respectively.

Fort William was originally scheduled to take place on 12-13 June and Leogang on 5-6 June.

These dates were changed following a request from the Fort William organiser.

As originally planned, the British event will be a downhill (DHI) one, while the Austrian one will feature both downhill and cross-country Olympic (XCO).




46 Comments

  • 69 14
 Pretending like the US will be ready to go in a year... at this point is laughable.
  • 22 10
 Much of the world isn't going to be ready in a year. 2nd / 3rd waves all over the place.
  • 20 54
flag willdowling7 (Oct 13, 2020 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 Nah Trump is gonna win again and we'll be all good.
  • 8 1
 By that point it will be question of who hasnt had it dude
  • 11 7
 @willdowling7: Can't tell, heavy dose of sarcasm or complete ignorance?
  • 8 30
flag ReeferSouthrland (Oct 13, 2020 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 We are obviously ready now, where have you been. They just had a National at Snowshoe less than a month ago butthole.
  • 4 5
 @ReeferSouthrland: Having a national rnd with fellow Americans vs. a WC with people from all across the globe is a different story.
  • 6 11
flag Supergirl56 (Oct 13, 2020 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Imabigboy82: We're talking at my school right now and we think everyone in the school already had it in February.
  • 2 10
flag Mntneer (Oct 13, 2020 at 8:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Supergirl56: nah. If y’all felt like shit, you probably just had the flu. Covid is mostly innocuous for young, healthy people, and wouldn’t be a memorable sickness for most
  • 4 3
 @Mntneer: really. I had a fever above 102 for three days which is quite unusual for me. also, one person from my class was hospitalized so...
  • 2 2
 @Supergirl56: Nebraska wasn't really a coastal hotspot at that time.
  • 4 2
 @Supergirl56: sounds like the flu. If you get an antibody test and you’re positive, send it to me and I’ll send you $500. I call complete bullshit that Nebraska had pervasive COVID-19 cases in February.
  • 2 4
 @Supergirl56: to compare. I had Flu A and B this past season, as well as covid. I had fevers of 102+ with the flu, and my temperature didn’t go above 100 with covid
  • 3 0
 @Mntneer: Wow! Are you a viral super-magnet, or do you work in a profession where you face a lot exposure?
  • 1 0
 @Karpiel073: Very aware the difference, been to both for many many years but thanks anyway.
  • 1 1
 @Mntneer: what other viruses have you gotten
  • 34 0
 At least it gives the Leogang track team another week to rake out the last of the elbow-deep ruts from the weekend...
  • 5 0
 The spacing of events seems to make it a bit more difficult for riders/teams not based out of Europe (3 week spacing between several of them now). I am sure that will impact travel budgets quite a bit.
  • 16 0
 Welcome to the UCI. Thats how its always been.
  • 2 0
 At least it's not a zigzag between 4 continents like the EWS
  • 5 0
 @nhlevi: which is what a true World Series does.
  • 1 0
 @peytodog: I meant that straighter travel lines would probably make more sense for the riders
  • 7 0
 Fingers crossed they make it back to Snowshoe! I know, I know optimism doesn't bode well on this site but what the hell.
  • 7 0
 Anybody knows why there are no race in Mont Ste-Anne next year?
  • 6 1
 CAN has no interest in COVID carrying bros coming into the country in droves...
  • 4 1
 Stricter UCI evacuation procedures not met?
  • 3 0
 Gondola still broken?
  • 2 0
 Had arranged accommodation for the original dates in Fort Bill, as even if the event was cancelled, if travel was still possible, I still make the trip. Having to rearrange now, so fingers crossed that spectators will be able to go.
  • 1 0
 I've never been to a race, do they charge to spectate?
  • 1 0
 @curtaincarot: Yeah, I went last year to Fort Bill and paid around £40 for Saturday and Sunday with gondola pass
  • 2 0
 @curtaincarot: They do now - before it was free, then it became a parking fee, now it's entrance as well at many venues. No more freebies. Still worth it though.
  • 1 0
 @neimbc: wasn't the Les Get leg free last year, and supposed to be this year, if it had gone ahead?
  • 6 3
 Well if you what a mountain is there are only 5000 ways to access a race. I have never paid for parking let alone entrance fee. 7th degree blackbelt Bushwacker
  • 11 6
 @ReeferSouthrland: way to show your support.
  • 3 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: The race organizer has to pay the UCI a big hosting fee (it looks like that is about $38,000 US for 2020) for the honor of holding a WC race, as well as covering a lot of other costs for preparing the venue and running the event. I think the UCI fees used to be a lot smaller and race organizers used to be able to rely on selling the remaining advertising space that UCI allows to cover their hosting costs and hopefully make some income. But times have changed and parking and entrance fees have become the new way to stay in business
  • 2 1
 @neimbc: false- FW WC was never free to access. Always had an entrance fee.
  • 2 0
 @TrueScotsman: Well, I can't speak for all venues. ( I did say many- not all) But I'd gladly pay at Fort Bill any day!
  • 1 0
 @curtaincarot: you can get a pass for each day or for the weekend (Fri,Sat,Sun). Have been to the last 3 and it’s an awesome weekend....although the midges are evil....
  • 2 0
 And by World Cup, we mean a European Cup with a quick visit to the US lol....

I kid, I know it's not that simple and even harder now given the circumstances, but it would be nice to see some other continents in the mix!

Like most people, I'm just looking forward to watching some racing Smile
  • 2 1
 EWS in Innerleithen the weekend before the DH in Fort Bill. May looks good for MTB fans in Scotland, though the new Fort Bill dates clash with a friends wedding. Typical.
  • 3 0
 There is only one choice here. Through thick and thin you know which one you should attend. Will you be able to forgive yourself in years to come if you chose this over some meaningless money-making hollow event?

...your friend will understand. See you at Fort Bill.
  • 2 0
 at least there will be no midges !
  • 1 0
 Fort William is the best sporting event I've ever been to. Incredible atmosphere. I wouldn't miss it. Can't wait.
  • 2 2
 I hope Snowshoe will work out.. if sleepy Joe is in office I doubt it though
  • 1 0
 come on 2021!
  • 3 5
 Sucks to be a team or sponsors only 6 events yet all the travel. If your only doing six keep them in Europe as travel will be easier and cheaper

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