The Fort William World Cup has been cancelled and the Nove Mesto World Cup XC has been postponed due to the spread of Coronavirus.
Great Britain entered a full lockdown period yesterday and British Cycling also announced that it had extended its suspension of cycling activities until June 30, leaving an inevitability that the World Cup would not run on its scheduled June 6/7 dates. Instead of looking to reschedule later in the year however, the organisers have asked the UCI to cancel the event. A statement from Fort William read: "We did investigate re-scheduling options with cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale and other partners but no alternative viable dates could be found." This means that we are now down to, at most, a 6 round series as Losinj also cancelled their event last week.
Revised 2020 World Cup Calendar
21/22 March: Lousa - Postponed, date tbc
02/03 May: Maribor - Postponed, date tbc
09/10 May: Losinj - Cancelled
06/07 June: Fort William - Cancelled
20/21 June: Vallnord
22/23 August: Mont-Sainte-Anne
12/13 September: Val di Sole
19/20 Septmeber: Les Gets
The Nove Mesto organisers announced on March 20 they would wait until April 20 before making a decision on whether to push ahead with the event, however it seems they have had to bring that forward as the postponement was announced by the UCI today instead. A new date for the race has not yet been confirmed. This is the first XC World Cup to be affected this year but it follows the postponement of the Olympics that was announced yesterday.