Lenzerheide World Cup DH and XC Cancelled

Jul 3, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Number 1 for another year Super Bruni.

Just as it looked like racing was getting back to normal this week with the iXS Test Session in Schladming we have received news that the UCI has cancelled the opening round of the World Cup in Lenzerheide at the request of the organisers.

The race was due to open the World Cup season from September 4 to 6 but it will no longer be taking place after the organisers of the event cited issues around planning, implementation of security and providing effective protection measures needed at a large event. In the official press release, they mention a previous consideration of running the race without spectators to limit some of the highlighted issues but with venues capped at 1000 people currently in Switzerland, it would have been hard to have met this target with an estimated 1500-1800 people arriving just from athletes, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers and media representatives.

This now means the opening round will be held in Les Gets, France on September 19 to 20, as long as the situation doesn't change again. Read the full press release from the UCI and Lenzerheide below.

bigquotesDue to the current pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regrets having to announce that the round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which was to take place in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) from 4 to 6 September, has been cancelled at the request of its organisers.

The UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike cross-country and downhill community and acknowledges the organisers’ efforts in these difficult circumstances.

bigquotesThe 2020 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide, which has already been postponed from August to September due to the COVID 19 pandemic, cannot take place despite the intensive efforts of the organizing committee. The reasons for this are on the one hand the lack of planning and implementation security for major events from September and on the other hand the currently given protective measures, which could not have been guaranteed at an event such as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The canton of Grisons is unable to issue the permission required under the current regulations today, as the event will not take place until September and the regulations applicable at that time are not yet known.

Now it is confirmed

The planned 2020 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 4 to 6 September 2020 will not take place in Lenzerheide. The cancellation affects all disciplines: Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) with Cross-Country Short Track (XCC) and Downhill (DHI). The organizers in Lenzerheide very much regret the decision: "We have waited until the last possible moment and have worked hard every day to make it possible. It is all the more painful that we too will not be able to hold the planned World Cup", says OC President Christoph Müller.

Even without spectators more than 1000 people

Lenzerheide as a venue without spectators would have been an option. But if you just add up all athletes, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers, media representatives and other people who would have been at the venue, we would already be at 1500 to 1800 people, which is well over the permitted 1000 people. Today, nobody can guarantee that more people will be permitted at events from September onwards. An issue, that the federal council of Switzerland was reticent about at its press conference on 19 June 2020, and furthermore referred the responsibility back to the cantons.

Difficulties in implementing protective measures

In addition to the limited number of people, the organizers are concerned about the current safety measures. The currently valid protective measures, with sectors, for an outdoor event of this size are not consistently applicable. The necessary protection for all those involved cannot be guaranteed one hundred percent under the current regulations.

In the current situation, it is not possible to make a conclusive assessment of the event, as neither the epidemiological situation nor the corresponding requirements in September are foreseeable. However, a reliable basis for decision-making is essential at this stage for an event of this size, also taking into account the time needed to prepare a comprehensive protection concept. As the next decision of the federal council of Switzerland is not expected before mid-August and the canton of Grisons does not issue a special permit, the organisers have to cancel the event.
Lenzerheide Press Release

Updated World Cup Schedule:

Les Gets, France: September 19-20

World Champs Leogang, Austria: October 5-11

Two Rounds Maribor, Slovenia: October 15-18

Two Rounds Lousa, Portugal: October 29-November 1


  • 103 2
 i miss the good not-so-old times when me and my friends used to drink beer, smoke joints and watch bike competitions
  • 6 0
 Amen brou.
  • 7 3
 You can still do all of those things but with re-runs. Watch races that happened 5-6 years ago so you may not remember what happened.
  • 37 0
 @scott-townes: or just get baked enough and you definitely won't remember what happened
  • 2 0
 I feel you bro Frown
  • 9 1
 @gbn-crew just do this and build trails ;p
  • 2 0
 @housem8d: ill just do that and ride, but watching competitions is fun too
  • 37 1
 Can't we just send the top 20 out with a GoPro let them find a local hill that has lets say 150m vertical descent to keep it punchy. Time themselves and let Red Bull edit it all together with a Warner commentary. Winner is people's champion for 2020.
In fact get it as a PB charity thing viewers donate say $10 give to coronavirus aid in the countries of the riders.
  • 4 0
 f*kin brilliant
  • 3 1
 There’s definitely a lack of creativity and adaptability within this news. None of the races this year can be anything close to “normal”.
The UCI has an opportunity to take more extreme measures to host events.
No fans/spectators should be a given.
Split the XC and DH events to different weekends.
Might they also split the men’s and women’s events into separate days?
Limit team size and sponsor attendance.
Boost media presence to film broadcast and post as much content as possible.
On-site rapid testing is being used at hospitals prior to admitting patients for scheduled surgery and other procedures. Is that an option for UCI?

Embrace reality and adapt. Or tuck your tail between your legs and give up.
This pandemic will sort the creative from the weak.

And for the record I loathe the lack of national leadership in my country. My business of selling and installing residential solar energy (I’m a regional sales manager) has adapted to reality at scale across 22 states. We had no other option. And our stock value is almost back to pre-Covid levels. Ticker = RUN (Sunrun)
  • 29 8
 New Zealand is COVID free and Australia is almost free, come down here and smash it out.
  • 1 1
 Strewth, dooo eeeeet bruuuhhzzz
  • 9 2
 But is New Zealand already open to visitors again? For most of the European and North American competitors it takes a couple of transfers to even get to New Zealand so it may become quite hard to keep it free from covid with such a large international event.
  • 85 1
 If you want to keep it that way you don’t want the races. Lol
  • 9 5
 @MikeyMT: Well let them come down, go into 2 weeks quarantine and then have 5 rounds of worldcups over there. would be great and no big corona threat that way
  • 27 6
 Be careful who you invite. You dont want too many crazy americans coming down, and spreading around their 'media hoax virus' which is absolutely blowing up at the moment. Meanwhile the EU has locked them out for the time being, we wear our masks, wash our hands and everything is OK-ish for the tiem being.
  • 41 1
 @thedirtyburritto: At ground zero for this behavior in Austin Texas. Can say without pause, you wouldn't want Americans in your country right now.
  • 7 17
flag thenotoriousmic (Jul 3, 2020 at 7:50) (Below Threshold)
 Nowhere’s covid free. You just haven’t got it yet.
  • 9 1
 @ATXZJ: out here in colorado, it's nice to hear some people in the mtb community have a brain down there. Texas tourism is nasty here right now and most of them don't share your opinion. Now we're all getting sick for real. It sucks that racing isn't happening but vail resorts needs to learn a thing or two from the UCI organizers about keeping people safe during this time.
  • 3 0
 @MikeyMT: i’m glad someone understands !
  • 2 0
 @gunnyhoney: For sure. At this point, we wont be looking at racing season until spring 2021 if we're lucky.
  • 1 12
flag SlodownU (Jul 3, 2020 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 @thedirtyburritto: You May be washing your hands and all, but since you haven’t discovered deodorant or toothpaste yet, so no one will want to get within 6ft of you anyway!
  • 2 3
 @Pavlaki Good luck with that, it's not if, but when. It's ignorant not to think that the whole world will be catching this. Life is much smarter than us humans, viruses are everywhere. The fact that the common cold is caused by up to 8 different viruses (with some having 99+ variations)which all can be present at the same time should tell us something. One of those viruses is the coronavirus. Science is awesome, now go lick a door knob so we can get this shit over with already. Lol
  • 3 2
 @MikeGruhler: They’ve just delaying the inevitable unless they’re planning on permanently keeping the boarders shut. Sooner or later they’re going to have to go through what we’re all going through. Need to build up that heard immunity can’t hide from forever.
  • 1 0
 Hey mate, I was curious, did you guys wear masks down there in public at all? Thanks. You've been really successful at avoiding a lot of the pandemic.
  • 3 0
 @mybaben: quite a lot of people did wear masks but I think going into strict lockdown nationwide helped a lot. We really only have one state with issues now and the rest of the country has closed it borders to Victoria.
  • 1 0
 @Pavlaki: Interesting! thanks!

  • 1 0
 @Pavlaki: Any ideas on how NZ did so well??
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: From what I understand their lock down was even stricter than ours was. The only ever got 1500 cases but down to a hand full.
  • 2 1
 @mybaben: Without getting into politics, NZ went hard early. The entire country was almost completely locked down for weeks.
  • 4 1
 @mybaben: they shut the doors before the virus had made its way inside. Only issue is the virus hasn’t gone anywhere and their population has no immunity so unless they plan on being the new North Korea I can’t see how they’re going to do so well as you put it in the long run.
  • 3 4
 @thenotoriousmic: Funny, and I thought the position Aus and NZ are in would be the envy of the rest of the world...

Far from shutting the door "before the virus had made its way inside", New Zealand has recorded more than 1000 cases. That might not be many but it's more than the zero you imply and it's a nation of only five million. We (Aus & NZ) are waiting it out to see if a vaccine comes along, before doing anything as ridiculous as sacrificing our elderly at the altar of "herd immunity". It might be hell on our tourism industries but it's a damn sight better than half a million deaths, don't you think?
  • 3 3
 @boozed: Good luck with that vaccine, there's a reason we couldn't get one developed for SARS or MERS both of which are coronavirus's with astromical death rates compared to Covid19. SARS had a 9% death rate and Mers is around 34%, granted they weren't good at spreading because they had a short life span and would either kill the host or run it's course before it could spread to another person. Also worth considering is the average age of death by Covid19 is higher then the average age of death ???? Other then profits the companies have no other incentive to develop a vaccine. It's why they stopped working on it with SARS or MERS, maybe they see enough profit potential to give it a proper go this time.
  • 2 0
 @boozed: I’m not saying what they did was right or wrong. Nobody knows right now, just that they’re exactly where the rest of the world was 6 months ago with absolutely no immunity in the population where the rest of the world are coming out of the other side.
  • 5 1
 @mybaben: Decisive, science based, strong leadership, and coordinated efforts across the board that were taken seriously by the majority of people. Add to that, NZ didn’t have Fox News to convince half the country it was no big deal and could be ignored.
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: exactly !! Just go for a DH Zwift race I reckon
  • 2 0
 @boozed: Yet I still rode my bike every day which we were still allowed to, just had to ride solo and well within your limits, NZ is awesome !
  • 1 0
 @mtallman2: True that!
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Well my comment aged like milk! We're now in a second wave with a record case growth in Australia today, which is probably a lesson in taking public health advice seriously.
  • 18 2
 They should do what Supercross did. Pick a mountain with lots of DH options and then quarantine everyone and run a compressed series of races while changing the course for every one.
  • 5 0
 when they separate XC from DH than they even should be 1000 people Supercross in Salt Lake City went well. Even the riders enjoyed it. Very compact programm. Less travelling
  • 1 7
flag LCW1 (Jul 3, 2020 at 8:44) (Below Threshold)
 I tried watching this altered Supercross format and just couldn't get into. No crowd cheering on big moves. Mostly day time racing. I just associate Supercross with mostly night racing during the winter months. That's just me I guess.
  • 2 0
 @vhdh666: I have no clue why they can’t split it and have xc one week and dh the next or whatever. Seems like they didn’t really push too hard to make it work.
  • 2 0
 @LCW1: well, supercross was designed for the people, not the riders. So it‘s very unnatural to ride sx without spectators
  • 13 0
 At this point in time it looks like we will be very lucky to still see a UCI DH or XC event in 2020.
  • 9 3
 Ya’ll won’t get any American riders over in Europe with the EU Covid-19 ban in effect for anyone coming from the USA cause our cases are skyrocketing here and only getting a worse. America has screwed up our response to Covid-19. Canada loves the fact Americans are banned from coming over their boarder as well. Whistler is quieter with fewer Americans on the trails.
  • 3 0
 Luca Shaw is in Europe.
  • 12 3
 Can't say I didn't expect it.
  • 11 1
 Lenzerheide NotARace
  • 6 0
 Time to just can the entire season to stop us getting our hopes up! What a s**t year!
  • 3 0
 All running races and festivals are taking place in Switzerland, for example matterhorn ultrax. We talking thousands of visitors and runners over three days. Just saying, and attending with whole family and friends from UK/world.
  • 6 0
 Can’t see there being a World Cup or champs this year.
  • 9 4
 Hardly surprising, the second tsunami is incoming
  • 5 0
 Probably based on what happened at the tennis fiasco with Djokovic
  • 3 2
 Damn, we need to organize a protest claiming the abuse of power of an organization or to help a racial minority and them theres no issue with the amount of people congregating in an area, then just run the finals in the back ground.
  • 2 1
 The organisers of Bikefestival Basel who cancelled their event due to the clash of the rescheduled Lenzerheide race don't seem very happy www.facebook.com/bikefestivalbasel/posts/2964999973608501
  • 2 0
 Also, the organisers of the Road Worlds in Switzerland (Aigle) are still hoping for it to go ahead......Which is why I was slightly surprised when Lenzerheide cancelled.
  • 3 0
 Then why the hell did they say they'd organize it in the first place?
  • 3 0
 Better safe than sorry world!!
  • 4 2
 With the US being the laughing stock because of the handling of this pandemic, will Americans be allowed to enter?
  • 2 4
 Noooooooooo......... Such a shame.........Lenzerheide is a great event. I guess they considered all options, but it seems like it could have been possible to keep it below 1,000 if the media and team sizes are restricted. Let's see now if any others follow suit
  • 6 1
 We've seen +three figure new infection rates for the last 3 days, 500 people in quarantine due to the nightclub tracing mess... now enforced masks on public transport from Monday. It really looks like a second wave is coming, I am happy this is called off.
  • 2 0
 @Marc2211: TBH I'm torn between doing loads of stuff to make the most of the time before lockdown #2 and not being a dick about it
  • 4 0
 @korev: True, although last week made up my mind. I was in Laax/Flims (Runca/Never End trail) last Tuesday, as I thought there would be no one on the trails and I could take advantage of the time before the next wave...

It was pretty crowded Frown Loads of people on the trails, loads in the restaurants, in the supermarket, hanging around the lift stations... at no point did I see any masks, hand gel or social distancing. When I got back to Zurich HB, I was pretty shocked at the sheer number of people without masks, all sitting outside the restaurants, doing their shopping with not a care in the world. Geneva was much much more careful, with loads more measures in place.

I live near a decent trail system near ZRH, and the trails are just packed every day.

Although, a highlight of the Laax day was seeing Luca Shaw and Yolanda Neff sitting outside the Trek store at the bottom of the lifts! I didn't approach them as #1 they are probably hassled by strangers all the time anyway (they already had a few people around them), and #2 social distancing. But it was cool to see them!

I do fear the worst atm with the numbers going up... A WC DH had the potential to make things much worse.
  • 3 2
 @Marc2211: Hey mate, that's really interesting to hear! Thanks for sharing about that. Here in the US, I was thinking we were the only people being selfish and stupid. So many here trying to "get back to normal" and just do what they feel like, without thinking about other people. We have been having record numbers of new cases in many states here for two or three weeks now. In my state they finally made it mandatory to wear masks inside public buildings! Cheers!
  • 3 1
 Starting to look like a USAC DH calendar. ????
  • 22 23
 Lame. Why don’t they cancel cigarettes production? Would save like 2mln people per year worldwide and racing could be going on... Hate me.
  • 6 15
flag onlyDH (Jul 3, 2020 at 6:56) (Below Threshold)
 (Cannabis) cigarettes are cool

Covid is not
  • 10 1
 It would create a black market bigger than illegal drugs, be completely unregulated , more people would die and the pertinent point - a hell of a lot less tax would be made!
  • 4 2
 Why not both?
  • 15 1
 Smoking cigarettes and therefore damaging ones health is a choice while contracting COViD is not (for those who give a crap and are being responsible anyway).
  • 5 0
 Is smoking still relevant and cool? Its 2020
  • 2 3
 @beanandcheeseburrito: completely irrelevant when you consider the number of deaths per year. Lunggs cancer is far more lethal than covid, no matter if you control it or not.
And regarding taxes: how much you think was the decrease of the amount of taxes/duties/social premiums paid worldwide, since outbreak of covid?
  • 2 2
 No hate! an excellent idea! And while we are dreaming about ways to keep people healthy, why don't we have the television companies have a rolling curfew across timezones so america can get some sleep.
  • 3 0
 Great idea, they should do that, although it's totally unrelated to what we're talking about....
  • 1 0
 @petrospit: Only for the uneducated.
  • 4 2
 That's LenzerScheisse
  • 2 0
 Man this sux
  • 1 0
 Schladming please step in and host a round like the the good old days!
  • 1 0
 Anyone know roughly when the UCI might announce the 2021 schedule? Thanks
  • 2 2
 With no vaccine in sight, I can't see much happening in 2021 either Frown

I hope I'm wrong!
  • 1 0
 Can anyone tell me what the 'below threshold comments' are?
  • 6 1
 Thanks China
  • 1 0
 There'll be no races this year, not enough money in the business.
  • 2 2
 Good. It’s the most sensible decision. Public health will always come first. The amount of Covidiots is staggering.
  • 2 1
 F@#$#!$ S%#$$#@t!
  • 1 0
 Cuck Fovid!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 No surprise,
  • 1 0
 No shit?!
  • 11 14
 Such a shame but understandable, many of he spectators will be in their 80's and likely already suffering from live limiting illnesses. Got to keep those crazy DH fans safe!
  • 3 5
 stop with the cover bullshit!
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