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.
Updated World Cup Schedule:
Les Gets, France: September 19-20World Champs
Leogang, Austria: October 5-11Two Rounds
Maribor, Slovenia: October 15-18Two Rounds
Lousa, Portugal: October 29-November 1