Les Gets World Cup DH and XC Cancelled

Jul 7, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Marine Cabirou has been riding with aggression this year and it s great to watch.

Les Gets has become the latest World Cup to be cancelled following the cancellation of Lenzerheide last week.

Both the XC and DH World Cups have been cancelled leaving us now with a 2 round XC series, both scheduled for Nove Mesto, and a 4 round World Cup season, 2 in Maribor and 2 in Lousa, left to run. The World Champs in Leogang are also both still scheduled to go ahead.

The UCI also announced further cancellations today including the Masters' World Champs in Pra Loup and the 4X World Championships in Val Di Sole. Finally, the e-MTB World Cup in Barcelona has been cancelled, this was the final round of the series scheduled to run so the series now won’t make its debut until 2021.

Mike Jones has looked unbelievable on track all week. It was a case of what could have been for the Welshman his last split time showed second before he hit the deck.


Press Release: UCI

The Lenzerheide (Switzerland) and Les Gets (France) rounds of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, respectively scheduled for 4-6 and 19-20 September, have been cancelled at the request of the organisers. By way of a reminder, the Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada) and Val di Sole (Italy) rounds, which were initially due to be held on 21-23 August and 12-13 September respectively, have also been removed from the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar. Unfortunately, these competitions will not be rescheduled this year.
At the time of writing, the rounds at Nove Mesto na Morave (Czech Republic, 29 September to 4 October – a double XCO round), Maribor (Slovenia, 15-18 October – a double DHI round) and Lousã (Portugal, 29 October to 1 November – a double DHI round) were still scheduled to go ahead. The staging of two rounds on the same weekend will give athletes, teams and National Federations increased visibility, reduce the logistical costs they face and ensure the continuation of the competition.
The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in cross-country, downhill and pump track are also going ahead and will take place on 5-11 October in Leogang (Austria).

The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Championships are going ahead on 23 August 2020 in Leuven (Belgium), while the 2020 UCI World Cup calendar in the speciality has been reorganised.

The 2020 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships, which were due to be held in Pra Loup (France), have been cancelled, as have the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Four-cross World Championships in Val di Sole (Italy).

The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships are still going ahead, on 24-25 October, in Sakarya, Turkey.

Moving on to the 2020 UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup, the round due to be held in Barcelona (Spain) on 2-3 October has been cancelled. Having initially been been scheduled for 17-18 April and 5-6 June respectively and then postponed, the Locarno (Switzerland) and Bologna (Italy) rounds have also been cancelled.

Revised Dates

Downhill

5 - 11 October Leogang, Austria - World Championships
15-18 October Maribor, Slovenia – Round 1 & 2
29 October - 1st November Lousa, Portugal – Round 3 & 4
XC

29 September - 4 October Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic - Round 1 & 2
5 - 11 October Leogang, Austria - World Championships


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166 Comments

  • 214 4
 Just cancel the whole season and move on .. Racers then can at least chill have some fun and reset their goals for 2021
  • 10 0
 The only thing that has me wanting this season to happen is second year junior racers
  • 6 1
 @kleinblake: and Gwin at Leogang for Worlds
  • 8 0
 @Beazy: Can Gwin, Charlie, Neko get into Europe? currently all americans are banned I believe. I also think Luca Shaw has dual passports, so he is there.
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: ya Nik Neostroff, Bruce Klein, and Swalton would also be left out.
  • 4 0
 @scotty As much as I disdain these repetitive disappointments some racing would be better than nothing for the fans.
As for the racers I think you're right. They've got to be feeling like a bunch of Yo-Yo's right about now.

If they're going to pull the plug on the whole bloody shootin' match I wish they'd just do it and be done with it.
Which I don't think the UCI has the authority to do. I may be incorrect but I think the individual race organizers would have to do that.
  • 3 0
 I'm with you on this. I get it, a lot of people can't/won't wrap their head around what's happening. But, it's going to take at least a full year for all of this to level out and allow us to get our bearings straight again. When you're up in flames, you can deny you're on fire all you like....you're still gonna burn. A full cancellation may give everyone a more definitive target vs. hoping then cancelling over and over.
  • 199 0
 Who's Les and why has he got everything cancelled?
  • 53 0
 Les gets whatever he wants!
  • 3 1
 Hahahaha
  • 15 0
 Les of that please!
  • 6 1
 les gets this whole year over asap
  • 9 7
 Les forgets the USA virus !
  • 5 0
 France calling Norwich fans “Les gets be having you lol
  • 2 0
 Les is more
  • 4 0
 @Matt115lamb: she was drunk!
  • 86 10
 Oh NOOO.. e-MTB World Cup in Barcelona has been cancelled! Said no one EVER!
  • 65 0
 Where should we do the next #NotaRace??
  • 7 0
 La Bresse I'd love to see it ridden by pros in the dry.
  • 39 0
 Champery
  • 16 1
 @rmalins: DANNY STAY ON YA BIKE
  • 1 3
 Where every but would be sick if it was a open event and anyone who entered a World Cup this year could attend , missing my first Wc this year f##k rona
  • 1 0
 Pra Loup :-)
  • 11 0
 Step it up and make it a #NotAWorldCup
  • 2 0
 Aussois, France
  • 1 0
 Somewhere outside of europe, we all want to see new venues right?
  • 1 0
 Les Carroz 25 mins down the road from Les Gets would be awesome.
  • 1 0
 Dont care as long as we get another interview!
  • 1 0
 Javor
  • 2 0
 @korev: hahaha brilliant
  • 6 0
 Queenstown, Christchurch and Nelson
  • 1 0
 @scotttherider: more riding vid mixed in with all the interviews would be nice.
  • 1 0
 Champery would be no 1 but I'd settle for Meribel or Les Get
  • 4 0
 4 rounds around NZ :-)
  • 1 0
 Champery
  • 1 0
 Andorra
  • 1 0
 Meribel
  • 1 0
 @RockyNZ: And Signal Hill.
  • 1 0
 Schöckl!!!
  • 48 0
 Video game levels in 2021:
Easy
Normal
Hard
2020
  • 2 2
 Brilliant
  • 32 8
 Don't eat bats
  • 51 0
 The chicken of the cave
  • 8 1
 Or Marmotts
  • 21 17
 *animals
  • 2 0
 @Flavaine: "Chicken of the cave" Bwahahaha! Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @billythegerbil I'm going off the rails on a crazy train.
  • 2 0
 @Flavaine: I just spat my coffee out. Hahaha
  • 15 1
 I dont understand why are still canceling events,for example in spain where the covid has been brutal the national football league is on and the exposition is bigger than in dh. Dh is not a contact sport, a bunch of riders in the mountain, i think that they could get ahead with the races.
  • 14 0
 Think about the money involved in football. They can afford to safeguard the players for weeks on end and have testing that surpasses what even health workers get. It’s not right but it’s the reality.
  • 5 0
 only the national league, so they only travel in the same country. ( lets see the Champions)
La nueva normalidad.
Imagine if you need to move people from all around the world.
  • 6 0
 No spectators means no revenue for the organisers. Football etc. get TV money which is the only reason they are still playing.
  • 4 0
 DH involves a lot of support persons and international travel.
  • 1 0
 Travel bro
  • 19 4
 That's a shame but probably for the best, still Les Gets ready for the 2021 season
  • 2 0
 fuck'n BAM
  • 10 1
 UCI told EWS this would happen...but no-one listens to me
  • 18 4
 Except covid will still be here in 2021...
  • 31 22
 @zede: Yes, we should cancel everything and never leave our houses ever again. The little Amazon drones can deliver anything we need, kids can grow up and meet each other and get married on Tinder. After the Amazon drone drops off his copy of Call of Duty 50, Kid A can send the drone with his DNA in a vile and a turkey baster to that Kid B that he met on Tinder. 9 months later he can Facetime with his new baby Boy/Girl/Z! What a life!
  • 6 0
 @yupstate: baaahahahahhahaha
  • 3 0
 @yupstate: is that how the matrix starts?
  • 2 2
 @zede: So will cancer, heart disease, the flu, sharks, rattlesnakes, ladders, blah blah blah
  • 2 0
 @drunknride: not sure how this relate to a cancelled UCI event ?

Drunkncomment much ?
  • 2 1
 @yupstate: its not a matter of staying locked down in perpetuity, but we're trying to lessen the load on our hospitals right now. I'm writing from tejas and speak from direct experience as the morons here have gone out like everything is fine,and now the hospitals are at/over capacity.

who buys an actual physical copy of a video game nowadays?
  • 18 6
 Meanwhile, that putain de Tour de France de merde is maintained in August, because money and lycra are more important than anything. Sabotage!!!
  • 2 0
 Really? What a bunch of f00kerzzz.
No the cyclists, all that organisations of filthy money lobby opportunists
  • 2 1
 Tu mélanges tout là. Le Tour de France est maintenu parce que les organisateurs souhaitent le maintenir. Les coupes du monde de VTT, là, en l'occurrence, sont annulées sur demande de leurs organisateurs...
Jamais compris pourquoi tant de haine parfois entre les "routiers" et les "vttistes". On peut tout à fait aimer les 2 mondes.
  • 9 0
 @RoadRunner13: That's easy for you to say.
  • 1 0
 @RoadRunner13: Ah OK... si tu le dis. Après il faudra m`expliquer pourquoi les organisateurs de competitions VTT annulent leur evenemenents alors que les routards maintiennent les leurs.
Il faut vraiment être naïf, et/ou corrompu pour ne pas voir que ce n`est qu`une question de fric.

Quant à la pseudo haine VTT/routards, demande aux routards ce qu`ils en pensent.
Perso je m`en tape, le sujet que j`abordais ici est le Tour, par le velo de route en general.

Et quant au Tour de France: oui: c`est devenu une sombre merde qui pue le fric, le marketing, la tricherie, les manigances, la beaufitude, la pollution, le tout-ça-pour-ça. Aucune chance de me contredire là-dessus, sinon avec une bonne dose de mauvaise foi.
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: c'est simple : une compétition de DH ou de XC ne rapporte pas d'argent, ce sont des sports qui restent "marginaux" et qui ne rapportent pas en matière de droits de diffusion. D'où le fait que les organisateurs annulent. Ils ne veulent probablement pas se "faire chier" (entre guillemets hein) pour un public qui sera restreint à cause du Covid et pour des retombées nulles.
En ce qui concerne le Tour, pour l'avoir couvert de l'intérieur en tant que journaliste (mais pour l'automobile), je te confirme le côté dérive pollution et beaufitude qui m'agace aussi. je suis pourtant un adepte de certaines courses sur route comme les classiques. Malheureusement, c'est similaire en DH : la dernière World Cup de Méribel, j'y étais, et les gens jettaient des trucs partout. En clair : Tour de France ou VTT, les gens du public sont des êtres humains dans les deux cas, comportant une bonne partie de gros porcs qui mériteraient des amendes salées !
  • 1 0
 @RoadRunner13: Petit bonjour de Méribel en passant =) pour une atmosphère détendue ahah
Et bon ride !!
  • 9 0
 I propose UCI Moon downhill cup. Plenty of new venues and the race can easily be observed by anyone with a proper telescope (social distance applied). Also, there is no covid there (as far as we know). Razz
  • 4 0
 How can you have a DH track with no air time?
  • 19 14
 For all their faults, its nice to see the UCI taking Covid so seriously still.... which it obviously is, but it feel like so many countries have forgotten about it or are willing to risk the health of people. A massive shame to see this event cancelled, but good on the UCI putting people before money.
  • 23 5
 Except UCI has taken the rather spineless route of leaving it up to the organizers based on local regulations and conditions. So they’ve dodged taking ownership of the decision and have left athletes, teams and sponsors in a difficult place.
  • 3 1
 @pourquois-pas: no, like most things it’s about money and contractual liabilities between event organisers and the uci
  • 4 2
 @CM999: didn’t say it isn’t. I simply countered the notion that UCI has put people over money. UCI seems to have avoided any and all opportunities to provide leadership around racing and Covid.
  • 2 0
 @pourquois-pas: Aren't organizers supposed to follow local regulations?
  • 2 0
 @nozes: of course.

What’s the point of an overseeing body that delegates global decisions?
  • 3 0
 @pourquois-pas: I would guess that public health is more important than sport.
  • 2 0
 @nozes: completely agree. UCI should have just cancelled their season. I understand that initially facts were fuzzy. But to still keep hope of a season is just foolish. UCI should be cancelling the season, not leaving the decision up to each venue. And then if the venue does choose to operate the racers are stuck between contractual obligations and risking their health. It is despicable, IMO.
  • 6 0
 There really is no point in trying to make this season work any more. It's not really a World Cup season with only 4 rounds at 2 venues...
  • 1 0
 like the NBA, they could do it at one site. Have a DH race campus preceded by 2 week quarantine, races on the same mountain every day, would be interesting to see how the racers tackle the same mountain after winning/losing, grooving or crashing, and then in different conditions. Imagine, two weeks of setting up a comprehensive video system - because the only audience is video (in a sports vacuum -> could be great for the sport).
  • 3 0
 What a shame, I suppose the planning for these events start well in advance so the decision needs to be made sooner rather than later. I really do hope all this can be put in the past soon. Expect 2021 to be the best racing year ever!
  • 8 1
 Telling y’all gonna loose my shit if rampage gets nixed!
  • 5 0
 Video of your shit losing or it didn't happen
  • 3 0
 @onemind123: that’s just nasty
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: guns a blazing.
  • 3 0
 @sunringlerider: my bad, I thought he was losing shit, he actually has loose shit. Don't need to see that.
  • 1 0
 It will happen I guess. Lots of viewers
  • 3 0
 I wish they could have a season similar to Supercross, pick one location and have a race there every week until some sort of season is complete. These sporadic cancellations must be so difficult for the athletes trying to keep in shape and train for a specific start date.
  • 2 0
 If the athletes have half a brain they know there is going to be no season.
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: There was an interview with Gee Atherton posted last week I think and he said exactly this when he was asked about his preparation for the season. He said that he was staying in shape and working out but that he was still skeptical that any season (or start date) would actually happen so he wasn't going into full on prep for the season yet.
  • 5 0
 Thats bullshit,Spartan race in Verbier and Morzine is still on and DH is problem???
  • 2 1
 Well.. different countries, you know! And as Lenzerheide said, the Worldcup there already has more than 1000 people with just the crew and the racers.
  • 1 4
 @likehell: Im living in Morzine,France has 5000people for party and I dont know if you know,but Lenzerheide is in Swiss same as Verbier a Spartan race is on and will be more than 1000people there.Same homolycra Tour de France is on in August.Its more like different sport,different rules
  • 1 0
 @Kacus88: Well, actually, I was somehow lost in Lenzerheide and somehow stuck in Andorra.. but anyhow, 5000 would mean not many spectators, so more likely a loss of money for the organizers.
At this time it is hard to predict the next months, so I can understand their decision.

Maybe the Spartan races live more from the money of the participants, so if they cut at 1000, they still can make money.
Football gets the millions from TV, so they can get on playing in empty stadiums.

A DH Worldcup, even in normal conditions, is not a goldmine, so maybe they just cannot make it happen in these conditions..

Anhow, I am not sure if we will see any Worldcups this year, I sure hope so, but we will have to wait and see.
  • 2 0
 I don't understand, why can't they race with no spectators and put it on TV? could be a great moment for upping the video coverage of the race runs.

...just read the comments, that's right, international racers have to travel... Guess it's all local races this year
  • 1 0
 I wonder how the sponsors will deal with that complicated situation : paying high salaries to athletes such as Nino Schurter who don't compete at all in any other disciplines than MTB. And with a wiped off season and an athlete being older, I don't know how they can handle that case. A bit like Froome in the road world, actually.
  • 1 0
 I'd imagine absent some kind of specific language in in the riders contracts that sponsors will be expected to pay out what the contract states. Not the riders fault there are no races to attend.
  • 1 0
 I know some contracts only pay you per race competed in, they get a certain amount up front then X amount per race. Each individual has a different terms obviously but the lower level riders are most likely on a contract similar to the one explained above.
  • 3 1
 I can not really see any of the races going ahead this year unfortunately. With quarantine measures and Covid still raging half the riders wouldn’t be able to make it
  • 1 0
 If Lenzerheide hadn't have been cancelled then the riders coming from America would have needed to have been quarantined for a fortnight, I can't imagine that would have worked well for pro riders.
  • 3 0
 @korev: I'm not sure the riders from the United states would be allowed in at all. Quarantined or not, EU borders are closed to US.
  • 1 0
 @tempest3070: They'd have been OK flying to Zurich or Geneva
  • 2 0
 World Champs first race of the season.. on a new track.. that will be interesting!
  • 1 0
 I don’t think there will be a world championship... unless everyone is willing to go in at least a month of quarantaine (2 weeks in, 2 weeks back home) it will be a European Championship...
  • 1 0
 Do the entire race season on strava and gopro. No need for crowds, or a pit crew. Send the footage to Warner for a voice-over, job done.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what it means for the PDS lifts? Will they stay open until late into September as originally planned or close on the 5th/6th Sept now?
  • 2 1
 with all these new cases around the world - would probably be best to cancel 2020 and go for more in 2021!!!!
  • 7 0
 I reckon 2021 won't be too different Frown There's no proven vaccine and even if/when there is it'll take months to scale up the manufacturing and distribution.
  • 5 0
 @korev: sorry, meant to neg rep you for being too logical.
  • 2 0
 @korev: There are a number of promising vaccines in development and entering phase-III trials. There doesn't need to be a "proven" vaccine now for there be promise for a few by early 2021. Not to mention that another year of treating COVID patients in hospitals seems likely to yield, well, better treatment of COVID patients in hospitals. This all combined with the fact that organizers might be better prepared to know how to hold events if there is COVID out and about, and it seems more likely that events can be held next year. Obviously you can't be completely confident, but it's equally silly to dismiss the prospect of racing.
  • 2 0
 keep just Leogang World Champs, everyone to give their best there Smile
  • 2 0
 whens the next "not a race?"
  • 4 0
 Well they cancelled that one it was the emtb.
  • 1 0
 As long as Rampage and World Champs don’t get cancelled, it’ll be enough for me to survive till next season
  • 1 0
 At this point I'm just hoping for at least one race in 2020.
  • 5 0
 They already had it Crarksworx NZ - The Hannahs both won - Crown them world champs!
  • 1 0
 Would the Americans even be allowed to travel to the races?
  • 1 0
 ah man...
  • 1 0
 #notaworldcup
  • 1 0
 Finally
  • 4 5
 Fuck you Coroner
  • 3 1
 The guy that does the autopsys?
What did he do wrong?
  • 1 0
 @nozes: In Germany it established to write Corna with er becaus it sounds more angry
  • 1 0
 @dark-o: In German-speaking Switzerland people write "Corona", but of course they like to join a few words together to make a long one like "Coronaregeln" (Corona regulations)
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