Update: Maribor World Cup Officially Postponed Until August

Mar 9, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

The organisers of the Maribor World Cup have confirmed the event will now take place in August due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The race will now run on August14-15, making it the fourth round of the series, sitting between Les Gets at the start of July and Lenzerheide in early September.

The revised calendar will now be:

Round 1: 22-23 May - Fort William, UK
Round 2: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 3: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 4: 14-15 August - Maribor, Slovenia
World Championships: 24-29 August - Val Di Sole
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA



Original Story

Out of touch today for Loic. He met his demise on the very slippery first grass corner before trying to salvage his run.

The Maribor World Cup will be postponed from its April date due to the effects of Coronavirus.

The event was originally scheduled to open the season on 24-25 April this year but we have since been told this date will no longer be possible. Slovenia has recorded a total of 193,000 cases of COVID-19 with 3,878 deaths. The country currently has a number of border restrictions in place, a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and a curfew in place from 9 pm to 6 am.

The UCI and Maribor are expected to make an announcement on Monday with a new date for the event that is expected to be sometime in August.

With rider safety paramount at any event, we commend this tough decision by the Maribor organisers and look forward to the race when it happens later in the season. We will update this story with the new date when we hear it.

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117 Comments

  • 119 8
 Let me get my popcorn before the "below threshold" bois show up
  • 32 3
 1 ticket to the sh** show please
  • 70 51
 notice how most the "below threshold" bois are american...
  • 20 8
 @adrennan: yeah, like you!
  • 3 0
 2025 season going to be ????????????
  • 29 71
flag hamncheez (Mar 5, 2021 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 1. What else could the UCI do? The government of Slovenia gets to call the shots. The UCI shouldn't go around bad mouthing host countries.

2. This has nothing to do with the health and safety of the riders. Young, especially athletic people have a chance approaching 0 of getting seriously ill or dying from this. For people in this demographic, the normal seasonal flu has a higher death rate.
  • 38 5
 @hamncheez: it’s not about they’re age , it could spread around the teams then everybody is at risk including team owners, drivers , mechanics and cooks and so on . Then they all go home to families and us lot !
  • 3 27
flag Y12Sentinel (Mar 5, 2021 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 @adrennan: typical american soy boys
  • 1 14
flag pargolf8 (Mar 6, 2021 at 5:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Y12Sentinel: yo thats my line, back off
  • 2 15
flag pargolf8 (Mar 6, 2021 at 5:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Y12Sentinel: but its soy boy beta cock
  • 17 1
 I hear Texas is good to go...
  • 75 13
 Just here for the weird foil hat flat earther North Americans
  • 34 2
 Don't you realize, this virus isn't real! What do you think happens when Bill gates makes us all get nano bot vaccines then the Chinese broadcast 5g across the world? It's electrical infetterance man!
  • 22 2
 @DylanH93: What about the chemtrails.......the chemmmmmtraaaaiiillllls
  • 6 1
 North?
  • 9 0
 @powderturns: yes you have North America and South America unless my geography is way off.
  • 8 0
 @fatduke: I think you found a flat earther
  • 24 0
 Our most deadly disease is stupidity.
  • 4 1
 I'm popping another bag of popcorn, with two more bags left in the box....carry on.
  • 4 0
 @fatduke: I think he was implying that you just mean Americans. As in Murican's.
  • 10 0
 @richard01: To be fair the Flat-Earthers have supporters all around the globe.
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: indeed. Haven’t seen many red flaggers ranting on this topic. Even fewer red and green flaggers...
  • 1 0
 WE the North!!
  • 4 0
 @suspended-flesh: Don’t you mean “on” not “around” and also, what’s this “globe” nonsense?
  • 63 7
 I think this makes a lot of sense. With vaccination ramping up quickly, a couple months delay will likely make a big difference. No reason to rush here.
  • 7 19
flag DHhack (Mar 5, 2021 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 It’s not ramping up quickly at all there. Current pace will take 102 days to vaccinate another 10% of the population.
  • 9 14
flag PTyliszczak (Mar 5, 2021 at 7:17) (Below Threshold)
 @DHhack: What current pace are you looking at? The US is vaccinating 2 million people on average per day. 54,000,000 have one shot already so it would be 276 days to give every single person in the US a two shot vaccine. But we won't all receive two. Say half of the remaining population get a one shot vaccine you get 138 days to cover the whole country. Then consider herd immunity is effective at 70%, but not all vaccines are perfect so probably 85% of the US need to get it: 113 days.
  • 3 1
 @PTyliszczak: every single person 18 and over
  • 13 0
 @PTyliszczak: Slovenia where this race has been postponed.
  • 15 4
 @DHhack: My roommate did the math, and said that Philly would actually be fully vaccinated in....




9 years.
  • 2 1
 @4thflowkage: faaaak that sucks
  • 12 2
 @4thflowkage: Did he account for huge % of people who swear they won't get the vaccine? Cause my math says never hits over 80%
  • 5 1
 @4thflowkage: your room mate needs to go back to school.

Philly has a posted population of just over 1.5m

250k of whom have had the first jab. And they are vaccinating 5 to 10 k per day.

I make that 125 to 250 days at current pace to get everyone 1st jab.
  • 5 0
 @paulskibum: Roommates his hamster
  • 1 0
 @PTyliszczak: the pace in Europe ... it’s atrocious. We’re at around 10%
  • 41 1
 Ed Masters called in a favour.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, he’s really good with the UCI since that open letter, eh.
  • 32 1
 Let’s just do the whole season in one weekend sometime around November.
  • 17 0
 World Cup Racing Festival 2021 One week of pure unadulterated brake avoidance.
  • 3 0
 @leviatanouroboro: 2 races per day, no qualifying points,... let’s see who’s got some juice left to actually pull any brakes by the weekend, eh.

Gee and Loic definitely look fit enough for it. They’re downhill machines! Who else? I need some Fantasy DH names!!!
  • 1 0
 @SHREDWORX: I like it!!!

I’m thinking Minaar would be taking names and Reece Wilson looked utterly composed as well. 2021 could be anyone’s year honestly. Whoever’s been putting in the most work during this downtime should be on the podium I think!
  • 2 0
 Like an enduro you mean? 7 stages?
  • 33 4
 Oh boy, here we go again.
  • 11 0
 If your a World Cup racer that likes to procrastinate on training last year and this year are amazing.
  • 17 5
 Let’s go vaccine factories!
  • 4 3
 Word!!!
  • 9 2
 By May almost everyone in the US will be able to have a vaccine, the rest of the world will also be picking up as vaccines like J&J ramp up production. It makes sense to hold off for a few months for when things will be safer and a bit more normal.
  • 10 1
 Best get used to it as population rises so do viruses and diseases this will never go away now
  • 9 1
 Yikes. Year #2. I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • 15 4
 We did. We should have been at the end of it a long time ago.
  • 8 0
 @p-m-z: It was the 2nd wave train coming the other direction Big Grin
  • 7 1
 Armchair epidemiology FTW
  • 5 3
 This makes sense. Slovenia had a higher death per capita number than the United States. Sounds like this is the country’s first attempt at any sort of covid restrictions/measures
  • 4 0
 They were in lock down by county last year. They had tighter travel restrictions then the U.S
  • 3 1
 @hardtailhowie: interesting. I guess that the measures weren’t effective
  • 4 0
 @Mntneer: Could be that the average age of the country is 45 where the U.S average is 38. There are also a lot more generational house holds in European Countries (sometimes 4 generations).
  • 3 0
 @Mntneer: measures failed to protect the critical part of population as covid found its way in literally every retirement home... average age of people who died is very high and thats why we are in the very top per capita!
  • 5 0
 Shoulda just done a bubble season in NZ/Australia like the NBA.
  • 2 0
 its not the worst of idea's, pretty sure most riders would happily spend the Northern Hemisphere winter in NZ Summer riding bikes.
  • 3 0
 Alright ray of sunshine. Just cause you are in Wales, no need to bring us all down!
  • 1 0
 Dunno why that posted here. I was responding to some Welsh guy!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I mean after all they’re letting the Raptors play, too. As if Toronto wasn’t in Canada, right?!
  • 6 5
 Slovenia's problem is that it has not implemented a valid regulation to get out of this health crisis (they also have political and economic crises but on this site they do not care). People do not wear masks, they continue to move within the territory (and to come to Italy even if we have a decree that prohibits out-of-the-ordinary travel). The infection curve in Slovenia remained practically linear even when it was falling in the rest of the Balkans. Now it's going up a little bit everywhere, so I don't see a solution close. I think forget Maribor this year.
  • 5 0
 You literally said nothing true...
  • 5 2
 Well... I'm glad I bought reservation insurance for my condo at Snowshoe...
  • 2 0
 4 matching characters with Slovenia. Otherwise, wrong thread.
  • 1 0
 I’d be surprised if any insurance company would pay out a loss, due to COVID.
  • 2 0
 Seriously now folks...Fck traveling and sports, restaurants, etc. People are ignorant and selfish. Protect yourselves. No one else will.
  • 3 0
 Don't forget to include the calendar in the article please Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 Let’s do Fort Bill end of July, most Brits vaccinated.... it would be THE post-Covid event. No need to rush now!!!
There is a nice 4 weeks gap in n the calendar.
  • 8 6
 Better safe than sorry right? Its sad, but oh well.
  • 1 0
 Shift the season down here. We can have Rotorua, Nelson, ChCh and Wellington.
  • 2 0
 Fingers crossed Snowshoe still holds thier round WITH spectators.
  • 3 3
 Wouldn’t worry. That part of the country is pro-COVID.
  • 2 0
 Bike park Maribor on the other hand is opening this weekend!
  • 1 0
 Hoping to see Saturday Saves tomorrow!
  • 2 0
 And so it begins!
  • 2 0
 Here. We. Go.
  • 1 0
 Kinda seems like there was a 2 month gap for a reason........
  • 2 0
 2030 season DH agenda
  • 1 0
 2030- why, why!!!!!! the same thing happened in 2020
  • 1 0
 oh no!! here we go again....
  • 1 0
 This annoys me. The road season is in full swing.
  • 5 4
 Electric boogaloo
  • 10 28
flag RustySaguaro (Mar 5, 2021 at 6:55) (Below Threshold)
 White trash embarrassments to the USA making life miserable for everyone.
  • 11 5
 @RustySaguaro: electric boogaloo is a reference from Its Always Sunny. You seem to have some sort of stick protruding from your ass
  • 9 0
 @Mntneer: something "2: electric boogaloo" is actually a reference to the title of a 1984 movie about breakdancing, and has been a sequel joke since then. It's Always Sunny probably helped that joke become a bigger meme in recent years though
  • 4 0
 @showmethemountains: that makes this even better
  • 1 0
 And so it begins...
  • 1 0
 *_*
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