Pinkbike Poll: Are You Planning on Racing This Year?

Jun 12, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

We're two weeks into June 2020, and with social distancing measures being relaxed in many areas bike parks are slowly but surely starting to open. We've even seen a race weekend in the US, with the first Downhill Southeast series race taking place at Windrock, TN.

The restrictions and precautionary measures that were implemented due to the global spread of coronavirus upended schedules and altered the daily lives of millions. Most riders have no doubt re-thought and re-prioritized their race season, among other things. Since races were re-scheduled or canceled altogether in most locales, along with the fact that travel restrictions are still in place for much of the world, it's more difficult or impossible for many to consider a trip outside of their local area, although it looks like things are slowly starting to head in the right direction.

How have your racing plans changed? Still hoping to get out there if there's an option accessible? Are you good with sitting the rest of 2020 out? Or will you be the first to sign up for any event you can find?

The socially distanced podium from this past weekend at Windrock.



How far will you travel to race this year if you can?



Have your racing plans changed most due to?

If you were to rank these, which is the most important?








89 Comments

  • 137 1
 The bigger question is, Are you physically prepared, at all, to be racing? (No)
  • 101 1
 but those are the best types of races. Balls to the wall. if you die, you die
  • 1 0
 double
  • 13 0
 @stumphumper92: agreed , if ever we needed a little darwinism in this world, its now.
  • 3 1
 Or, did you work while others did not and able to explore all sorts of training options
  • 6 0
 @Three6ty: It's already peak Darwin and you think this is a prime moment for a record increase in Darwinism? f*ck it, I'm in.
  • 3 0
 @skiwenric: Shhh....
  • 1 0
 It kinda gives you a motive to get better though
  • 1 0
 dont care.
  • 3 0
 I’m prepared to tailgate and chat, that’s about it...
  • 2 4
 I've never been in as good shape at the start of biking season as after I bought a E-trailbike and get a lot more riding done. So my answer is yes.
  • 1 0
 Exactly why im not. I have not road my downhill bike since December. Can't just jump into a race and expect to do well
  • 1 0
 @stumphumper92: survival of the fittest taken to its rational conclusion.
  • 2 1
 @stumphumper92: "There is only one god, and His name is Death.. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'not today'"
  • 1 0
 And the other big question: Do I have to?
  • 6 2
 I mean my COVID experience involved riding bikes, ctrl-F-ing my textbook for online courses and smoking inhuman amounts of weed (often while riding bikes), all while being paid $2000/month to do so...I'm ready to go crush some races
  • 7 0
 In shape?

Round is a shape
  • 1 0
 @GRAV-Intense-Racing-Canada: you take your six-pack bod, I'll take my keg bod and we'll see who has more fun
  • 1 0
 I'm lucky, I have reasonable local trails that are good enough to keep me pretty fit and reasonably sharp. I'm having to ease back in though after 3 weeks off due to a crash that got me into the face mask filled hospital for hours...
  • 2 0
 @GRAV-Intense-Racing-Canada: let them have acceleration! I'll take momentum.
  • 2 0
 @mnorris122: I don't think I could ride and smoke at the same time like I did in the 90's anymore. If I started smoking weed after not smoking it for 15+ years that is haha...
  • 2 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: There's only one way to find out!
  • 2 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: where there's a will there's a way
  • 1 0
 @blanshard16: I know exactly how it will turn out lol. I just stick to coffee and protein bars then a strong beer on the way home (if I'm riding home that is).
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: I'll leave that for someone else to try as I know how it'll end up for me. Plenty of fond but scary memories riding blazed. #420jahbless
  • 52 0
 At this point, the races my wife and I entered I consider a donation to the organizers because they really are in a tough spot. Pressure from some folks, others trashing them for even considering it. It's a no-win. But, if letting them hang onto those funds can help carry them into the future and we can race another year, then all the better. Races can wait.
  • 14 0
 I'm cool doing it for the nonprofits like SBTS, they can have my money, but there are some privately held race organization companies out there. Is it now the racers job to subsidize a private corporation that inadequately prepared for financial hardship? I am less sure about that one.
  • 15 0
 man I have a hotel and a lot of people, instead of asking refunds, they chose to postpone, which is been great for us, thank to peolple like you a lot of small places will be able to survive, keep up the good spirit!!!

ps: we gave them all a free night for the good spirit!!
  • 5 0
 @topherdagopher: Wait until you hear about banks.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I'm not sure I agree about if they are a business vs nonprofit. I'm on a board of a nonprofit and there's a lot of BS that has to occur there too. If someone like Epic Rides can continually provide an awesome race platform and make money, then all the power to them. Who would have foreseen a situation where for an entire year your business model came to a screeching halt?
  • 1 0
 The races I'd entered were pretty much one bloke doing it all, probably making a bit if the races filled, but probably below minimum wage if you counted all their time...
  • 21 1
 How about ? “ Was gonna race till I got fat AF by staying home. “
  • 1 0
 Hey! You're violating the first and second rules of faght club. You do not talk about faght club! (I'm a member...sadly)
  • 20 4
 where's the: "Strava is my race" button?
  • 20 1
 @snomaster: we’ve got a local club that’s been using Strava to put on a “race” every few weeks. They pick a Strava segment, everyone rides it on their own over the course of 2 weeks and then posts a screenshot of their Strava time on Instagram. It’s been super fun.
  • 5 2
 @Hayek: there's a whole weeky strava enduro iso competition on locally atm! Such a good idea
  • 1 1
 @Hayek: #EveryWeekweStrava! MoabEWS. Casual, but very fun to see how you stack up to others on favorite trails. I put down a 5 minute Portal trail DH last year! Spread the Stoke~
  • 1 0
 @Chonky13: Through the “walk your bike or die section”?
  • 3 0
 With all the noobs in the woods these days, I hope they've got someone keeping them from wandering onto your "race track".
  • 4 0
 @Hayek: *throws Garmin across the line*
  • 1 0
 I tried to set up a Stravaduro, no one showed up :lol
  • 12 1
 Naw, but I’m teaching my 6 & 8 year old neighbors, a brother and sister, how to jump, blast berms, wheelie, manual, 2-wheel drift, track stand, stoppies, race our little neighborhood downhill (paved and dirt), and even convinced their parents to buy bikes (and they recently went on their first family trail ride =). I’m expecting a gigantic cycling / MTB boom over the next 5+ years. Maybe a second “Golden Era” of MTB and racing to rival NORBA and UCI MTB races from 1990-2000. Even took my 70yo father on his first MTB ride in 25 years.
  • 7 1
 I have seen more noobs on the trails in the past 3 months than I had in the last year. In 10-15 years, the EWS and WC is gonna be crazy!
  • 2 0
 @4thflowkage: local bike parks have been 30-30-40 rippers, normal riders and noobs. It’s awesome to watch! Entire families too, not just the boys (as I’m waiting for my daughters to both be old enough).
  • 3 0
 Agreed, so many new riders out and about on my local trails as well. Be exciting to see the new talent and maybe something positive come out of an otherwise horrible time!
  • 10 1
 I was planning on racing the EWS and DH WC this year, but all the races got cancelled.... That and I'm slow AF, have a separated shoulder, and they won't let me in.
  • 10 0
 The only race im having this year is to the pub, the second they open ill hear them beeps and im gone Smile
  • 9 0
 Where is the "No - all local races have been canceled" option?
  • 8 0
 Downhill southeast was fun! we followed the rules posted and it seems like everyone had a good time
  • 7 0
 Show us the way, Southeast! Well done.
  • 5 2
 A good number of countries have eased restrictions but many of these are most definitely not out of the woods yet. Many governments cannot afford lockdowns (hence easing restrictions even when they shouldn't) while some out there are just downright incompetent at managing crises. Other than Taiwan and New Zealand, there are probably a handful of other countries right now where you could race without fear of possible infection. Is the risk worth the reward?
  • 6 2
 Absolutely. I feel like a lot of countries are jumping the gun massively, particularly with large events like races. Until there is a vaccine we are not out of the woods and I won't be attending any races or other events for both my own safety and the safety of others.
  • 2 0
 Surely a ln MTB race is safer than almost any other public place because who is going to turn up to race with a fever and a dry cough?
  • 3 0
 @iamamodel: ever heard of asymptomatic cases?
  • 1 2
 @notthatfast: I haven't seen the studies claiming Aluminum and heavy metals in your body will protect you from anything besides worrying. I could see it giving you an edge if you're trying to up your momentum while traveling downhill or trying to better receive transmissions from alien lifeforms.

I found that eating pizza and working an office job provide me with plenty of mass in my mid-section for maintaing momentum.
  • 1 0
 @Warburrito:
Either I need a sense of humour upgrade or you're just not funny...
Do you make jokes about black folk too? I bet they get a ton of laughs.
  • 1 3
 @notthatfast: I was trying to keep it light-hearted while pointing out that vaccines can be more harmful than helpful. I'm not sure why that makes you assume I'm a racist, but maybe the 2 are tied together? Maybe someone who believes one thing the media tells them believes all things the media tells them? Idk.
  • 2 0
 @Warburrito:
I don't find poking fun at those doing their best to be proactive against the spread of a deadly pandemic that's literally killed millions particularly tasteful or lighthearted. The wilful ignorance of the plight of your fellow human beings isn't exactly a welcome trait in either situation.
  • 1 2
 @notthatfast: If you want to go that direction, I doubt the millions of african women of child-bearing age intentionally sterilized by vaccines in the mid-2010s would appreciate their plight marginalized by people claiming vaccines are safe and here for our protection.

I honestly don't see how anything I say is being misconstrued as not caring about those afflicted with CoVid or as racist. I don't see how not trusting vaccine manufacturers who put horrible chemicals alongside potentially helpful ones makes me either of those things.
  • 1 0
 @Warburrito:
Now who's wearing a tin foil hat? Vaccines and forcible sterilization are not linked...
  • 1 0
 @notthatfast: oh yes, I am a candidate to be called a conspiracy theorist. Thats one accurate representation that I'll gladly give you.

That doesn't mean that my claim that hCG was found in Kenyan Tetanus vaccinations is false though. Guess how they figured it out? It was only given to women of child-bearing age while a different vaccine was given to anyone else. What else I find frightening is the boldness the WHO had to think nobody would question their age and gender parameters and look into it further. This is just one example of vaccination safety issues.

So yes, I will trust the body, genes, and natural substances of the earth that were provided at my birth to fight off illnesses...and one day I will lose that battle and pass away. It could be sooner or later, but I will not put my faith in untrustworthy organizations to protect my health. That does not make me a racist or unsympathetic to people who experience hardship or illness. Those claims are ridiculous and sadly...typical.
  • 4 1
 Racing mentality is getting worst and worst
Few years back , it was good fun , everybody shared barbecues , and enjoyed to be there.
Now it looks like everyone takes it too seriously , enduro guys do 10x each stage before the race , cut where they can , and don’t want to even talk to other guys
This is why racing is really less fun than it used to be for me.
  • 2 0
 If you ain't winning you're losing.
  • 2 0
 Our local Wednesday series and regional XC series has started up. I raced a Wednesday night race and though I died a thousand deaths at the hands of some fast teenagers who race sport category, I did not get sick.
  • 1 0
 I’d already decided towards the end of last year that I wouldn’t be racing in 2020, or at all, in fact.
Having come into racing pretty late, starting in Grand Vets, I’d felt that I had nothing to prove to myself or anyone else. I’d achieved an ambition of racing a round of the National DH Series last year, which was a massive buzz, I’d come to the conclusion that racing would take a back seat to just having fun riding my bike.

I feel sorry for those riders at all levels, who’ve missed out on racing this year and having many friends who race, including a couple who race World Cups, I know how frustrating this year has been for them.
  • 2 0
 "BOAT" "If you're going racking, how will you get there?" Made me LOL...at the time of this comment 31 riders are getting their Boats ready (respect!)...gotta love MTB!
  • 2 0
 I wanna boat to my local trails!
  • 1 0
 I was planning on sitting out the 2020 season, as of last year.
Then my race bike was stolen.
Then Covid.

I think I am taking 2020 off. Going to do some running races though (couple of ultras). Try again in 2021?
  • 2 1
 Norco Canadian Enduro Series being cancelled was a big hit to BC Enduro racers. Hopefully they can get one event out in the fall.
  • 1 0
 Weellll - the "postponed" BC Bike race for Sept 27 just got cancelled.
  • 4 1
 I'll be racing old ladies to the toilet paper at the grocery store
  • 1 0
 Is that still happening there? (you could be joking)
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Certain brands of paper goods, rubbing alcohol are still out of stock yes! A lot of generic off brands I never heard of are in stock. I did score a big package of Charmin but yes you do have to hunt around. The old lady part was supposed to be a joke, but only partially. A lot of nervous women still look at you like you have 3 heads at the grocery store. Annoying AF actually.
  • 3 1
 I misread "Pinkbike Poll: Are You Planning on Racist This Year". Time to stop reading the news.
  • 1 0
 The reschedule has put most of my plans in jeopardy, a lot of the new July/September/October races now conflict with my work schedule, but fingers crossed!
  • 1 0
 Well, even in normal times my local races are cancelled due to lack of money so not this year... However, if there is any occasion I will try since I never raced
  • 1 0
 New Zealand has gone 22 days straight with no covid cases. No restrictions on anything apart from border controls. Racing events are back on. Oh yes
  • 1 0
 The world is eagerly awaiting NZ racing to satisfy our insatiable thirst for sport. Get those cameras rolling and sender bud
  • 4 1
 Free Ride all the way
  • 1 0
 I've never raced any type of mountain biking before. I raced cyclocross for a few years, but there's no good MTB near me.
  • 1 1
 NW Cup this weekend at Tamarack bike park. If I could cross the border I would be there
  • 3 0
 moved to the following weekend. just a heads up for anyone considering it.
  • 3 0
 Moved to June 26-28... see ya there!
  • 1 0
 When does racing feel safe? ????
  • 3 0
 When you’re slow.
  • 2 1
 You gotta beat Levi

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