Provisional Dates Announced for the 2021 iXS Downhill Cup Schedule

Jan 29, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Provisional schedules for the iXS Downhill Cup, iXS European Cup and Specialized RockShox Rookies Cup have been announced after the organisers initially held off from revealing their plans for 2021.

While there is still a lot of hope for a more normal 2021 racing season, the iXS Downhill Cup organisers delayed releasing their 2021 race schedule until today to have a fuller picture of any issue they may face in hosted large scale events this summer. Annual events that are also hosted by the iXS race team have been dropped for 2021 citing difficulties with areas under construction and other venues putting "everything on hold due to the difficult winter season because there is simply no income."

bigquotesAfter a long struggle, we are now finally looking forward to providing an outlook for the coming season, which we hope will also be feasible. The present racing calendar was drawn up based on current assessments and should therefore be viewed with reservations.

Of course, we also think that it is somehow not the time for big, long-term announcements, but we would still like to continue planning and provide an outlook for a possible 2021 season. Since autumn last year we have been trying to set up a racing calendar that, despite the adverse and changing circumstances, may be feasible in the end. Back in October we dared to predict what the coming season might look like and we're quite optimistic at the time, that racing would be possible again. To be honest, we had the hope that the entire Corona issue would develop a little less negative over the winter months and that the positive effects of the measures introduced could be recognised more quickly.

We had also hoped that the events would stay more under control and that they would offer a more favorable starting position for future planning, after all, our experiences from last summer were generally quite positive. Unfortunately, the pandemic still has us firmly in its grip and with the current situation it seems easy to lose optimism. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, we dare a hopeful outlook at the upcoming season, even if it is currently clear that the coming summer will still be determined by the pandemic.
iXS Downhill Cup

iXS European Cup:

Round 1: Brandnertal, Austria // 25 - 27 June
Round 2: Pila, Italy // 23 - 25 July
Round 3: Maribor, Slovenia // 27 - 29 July
Round 4: Spicak, Czech Republic // 20 - 22 August



iXS Downhill Cup:

Round 1: Pamporovo, Bulgaria // 18 - 20 June
Round 2: Ilmenau, Germany // 9 - 11 July
Round 3: Semmering, Austria // 16 - 18 July
Round 4: Willingen, Germany // TBD
Round 5: Winterberg, Germany // 17 - 19 September
Round 6: Bellwald, Switzerland // 1 - 3 October



Specialized RockShox Rookies Cup:

Round 1: Steinach, Germany // 5 - 6 June
Round 2: Saalbach, Austria // 3 - 4 July
Round 3: Leutasch, Austria // 14 - 15 August
Round 4: St. Kassian, Italy // 4 - 5 September
Round 5: Schöneck, Germany // 25 - 26 Septemebr



You can find out more about the Downhill Cup, European Cup and Rookies Cup here.


4 Comments

  • 5 0
 Thanks for at least trying to put a calendar together. Super hopeful that by summer we’ll be in a better place, will be looking forward to racing (or, just finishing) the Euro cup.

Let’s hope it’s a go!
  • 2 0
 I love supporting a company that invests in DH this much, even on another continent (plus their gear just fits me well)
  • 1 0
 Pula is such an awesome spot. Not that many trails but great use of terrain. Especially that trail that goes down to aosta
  • 1 0
 Pila

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