Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Postponed due to COVID-19 as UCI Issues New Guidelines for Virus Protection

Mar 5, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
Brian Lopes won the first round of the Cross Country Eliminator.
Brian Lopes won the first round of the Cross Country Eliminator way back in 2012.
Additional reporting: Ed Spratt

The first Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup has been postponed, according to a press release from the UCI this morning. The decision was made by the UAE, not the UCI, and organizers are working to reschedule the event.

Eliminator was part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 2012 to 2014. After a two-year hiatus, it returned in 2017 and has grown from six rounds the first year, to seven rounds in 2018, eight rounds in 2019, and back to seven rounds for 2020. The best way to think of it is as 4X with XC bikes. Four riders, head to head, on courses that are typically between 500m and 1km long, with racing lasting from 1m30 to 2 minutes.

Following an outbreak from the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the UAE authorities were forced to cancel the first round of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in Dubai. The country’s public authorities have taken the health measures recommended in such circumstances, including cancellation of major sporting events, such as the UCI World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

"The decision has been taken by UAE authorities and was announced earlier this morning to ensure protection of all participants. We are deeply saddened by the news but safety comes at the top of all priorities, as the new coronavirus now appears to be spreading much more rapidly than initially thought.”

Meanwhile, the local organizers are working extremely hard on rescheduling the event, which was initially planned this Friday, March 6th. A further announcement will be made at a later date.

UCI Guidelines

While the UAE, not the UCI, cancelled the eleminator World Cup, the UCI has issued guidelines about any future events that could be affected by COVID-19.

The UCI has officially stated that currently it will not cancel any events but will instead look to introduce a number of regulations on event holders with the hope that it should protect all in attendance. Although the UCI has decided it will not cancel any events at this stage it does not mean that event organisers cannot choose to do so if they wish. The choice to not cancel events and instead place measures on organiser was decided after a meeting held with representatives from "different members of the cycling family - teams, riders and organisers."

bigquotesThe decision has been taken not to proceed with the cancellation of any events at this stage. Any possible decision to cancel will be taken by the health authorities in the concerned regions depending on the evolution of the local situation and different risk factors identified. The organisers and all members of the cycling family will be obliged to comply to any such decision.UCI

In order to not discourage event holders and teams to put safety first, they have stated that they will work to ensure that no team/riders are penalised whether that is financially or when it comes to evaluating their UCI status.

Aaron Gwin roars into the finish line as the massive crowd roars right back. The fans here in Fort William really are second to none on the Word Cup circuit.

bigquotesIf the organisers are required, on decision by their authorities, to refuse the participation of certain teams or if teams find themselves unable to take part in an event for a valid reason, the UCI will need to be informed rapidly. In such a situation, it will take necessary measures, on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that no team is penalised, either financially or when their sporting results are considered, in particular when it comes to evaluating their UCI WorldTeam or UCI ProTeam status.UCI

In the document, they have announced some of the steps that will be taken at each event:

• "Increasing the distance between the public and riders, particularly in the start and finish zones"
• "Respecting a strict medical protocol, variable depending on the country, but in any case including a process for dealing with suspected cases and the provision of a detailed map of establishments capable of carrying out diagnostic tests for the coronavirus"
• "Limiting the number of teams staying in each hotel"
• "Respecting certain hygiene measures, for example avoiding the use of the same pen by riders signing in at the beginning of the race"

In a separate statement to event organisers, the UCI states that "any decision taken aims to reduce the risk of infection for riders, team staff, the public and any other person involved in cycling and to prevent cycling from contributing to the spread of the coronavirus throughout the world." Currently, they are contacting teams, riders, organisers and national federations with further details of the measures taken and procedures they should follow.


113 Comments

  • 45 3
 I know it's about safety and all, but... Please don't affect the DH World Cup. Please don't affect the DH World Cup. Please don't affect the DH World Cup. First world problems.
  • 9 34
flag Bomadics (Mar 5, 2020 at 8:51) (Below Threshold)
 This is my opinion only, but based on some reading and digging. I am a huge fan of the World Cup DH, I get up for every race, sometimes 3am to watch the races live.

This year I don't think we will have any World Cup DH races, maybe the first one but after that nothing, the Olympics will not happen either. Call me whatever you want, but this virus/bioweapon will be the worst thing to happen to humans since guns were invented.

Is it really a coincidence that the ONLY level 4 biolab in China is in Wuhan? The Washington Post thinks it is a coincidence, but Jeff Bezos owns the paper, so take it with a grain of salt. I am not a big believer in coincidence myself, but I am not hear to convince anyone, just relay information, do with it what you want.
  • 9 0
 @Bomadics: I heard if you have whisky on your cornflakes in the morning - like a third of a bottle - you'll be sweet until it's time for l'aperitif.
  • 1 6
flag Bomadics (Mar 5, 2020 at 9:29) (Below Threshold)
 @BenPea: oh yea you "heard' eh?
  • 18 0
 @Bomadics: dude I just hear the voices, I'm not responsible for where they come from.
  • 8 6
 @BenPea: if you play the speeches of Greta Thundberg backwards, you’ll hear diabolical things...
  • 8 3
 @Bomadics: you are a idiot. You claim you did some digging? You cant and wont source where you heard COVID-19 might be a bioweapon. You wont. Because you are a despicable liar. It is telling that you think the Washington Post isnt a world class newspaper - just to let you know, it is world class - several Pulitzers just this year. Use your tiny brain to find Doctors from our best universities answer the outlandish proposal you have made - just Google it you absolute f*cktard. God, I f*cking hate people like you. f*cking liar.
  • 1 0
 "Buy Chinese carbon. Do it."
  • 7 0
 @Bomadics: rofl nice conspiracy theory bro
  • 4 8
flag Bomadics (Mar 5, 2020 at 14:24) (Below Threshold)
 @deadtime: I am getting information from a source I trust, who has contacts on the ground in China, he has spoken with these contacts a few days ago. I do not trust the Washington Post , or any corporate based media no how many time you curse at me, they are proven liars, the fact you defend the Washington Post just shows us all how well the propaganda is working.

This particular strain of the Corona Virus is a protein and is biotin based and it has a long duration encapsulation period, which means it can last a long time on hard surface as long as it has a bit of moisture. This is a clear indication of genetic manipulation of the virus. When they try to isolate the virus in patients that have survived it, they get four different signatures in the envelope, so are finding it impossible to start making a vaccine. One patient presents the Corona virus inclusion, the next will present SARS, then MERS and also HIV & Nipah sequence.

There are also multiple strains of Covid-19, three at least, 70% of new cases are the more aggressive form that was at the root of the Wuhan outbreak. Scientists in China have tested 100 different samples of the genome from 12 countries on 4 continents, and they have come to the conclusion that the virus did not originate from China and at least one top virologist in Taiwan maintains the virus is from the USA.

Look into it yourself, you don't appear to have a grasp on the situation in my opinion.
  • 2 3
 @Bomadics: you are a liar. There arent any "contacts on the ground" in China, lol. Of course you cant say where you are getting your information because any normal person would laugh at you. You are a clown. "I did some digging" GTFO you piece of shit.
  • 3 5
 @deadtime: believe what you want, it makes no difference to me. I know what I know, you have no idea what you don't know, that is obvious as you believe what the media tells you. You probably think the government and media in your country are trustworthy, they are not.

They have all lied to you in the past, this is all published fact, and they are lying to you now. Remember these are the groups that told you that weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq so you guys invaded the country, and are still fighting there now, all based on publicly admitted lies!
  • 1 2
 @Bomadics: yup, change the subject. I just want you to provide the source. You've now launched into claiming the US is behind the virus. But I want the source to the 2nd paragraph of your 2nd comment. I've done some digging and I see you have taken the liberty of combining 2 right wing sourced scare-mongering websites and tried to dress it up a bit. Just provide the source, it's that simple. You say I cant trust media or the US government, yet you expect me to believe some unemployed right wing lunatic with an agenda. What are your qualifications to make these claims? How is life living off other peoples hard work? You are scum. You are the lowest of the low. get a life you f*cking loser
  • 3 0
 @deadtime: man you are one angry dude, where did you get the idea I don't work. Why are you just randomly making shit up? Also what right wing website are you referring to? I use multiple sources, I would never be stupid enough to trust one source for anything, especially you.

Plus I am having fun messing with you, you are such an easy man to infuriate, by the way, what agenda do you think I have, trying to get a bunch a mountain bikers to overthrow the US government? If I had an agenda I would be quite the moron wasting my time in this forum!
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Make America Greta Again! Seriously though I'd have her as President over agent orange any day.

@Bomadics: more whisky you say?
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: she agitates diesel truck people more than Shania Twain
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: What's so hard to believe ? We, as consumers of news, are held hostage by advertisers who pay the bills of ALL the news agencies. No coincidence that the news is so "edgy" & "sensationalized". WE do not know what the truth is at all.
  • 23 0
 COVID-19 works very well to the tune of Come on Eileen, and once you realise that you will never be able to read it again without humming that tune
  • 10 0
 You just spread a mind virus. Dakuan-20
  • 6 1
 @endlessblockades: Weird Al is pedaling the Grim Donut up a fire road, writing this song.
  • 3 1
 Come on Eileen let’s get Covid-19?
  • 1 0
 I hate you ! I can't get that out of my head LOL
  • 2 0
 @ATV25: You're probably old enough to remember "My Corona" by the Knack......
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Oh My God, this is what happens to chinese people locked up in their homes for 2 weeks! www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDc_6KRaX6Q
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Nowadays pretty much anything you think of has already been turned into a video!
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: 867-5309 !
  • 24 0
 This covid19 is so last year...
  • 3 0
 Take your upvote and leave
  • 12 0
 On pinkbike we shall call it Crnvrs or Cvd-19
  • 2 0
 Under. Rated. Comment.
  • 2 0
 Pissed by those petrodollar countries which buy events for cycling. Seriously, is cycling going to be like Formula 1 ? Going ton countries full of cash, but with no crowd, no passion, no passion for the sport ? I know the money dictates everything, but come on, XCE in Dubai, seriously...
We have tue UAE Tour on road cycling, that's already enough.
  • 1 0
 Are you surprised UCI will do everything for money? or any large sports body?
  • 24 22
 Why are we still pretending like COVID-19 isn't everywhere already? It's here to stay, so might as well live life normally with some added precautions. Super fit 20-40 year olds aren't exactly the virus' target, either.
  • 29 3
 first Italian that got sick is a 38 years old man who was super fit, running marathons often, still sick in hospital after 2 weeks. Not having to pay anything obviously Smile now imagine if there were no beds in hospital for him. In Italy autorities are starting the count of the beds in the hospitals.
Are you sure the Usa have enough resources to put every aged homeless in hospital for free to stop spreading the virus? otherwise hospitalization is going to be a drama
  • 10 1
 Read into the "Spanish Flu" epidemic (which actually started in Oklahoma USA). The first wave got the old & the weak. The 2nd wave took out very fit WW1 soldiers!
  • 6 0
 @ridestuff:
To maintain morale early reports of illness and mortality were minimised in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Newspapers were free to report the epidemic's effects in Spain as it was a neutral country. These stories created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit giving rise to the pandemic's nickname of "Spanish flu".
Without trying to sound like a "foil hatter", never trust any Government to tell the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth.
  • 3 1
 @ridestuff: "very fit WW1 soldiers". The fact that someone has a physically demanding job doesn't mean he is "fit", healthy or more importantly that he has a strong immune system. Soldiers will have severely weakened immune system, especially ones fighting in the trenches. Also the 2nd weave didnt "hit" soldiers it was spread by the because the most sick soldiers were sent to the hospitals thus they started the 2nd outbreak.

So yes if you are overtrained you are at a bigger risk but overall you don't panic when someone overtrained gets the flu which later turns into pneumonia. Atypical pneumonia has been on the rise this winter due to high temperatures yet there is no panic despite pneumonia death rate being relatively high.
  • 7 1
 We cannot eliminate the spread, but we can slow it down so that the healthcare system can handle the load. If left unchecked we would crush hospitals and the mortality rate would spike significantly.

If you look at the statistics, it is a 15% mortality rate for the elderly and 1% for 25-50 assuming no underlying conditions. Overall mortality rate is currently 3.4% globally.

If you put those numbers into the Swine Flu outbreak, it starts to get real. If we assume that Covid19 is as transmittable as that flu virus (Covid 19 appears to be significantly more contagious) it would infect 60M people in the US. Swine Flu killed 12K people in the US for a mortality rate of 0.02%. Assuming the bare minimum of 2% mortality rate for Covid 19 the result would be 1.2M deaths in the US alone. Do the math if it infects 150M people in the US...
  • 25 0
 This is why mountain bikers aren't in charge of setting public health policies.
  • 2 0
 @spaced: People that died from the spanish flu suffered from cytokine storms, an over-reaction of the bodies immune system to infection. So they actually died because they had a strong immune system.
  • 5 1
 @Landonop How do you think over a billion people in China avoided getting it? Not with your attitude. It has been
mostly defeated there, we should take a cue from them.
  • 5 0
 China locked down multiple cities, bolting people inside their homes for over a month. Still, the bodies lined the streets and we don’t have a clue how many have died or are dying. The US etc has done nothing to prepare. The Satellite No2 data shows that China's industrial output has literally halted. Supply chains for drugs etc have simply stopped as India, the largest producer of base drugs from painkillers to antibiotics, have stopped exporting. Schools are already closed in many countries. The vastly overinflated stock market (everything is a bubble) could pop triggering a global recession.

Otherwise. It’s just like the flu.
  • 1 0
 @pignoncino: The US doesn't have enough beds because oh so efficient "government" doesn't provide all of them? LOL, keep thinking that.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: US is unprepared and I agree with you about the overhyped market. Given that so much of the economy is leveraged on debt and future growth I won't be surprised if we face some type of serious economic collapse if it turns into a pandemic.
  • 1 0
 @ridestuff: (It started in Kansas, my home state)
  • 1 0
 @ButtermilkBar: Based on what info? The Chinese government? lol...
  • 1 0
 @Landonop: They don't even really know that. Most recent studies theorize it started in France in 1916 in an army camp.
  • 1 0
 @ridestuff: @ridestuff: lol

"fit ww1 soldiers"

Yea nothing says fit like trench foot, shell-shock and malnourishment!
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: bodies are lining the streets? People bolted inside their homes... One question... by any chance, did News Reporter from the program you watched, did he look like Dustin Hoffman?

For someone who hates religion you talk just like a preacher. You’d be a great one. Bending the story just this bit necessary to convince dumbsters to believe in what he is saying.

I am scared of economic implications of Corona but what scares me more is people like you and those who submit to silly opinion making with disregard to what we actually know. If we get into recession, the indirect damage of what it will do to minds of unemployed people and general fear, raise in alcohol and pharmaceutical drug abuse, depression, eating shit, all leading to plethora of diseases, that’s the real problem... so how about everybody calm the f*ck down and wait how it will play out
  • 2 0
 @salespunk: It's 1% including underlying conditions. It's higher if you have them but 1% is for all people with or without said conditions.
  • 1 0
 @bikerbarrett: fair enough. I just wanted to push back against the idea that soldiers in trenches had strong immune systems.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: This outbreak really make a good argument news channels pose a hazard to the public with all the scaremongering. They make money while people go crazy. Not saying we should censor anything but we should reevaluate how our media landscape looks given the fact news orgs make more money by selling scary or angering news than anything else.
  • 1 0
 @spaced: I am actually quite curious how individualistic and distrustful Polish culture will handle that. Media is one thing, social misledia is another. Facebook and Twitter are absolutely disgusting
  • 2 0
 @spaced:
These guys are doing a pretty good tracking job of the situation. Mortality rate is at 3.4% at the moment.
covid19info.live/?l=en
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: shit foods like burger + soda, steak + beer have 25% mortality rate in USA... one in four Americans die of sedentary lifestyle combined with consumption of combined high cholesterol meats, refined sugars and alcohol, yet nobody is loosing their minds over that. And numbers are rising in Europe. Italians afraid of corona run to the shops and bought tons of pasta. One could argue that will kill more of them than the virus.

Everyone with more than 25% body fat is at risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: if you add Tacos and Meth it could be closer to 35%
  • 1 1
 @Dropthedebt: to put it in another perspective, in 2017 over 4500 cyclists died around London

www.bikeparts.co.uk/blogs/blog/cycling-accident-statistics
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I don’t watch any propaganda news. How about you stop watching them and look at some first person account videos of what is actually going on.


“If the virus isn’t halted, it could infect 60 per cent of the world’s population and kill one in 100 of those infected – around 50 million people – Gabriel Leung, at the University of Hong Kong”

That’s from the New Scientist. Is that credible enough for you?
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: I commented on your way of spicing up the story. Very catholic. Bodies lying on the streets... fk me... Annually 1.25 Million people die in road accidents, I assume 90% because of assholism. In US alone annually 88k people die in circumstances related directly to consumption of alcohol. Preventable Cardiovascular diseass across the world kill Hundreds of millions very year. Every grocery shop around the world is filled with poisons like alcohols, sodas, snacks. We will not drastically limit consumption of alcohol but we will fkng put economy into shit because of a disease killing mostly old people.

Do I need to pick up more perfectly preventable cases of death by which Corona virus, SARS, Svine flu and common flu combined are minor incidents?

If there is any value in this bullshit, it is how we humans as a whole learn to react in case some real shit comes along. Also environmentalists are getting orgasms at those numbers you are quoting, although they’d prefer numbers counted in billions... Corona is the single best thing that happened to greenhouse emissions in recent history. If you ask me, football matches, massive concerts and other ridiculous marketing pumped shit are the single best things Corona cut down. Not to mention Olympics, shit of all shits.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: that's casualty numbers Waki, not deaths. tup
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: It's physically impossible to disagree with everything you're saying.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: I worked in a shitty project lately... existing building, to be adapted to something which normally requires far more space, at least in vertical plane, no room for installations, conflicts everywhere. At some point everyone got tired of saying “we have a problem”. We started saying (with certain dose of sarcasm) that we don’t see problems we only see challenges and opportunities.

If I would be a regular socially dysfunctional, vegan and environmentalist I would see a lot of potential in Corona Virus to make Earth a better place. If I was an antivaccer I could think it’s going to make us stronger. So woke...
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you love the top of the horse shoe, but you just wish there wasn't a gap
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: in 100 000 years, alien scientists will be looking at icecore samples and in the layer if diminished greenhouse gas emissions they will find Corona and won’t be able to understand why we ever dunk this shit
  • 1 0
 @ButtermilkBar: communism, authoritarian rule, rights abuses, murdering whistleblowers, shutting down entire cities of millions of people. No thanks. I'd like to not take a cue from them.
  • 4 0
 wait wait wait, there are still Eliminator world cup races?
  • 11 11
 "The best way to think of it is as 4X with XC bikes."
No
It's not
It's really f*cking not...............
  • 5 0
 nojzilla exactly. It’s a bunch of grape smugglers. Eliminator is so boring especially when compared to 4x. Still can’t believe the UCI thought it was good swap.
  • 1 0
 I only came on here to see some bike stuff ????????
  • 1 0
 Wuhan flu ain't nothing to fuck with.
  • 1 3
 What is the UCI going to do about the Flu Pandemic? We need answers UCI, people are dying from the FLU!

God please help the UCI!
  • 4 6
 I feel like it went from being called Coronavirus to Covid-19 overnight, sometime last week. What up with that?
  • 18 0
 You trust pinkbike readers to give you some virology education?
  • 28 2
 Afaik Coronavirus is a class of viruses and Covid-19 is this specific one
  • 10 0
 Coronavirus is the disease family, there are a few coronaviruses. This new strain of virus infecting humans is called SARS-CoV-2 with the disease it causes is called COVID-19.
  • 2 1
 Coronaviruses are a group of similar viruses which cause disease, others of which have caused epidemics in the past such as SARS and MERS. For the sake of clarity and distinction, this epidemic of disease that began in 2019 is being called COronaVIrus Disease-19.

How’s that @hhaaiirryy ? ????
  • 4 0
 @hhaaiirryy: no but I do trust them to not read a thread and provide the same response as the last five commenters.
  • 10 0
 Wait, I still don't get it. Can we get at least 2 more of the same explanation?
  • 4 1
 Coronavirus is commoner speak. COVID one nine is for those who live life on trend
  • 2 0
 @wingguy: couldn't have googled it better my self ;-)
  • 9 0
 The virus had to change its name after a alcoholic beverage brand threated legal action over naming issues
  • 1 0
 @hhaaiirryy: Ah no need for google. Straight to Wikipedia innit Wink
  • 2 0
 @Mntneer: this guy viruses
  • 1 0
 @felimocl: wait til the Pacifico virus drops next month
  • 1 2
 I’ve heard if you pee on your hands it gives you 24hr viral protection !
  • 1 1
 Sick.
  • 2 3
 Good precaution
  • 2 4
 it's all China's fault
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