UCI Reveals Updated 2020 World Cup Calendar - Double Headers!

May 15, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
FinnIles wraps up his first year as an elite with some strong results and will have lots of motivation to this off season to build on what he s accomplished.

After months of cancellations of postponements, the UCI have now announced an updated calendar for World Cup XC and downhill racing.

XC riders will have their entire season condensed into a month while the downhill riders will have a bit more leeway and their season will run from September until November. Leogang is still scheduled to host the World Championships but the date has been pushed back from September 5/6 to October 5 -11 and it will now be a double header of XC and downhill. Lenzerheide will now also be a double header. It was originally supposed to be an XC only weekend but it has now been added to the downhill calendar to bring the season up to 7 rounds.

Three rounds have been scheduled as double rounds. This means that two races will be run back to back in one weekend. The UCI told us that they provisionally imagine it will run as follows:

Downhill: Thursday - Qualifying 1, Friday - Race 1 // Saturday - Qaulifying 2, Sunday - Race 2.

Cross Country: Tuesday - Short Track 1, Thursday - XCO 1 // Friday - Short Track 2, Sunday - XCO 2.

However final details are still to be confirmed.


2020 Revised World Cup calendar

5-6 September Lenzerheide, Switzerland (XCO/DHI)

12-13 September Val di Sole, Italy (XCO/DHI)

19-20 September Les Gets, France (XCO/DHI)

29 September - 4 October Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic (XCO) – two rounds

5 - 11 October Leogang, Austria, World Championships (XCO/DHI)

15-18 October Maribor, Slovenia (DHI) – two rounds

29 October - 1st November Lousa, Portugal (DHI) – two rounds


Press Release: UCI

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces that the new calendar for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup as well as the dates of the next UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz, were approved by the UCI Management Committee, which met yesterday during an extraordinary meeting at the initiative of the UCI President David Lappartient in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The calendars of UCI events for the other disciplines – except road1 – will be announced at a later date, but as soon as possible. The UCI Management Committee also gave its approval for the new qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, adapted following the postponement of the events to 2021.

Since cycling competitions were halted mid-March, the world health crisis has taken a heavy toll on our sport, with around one thousand events postponed or cancelled at the request of their organisers. This represents 45% of the UCI International Calendar. After road cycling, mountain bike is the hardest hit: it counts for 30% of the postponements and cancellations (road 40%) and has seen 45% of its events affected by the coronavirus.

With a view to the resumption of the 2020 cycling season, set for 1st July 2020 – 1st August for the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour -, and in accordance with our announcement on 20 March, the UCI has given priority to the UCI World Championships and rounds of the UCI World Cup when drawing up the new UCI International Mountain Bike Calendar.

The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz for cross-country, initially scheduled to take place in Albstadt (Germany) from 26 to 28 June, had to be cancelled. The UCI is pleased to announce that the town of Leogang (Austria) which was already due to host the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for downhill presented by Mercedes Benz, as well as the 2020 Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships, has accepted to add the cross-country specialties (cross-country Olympic, cross-country relay and E-mountain bike) to its programme. The UCI World Championships will take place from 5 to 11 October 2020. The UCI applauds the decision of the organisers and the Austrian National Federation for cycling and is delighted to be able to maintain the 2020 edition of the discipline’s leading annual event. It underlines that the health of the athletes and all parties concerned remain the overriding priority, and that all necessary measures will be taken in this regard.

As for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the UCI is pleased to announce today the dates and venues for the rounds of this circuit. This announcement comes after a long consultation procedure with stakeholders. The series was initially to comprise ten rounds (six for cross-country Olympic/cross-country short track, eight for downhill). As a consequence of the pandemic, four organisers were obliged to cancel their event: Losinj (Croatia), Fort William (Great Britain), Vallnord Pal Arinsal (Andorra) and Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada). The new calendar, which spreads from next September to November, comprises six destinations, of which three will host two rounds. The UCI would like to acknowledge the mountain bike community’s spirit of cooperation which made it possible to establish a solid and attractive calendar in such a short time, despite the difficult situation.

The UCI President David Lappartient declared: “The announcement of the 2020 UCI World Cup calendar and the holding of the 2020 UCI World Championships is excellent news for mountain bike, a discipline greatly affected by the consequences of the coronavirus. It is another step, after the announcement of the professional road cycling calendars, towards a resumption of the cycling season from this summer. The confirmation of the Olympic and Paralympic qualification systems will also make the future clearer for our athletes, who will be able to move forward with their training and competition schedule with a view to the Tokyo Games next year. Our calendars remain dependent on the international health situation, but we are moving in the right direction, and I thank the cycling family that has again demonstrated its sense of responsibility, its solidarity and its courage in these times that are extremely difficult for everybody.”

More follows.


176 Comments

  • 241 1
 Pleased to host the first Worldcup in 2020!
  • 10 163
flag scotttherider (May 15, 2020 at 8:28) (Below Threshold)
 Way to brag!
  • 31 2
 pleased to attend the first World Cup in 2020. only one request. the party needs to be at least as big as in 2018
  • 32 3
 @leopaul: listen to this whise man folks!
  • 33 120
flag erikkellison (May 15, 2020 at 10:34) (Below Threshold)
 @leopaul: Oct 2020, Geneva, Switzerland: Coronavirus cases surging in Switzerland this month after a mountain bike race early September in the mountain town of Lenzerheide, where attendees largely failed to observe social distancing guidance, health officials say.
  • 40 9
 @erikkellison: Booooooo go rain on someone else’s parade
  • 80 3
 @erikkellison: naaaaa we’ll just eat a Tide pod and get a shot of disinfectant and we’ll be fine
  • 42 20
 @erikkellison:
Bro, you have been glued to the doom and gloom media outlets for too long. Go outside or do something productive with you time.
  • 11 6
 @wda1wustl: Exactly!
  • 4 5
 Probably no fans in attendance I bet.
  • 12 0
 @erikkellison: Wyn Masters infects every rider except for Danny Hart who was quarantined in his van.
  • 22 32
flag erikkellison (May 15, 2020 at 13:17) (Below Threshold)
 @wda1wustl: Bro, you don't know me or what I do. I see enough suffering already every day. I don't want to see more if it can be helped. I don't want people to die needlessly, but I fear that this virus will unfortunately exert selective pressure on the population, and we will see people who disregard good advice suffer personally as a result. Have some perspective.
  • 7 0
 Might see some real DH snow runs.
  • 11 10
 @erikkellison: earth is better with less people on it
  • 9 2
 @LenzerheideBikepark: damned I was just making a joke about y’all bragging for having the first World Cup. I’m just hoping it’s able to happen! Better late than never and I hope to some day get to your park!
  • 18 24
flag bighit (May 15, 2020 at 15:44) (Below Threshold)
 @erikkellison:Perspective?? You do realize you are talking about something with less then a 1% mortality rate?? I like my chances.
  • 58 10
 @bighit: Per the John Hopkins count, which is a verified count, the USA has over 85,000 attributable deaths as of yesterday. If the mortality rate was 1%, then the positive case rate would be 8,500,000. The verified count is just a lick over 1,400,000. This gives a mortality rate of 6%...you are out by 600%. The influenza rate, which had a bad season in the USA in 2018/2019 season had 41,000,000 confirmed cases, and had 60,000 attributable deaths. That was a mortality rate of 0.15%. (data from CDC website)

(India, with a much poorer populace and poorer access to healthcare than the US has a mortality rate of 3%, Australia, a country with roughly 1/10th of the US's populations has only 98 deaths...if USA was an indicator of handling this situation well, then Australia's numbers should scale down to 1/10th that of the USA, or 8,500 deaths...but no, they are 87 times less than that. The UK has a mortality rate of 14%, Sweden 12.5%...why pick out these two as well? Because they both went for the herd immunity idea - Sweden stuck with it, but the UK backtracked out of it shortly after it was mooted (but the disease had already taken hold by then)...now Trump would like the USA to "open up" well before your positive count trend has trended down significantly to consider the disease under control. This will place the USA in the herd immunity experiment, but with so many already infected in the USA, the results will most likely be worse than UK or Sweden in terms of mortality rate. While I agree that we can't all stay sitting inside from here on in, and financial ruin will abound if we did, it is a pretty shitty thing to choose between lives and essentially dollars. It's all good until it's you on the hospital bed)

If you even took at face value your 1% mortality rate, then COVID-19 is still 666% (a factor of 6.66x) worse than influenza...thus if you take the 60,000 deaths from influenza and multiply by 6.66, you would expect 400,000 deaths attributable to COVID-19.

Sadly, the USA deaths will far exceed your current 85,000. Will it reach 400,000? No one really knows. But prevention is better than cure (especially when there is no cure). Perhaps all steps that can be taken should be taken to prevent the numbers going higher, don't you think?

Of course these are all just numbers. So it doesn't mean much as, well, numbers aren't people are they? Well, not until it's your father, or sister, or child, that is.

So good luck with your "chances", you are free to make your own choices in life, but only if they don't hurt someone else. But in this instance, your choice might just hurt a lot of other people.

Good luck, and take care.

(and by the by...even here in NZ, where we have pretty much eliminated COVID-19 (things like our geographical positioning certainly have helped that, but mostly the buy in by the public to lockdown strictly for seven weeks and closing our borders to all international flights very early on has done the trick), we have had 21 deaths from 1428 cases - a mortality rate of 1.3%. Still this is over 6x higher than our average mortality rate due to influenza where we average 200,000 cases a year, and 400 deaths, for a mortality rate of 0.2%...the majority of our COVID deaths have come from one old-persons home (just under 50%), and now we are faced with the economic rebuild (which will be years with our sovereign debt projected as $203-billion NZD (or close to $120-billion USD), but a drop in the bucket to the USA's unfortunate position)
  • 22 30
flag wcr (May 15, 2020 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 @bighit: You said it man!
@handynzl: Those numbers you have given are debatable. From what I've been reading on New York's mess, many deaths not caused by coronavirus 19, are being attributed to the stats. There's big incentives for hospitals to mark death as caused by coronavirus 19, like in the tune of thousands of dollars Wink . But don't take my, or anyone on pb's opinion for fact, go snoop around for yourself. Remember, not everything you read has just one side to the story Smile

Here in home province, over 88% of deaths from coronavirus 19, are the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, me the latter Wink .
But i'm not up in a tizzy, something is going to get you sooner or later. So get out and enjoy life, not stuck to the commie tube all day, and that's fact!
Riddle me this batman, how many people have died so for this year, from lets say, the flu?... Or chronic alcoholism...

Life will go on, no matter what happens, no matter what we humans try to come up with, God's own nature has a way of sorting things out in the end, and that's the fact. I say protect the people who need protection (elderly, infirmed, compromised immune system, ect), and the rest of us healthy people, go on living are lives, earning incomes, which in turn, fund the taxes to pay for the health care, that takes care of the people who need care.
  • 13 0
 @handynzl: that's an awful lot of 666's, who exactly are you working for?
  • 26 10
 @wcr: Riddle me this batman, how many people have died so for this year, from lets say, the flu?... Or chronic alcoholism...

Flu has treatments, even some vaccines.

Alcoholism can be self inflicted, and has treatment too.

COVID-19 has no treatment currently, and no cure. All we currently have is prevention.

As for being paid to say it was COVID - certainly that is not happening here in NZ, and I would doubt in any place that hospital care is not pre-conditioned on insurance. The US has many faults to which they bury their heads in the sand about, and many are being highlighted in their fractured response to the current situation.

We are all in this together, and I will not try to argue with someone that doesn't want to accept verified numbers for whatever reason. All the stats are readily available...you can apply much the same logic to people that will die from influenza as many that get the flu will simply soldier on and take an aspirin, thus pushing the mortality rate for influenza even lower in reality.

Everyone just needs to take care, and stop and think if their actions could end up spreading this disease, which as of today still has no treatment or cure, I will repeat.

All the best to all, and I truly hope that none of your loved ones contract this disease in any way, shape or form. NZ got lucky, and it's been somewhat heartbreaking to hear from overseas work partners whom have lost a family member, or staff members.

Take care, and don't snot-rocket on anyone when you're out riding!!
  • 5 0
 I don’t want to throw a downer on anything, but how can we know at this point travel will be allowed across the world by this date and at what point would it be unfair if a certain percentage couldn’t attend due to differing restrictions?

E.g. say nobody from France could travel, or nobody from England, what then?

Really want to see some racing this year, I just won’t hold my breath just yet :-(
  • 9 0
 @bighit @wda1wustl: Such a sad state of affairs when there is animosity towards empathy expressed for those who did or may suffer.
  • 18 17
 @handynzl: thanks for being a voice of reason. We need more “Fauci” and less “Trump.”
  • 1 11
flag ColquhounerHooner (May 15, 2020 at 23:45) (Below Threshold)
 @erikkellison: haha, says an American.
  • 8 1
 @handynzl: I fully agree with the underlying message you are giving, however, I don't believe the mortality rates are reliable. The rates are based only on the number of people who have actually been tested for COVID-19. There is likely a significant number of people who have had the virus and were either asymptomatic or didn't bother getting tested as their immune system fought the virus off itself. Me and my other half are 99.9% certain we had it, but we never got tested as we didn't feel the need to, and even if we wanted to we couldn't as they were only testing people who were admitted to hospital. I know at least 20 other people from my workplace who had the symptoms also but never got tested. So I take those rates with a pinch of salt, but I agree that we should make every effort to control it.
  • 6 0
 @handynzl: The only problem with stating confirmed cases is that most people who have been tested were showing symptoms of Covid-19. So that denominator is much, much lower than it should be. With the random population sampling that is now occurring, it appears that the virus has a saturation rate of 13-15%. At a population of 350 million, that would put the infected at over 45 million. Even if you cut that in half to 6%, your infection rates throughout the US is 22 million, which puts the death rate at .003%. No one knows, obviously, what the final totals will be, but most experts put the death rate at 0.5% maximum. I'm sure it will be lower. That being said, to insinuate that young, healthy people should avoid living normal lives in order to not potentially harm others is just authoritarian beyond belief. This virus could result be called the social security virus, and if you are 75+ with underlying comorbidities, don't show up to any World Cup events, and you should be fine. The rest of us will be okay.
  • 2 10
flag Richt2000 (May 16, 2020 at 4:06) (Below Threshold)
 @erikkellison:

It kills fat people.

How many fat mtb fans do you see?
  • 13 5
 9/11 2,800 killed. "Never forget"

Covid 19 85,000 killed. "Stop being paranoid and get back to work"
  • 5 1
 @Davec85: your line of reasoning is not uncommon, but unfortunately it’s flawed. The symptoms are sensitive because sensitivity is paramount in order to find cases, but symptoms are far from specific, which is why we test (which is far more specific). And if you’ve had the virus and it’s gone, the RNA testing is likely to be negative even if you had it. While antibody testing should be positive, those tests are struggling with specificity. Trust the scientists - they know a lot more about this stuff than the armchair experts, and they consider such things when doing their work to estimate infection rates, CFR, IFR, and the like. I don’t mean to be accusatory, but they know more about this than you, and it’s quite arrogant of you to think that you can’t trust what they say because you think you understand the situation better than they do.
  • 2 1
 @rcybak: would love to see reliable data to support your assertion that saturation rates are 13-15%. That is not commensurate with the latest research.
No one is thinking that proportion of symptomatic people who test positive is an accurate reflection of IFR - well, maybe some armchair experts.
Your understanding of who is suffering from this virus is grossly flawed. It isn’t just the elderly who suffer.
People - stop trying to come up with your own estimates. There are way smarter people out there who are way more informed on this than you doing such calculations.
  • 2 5
 @ColquhounerHooner: I truly do not understand. Are you thinking that Americans are normally pro-Trump? The majority of Americans have never approved of him, not when he was elected, and not now. We have a screwed up election system that allows money to influence elections more than it should. It too is a bummer to the majority of Americans.
  • 2 1
 @wcr: well said and thought out statement!
  • 4 0
 @erikkellison: I'm not saying I know better than they do, all I am saying is that calculating the mortality rate from the number of confirmed cases and number of deaths is resulting in artificially high mortality rates on the basis that not everybody that has had the virus is accounted for. That is fact, there is no accusations involved, and it was a disagreement with a post on here, not scientific data. If the mortality rate was indeed 14% in the UK then I doubt very much that we would be easing lockdown measures. The entire country would have been on strict lockdown, and I mean not even grocery stores open, if indeed the mortality rate was that high. I'm not suggesting it is 0.0001% and it's open season, all I'm saying is that it is not 14% (and neither are the scientists, by the way).
  • 1 0
 @Davec85: well said. When this is all over and antibody tests are readily available many experts are saying the mortality rate will likely be between 1 and 2 %, so higher than flu but far lower than the % we are currently seeing. Blood tests from Italy France are seeing Corona cases from Dec so it was likely cruising around the world much earlier than originally thought. I’m all for protecting the vulnerable as much as possible, but let’s protect them and not lockdown the rest of society. There is a middle ground. In Canada 85% of the deaths were in long term care homes. Those should have been locked down a lot earlier and those deaths would have been preventable.
  • 1 0
 @erikkellison: Oct. 2020 Geneva Switzerland: Americans on WCDH tour refuse to leave, seek refugee status claiming their country run by insane zombie social media influecers trying to kill the "unfit" and ruin the economy.
  • 2 0
 Just being sarcastic. I love you guys and truly hope the American genius that has positively influenced so much of the last 100 years finds its voice again.
  • 126 3
 Snowshoe wasn't enough last year? Come on UCI, get a permanent USA stop in this nonsense. We have the best piss tests on the planet, they're beautiful tests, they work wonderfully.
  • 17 0
 it would be huuuuge!
  • 3 20
flag flopper (May 15, 2020 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 @diogoa: It would be a mistake.
  • 9 1
 I think that in this situation where we in now, we all should be glad that there will be riding at all. I'm sure they will ride in the USA again next year????????
  • 13 0
 @bastianj: dude, if they race on Mars I wouldn't care, just get those wheels spinning!
  • 10 0
 I think keeping it where travel is at minimum is the only way anything goes off. This is the like driving around like half of the US maybe less.
  • 8 0
 Bad year to come to the US. We went y'uge on #rona : (
  • 8 1
 Don't get your hopes up. No one's gunna want to come to USA for quite a long time.
  • 1 2
 @ColquhounerHooner: But Europe is ok? It is bad everywhere. Yeah US is tops a county but also much bigger so totals look worse but lot or European countries have much higher case and death rate based on population.
  • 5 0
 @mfoga: you obviously don't get how statistics work.
  • 1 2
 @mfoga: US is tops because most Americans are stupid. I have no problem admitting that as an American. Americans believe in the dumbest conspiracies, don't trust science, eat the worst food, and are clearly incapable of being responsible. For Christ's sakes we've got a fake tan, fake hair, con man for President who bragged about grabbing girls in the crotch and still got elected.
  • 1 0
 Snowshoe did not bid or ask for a round in 2020, and neither has any other US event. Snowshoe did bid for 2021 tho
  • 34 0
 Woohooo!!! This is going to be a wild mtb season for sure. The strategies for being successful at back to back races are going to be interesting, and maybe this will open up some of the logistics around having more events in regular years. We might be seeing some snow at these races!
  • 5 7
 A recipe for MANY injuries.
  • 2 0
 I’m hoping for lots of mud!
  • 38 3
 I’m gonna be honest I feel kinda bad for the XCO riders having to race back to back to back like that. That’s going to be extremely taxing.
  • 12 0
 It's the same for all the riders though. They just have to re-optimizing their training/race pace.
  • 18 0
 I bet MVDP doesn’t mind... going to feel like CX season.
  • 1 0
 @mtbracer4098 Yep, it'll be tough and IMPO bring a whole new set of strategies into play in the XCO/XCC events.
It'll be more like Multi-Day Stage Racing. I think it'll bring out some interesting racing and results.

And, as smgishot13 pointed out, they're all playing on the same field. Ride On!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I feel bad for myself when I have to ride every day.
  • 28 0
 Maribor should be wild in October with our weather.
  • 6 0
 I was thinking the same about all the alpine venues, September or later normally means good chance of snow.

Less thunderstorms though. ????
  • 2 0
 I am due to be out there in September in Bohinj and Bled for some bike tours.
Worth the trip out to Maribor?
  • 3 0
 Actually october could be just fine. In october for sure will be no snow in Maribor. I hope I don't jinx it Big Grin .
Rain an mud is a possibility. 50-50.

@RobotXander for sure it is worth a trip to Maribor. Two hours drive.
  • 3 0
 @veljko: Meant the rain, considering last few years snow will come in march
  • 1 0
 @Riggbeck: La Bresse DH was held in August a couple of years ago and the weather was hideous.
  • 29 1
 Suck it Rona!
  • 27 7
 Lousã with 2 rounds??!!!
Well thank you mister infected-bat-eating chinese man!!
  • 5 0
 like a virus it spreads
  • 21 5
 While I am happy to see a 'proposed' schedule for the World Cups and Worlds.. so much has to happen/align for any or all of these events to happen.
Countries have to be open and accepting of travelers without 14 days of quarantine.
Countries have to be open to large groups congregating in one place.
Hotels, restaurants etc have to be open and ready to go.
Not too sure if countries like Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic or Portugal are going to be there by then.

Riders have to be able to train outdoors too for a few weeks/moths leading up to start dates of events. Many have been training indoors. Not too sure if their conditioning will be there.

Please add your comments
  • 38 2
 here is my comment
  • 22 0
 I often struggle to train a few moths myself
  • 11 0
 @hamncheez: I do not accept your comment and substitute it with my own
  • 4 0
 in portugal that stuff you mention are operating already...with new hygiene and safety measures but they are operating
  • 3 0
 Well in Slovenia events are still baned , so I don't know how will they do it.
  • 2 0
 I think a lot of eyes are going to be on Sweden from now until September. From what I've been reading they have been the least restrictive European Country throughout this. This may make them a leading indicator as to how things are going to shake out in the future.
  • 13 0
 Yes! Not wishing any of the DH events to be a washout, but with a greater chance of mixed weather, that may mean we get to see some fantastic racing. The PB Fantasy team choice is going to be a lottery!!
  • 5 0
 Exactly like the quiz then!
  • 11 1
 With such a compressed schedule even a minor injury could completely wreck a riders season. Feels like this short season will be way harder than the normal schedule mentally and physically.

Also will there be any time for mid-season setup changes. Ride what ya brung!

Who will be left standing? Can't wait for this, bring on September 5th!
  • 2 3
 Actually worried for rider's health if they really are racing like every weekend and traveling in between and all that. Hopefully riders realize this is an *asterisk* season and we just see some good fun racing and nobody tries to kill themself down the mountain thinking the weird schedule will "give them the edge they need to get a podium or win overall etc."

Hoping for just a fun dynamic different race season for all the guys n gals
  • 1 0
 @lepigpen: A 4 minute sprint is hard, but it doesn't take that big of a toll on your body. Gonna be interesting though, that's for sure!
  • 2 0
 @jefe: Oh I'm not concerned about the races. I'm concerned about the travel schedule and maybe small injuries that happen during practice that won't have time to heal. Hands and wrists take a ton of damage in practice when they are sectioning and they need time for tweaked fingers and wrists to heal. All the little details that maybe people pay less attention to in a normal year. I mean when I go out and ride rough trails I usually come home a bit tweaked. I couldn't imagine riding world cup tracks week after week without proper time between lol
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: You are dead on. I was in Snowshoe last year, guys were coming off the back of 4 World Cups in 5 weeks! Most of them looked wrecked, some riders were openly expressing how beat they were and their excitement at the season being over. Some guys had Hardline the following weekend! Brendan Fariclough looked like a stick and that guy still had Hardline and Rampage to do from what I remember! I don't know how that was even possible?

Would be really interested to get a riders perspective on this schedule. I am sure they are excited to race but they have to be weary. As fan though, awesome!
  • 10 3
 Yesterday the Australian Government advised that international travel will not be possible in 2020. While I hate the idea of no racing, let's be realistic: it's not a World Champs without the rest of the World
  • 7 3
 Why not? North America has world series baseball where only Canada and the USA are invited, its not even a series either!
  • 2 0
 And yet it's OK for 30 sweaty men to cuddle each other for 80 minutes while chasing a ball around. Surely they can let their athletes travel to compete if they quarantine on return
  • 15 0
 @Riggbeck: Let's be realistic, the rest of the world has a long way to go on their cheap hot dogs, nacho cheese goo, and shitty light beer. These are the first steps in bringing baseball to the world. China is poised for a breakthrough though, their mystery meat game is on point.
  • 5 0
 I think we can assume double rounds means they will run the race twice at one location. So that there will be a total of 7 races at 5 locations for the DH series overall points race.
  • 8 0
 Can't wait for summer to be over!!!
  • 8 1
 I just wanna say... PORTUGAL! PORTUGAL! PORTUGAL!
  • 2 1
 Word up!
  • 5 0
 For the double rounds, do they just run the same course twice or will they have different courses or switch up the layouts between races?
  • 3 0
 Just what I was questioning, hard to imagine they would be able to change track in 3 days to be honest and anyone would be able to ride second variant fast without time for practice.
  • 2 0
 @Mondbiker: Yea didn't realize there was no practice day in between. I was thinking just small changes like a reroute a couple sections here and there just to make it a little different. Kind of like the changes that are made year to year on the tracks. Like race #1 they take and open speed section but race #2 routes that section into the trees for another rock garden.
  • 1 0
 They could make this work. Tape off 2 different variations of the track. Have a slit practice session. Riders would get 2 more practice sessions for each variation, Once before Quali and once before finals. The variations don't have to be major, just change it up a bit.
  • 5 0
 They ride down the track on Friday, and up the track on Sunday.
  • 1 0
 If it's not two different courses it would be kinda lame. Less practice time and more racing is what this sport needs.
  • 1 0
 @Porchdick: or they could just have the one practice session and riders can decide which variation they want to take. They can look at both and decide which they feel they need to spend the most time on and use their practice time how they see fit.
  • 5 1
 I'm sure things will be open at a national level by then, but international travel may still be limited. Hope we have a season.
  • 4 0
 The most important question of course is how much time will we have to adjust our fantasy teams between double header rounds?
  • 2 0
 I hope that in the end of October and 1 of November the whether in Portugal be like sometimes it is ,beautiful sunny days ,cause if it rains oh my god that roots in Lousã gonna be tough,but 2 events it’s f*cking amazing (fingers crossed)????
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 It would be nice for it to be wet on one of the days we race in lousa and dry on the other. Then it’s 100% 2 different tracks lol
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 @Wheelersmtbholidays: now that would be the best :-)))
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 Wow! That is punchy. Always made me smile when the pro's reflected how long and hard the season was in team vids, when compared to other sports they do 10% of the races/games other athletes compete in. They're going to be worried looking at the schedule, apart from Mathieu van der Poe, who'd used to a way more brutal schedule lugging a CX bike around muddy fields. Can't wait to see how it all unfolds...
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 Not that familiar with mountain bike racing are you.

World cups represent about 10% of the racing that a Pro's do. Typical race season is at least 40 days of racing. Yes, Christmas week in CX is tough, but CX racers do 1 week like that. Pro-XC racers are typically doing 1 to 3 week long stage races per year. And those races are made up of stages that are 3-5hrs.
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 Better check with Dick Pound on this one.
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 Jesus. You get banged up AT ALL and you're done. All I know is the women's racing is gonna be fun to watch this year now that Rachel and Tahnee have had some extra time to get healthy. And Men's..... Gwin looks like he's back.
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 I miss the racing same as everyone but CV-19 isn't going to magically go away by September just because we want it too. It is obvious a lot of people are not afraid at all & IMHO that is a dangerously stupid attitude. I personally know 4 people that got CV-19, 2 of which got deathly sick. Thankfully they got over it but not without lasting effects. They were not all old people either.
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 I hope the double race weekends are at least on different tracks
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 I foresee a shortage of Wet Screams! Begin hording now, then you can ransom them to the pro's. ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
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 I got a pair of some 26" for sale.
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 Double Race Weeks.....getting their money's worth. Jordy and the other support crews are going to be wiped out for sure. As a fan, it will be fun to watch.
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 I hope the Aussie and Kiwi racers don't have issues, from what I've seen their borders will still be shut in September.
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 This is absolutely ridiculous!!! Why at this point has the UCI simply made the announcement of a complete cancellation for the year on all events, and for 2021 allow any rider with a minimum of 1 UCI point to compete at world cup events. It would change the dynamic of the sport as there are many racers that simply have a bad run or cannot afford to do an entire calendar that would very easily surprise a lot of people. While also putting a huge influx of revenue back into the sport and series very quickly. Double headers can be a lot of fun, but with huge numbers of fans that will come how will governing regions deal with group mandates and restrictions IE: spectators, camping, race venues, hikers, team zones, athletes. How will the current infrastructure handle it?
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 Hmmm. For sure I understand the desire to salvage a top level race season if it can be done safely. But.... My fear is that if this goes ahead, many privateer athletes from non-euro locations won't be able to take part. With potential international travel restrictions, quarantine scenario's, and heightened travel costs with disrupted air travel all making attendance improbable. Which will lead to even less of an even playing field in the following year, when those athletes slip way down world ranking points. I'd rather they try and run this as a World Cup. But only with series points to determine a champion. But no World Ranking points on offer. And cancel World Champs and look to 2021 instead. Freeze World Rankings as they stand now, and resume that in 2021 when things are on a more even playing field.
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 Eh...I would not get too excited, boys.
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 2 rounds in three days in two locations, what does this mean? Bloody confusing press release - you didn’t expect questions about this UCI?
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 The UCI got the naming wrong, thats not a World Cup, thats a Euro Cup!
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 Any word on Hardline or Rampage? I'd be surprised if they aren't cancelled.
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 Both events could be run without spectators, although that would suck
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 In XC, this high density racing is really going to favor VDP the way it mimics CX season. In DH, who knows...maybe the enduro regulars may get a bit of an advantage in their ability to pace their health.
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 Having known that something like this was going to happen, like Bill Gates, but un like him, I did not make it happen?
Do The UCI Have any idea of time line of lock down being lifted or just wishful thinking?
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 Disappointing fort william isn't part of this october in the snow and rain would be a real test of rider skill
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 You mean a typical Scottish summer?
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 Ahhh man, I really hope this happens!! Back to back racing in September will be mega!!!!
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 PORTUGAL-2 rounds FRANCE-1 round E FOI O EDER QUE OS FODEU
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 Lol. And in mtb like in football, France dominates Portugal
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 @zede: It is just a joke, France actually supports its athletes and federations, unlike the Portuguese government. I'm proudly Portuguese, not a big fan of football, but you guys gave us a great fight in the quarter finals
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 Best news all day!
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 First Supercross is back and now DH!! woohoo
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 Two races in one weekend, as a fan I love it but talk about risk management.
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 With this schedule, if you get injured you're out of the whole 'season' since there isn't time to recover.
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 I was hoping UCI would host atleast 2 in the USA. Doesnt give the privateers from the USA a shot.
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 Oh those poor bikes will get to know what heavy rain and hail is for real in Lousã, it will be real fun to watch though.
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 Does this mean I get re-issued Pinkbike calendar with correct dates?
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 LETS GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD
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 Good news!
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 My Smelloscope told me last week already.
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 @whiteboarder: my finglonger showed Brosnan will take the overall !
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 I’m not sure. I’m afraid we need to use...MATH.
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 Last year went too quick, this year goes too short *cry*
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 For shure i'll be in les gets ,party hard !!!!!!!!!!!
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 SO HAPPY!!!
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 OK then can we switch riders in our fantasy team between the doubled rounds? Lets speak about serious things now!
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 What about the short track race on the double rounds?
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 Cross Country: Tuesday - Short Track 1, Thursday - XCO 1 // Friday - Short Track 2, Sunday - XCO 2.
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 September will be amaaaaaazing!
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 Come on UCI, I’m not trying to watch 2 races in a row on the same track on the same weekend for 2 weekends in a row.
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 Les Gets in September - Thatll be a wet one.
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 YEEEEEEESSSSSS
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 So many races in such a short time - TDC - Tour De Covid
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flag hamncheez (May 15, 2020 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
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 Yessss!!!!
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 Autumn? Mud! Awesome!
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 lets start looting
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 Calm down people
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 JetLag Cup
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 What about World Champs?
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 Leogang
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 Leogang, 5 to 11 October. Press releases are booooring, but sometimes you can find informations reading them ;-) !
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 @Ricolaburle: way too much stuff to read, way too little time☹️☹️
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 5 - 11 October Leogang, Austria, World "Cahmpionships" (XCO/DHI).
First to set up their cahmping van from scratch wins!
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 Will they be racing on Minions FBR on snow?
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 StAy HoMe, SaVe A lYfE!
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