Vallnord DH and XC World Cups Cancelled

Apr 14, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Bruce Klein failing to launch in an explosion of moondust.

It has today been confirmed that Vallnord, round 6 of the UCI World Cup, is the latest to be cancelled. Both the XC and DH races will now no longer take place on 19 to 21 June and the organizer is not seeking to find an alternate date.

This is the first cancelled World Cup for the XC racers with Nove Mesto still seeking an alternate date, however the Albsatdt World Championships have also already been cancelled and racers will have to wait another year for the Olympics, which have been postponed until 2021. Next on the horizon for the XC racers is Lenzerheide, which could still be the season opener on August 15-16.

Yana Belomoina railing berms on her way to third place.

On the downhill side of things, we now have 3 cancelled races with Lousa and Maribor still looking to reschedule, this leaves a maximum of five rounds for the racers in 2020, assuming they all go ahead. There was supposed to be more than 2 months between Vallnord and the proposed sixth round in Mont Sainte Anne so we're keeping everything crossed that will give enough time for the race to still go ahead.

Revised 2020 World Cup Calendars


Downhill
21/22 March: Lousa - Postponed, date tbc
02/03 May: Maribor - Postponed, date tbc
09/10 May: Losinj - Cancelled
06/07 June: Fort William - Cancelled
20/21 June: Vallnord - Cancelled
22/23 August: Mont-Sainte-Anne
12/13 September: Val di Sole
19/20 September: Les Gets
Cross Country
23/24 May: Nove Mesto - Postponed, date tbc
20/21 June: Vallnord - Cancelled
15/16 August: Lenzerheide
22/23 August: Mont-Sainte-Anne
12/13 September: Val di Sole
19/20 September: Les Gets


Press Release: UCI

Due to the current pneumonia pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the sixth round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place in Vallnord Pal Arinsal, Andorra, from 19 to 21 June has been cancelled at the request of its organisers.

In light of the current situation, the UCI fully supports the fact that the running of the event would have potentially presented a health risk to riders, to everyone involved in the event and to fans, and could have contributed to the spread of Covid-19.

The UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike community after the decision made to cancel the Vallnord Pal Arinsal event and would like to thank the organising committee for its cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.



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111 Comments

  • 69 1
 At this point we don't even know IF we'll see a WC this season..... I'm also praying that lifts will open this summer in France.
  • 8 0
 Yes it will be a poor season if the lifts do not open ,Meant to be riding in the Mega in July but cant really see that happening .
  • 8 0
 Hope that by the end of June Bikeparks will know if they can open or not.
  • 13 0
 @rideronthestorm1: I think the reality is that once things start to 're-open' they will fairly quickly, all be it with lots of social distancing measures in place (group number restrictions, increased levels of hygeine, distancing / number restrictions in all shops etc etc) - Restaurants, bars etc, who knows though.

If things dont economically return to some form of normal in the next 3 months (or less being realistic) there will be some other really big issues to worry about, for a start most people wont be able to afford to travel abroad to go riding, even if they are allowed to.
  • 9 0
 Booked a trip to Morzine in July. Fingers crossed ...
  • 11 0
 Australia is talking social distancing for 18 months.
Vaccination will take 18mths to get large number of people vacinated if the find a safe usable vacine fast.
The health crisis will end before the financial crises does
Time to ride alone.
Racing and public gatherings will take time to return unfortunately

@justanotherusername:
  • 19 3
 @gcrider: We dont know if a functional vaccine will ever be produced, let alone in 18 months - We just live in hope on that and cannot plan for it as a certainty.

The health crisis will not end before the financial crisis does, what will happen is the financial crisis will result in us having a much larger health crisis to worry about if we do not attempt to balance the two.

I am sure social distancing is here to stay for a long, long time but we need to define the level at which this needs to be followed in order to be successfull to the degree required (e.g. is it OK to visit family but we remain with 2mtr gaps and number restrictions in shops, etc etc)

The world is going to have to balance health vs economy in order to secure the long term health of us all - too far either way and it will be catastophic. No point in saving more people in the short term if as a result you cant afford to look after them going forward.
  • 2 0
 @rideronthestorm1: Wanted to ride the Mega too, but it might be "too" soon. Should heading to Morzine and PDS in August, crossing fingers on that for now....
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: Certificate Of Vaccination I.D.
  • 1 0
 @kerosen1: I will go to that little portuguese island instead., better chances.
  • 4 0
 @rideronthestorm1: Ya How the hell are we going to ride bikes if we don't have a chair lift?
  • 1 0
 me too, anxious
  • 1 0
 me too, anxious
  • 3 1
 Agree with what you say. This is far to complicated for one sentence explanations/statements( which I was guilty of )
Health and finace are inseparable and always have been. But what the pro financial camp arnt saying is that they value a life less than its value now ( or their own finaces) Which in NZ is nzd$5 million . Everyones idea of reasonable life value will be different. I think we actually need to come clean about what the argument is actually about. Stay safe
@justanotherusername:
  • 4 1
 The value of $5 million is unaffordable for the 38000 lives modeled to be lost with no lockdown in NZ
I think we will have better understanding of cost after the first wave has passed @justanotherusername:
  • 1 0
 @trippleacht: Same here, 12th July. Contemplating cancelling or moving the booking to 2021.
  • 14 10
 @gcrider: please stop operating with value of life as if everyone in finance was only into making $$$ and everyone talking about economy was a heartless, greedy a*shole. The fact is that you cannot keep people in their home for much longer and economy won’t magically take it if we only hold hands via Skype. Earning money to buy food to put into your mouth is a reality of life. Nobody knows anything, at this moment most of us agreed that staying home is the right thing to do, except nobody really knows what will be the price to pay for it. We may never know.because it is all complicated as hell. For now We are all rolling on good intentions, facts are thing on the ground, most pretend they know how to act. It is however extremely annoying to not see good of economy, job safety, as a good intention and care about wellbeing of everybody. Comparison of Sweden, Denmark and Norway is a good one. All three economies are slowly getting fkd and all three healthcare systems are receiving similar amount of corona patients despite taking different actions. We are extremely bad at accepting that sometimes, you just can’t do much. We are all doing our best to appear as if we are doing the right thing. Doing the right thing, is secondary, the most important thing is to show off how responsible we are. And then you have politicians who are running like headless chickens, propaganda running rampant, Trump saying stuff as dumb as president of Belarus, Norway by magic have almost zero deaths, Italians, I don’t know if they have any fricking idea what they are doing, they are running around like panicking Mario Bros, French president trying to be macho, South Korea being so in Control. WHo now covering their bum. The reality is that highly likely nobody knows. Cold takes 7 days treated and 7 a week untreated.
  • 3 2
 @johniep: Pedal to the top or give up on mtb and buy an e bike
  • 1 0
 @rideronthestorm1: we were planning on a trip to morzine on 1st 2 weeks of july, cant see it happening though now, more than likely i'l go next year
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: glad you made it. thanks for speaking oout some balanced ideas. nobody knows.
some people (businesses) are going to make it, some dont, some are greedier than others, some will be cannibals, some fair, who knows. This corona pandemic is going to be studied for 50 years, how governments, regions and societies behaved and reacted to it. cheers
  • 2 0
 @kerosen1: The lifts will open this summer. I met Macron yesterday, he told me yes. Well, I had to threaten him a bit, but very strangely, when you hang a politician upside down on a balcony, he suddenly becomes reasonable ;-)
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: really? Where did you hear this? I haven't heard anything like this?
  • 1 0
 If lifts open, only French will be able to ride in France, don't think English, Italians, germans... will come to France.. at least in case if it opens, less lift queue..
  • 1 0
 @Davec85: move it to 2021, no way you'll come in July, borders won't be open until September. Macron told "if there is holidays, it will be in France only" we are not even sure, French people, to be able to ride in our country..

Sad we won't see you dear English Frown sad you're so funny in PDS!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:You had me all excited then for a minute , can you please do Boris review ?
You could put together a Top Ten leader board of the wackiest leaders !
  • 4 2
 @Matt115lamb: I can't, I must admit it, I am scared of listening to this guy. Polish politicians and Trump are painful enough, I won't take Boris. I believe "people" like him deserve good old Slavic public impaling. Although I am opposed to racism and eugenics, modern day and age politicians make me want to do some reading on concept of "untermensch" and whether someone looked at it from an angle of particular sort of intelligence, rather than skin color or nationality.
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: Thanks man! As long as Morzine is open, we'll be cool!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: did I just prop waki after 10 years?
  • 32 2
 I think it’s all Downhill from here.
  • 14 0
 While fully expected this is still a huge bummer!
  • 2 0
 Yeah I think at this point everything is going to be canceled. Frown
  • 13 1
 Just cancel the lot start fresh next year
  • 1 0
 Summer of 2020 is definitely canceled. Go ride your bike in the woods.
  • 1 0
 I think we should hit the reset button and start again , we’ve had a good go but have sadly failed if we’re all honest !
Where’s David Icke when we need him ?
  • 1 0
 @Matt115lamb: getting banned on YouTube lately.
  • 1 0
 @MuddyFoxCourierComp: no he’s still there with him wakey vids , good entertainment if your bored lol
  • 5 0
 At this point Mont-Sainte-Anne is not even sure of opening, not only because of the health situation but they had 2 majors problems with the gondola during the ski season and the team who was suppose to fix it went back to Germany when the covid situation started. No gondola, no DH world cup
  • 2 2
 There’s only a few people that can fix that? What kinda janky resort doesn’t have a mechanic on staff?
  • 21 0
 @freeridejerk888: The kind of resort that takes 4 hours to get Brook Macdonald off the mountain.
  • 2 0
 @freeridejerk888: they have a lot of mechanics/welders/etc on staff. Obviously this type of specific work isn’t in their job description.
  • 2 1
 So you need german skilled workers to repair your gondolas? Can`t Canadians do that on their own?!! It`s properly absurd.
  • 3 0
 @softsteel: french resorts would need the same Germans to come fix any major problems with their lifts. Millwrights and electricians take care of the day to day operations at any given resort, but specialized engineers are a reality for some jobs. When it comes to re splicing a cable after it is stretched to a certain degree there are few more than a dozen worldwide certified to do so
  • 1 1
 @dan-graham: BINGO! Only a handful of people in this world that are certified to re-splice ski lift cables. In 2003 there was only four I believe. They have a great job traveling all over the world staying in 5 star hotels. Not one cent has to come out of their pocket and they make a dentist look poor.
  • 1 0
 They even get their bar tabs paid. I picked the wrong career. But then again they have a much higher liability than I do. They cant make mistakes.
  • 7 0
 Let's face it 2020 WC is a write off Frown interesting to see if the world champs happen
  • 3 1
 Bad NOJZILLA! Have faith man!!
  • 3 0
 The other issue is, the racers haven’t been able to train. Just throwing them into a World Cup race with maybe a week of training is not safe for the athletes or fair to them.
  • 1 0
 Maribor is postponed and it may happen relatively late since it is a bit south. Lousa can happen very late since it's a winter training spot so there are chances we can have a 4-5 stop calendar.
  • 3 0
 You can almost cross MSA out, some people in QC are pushing for a cancellation of all sporting and culture events in Quebec until the end of August. Whether they'll do it or not, no one knows yet, but ...
  • 2 1
 Heard some industries where going to start up again soon... still need to keep the economy going.
  • 2 0
 The Quebec government has suggested that all social and sporting events be cancelled up until August 31. It has not been mandated yet though.
  • 9 1
 @nateisgrate: Exactly. Lots of people seem to believe that if governments just print and hand out money goods will magically appear. Truth is, at some point much sooner than people seem to think, those not at risk will have to return to work. The concept of "non-essential work" might make sense in an economy based on manufacturing where producing goods in most cases is essential. In a service economy, which most western countries have become, that's not going to work. Retail, restaurants, beauty salons, theaters, pubs, events, etc. Like it or not, that is what a large part of our economies are based on and it is simply not possible to shut them down for much longer.
  • 4 1
 @smithcreek: The people most confident we can keep to an indefinate / long term lockdown are often the ones furloughed and having their wages paid by the goverment.

When the government is no longer able to pay the countries wages and the employer has to take action, lets see how willing people are to push ever longer / more strict lockdowns.

This isnt to say we dont need to take measures to mitigate the effects of this virus, we just need to make sure the balance is right and only time will tell if we can get that right.
  • 4 0
 @smithcreek: It’s a question of data at this point. We need to know who exactly is “not at risk”. Testing of all kinds needs to be ramped up, like yesterday.
  • 5 2
 Does Coronavirus compare even remotely to the economic repercussions of ww2. Yet Europe was able to rise out of ww2 reasonably quickly.

The wealthy got taxed to shit or gave up fortunes to rebuild their countries. It’s going to be up to this generation’s wealthy to either horde and watch the world shrivel or rebuild the world out of this crisis. Unfortunately I don’t have much faith in the latter.
  • 2 1
 There's no avoiding long term lock downs. The virus spreads too fast and large cities will end up in chaos if it is allowed to run through the population all at once. Some of the extreme social distancing measures I'm sure will be eased off as things start to head in the right direction but I wouldn't expect large social gatherings to be taking place before the end of the summer at earliest. The government can and will print money until then. It's going to be an interesting experiment in inflation.
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: There is a huge difference between a ‘lock down’ and social distancing measures.

I don’t think anyone would argue social distancing is here to stay for a long time but full lock-downs? - I’m not so sure.

You are making the assumption that without said lockdown that that the virus would not be manageable but that is just an assumption, a balance needs to be drawn between spread reduction and suppression of ‘normal’ life, that likely won’t be found at a full lock down.

Governments around the world absolutely won’t be able to print money for 18 months, it would be absolutely catastrophic and as I say, unless we know how effective measures are you could be shutting an entire economy down for a small benefit over just implementing social distancing - I don’t know this to be the cause but hope studies being ran now will help answer that and we can move forward with a balance of sorts.
  • 2 1
 @justanotherusername: You are so far off the mark it is laughable. Earlier you say that the only people for a shutdown is those furloughed. I'm furloughed, my budget is slashed considerably. My promotion I was supposed to get 8 weeks from now is out the window as the expansion is on hold indefinitely. I don't even make great money, there are people who's budgets are halved or even worse.

Most western countries have plenty of amassed wealth to get thru a year of poor economy. In the US we spent the last 4 years with corporate taxes cut by 15% which would pass 4-5 of the last stimulus bills.

There is plenty of cash on hand to support this crisis. It's just a matter if you value human life over dollar bills.
  • 3 0
 @bulletbassman: Many people comfortable with a shutdown going on for a long duration are furloughed staff, yes. They are at home, in the case of the UK getting 80% of full wages up to a little over the national average wage, some are getting 100% if the employer agrees to, meanwhile many get absolutely nothing or are worried about paying said wages.

Oh dear, your 'budget' is slashed and you don't get your promotion, how terrible - Some people are not furloughed, they have been fired or they are self employed and outside of the guidelines meaning they get zero income support, that's right zero - no 'slashed budget', nothing, Small company director here in the UK? - almost nothing. If you employ people you have to wait for months to get the furlough grant back, how do you last until then with zero income coming into the business?

Get a perspective, you are one of the protected ones, sure you lose a little like most are but you are not losing it all, are you?

Most western countries absolutely do not have 'amassed wealth' - that's why governments are borrowing huge sums to make these payments - there is absolutely zero actual 'cash' to support this crisis, it is all being printed on the backing that people in the future will pay it back.

Stop being so simple minded, its not a case of human life v money at all, though that's a decision governments / societies around the globe do make every day in normal life, its called a balance, get it wrong and what do you think happens years from now when there isn't any money left to support health care services, or in countries with privatised health-care nobody can afford an insurance premium?
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: dude it was a life changing promotion that would’ve put me on track to be firmly in the middle class. The financial goal I’ve been working for well over a decade.

I think many people need to choose when deciding whether to side of caution for the sake of public health or side on risk for the sake of the economy what’s more important to them. My mom catches this thing and she is almost surely one of thoSe people fighting for a ventilator to save her life. I can choose to be working class or even go back to poverty level incomes if this thing continues on further than we’d all like it to. I’m well aware that the longer we are shutdown And the stricter the restrictions when we aren’t the longer I’ll have to wait to move my life forward financially.

Businesses will fail, people
Have already lost retirements and life savings. People
Like myself have lost earned opportunities thru no fault of their own. I really don’t care about any of that if family stays healthy thru this. And this is exactly the time I expect governments to do their job and redistribute wealth. As always in crisis’s like this the wealthier countries will recover first and then money flows internationally thru trade.
  • 1 0
 @bulletbassman: You still seem to be missing the point and are looking at this from the simplistic and specific view of individual health vs wealth - it isn't that simple.

As I said above, you have to balance the two as they are so closely linked - There are already figures coming out here in the UK that 6000 people may have lost their lives during the lockdown, not because of covid-19 but because of the lockdown itself.

I am not looking at the economic impact from the perspective of the individual, the fact that you have lost a promotion, the fact I am now on almost zero income etc - What I am concerned about is the wider economic impact which we know as fact from previous (and less dire) economic problems will cost lives - that is undisputable fact.

As I say again, its about balance, I am not some single minded psychopath advocating removal of all restrictions, nor do I think we should be locked down for two years while we wait for a vaccine which may or may not ever become reality.

Last point - your government has no wealth, it has nothing to re-distribute, you are so far off the mark here that the exact opposite will be true - When this is over the poor will pay much more in tax, not less. The government bailouts have to be paid somehow and if you think it will be coming from Amazon / Google you are living in fantasy.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I think the government here in america has 2 choices. Heavily increase social programs as this continues, or get voted out in November. In which case the democrats will come in and heavily increase social programs. The truly poor also really don't have much more to give in taxes and receive far more in benefits than they pay in taxes. Middle class people can afford higher taxes down the road if it means not losing everything during the crisis. The wealthy should expect to take a hit for the team (though I agree with you that they'll almost certainly not pay as much as they should).

I do also agree a balance needs to be made. But I'm going to argue for that balance to be far more on the side of conservative. Which very few people arguing for reopening the economy right now seem to be interested in. I'd also like to see your sources for 6000 people dying due to the lockdown.
  • 1 0
 @bulletbassman: So funny! You think "cash" is what's needed to get through an extended period of zero production. Do you understand that the words "product" and "production" have the same root? Without production, there is no product. Do you think the Chinese and the rest of the world's "producers" are going to just keep sending us tangible items in return for money hot off the printing press?
  • 2 0
 @bulletbassman: Sorry I mis-quoted the figures as it was something I heard on the radio - the increase in deaths over the period in question was 6000.

So the point was that around 3500 of those deaths had covid mentioned (so people dying with covid not confirmed of covid) leaving 2500 deaths more in that period than average which they are suggesting could be due to lockdown measures.

Sources:

www.ft.com/content/8027d913-2e2f-4d4c-93db-89bd726105f0
www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/04/14/coronavirus-is-lockdown-leading-to-deaths-from-other-causes

On your subject of taxes, here in the UK we have apparently just come out of government austerity - the poor (that includes the 'middle class' - be realistic) were absolutely hammered, benefits cut, wages barely increased during the period. As I say, the billionaires wont lose a penny, if anything they will only get richer.
  • 1 0
 @smithcreek: Yes. Beats having those units sit in a warehouse and there factories shut down because there is no market for them. China has no problem subsidizing losses in order to keep it's GDP climbing. Just like the US has no problem spending in order to keep it's tech/service economy running. The two work together hand in hand to keep each other going.
  • 2 0
 meh...these events are made possible by capitalism/ consumerism. The reality is that human's rampant consumption has exposed us to nature's darker, albeit natural side. An mtb race is a luxury. time to rethink about what what is important in life; we are responsible for our own entertainment after all..... there are always two sides to a story.

sportz
  • 7 2
 Tahnee and Rachel must be delighted
  • 2 1
 It will be in their favour for recovering.
  • 4 0
 Peaty's still on the booze! ;-)
  • 1 0
 Yup hopefully they will be back in time to race. So then there will be a stacked field. I hate to see the races being cancelled but some injured riders must be somewhat happy.
  • 2 0
 Summer is a wash . When things do open they will be so busy I wouldn’t be surprised to see another out break
Chairlifts and gondolas are not great for social Distancing
  • 2 0
 This outbreak is the new normal. Expect fear and lockdowns from this point on.
  • 4 0
 Just cancel it all at this point.
  • 1 0
 Tests kits will need to be widely available to test everyone involved with any sporting event probably b4...
  • 2 1
 @jrocksdh: for now test kits are a joke and whether we will get reliable ones is a big question. South Korea that was boasting about their testing, their success are now admitting they have returning cases so they don’t know if their tests were any good, whether the virus has mutated, whether immunity is not being developed. It may all be for nothing. Or at least the only good thing that can come out of all these measures that healthcare won’t get smashed just yet.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: agreed. Guessing antibodies will be key...
  • 4 0
 Balls. That's all I have to say about all this hideousness.
  • 1 0
 I was hoping it will come around for Andorra, what a bummer. Hope the park will open with social distancing in place. But as long as the hospitals are full I think they won’t open.
  • 3 0
 Still tied for first in Fantasy DH!
  • 1 0
 Seriously!!!! Me too!!!!
  • 2 2
 With so few races to win it will make one tiny mistake very costly. Do you go all out, or try to ride safe and not make a mistake ?
  • 1 0
 These are the important questions we need answered!
  • 1 0
 I think by default we can assume 2020's events are cancelled. Let us know if any of the races are on.
  • 3 1
 Said it before and I’ll say it again

#Snowshoe2020makeupdate
  • 1 0
 I have some trips up to whistler this summer, I am not sure that it will open. what do you think?
  • 2 0
 I highly doubt it.
  • 1 0
 Don't plan on it. Maybe summer 2022.
  • 1 0
 Do you think we can get at least 1 race this year? VDS vs Les Gets?
  • 1 0
 Theoretically the first 2 rounds are relatively far south so they can be postponed rather late this year so I'm still hoping that 4 rounds will happen this year.
  • 4 4
 This pandemic will be far worse for the world than the deaths. Just wait and see.
  • 1 0
 "Only the dead have seen the end of social distancing"
  • 11 14
 Believe whatever you want. But the facts are 90% of the people who catch it get better with in a few weeks and most don't realize the even had corona. Not only that, Very few people actually ever get it. So if you think destroying the worlds economy that will never recover and will kill millions and potentially billions is worth a few thousand then that's on you.
  • 9 6
 Ok Hannity..
  • 7 5
 @panzer103 shhhh the thought police are listening, dont let them figure out you've caught on to this deepthroatfalsefagclinton conpsirageddon! We'll never overthrow the lizard people illuminattys if you blow your wad this early. Keep the faith but be patient brother, now back to your regular scheduled OANN programming
  • 1 0
 JFC...
  • 1 0
 Who gets the fantasy bike, loll
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