[UPDATED] Schedule Changes Announced for the Loudenvielle World Cup Due to Adverse Weather

Aug 31, 2023 at 2:07
by Ed Spratt  

Another week and another weather affected World Cup weekend.

The UCI World Series have announced that due to electrical storms on Saturday afternoon it has adjusted the race schedule with some racing shifted to earlier in the weekend.

Originally taking place on Saturday the EDR World Cup will now take place on Friday with elite downhill qualifying also shifted from its Saturday spot to Friday afternoon. Junior Downhill finals will still take place on Saturday although the exact timing it yet to be confirmed.

Both the elite semi finals and finals remain on Sunday.

Check out the current revised schedule below and we will continue to update this article as we know more.


UPDATE - September 1

The UCI World Series have now released the following schedule for the Junior racing on Saturday:

10:00 - 11:00 CEST - Junior - Training
12:00 - 13:30 CEST - Junior Finals [10:00 - 11:30 UTC // 11:00 - 12:30 BST // 3:00 - 4:30 PDT // 22:00 - 23:30 NZST]

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  • 179 5
 Bloody Disocvery+, first they screw up DH and now they're messing with the weather... next they'll be changing the time the sun comes up so they can race at night !!!
  • 21 0
 I knew they are into HAARP. Probably they are somewhere based in Alaska
  • 58 1
 I actually heard that Mother Nature was a big fan of DH, but she’s pretty pissed with new format…
  • 36 40
flag cxfahrer (Aug 31, 2023 at 3:53) (Below Threshold)
 With the climate change progressing, it seems to be a bad idea to put all races into the part of the year when the oceans are heated up to the max and rain starts pouring over the land like a deluge.
  • 7 1
 Apparently the UCI got intelligence from GCHQ about cloud-seeding drones British Cycling had arranged for rain on Saturday, through a shadowy Chinese cloud-seeding drone company.
  • 12 7
 @cxfahrer: Yeah they should definitely do it when there's snow and ice and you can't feel your fingers instead.
  • 2 1

"Mother Nature just pissed her pants suit"
  • 6 1
 @enis: dude, mother nature doesn’t wear pants
  • 1 0
 @tofhami: haarp is old school, they use advanced radar to modify the weather, even ship based.
  • 5 7
 @cxfahrer: do you also believe that all parts of the globe experience the same seasons simultaneously? Did you not know about the tilt of the earth?
  • 5 8
 @nickfranko: maybe you should do a bit research before throwing stones

Maybe start with this: www.uibk.ac.at/en/newsroom/2023/alps-lightning-activity-doubled-in-a-few-decades/#:~:text=Mountainous%20areas%20have%20good%20conditions,lightning%20to%20increase%20even%20further.

Or you going to throw the ‘fake science’ stone next?
  • 6 4
 @Monkeyass: maybe you should re-read what I said, because it has nothing to do with if climate change is real.

Don’t talk about throwing stones when a simple point went over your head like you ride an XXS.
  • 2 0
 @Monkeyass: not according to Danny McBride
  • 3 6
 @nickfranko: you think climate isn’t real?
  • 3 2
 @Monkeyass: your username definitely checks out.
  • 3 0
 They should get Rob Warner to start showing up dressed as Moses holding a staff saying "Let My People Go!"
  • 2 1
 @Monkeyass: Dude, the article clearly states the scientists don’t have actual measurements for the anything beyond 10 years. They created a computer program to “predict” what they think the lightning strike frequency would have been in past decades. They could be right, but they just as easily could be wrong. This is not science.
  • 1 0
 Somethin Somethin Discovery took our jobs rable rable
  • 63 2
 Let the storms electrocute the semifinals.
  • 60 0
 ...Foot inspection?

I didn't know Quentin Tarantino worked for the UCI.
  • 18 0
 "Don't be tellin me about foot massages, I'm the foot f**** master"
  • 1 0
 I bet Gee's got some good feet
  • 3 0
 Poor translation from French...
  • 4 12
flag handynzl FL (Aug 31, 2023 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)
 Inspection of the track on foot, a.k.a track walk.
  • 53 2
 Easy: skip semi's - its just too much for even core / rabid fans to enjoy (unless you're on the track). Just qualify & let's hav the f*cking race. Done & more fun. Or rather - the race highlights b/c I ain't supporting GCN / Discovery or UCI more more $$$ than I already got fleeced for on this Shark Week / Learning-on-the-Job race coverage this year.
  • 20 0
 This! Watched all the coverage of the first 3 races, no complaints about the commentary but its way too long watching the semis and then the finals on the same day. Just the live finals for me now.
  • 8 0
 I wonder why they don't do semis like XCC and have them the day before after quali. Still gives the people in person a ton of racing to watch, but then would help get some of the build up and drama of finals back. Also would take care of the logistical nightmare of having to go right back up for finals. Of course, I'd rather just scrap semis all together and watch 60 riders throw down one lap no crap.
  • 12 0
 I guess the Semi Finals then Finals experiment has failed. Not even the most hardcore fans have the attention span for that much racing content. So what about:
Top 60 qualifiers race the finals, the first 30 are coming down during the pre-race show. Film them all, giving the drone pilot a chance to get some practice in.
Then show a highlights reel of the best moments and fastest runs so far before cutting to the live coverage of the top 30.
  • 4 4
 @jamborf: I think it’s great. It means I can enjoy the finals without having to sit through watching those who aren’t going to worry the top 20
  • 9 1
 @succulentsausage: Fans at the races need protest signs with this slogan "One lap - No crap!"
  • 2 0
 @motts: are you going to snowshoe or MSA?
  • 2 0
 @snomaster: Was planning to go to MSA with my brother & his wife, but then I got invited to go sailing in Tahiti, so yeah, maybe next year. They're still still going.
  • 1 0
 @motts: sick, love Tahiti! I was in Mo’orea last Feb. but you are going in whale season. Enjoy!
  • 1 0
 @snomaster: Thanks. Any tips for Mo'orea? We have a couple days there before getting on the boat. I'm already planning to rent bikes to ride around one day.
  • 40 4
 Gotta feel for the riders, they dont know which way is up, down, inside out this year. Taping as good as gone Little yellow smurfs put around the track Pads that you can jump, not jump Tracks changed Bad weather New format Semi finals and finals Points but not points that actually count Training changed Timed training gone, back in, who knows next. Paying for entries as part of a pro team and denying riders entry who are faster! How to take an established sport, try and change it and demonstrate how to screw things up consistently. .... where's Brayton and a change to the rules to add in some common sense... Someone needs to be held to account for screwing all this up!
  • 19 0
 At least these schedule changes are for rider safety.
The rest of the mess on the other hand…
  • 8 39
flag danstonQ (Aug 31, 2023 at 3:40) (Below Threshold)
 Hooo la la... poor babies. Stop mourning for nothing. They will survive and practice their sport anyways.
  • 12 2
 @danstonQ: Call yourself French? You should be in Aigle (CH) throwing burning missiles at UCI HQ and looting Geneva!
  • 4 4
 Riders are in charge. They get together and can do whatever they want. Or else, Discovery will broadcast empty track.
  • 3 15
flag MT36 (Aug 31, 2023 at 6:47) (Below Threshold)
 @danstonQ: You are right! These athletes are warriors and they couldn't give two shits about those details, practically speaking. Anyone who gets flustered by that sort of drama has no place at the elite level; you can't survive at this level without laser focus on the aspects of your race that are in your control. Sure the changes are not ideal, but c'mon, don't feel sorry for these athletes.
  • 9 2
 @MT36: Except the riders think the new system sucks, precisely because their laser focus is being diluted by the semis.
  • 4 14
flag MT36 (Aug 31, 2023 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 @BenPea: Sorry, not gonna have pity for a bunch of 20-something year olds getting paid to ride bike parks year round.
  • 12 1
 @MT36: It's not about pity, it's about making the whole thing completely suboptimal. Riders hate it and viewers have overdosed by the time finals begin. It tried to be open minded about it initially, but the overall product is objectively worse, and that's what's important. Complaining can be justified. You can't just roll over and get butt f*cked willy nilly.
  • 2 8
flag MT36 (Aug 31, 2023 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 @BenPea: "Gotta feel for the riders, they don't know which way is up, down, inside out this year"
the topic of the thread is about pity. And like I said, if you are getting paid to ride bike parks all year on state of the art, $10k DH rigs, I just don't feel that bad for you. I am sure it will all get sorted out. It is subobtimal, but not apocalyptic, like a lot of PBers make it out to be.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: pauvre choupinet.
  • 32 0
 Curious how they'll deal with the snow at Mont St. Anne in October...
  • 5 0
 I was up there last october riding in lac beuport and masif du sud. It's pretty early in October, so if I was a betting man, I'd say there probably isnt going to be snow, but anything can happen up near the St. Lawrence.
  • 5 0
 @Ironchefjon: same. Was in QC area from August through second week of October. Weather was pretty good but it got wet by late September/Oct. Leaves and rocks at MSA are slick AF in the fall and a couple days after a storm.

I can't even imagine being a first year junior and racing that track when it's muddy.
  • 8 0
 It's Quebec, not Antartica... MSA's base is at sea level. Chances of actual snow are pretty low. Chances of a slippery track are almost guaranteed.
  • 7 0
 if the snowmakers are not on it should be fine lol
  • 1 0
 @jlb1: couldn't imagine having to ride through that rock garden at mach 10 with ice everywhere....good luck guys!
  • 21 1
 ''electrical storms''... just as I was starting to believe that electric was the way to go. Bring back the fossil fuel storm please!
  • 20 2
 You mean acoustic storms!
  • 12 0
 "Bring back the fossil fuel storm"

*gestures broadly at everything*
  • 1 0
 @MartinKS: muscular storms
  • 1 0
 I think closest thing we can get to a fossil fuel storm is my neighbor Steve blasting down the old farm road tossing empties out the window with his buddies near me in his diesel truck while listening to Skynyrd. They are about as old as fossils and are fueled by a couple of 6 packs from the BCL store.
  • 21 4
 I feel there's a fair bit of confirmation bias regarding the stuff posted about this year's racing.
It suits all those who dont want to pay/dont agree with paying to talk the whole thing down.
Ive been watching DH since the Grundigs and it isnt as bad as youd believe reading PB.
Sure I now have to watch it with ambient sound but Id take that option in a lot of sports, commentators tend to deal in hyperbole and cliché - not my bag.
Also I dont get the semi-finals idea but I just dont watch it and focus on race.

Go back and watch Rob Warners run from Kaprun on Eurosport and tell me today is bad!
  • 16 1
 Why was there a big break in the middle of the season? One can't predict the specific weather events when making a season schedule, but living in Europe, my experience is that late summer has always been wetter than early and mid summer.
  • 18 1
 World Champs, and most likely the Tour de France......Discovery/GCN cover that race, and no other cycling event will get the coverage it deserves, so there is little point in hosting events that clash during those 3 weeks.
  • 2 1
 @Starch-Anton: fair enough
  • 14 0
 Probably get downvoted for this, but they're literally doing what everyone was clamouring for in the past. Trying to avoid the worst weather. They did the same last weekend and got unlucky. I think people are so fed up with UCI and Discovery that they will whine about anything. Don't get me wrong, I'm on board with a lot of the whining myself, but this is a good thing no? They're trying to find the optimal weather window for racing. Is it ideal? No, obviously it would be much better if it was sunny all weekend every weekend, but that's just not realistic. You'd have to have your blinders on to not notice this season has been the worst weather-wise in recent memory. Talk about timing for UCI/Disco. They're taking all the punches for their own mistakes, and then some more cause of things outside their control. Not defending them, just saying.
  • 1 0
 Late summer in Europes mountainous regions is know for storms so If they were trying to avoid bad weather they royally screwed the pooch
  • 15 0
 Hey, we open for business down here in the South... bit of rain in the forecast but nothing you'd want to cancel an event for. Spring starts tomorrow.
  • 2 0
 Yeah man they can do a WC in SA then Aussie and then NZ finals in October, or the other way round, NZ in mid march, Aussie in April and the SA and the end of April, take a month or more off and back into in in June. I remember a sick world cup in Brazil back in 07 I think it was.
  • 2 1
 @bikes-arent-real: Indeed. If you can just find someone who wants to organise the race and make it happen then bring it on. The UCI don’t organise the events, that’s down to local event organises to do
  • 1 0
 @chrismac70: Yes that is the problem. Stellenbosch should have seen back to back XCO races in 2018 and 2019 but the second one was ditched by the organizers. DH is even tricker - we'd need to build a new track and come up with a decent shuttle route and service to make it work well.
  • 12 1
 I vote that all the riders need to race in Kayaks instead.
  • 8 0
 Sunday mass start. Juniors and Elite, top to bottom, anywhere goes, dogs and cats living together
  • 8 1
 Foot inspection. This is just for the Only fans riders.
  • 9 2
 Odds that Mont-Sainte-Anne is just cancelled?
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  • 1 0
 @FuzzyL: Zero? After canceling the jr. race because of overnight rain in the beginning of September…I think there’s a chance…
  • 1 0
 @Whataboutism: Of course there always is a chance, if I could predict the weather with 100% accuracy I wouldn’t spend my valuable time trolling on the internet.

But I’ve actually been in and around Quebec in autumn twice, and also looking at their typical weather charts from that time of year I’d say the entire event being cancelled due to weather is highly unlikely.
  • 5 0
 It's ok count this as practise for Mont Sainte Anne in October when settled weather can be 'relied' upon
  • 4 1
 It is not a rare thing to see snow at the top of Mont sainte-anne in october. Ski season usually begins in november on the opposite side of the mountain. If the Gondola doesn't fall again...
  • 2 0
 A whole lot of rain in eastern Canada this year, expect the unexpected.
  • 2 0
 Just hold the whole season here in the UK. The weather is always consistently bad so doesn’t really matter when you race and outside of Fort Bill most runs are about a minute long which gives you loads of time for semi’s, finals, even an extra lap if you wanted. Easy fix dudes.
  • 3 2
 Two weeks on the bounce now that the schedule's had to be changed. Is it because of the new format i.e races are later in the day, as I don't remember any previous years in which this has happened? Genuine question btw, not trying to stir it up...
  • 9 0
 Start times are exactly the same as previous seasons. 13:00 for women's and 14:00 for men's elite.

Just bad luck this year.
  • 5 1
 It’s not so much the time of day but time of year. Normally this is getting close to the end of the season, especially the Europe leg. If the schedule pushes to December will we be surprised there is snow?
  • 2 0
 @casey79: Yeah, that's what I couldn't remember. I didn't think that the times were drastically different so wondered if it was just coincidence with the new format this year
  • 1 0
 I've seen the lifts on hold for electrical storms before at WCs, probably just the time of the year for the pyrenees getting lots of storms.
  • 2 0
 Reading the weather forcast: possible storm on afternoon, finals scheduled… On the afternoon ! with more than 1 hour between first and last start, maybe they liked what happened in Andorra
  • 2 0
 Yea forecast says 20% chance of thunderstorms and 4mm of rain. Doesn't seem too hectic. Maybe the they know something we don't.
  • 9 1
 @fektor-b: Electrical storms mean that lift systems don't run and helicopters don't fly. So if a rider crashes and needs an airlift they're shit outta luck. Fans are all v concerned about rider safety all of a sudden (more so this year than I ever heard back when the same tracks were being raced for the past 15) but it's a new umbrella (using the same local event organisers) so easy to shit on them when they do make adjustments to look after the riders.
  • 5 1
 This world is f*cked we half wit’s running every industry now
  • 4 0
 If only they started the season earlier.
  • 3 0
 this is mother nature punishing everyone for GMBN being chosen to discuss world cups
  • 5 6
 Hire Rob Warner and Nigel Page to do commentary and pipe it over the PA system at the race. Give them plenty of beer. The worse the weather, the more the fans - and riders! - will love it. Problem solved.

  • 1 0
 Epic moment for sure
  • 3 0
 Racing should happen in sundays anyway.
  • 1 0
 Will there be race updates on EDR today then? As they started an hour ago - no rush have s coffee first - but very much appreciate your efforts covering it!
  • 1 0
 Can anyone help a noob who can't figure out how to pay to watch this crap in Australia? I can't sign up to discovery+ with my aussie credit card.
  • 1 0
 Edit found it on GCN.
  • 3 5
 Just wait until they try to race in Quebec in October..... Not to sound like broken record.... This whole thing is getting outta hand... DH is in shambles because of who is in charge... Meanwhile North America has a fuckton of tracks available all summer without major weather issues for the most part.... Yet we can't get a race west of the Appalachian Mountains....
  • 4 0
 @OlSkoolJake - You're not wrong, this has been covered elsewhere. Apparently the cost to host a UCI race is way too high for most venues. Support your local series instead!
  • 1 0
 Is no addressing the fact that "electrical storms" sounds pretty terrifying?
  • 6 6
 Damn climate change/boiling/cooling/heating/blah blah blah/tax tax tax.. how many lives must you ruin!
  • 2 1
 What is "foot inspection"?
  • 4 0
 Inspection à pied.
  • 1 0
 this is definetely gone to shit.
  • 1 0
 hi, how do you watch DH WC if there's no discoveri + in your countri?
  • 3 0
 Wait for somebody to post a pirate link in the comments.
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 Ey, it's been a weird year for weather and that's an understatement!
  • 1 0
 I feel for the athletes.
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