The Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Race Season

Jan 20, 2020 at 4:03
by Ed Spratt  
Loic Bruni narrowly escaped second but left the rest in the dust. Tomorrow should be interesting as the track deteriorates.

The offseason is finally nearing its end, the latest team signings are slowly starting to trickle in and that means racing will soon begin for another season. As we reach the end of January, we are now started to see weekly races around the globe as riders shake off the cobwebs and . Let's take a look through some of the exciting events we have to look forward to over almost ten months of intense racing.



JANUARY



2018 New Zealand DH Nationals

January starts the year slowly with the main races being the first two rounds of the New Zealand national DH series which leads us into both the Oceania and New Zealand championship events. Closing out the first month of 2020 will be McGazza Fest in Queenstown.

Oceania Continental Championships:

24 - 25 January
Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand National Championships:

25 - 26 January
Dunedin, New Zealand
McGazza Fest:

26 January
Queenstown, New Zealand




FEBRUARY



Pedro Burns on the gas to kick off Day 3

February is another quieter month before the chaos kicks in and it starts off with the third round of the New Zealand national DH series in the Whakarewarewa Forest. This is closely followed by almost a week of racing through the Chilean anti-grip for the Andes Pacifico. Pedro Burns managed to secure a commanding win in 2019 that saw him become the first rider from Chile to win the event, can he make it two in a row for 2020? The rest of the month sees the final round of the New Zealand national DH series wrap up in Dome Valley and the Trans NZ enduro kicks off for another year of taking riders around some of the best trails on offer in New Zealand. To close out the short month of February is the South African National DH Championships in Cape Town.


New Zealand National Downhill Series RD3:

9 February
Whakarewarewa Forest, New Zealand

Andes Pacifico:

12 - 18 February
Chile
New Zealand National Downhill Series RD4:

16 February
Dome Valley, New Zealand

Trans NZ:

16 - 21 February
New Zealand
South African DH National Championships

23 February
Cape Town, South Africa




MARCH



The Bulldog charging and as he should. The men s race was super tight in times.

March kicks off the madness with racing every single weekend and it all starts with the first Crankworx World Tour stop of 2020 in Rotorua. Featuring six days of racing from slopestyle to downhill this is one not to miss in March. The Windrock Pro GRT is also another big event at the beginning of the month which will act as a good indicator for the first World Cup as normally a whole host of the top riders turn up for one of the first bigger races of the season. At the same time some of the top EWS riders will be heading to New Zealand for the NZ Enduro, last year we saw Martin Maes sustain the injury which would eventually lead to his short suspension from racing.

The second half of the month doesn't show any signs of slowing down with the Cape Epic and Australian National Championships filling the middle of the month then as we reach the tail end of March we are treated to back to back top-level racing with the first round of the DH World Cup in Lousã. Keep an eye out for sdh riders getting some early race practice the weekend before at the Portugal Cup or the iXS in Maribor. The month is closed out by the first round of the EWS which returns to Manizales in Colombia

Crankworx Rotorua:

2 - 8 March
Rotorua, New Zealand

Windrock Pro GRT:

6 - 8 March
Tennessee, USA
NZ Enduro:

8 - 10 March
New Zealand

Australia National Championships:

12 - 15 March
Victoria, Australia
Portugal Cup RD1:

14 - 15 March
Tarouca ,Portugal

Absa Cape Epic:

15 - 22 March
South Africa
World Cup DH RD1:

21 - 22 March
Lousã, Portugal
EWS RD1:

28 - 29 March
Manizales, Colombia



APRIL



Long rough fast loose and full of drifty corners from top to bottom. Is there anyone other than Sam Hill that you would place your bets on this weekend

April keeps the calendar full of racing action with the second round of the EWS kicking off the month. Racers will return to Lo Barnechea in Chile for another weekend of racing the Chilean anti-grip and we might see those that made their way out to the Andes Pacifico use their experience racing on this unique surface to their advantage. April also sees Sea Otter return for another year of racing and product launches in California.

Although it is a quieter month for the top-level racing April does see a few high profile race series kick off their year with the Super Enduro, British DH and the iXS European cup all host their first races of the year. With no World Cup downhill races this month we could see some bigger names get between the tape to keep their eye in.

EWS RD2:

4 - 5 April
Lo Barnechea, Chile

NW Cup Port Angeles:

10 - 12 April
Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Sea Otter Classic:

16 - 19 April
Monterey, California, USA

UK National DH Series RD1:

18 - 19 April
Rheola, Wales
Super Enduro RD1:

19 April
Pietra Ligure, Italy

iXS European DH Cup RD1:

24 - 26 April
Maribor, Slovenia



MAY



Mathieu Van Der Poel lead Nino Schurter out in the last lap and stayed there.

Kicking off the start of a crazy summer of racing, May features a whole host of events offering something for every type of rider. Before May has even got a chance to get started we see the World Cup DH head to Slovenia for the second round of 2020 in Maribor. The track offered some great racing in 2019 after it returned from a long hiatus of hosting World Cup racing but for its second year in a row on the calendar, we can expect more close racing from the World's best.

Just a week later the downhill circuit heads back to the jagged rocks of Lošinj, Croatia. The last time we were here we saw some tight racing with the short track offering an interesting challenge to riders and it allowed Red Bull to cover the track in cameras meaning we didn't miss out on anything as riders made their way down the hill. The British DH series heads up to Scotland for its second race of 2020 in Fort William, as usual, we may see some World Cup riders make the voyage to the highlands to get some extra time between the tape on Anoarch Mor.

Closing out May we finally see the start of the XC World Cup in Nove Mesto, as it is an Olympic year we are going to see some fierce racing as every rider tries to find their speed in time for their chance to claim some Olympic gold. The EWS is back once again as racers arrive in Olargues France for another two days of racing.

World Cup DH RD2:

2 - 3 May
Maribor, Slovenia

European XCO Championships:

4 - 17 May
Graz, Austria
World Cup DH RD3:

9 - 10 May
Lošinj, Croatia

Canadian Enduro Series RD1:

9 - 10 May
Fraser Valley, BC, Canada
4X Pro Tour RD1:

16 May
Szczawno Zdroj, Poland

UK National DH Series RD2

16 - 17 May
Fort William, Scotland
Super Enduro RD2:

17 May
Punta Ala. Italy

Mountain Creek Pro GRT

22 - 24 May
Vernon, New Jersey
4X Pro Tour RD2:

22 May
Winterberg, Germany

World Cup XCO RD1:

23 - 24 May
Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
EWS RD3:

23 - 24 May
Olargues, France

Austrian DH National Championships

23 - 24 May
Hollenstein, Austria
French Cup DH:

23 - 24 May
TBC

Mountain Creek Pro GRT:

23 - 24 May
Vernon, New Jersey, USA
Sea Otter Europe:

29 - 31 May
Girona-Costa Brava, Spain



JUNE



Vali Holl power out the start gate but it wasn t to be today for the Austrian her winning streak comes to an end in Fort William.

June kicks off with the downhill World Cup returning to the Scottish Highlands for the fourth round of the 2020 season in Fort William. The long and rough track has been on the circuit for years and although the track doesn't seem to change too much between season it always provides a good challenge for the riders. Close on the heels of the World Cup is the second Crankworx stop in Innsbruck which will see the world's best once again go head to head for the chance to be crowned king or queen of Crankworx.

The end of June will see a few crazy weeks with the fifth round of the DH World Cup, the second XC World Cup and the XC World Championships all taking place in the space of two weeks. With just a month until the Olympic games the XC racing will be faster than ever with riders reaching the peak of their training for the big event.

Irish Enduro National Championships:

6 June
Munster, Ireland

4X Pro Tour RD3:

6 June
Fort William, Scotland
Dutch XC National Championships:

6 - 7 June
Velsen-Zuid Spaarnwonde, Netherlands

World Cup DH RD4:

6 - 7 June
Fort William, Scotland
Italian Enduro National Championships:

7 June
Calci-Pisa, Italy

Crankworx Innsbruck:

10 - 14 June
Innsbruck, Austria
NW Cup Tamarack:

12- 14 June
Tamarack, Idaho, USA

Panorama Canada Cup:

13 - 14 June
Panorama, BC, Canada
World Cup DH RD5:

20 - 21 June
Vallnord, Andorra

World Cup XCO RD2:

20 - 21 June
Vallnord, Andorra
Canadian Enduro Series RD2:

20 - 21 June
Sun Peaks Resort, Canada

Super Enduro RD3:

21 June
Abetone, Italy
XCO World Championships:

25 - 28 June
Albstadt, Germany

UK National DH Series RD3:

27 - 28 June
Llangollen, Wales



JULY



When these rings shows everybody know something big and special is comming. It s the motiv why athletes train so hard and prepare themselfs four years to make their dreams come true.

Although July finishes with the excitement of the Olympic Games, there is a whole load of racing to get through before riders get a chance at Olympic gold medal glory. Kicking off July are some legendary races such as the BC Bike Race and the Megavalanche. A common theme this month is national championships with most countries declaring their best riders during this month. Highlights include the Swiss XC, British DH and the USA championships.

The EWS also returns this month with two full weekends of racing in Italy and Austria as the series returns to some of the riders favourite venues. The big day will finally come right at the end of the month where the best XC riders in the world will head to Tokyo to fight for the gold medal onto one of the toughest looking XC tracks we have seen in quite a while. This will definitely be a lot tougher for the riders than the World Championships race in Albstadt the month before.

BC Bike Race:

2 - 10 July
British Columbia, Canada

Sea Otter Canada

3 - 5 July
EWS RD4:

4 - 5 July
Val di Fassa, Italy

French Cup DH:

4 - 5 July
TBC
Candaian Enduro Series RD3:

4 - 5 July
Sea Otter Canada

Swiss XC National Championships:

5 July
Montsevelier, Switzerland
Megavalanche:

6 - 12 July
Alpe d'Huez

USA National Championships:

7 - 12 July
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
EWS RD5:

11 - 12 July
Petzen, Austria

Canada XC National Championships:

11 - 12 July
Oro Station, Ontario, Canada
British DH National Championships:

11 - 12 July
Rhyd-Y-Felin, Wales

Silverstar Canada Cup:

11 - 12 July
Silverstar Resort, BC, Canada
Italian XC National Championships:

11 - 12 July
Val Casies Bolzano, Italy

Canadian Enduro Series RD4:

12 July
Bromont, QC, Canada
4X Pro Tour RD4:

18 July
JBC, Czech Republic

Fernie Canada Cup:

18 - 19 July
Fernie, BC, Canada
Canadian Enduro Championships:

18 - 19 July
Panorama, BC, Canada

iXS European DH Cup RD2:

24 - 26 July
Pila, Italy
French Cup DH:

25 - 26 July
TBC

Canadian DH National Championships:

25 - 26 July
Golden, BC, Canada
Tokyo Olympic Games XC:

27 - 28 July
Tokyo, Japan



AUGUST



Henry Fitzgerald through hecklers rock.

After the disruption of the Olympics August sees the season go back to business as usual with the month kicking things off with the sixth round of the EWS heading to a new venue in Burke Vermont. At the same time, the future of DH will be on track in Austria for the iXS International Rookies Champs. Filling out the middle of the month is the double package of EWS Whistler and the infamous week celebrating everything that is mountain biking; Crankworx Whistler.

After a week of partying and racing in Canada, the next big event sees us looking to Lenzerheide which will only be hosting the XC World Cup this year which is the first time the venue has not held both the downhill and cross country racing. Instead, the World Cup DH has a week off before riders head over to Mont-Sainte Anne for more classic racing on the oldest track on the World Cup circuit. Just making it into August is the final round of the EWS in Zermatt, the finale to another season of enduro racing will once again meet its conclusion under the Matterhorn. Can Sam Hill make it four overall titles in a row?

EWS RD6:

1 - 2 August
Burke, Vermont, USA

iXS International Rookies Champs:

2 August
Serfaus,Firs-Ladis, Austria
EWS RD7:

7 - 8 August
Whistler, Canada

Crankworx Whistler:

7 - 16 August
Whistler, Canada

French Cup DH:

7 - 9 August
TBC

4X Pro Tour RD5:

8 August
MSV, Germany
UK National DH Series RD4:

8 - 9 August
Innerleithern, Scotland

iXS European DH Cup RD3:

14 - 16 August
Spicak, Czech Republic
World Cup XCO RD3:

15 - 16 August
Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Masters World Championships:

18 - 23 August
Praloup, France
iXS European DH Cup RD4:

19 - 20 August
Brandnertal, Austria

World Cup DH RD6:

22 - 23 August
Mont-Sainte Anne, Canada
World Cup XCO RD4:

22 - 23 August
Mont-Sainte Anne, Canada

Super Enduro RD4:

23 August
La Thuile, Italy
GT Malverns Classic:

28 - 30 August
Herefordshire, England

EWS RD8. Zermatt:

29 - 30 August
Zermatt, Switzerland



SEPTEMBER



Amaury absolutely smashed it today to take other dominating win.

Although September may not have many races, it is absolutely stacked with World Cup racing. Starting out the final big month of racing is the DH World Championships in Leogang. This is followed quickly the following weekend with a doubleheader in Val di Sole with one of the few World Cups in 2020 to host both the XC and DH at the same venue. Next, the circuit head straight off to France for the season finale at Les Gets. The French venue provided some of the wildest racing last year with Amaury Pierron's winning run still looks unbelievable. If we have another showdown between Pierron and Bruni expect some very excitable French fans. Coming at the tail end of the month is the second-ever Trophy of Nations which will once again bring the team format back to enduro racing as the top riders form national teams to secured the elusive Enduro rainbow jersey. Hardline finishes off the month in style on Dan Atherton's wild course.
DH World Championships:

5 - 6 September
Leogang, Austria

World Cup DH RD7:

12 - 13 September
Val di Sole, Italy
World Cup XCO RD5:

12 - 13 September
Val di Sole, Italy

World Cup DH RD8:

18 - 19 September
Les Gets, France
World Cup XCO RD6:

18 - 19 September
Les Gets, France

Trophy of Nations:

23 - 27 September
Finale Ligure, Italy
UK National DH Series RD5:

26 - 27 Septemebr
Caersws, Wales
Red Bull Hardline

26-27 September
Dinas Mawddwy, UK



OCTOBER



Brendog backflips his canyon gap on his way to fourth place.

As always October is a pretty quiet month with the main event being one of the craziest events of the year, Rampage. 2019 saw some incredible runs from veterans of the sport and from a few fresh faces. October may seem a long way off now but once the excitement of racing kicks in we will be at the end of the season in no time and it expectations will be building for 2021.


Fox US Open:

1 - 4 October
Big Bear Lake, California, USA
Red Bull Rampage:

TBC
Utah, USA



Which events are you most looking forward to this season?


71 Comments

  • 45 1
 Some friends and I are going for a KOM on a new Strava segment in our local woods, in late April. That probably should go in this list, right?
  • 19 2
 DM me the live stream link. Don't want to miss this one
  • 44 13
 Thank you for ignoring the IXS DHC Series completely...
There are 8 Races in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland
May:
Ilmenau, Willingen, Winterberg (all GER)
July:
Semmering (AUT)
August:
Tabarz (GER), Klinovec (CZ)
September:
Innsbruck (AUT)
October:
Bellwald (CH)
  • 12 0
 THE WHOLE MONTH???
  • 16 1
 Is IXS DHC something else than the iXS DH European cup? Because that one is in the list, though it may have been edited after your post of course.
  • 5 0
 @vinay: yes, there's the EDC = european DH cup and the previous GDC (german DH cup) and SDC (swiss DH cup) now merged into one series DHC.
  • 2 0
 How about no content? What about “gee, our readers are totally unappreciative with the continuous stream of free content so let’s just pack it up because we can’t seem to make everyone happy” sentiment? Good grief, man. Quit your moaning. And congratulations, you got to add the IXS calendar for all our benefit. Good show on that part.
  • 6 0
 @eurojuice: I didn't mean to really complain or not honour the effort going into this post, and the website as such.
Still, it says in the title: "ultimate guide". That, in my understanding, means all of it. It's just a bit sad to see that the (as far as I know) biggest DH series with international races is not mentioned. There are 300 to 500 riders each race, so I think this is well worth mentioning.
The "French Cup" is mentioned, though, without it having any information, besides the date.

I'm sorry if my post offended you in any way. Kudos for your effort in defending the content creators!
  • 7 0
 @Morrrice: Dude! What a solid reply. Seriously appreciate it. Sometimes these comment sections just get my goat because it’s hard work to produce this site and others like it. These men and women don’t get dentist money for their work and I would bet PB probably doesn’t offer any stock options or profit sharing. Not pitching the hard case for content creators here. Just like you said, sticking up for them a bit because I love what they do. Thanks again for your reply. Made my day. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 @Morrrice: I think it was a good head-up but the first sentence in your initial post definitely came across as unfriendly. "Thank you for ..." when you didn't really thank them. And "... for completely ignoring ..." implies that you think they information was right under their nose and they consciously chose to not include it. You said sorry in your second post so it is all good but I think we can agree that if you read your first sentence again then it definitely comes across as a complaint at the very least.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Yes, I totally agree. Unfortunately, PB doesn't allow to edit your posts after a certain time has passed.
Also, I would have liked to edit, that I meant "biggest EUROPEAN DH series", but that's not possible any more, either.
  • 26 2
 Man there is no rhyme or reason behind the scheduling of the WCDH.
  • 15 0
 i hear ya. eight weeks off between round five and round six and then the world champs and the final two rounds of the world cup.. in the space of three weeks?
  • 5 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Yeah, that's crazy. Makes no sense to have a "lay it all on the line" World Champ race then two more final rounds if it's a tight battle - unless someone like Danny comes along and decides.
  • 4 0
 @neimbc: There is a tons of Nationals Races going on during that time, then the Olympic (which required all the focus of the UCI) , then Crankworx. It's probably why it's like that. However, cramming everything at the end seems more like a move to wrap up the season ASAP. They could have space it a bit but then you get in the way of Red Bull Hardline. September is gonna be exciting for us and exhausting for te racers.
  • 23 2
 I'll call the guide ultimate only when the team rumors are finally cleared. Until then, nobody rides for no one.
  • 3 0
 Or, just consider, 2020 is the year of the privateer? Everyone is riding for no one?!?!?!
  • 36 0
 Wyn Masters gives better Prize Money than the UCI, so everyone has gone Priviteer
  • 9 3
 "nobody rides for no one"

does that mean everybody rides for someone?
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Everyone rides for everybody, not just one...
  • 1 0
 @ceolmhar: so many people have already confirmed for 2020, what are you on about
  • 1 0
 @KiwiEnduro128: #sarcasm
the comment I replied to says "until then, nobody rides for no one."
  • 11 0
 can't wait for another year of Bruni vs Pierron
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah Smile
Two months to go!
  • 12 0
 You mean Bruni vs Pierron vs Hart vs Brosnan vs others.
  • 14 0
 ... vs Gwin vs Minnaar vs Greenland
  • 6 0
 @Fraenksen: Yes! Let's just hope all stay healthy and feel strong and ready.
  • 1 0
 round 8 in les get Smile if it comes down to a shoot out between loic and amaury in the final round, that will be a monster atmosphere!
  • 3 0
 The People want Trummer vs the Denin Destroyer!!
  • 4 0
 Can't wait for a new president!
  • 3 0
 @JimmyWeir: You just made my day XD.
I really feel ya man. scary times to be alive
  • 10 3
 @pinkbike, Ews Petzen / Jamnica does not take place only in Austria, it is an event on the border of Austria and Slovenia, taking place in both countries and is organized by people from both sides, so please correct this information.
More info: www.enduroworldseries.com/race/ews-round-5/ews-black-hole-enduro-petzenjamnica/201970
  • 7 0
 Super helpful thanks PB but the formatting is a bit wayward!
  • 1 0
 Supes way bro
  • 6 0
 It looks like a great year for the sport. Buzzing!
  • 12 1
 yeah and spoiler-alert : I wont be racing anything as usual !
  • 2 0
 The dates are a bit off, I spotted one that is definitely off which is the Mountain Creek pro Grt on May 18,19 as that would be on a Mon Tues. Those dates are the same for the 2019 season.
  • 9 0
 Looks like they took the 2019 ProGRT dates from USA Cycling. Isn't it amazing that it's January 21 and USA cycling still hasn't announced the ProGRT dates? The (excellent) event organizers announced dates for #1, March 5-8 in Windrock, TN.

USA Cycling is such a disappointment, year after year. What a way to promote a sport. How can you plan to attend events if you don't know when or where they'll be held? And they're only a few months away?
  • 3 0
 Zwift trackstand champs would make for great tv. "Stay on your bike. No I mean it, get back on your bike now, we're not done yet."
  • 3 0
 if y'all want to follow along with us boys chuck @nzracing a follow on Insta - the home of Kiwis behind the tape!
  • 3 0
 pay attention race season 2020. march PORTUGAL!! yeahhh PORTUGAL!!!!!
  • 2 0
 As always, a round of DH french cup the same week-end as the EWS in France...
  • 2 0
 You're telling me that the Port Angeles PRO GRT runs from Sunday - Tuesday??
  • 3 0
 No Snow shoe for world cup finals!??!?!
  • 1 0
 Les Gets correct date is: 18-20 September
Also, all XCO dates should be three days long, because of the short track racing on Friday (if it's not changed for this year).
  • 2 0
 The Pro Grt USAC Dates are all from 2019 not 2020. Not that Canadians care but.
  • 2 0
 We know what we are waiting for Big Grin
  • 14 0
 Grim Donut huck to flat?
  • 2 0
 Yo Pinkbike, Tennessee National is March 4 - 8.
  • 1 0
 @pinkbike is it possible to add a tag for the inevitable Fantasy League that will result from this year's season?
  • 2 1
 Bootleg Canyon Winter Gravity Series in Nevada has two more races this winter Feb 14-16 March 13-15
  • 3 1
 Trans NZ but no Trans BC?
  • 1 0
 Don't forget about the first ever Sea Otter Australia which is happening October 2-5, 2020.
  • 1 0
 what about that Fontana race where Gwin usually wins by a minute on a two minute course
  • 3 1
 You completely left out November and December! #fightforequality
  • 2 0
 No mention of my race to the crapper after eating some bad take out.
  • 2 0
 Don't case the final toilet rim in front of the crowd
  • 1 0
 I thought NZ Enduro wasn't on this year!? Oh well, someone better tell Anka and Sven, haha.
  • 1 0
 Everyone’s ready except French cups, still don’t know where, lollllllll
  • 1 0
 Both of the NW Cup events are incorrect on a couple of levels. Where did this info originate?
  • 2 0
 Trans Madeira ?
  • 2 1
 Almost insiders only race right?
  • 1 0
 See you in Maribor and Losinj!
  • 4 5
 No mention of any of the Canadian Enduro Series races...We're also hosting two rounds of the EWS North American Continental Series.
  • 1 0
 where can I check the french DH calendar??
  • 1 0
 Wake me up when RAdelaide is hosting an EWS.
  • 1 1
 There is a race a Windrock on the 4th of February.
  • 1 0
 Isn’t it the Windrock race league?
  • 1 0
 @ajaypate1: I believe anyone can race.

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