UCI revises schedule for 2020's top mountain bike events
The UCI, cycling's international governing body, has switched the venue for the Cross-country Mountain Bike World Championships this year, as part of a new, rescheduled 2020 calendar.
The federation has revised the Mountain Bike World Cup calendar, after multiple events fell victim to the coronavirus outbreak.
The World Championships, originally due to be held in Germany from 25 to 28 June, will now take place from 5 to 11 October in Leogang, Austria.
While Germany is now starting to re-open again after several months of lockdown due to the onset of coronavirus, the country is still proceeding cautiously.
The World Cup series, meanwhile, will run from 5 September through 1 November, featuring six events. Four original hosts (Losinj in Croatia, Fort William in the UK, Vallnord Pal Arinsal in Andorra and Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada) have already cancelled their events, necessitating the rescheduling.
Events will now take place in Switzerland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Portugal.
David Lappartient, the UCI’s president, said: “The announcement of the 2020 UCI World Cup calendar and the holding of the 2020 UCI World Championships is excellent news for mountain biking, which has been greatly affected by 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 UCI management committee has also approved a revised qualification criteria for mountain bikers aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are now postponed until July and August 2021.