While it comes as no real surprise, the cancellation of the Fort William World Cup feels like it stings a little more than the rest.
While the cancellation or postponement of races worldwide is starting to become the norm, the recent announcement that the Fort William round of the 2020 UCI Downhill World Cup feels like a kick in the plums.
Say what you want about the midgies and the weather, the second longest-running World Cup venue (behind Mont Saint Anne) always delivers.
Read the full press release from the UCI below.
Due to the current pneumonia epidemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the fourth round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, on 22 and 24 May will not take place on the scheduled dates, and that the fifth stop in Fort William (Great Britain), scheduled for 6 and 7 June has been cancelled at the request of the organisers.
In light of the current situation, the UCI fully supports the fact that the running of the events 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 new date of the Nove Mesto na Morave leg will be announced by the UCI, in consultation with the organising committee, on due course.
The UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike community after the decision made to cancel the Fort William event and would like to thank both organising committees for their cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.