It might have been a little too soon to get excited about this year’s World Cup as the Val di Sole World Cup DH and XC has been cancelled.
Val di Sole sits in the region of Trentino, one hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, and as a result, any mass gatherings of more than 1000 people are not permitted until mid-October. The race was due to take place a month earlier in September.
Both the 2020 UCI Four Cross and UCI Trials World Championships have also been cancelled as they were due to take place at the same venue.
As a result, the current UCI Downhill schedule looks like this:
- 5-6 September: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
- 19-20 September: Les Gets, France
- 5-11 October: Leogang, Austria, World Champs
- 15-18 October: Maribor, Slovenia – two rounds
- 29 October-1st November: Lousa, Portugal – two rounds
Read the full UCI press release below.
“Due to the current pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regrets having to announce that the round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which was to take place in Val di Sole (Italy) on 11 and 13 September, has been cancelled at the request of its organisers.
The decision was taken in light of new measures announced by authorities in the province of Trentino due to the health situation. These measures forbid any international sporting events until 15 October 2020.
The UCI and the organisers cooperated throughout the process, initially seeking to postpone the event to a later date in the season, before agreeing to take the difficult decision to cancel the UCI World Cup round. The UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike community and acknowledges the Organising Committee’s concerted efforts in these difficult circumstances.
Moreover, the UCI points out that the organisers’ decision to cancel Val di Sole also extends to the 2020 UCI Four-cross World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz and the 2020 UCI Trials World Cup scheduled respectively for 10-11 September and 24-26 July.”