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Coronavirus and MTB Events

7/3/2020 6:52 AM

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide is canceled.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide, which has already been
postponed from August to September due to the COVID 19 pandemic, cannot take place despite the
intensive efforts of the organizing committee. The reasons for this are on the one hand the lack of
planning and implementation security for major events from September and on the other hand, the
currently given protective measures, which could not have been guaranteed at an event such as the
2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The canton of Grisons is unable to issue the
permission required under the current regulations today, as the event will not take place until
September and the regulations applicable at that time are not yet known.

The planned 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 4 to 6 September 2020 will not take
place in Lenzerheide. The cancellation affects all disciplines: Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) with Cross-
Country Short Track (XCC) and Downhill (DHI). The organizers in Lenzerheide very much regret the decision:

"We have waited until the last possible moment and have worked hard every day to make it possible. It is all
the more painful that we too will not be able to hold the planned World Cup", says OC President Christoph
Müller.
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7/3/2020 11:03 AM

Red bull hardline has been cancelled too. The Welsh Government and local councils won’t allow it to happen.

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7/7/2020 6:28 AM

Les Get World Cup canceled - https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/uci-update-on-the-2020-uci-events-calendar
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Since early May, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has provided regular updates on the changes made to the road, mountain bike and, more recently, cyclo-cross calendars. As the UCI has always said, the new dates that have been announced are subject to developments in the ongoing global health crisis and the decisions made by the relevant authorities in the countries hosting our competitions. What follows is an update on the UCI events (UCI World Championships and World Cups) in various disciplines cancelled at the request of their organisers.

Mountain bike

The Lenzerheide (Switzerland) and Les Gets (France) rounds of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, respectively scheduled for 4-6 and 19-20 September, have been cancelled at the request of the organisers. By way of a reminder, the Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada) and Val di Sole (Italy) rounds, which were initially due to be held on 21-23 August and 12-13 September respectively, have also been removed from the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar. Unfortunately, these competitions will not be rescheduled this year.
At the time of writing, the rounds at Nove Mesto na Morave (Czech Republic, 29 September to 4 October – a double XCO round), Maribor (Slovenia, 15-18 October – a double DHI round) and Lousã (Portugal, 29 October to 1 November – a double DHI round) were still scheduled to go ahead. The staging of two rounds on the same weekend will give athletes, teams and National Federations increased visibility, reduce the logistical costs they face and ensure the continuation of the competition.
The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in cross-country, downhill and pump track are also going ahead and will take place on 5-11 October in Leogang (Austria).

The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Championships are going ahead on 23 August 2020 in Leuven (Belgium), while the 2020 UCI World Cup calendar in the speciality has been reorganised.

The 2020 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships, which were due to be held in Pra Loup (France), have been cancelled, as have the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Four-cross World Championships in Val di Sole (Italy).

The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships are still going ahead, on 24-25 October, in Sakarya, Turkey.

Moving on to the 2020 UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup, the round due to be held in Barcelona (Spain) on 2-3 October has been cancelled. Having initially been been scheduled for 17-18 April and 5-6 June respectively and then postponed, the Locarno (Switzerland) and Bologna (Italy) rounds have also been cancelled.

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7/15/2020 2:42 PM

this just in from clayton harper of the US Open - it's been canceled
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The US OPEN is built on community. Every athlete, youth racer, family member, volunteer, spectator, event partner - contributes to the energy that creates the Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking experience. We came into 2020 with unreal momentum and were excited and committed to building upon the US OPEN heritage. We've been hesitant to make any official announcement regarding the status of our events, hoping that things would come together for the USO Race Festival this fall. As we've watched so many major events around the world cancel, and after much careful consideration of the health and safety of our community, our global roster of athletes and partners - we're announcing today that we will not be hosting the 2020 US Open Race Festival or Slopestyle competition.

We'll sure miss the party with you all this year - rest assured we've already begun to work on 2021 US Open plans. Alongside the rest of our global MTB community, we will continue to do the best we can to keep the stoke alive and support our community as we navigate these times. While we can't promise anything, we are still looking at options to host regional Next Gen Youth MTB Tour stops for late 2020 - stay tuned. Thank you for all your support, we hope you're able to get out on your bike wherever you are in the world!

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7/16/2020 8:17 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/16/2020 8:18 AM

EWS update
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Changes to 2020 Trophy of Nations and Championship points

The Enduro World Series (EWS) today announces some important changes to its revised 2020 calendar to ensure fair competition for all in light of the current situation with Coronavirus.

The Trophy of Nations race due to to take place in Finale, Italy on September 27 will now go ahead as a standard individual start EWS race. However, the amateur Rider Trophy will still go ahead in Finale as scheduled on September 26.

There will be no individual EWS Championship title this season to ensure that those riders that can't attend races aren't left at a disadvantage. Instead the victors of each round will be celebrated with a new custom winners' jersey, provided by Giro, at each event.

The Championship will continue for Official EWS Teams - with an exciting new rule that allows Teams to field up and coming local riders to score points if their registered riders are unable to make it to an event. This will not only allow Teams to keep their Championship hopes alive, but also offer an incredible opportunity for regional riders to experience international racing at the highest level.

full article here https://www.enduroworldseries.com/news/1497-changes-to-trophy-of-nations-and-championship-points-/

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7/16/2020 11:42 AM

sspomer wrote:

this just in from clayton harper of the US Open - it's been canceled
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The US OPEN is built on community. Every athlete, youth racer, family member, volunteer, spectator, event partner - contributes to the energy that creates the Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking experience. We came into 2020 with unreal momentum and were excited and committed to building upon the US OPEN heritage. We've been hesitant to make any official announcement regarding the status of our events, hoping that things would come together for the USO Race Festival this fall. As we've watched so many major events around the world cancel, and after much careful consideration of the health and safety of our community, our global roster of athletes and partners - we're announcing today that we will not be hosting the 2020 US Open Race Festival or Slopestyle competition.

We'll sure miss the party with you all this year - rest assured we've already begun to work on 2021 US Open plans. Alongside the rest of our global MTB community, we will continue to do the best we can to keep the stoke alive and support our community as we navigate these times. While we can't promise anything, we are still looking at options to host regional Next Gen Youth MTB Tour stops for late 2020 - stay tuned. Thank you for all your support, we hope you're able to get out on your bike wherever you are in the world!

Nobody should be surprised by this. Socal is back on lockdown and it is unlikely to get better anytime soon.

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7/17/2020 2:37 AM

More changes being made to the Enduro World Series for 2020:
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Changes to 2020 Trophy of Nations and Championship points

The Enduro World Series (EWS) today announces some important changes to its revised 2020 calendar to ensure fair competition for all in light of the current situation with Coronavirus.

The Trophy of Nations race due to to take place in Finale, Italy on September 27 will now go ahead as a standard individual start EWS race. However, the amateur Rider Trophy will still go ahead in Finale as scheduled on September 26.

There will be no individual EWS Championship title this season to ensure that those riders that can't attend races aren't left at a disadvantage. Instead the victors of each round will be celebrated with a new custom winners' jersey, provided by Giro, at each event.

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The Championship will continue for Official EWS Teams - with an exciting new rule that allows Teams to field up and coming local riders to score points if their registered riders are unable to make it to an event. This will not only allow Teams to keep their Championship hopes alive, but also offer an incredible opportunity for regional riders to experience international racing at the highest level.

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7/31/2020 11:59 AM

Some serious reshuffling of the upcoming EWS calendar - props to the organizers for fighting this hard to try and get us back to racing again, no matter how "strange" the schedule may turn out to be:
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The Enduro Sports Organisation (ESO), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Finale Outdoor Region are pleased to announce that a second Italian race weekend has been added to the 2020 Enduro World Series (EWS) event calendar. Set to take place on a closed course on the expansive trail network surrounding the town of Pietra Ligure, just along the coast from Finale Ligure, home of the iconic Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure and Rider’s Trophy. The pro-only race in Pietra Ligure will take place on 19-20 September.

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In light of the ongoing Covid-19 precautions, safety for both event participants and local communities is of paramount importance. The restrictions on rider and spectator attendance are designed to limit unnecessary travel to the region as much as possible. With that in mind, the races slated to take place in Manizales, Colombia and Farellones, Chile in November have now been rescheduled to open the 2021 season. The rounds in Nelson, New Zealand and Derby, Tasmania which were due to raise the curtain next year have been repositioned as the opening rounds of the 2022 season.

EWS Pietra Ligure (Pro Only), Italy - 20 September 2020

Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure and Rider’s Trophy, Italy - 26-27 September 2020

EWS Manizales, Colombia - 19-20 March 2021

Montenbaik EWS Farellones, Chile - 27-28 March 2021

Shimano EWS Tasmania, Australia - 2-3 April 2022

Aorere EWS Nelson, New Zealand - 9-10 April 2022

As a result of this restructuring, the 2020 season will now take place solely within Europe, and, although we will miss some of our international racers who would normally take part as well as the crowds, this decision has been taken to ensure on-site safety whilst still providing our fans with as much racing as possible.

The revised schedule also sees the second EWS-E race of the year move to the stunning trail network surrounding Pietra Ligure on 22-23 September to sit between the two Italian EWS events. This move is designed to ensure that maximum social distancing can be observed throughout the individual events. The three Italian events will take place over a ten day period to allow ample time for athletes, local staff and media to move safely around the venues in accordance with local government guidelines.

Finale Outdoor Region has hosted an EWS race every year since the championship began in 2013. Today’s announcement is a further example of their continued support for the athletes and teams of the EWS as we continue to work together to put safety and the sport first.

Ugo Frascherelli, the Mayor of Finale Ligure said: "Finale is honoured to host again, for the 8th year in a row, a round of the Enduro World Series which finds its natural home in our town. It is going to be a different event this year, focused on the sport and the storytelling of a special territory. A region that is ready to welcome outdoor sport lovers again on its trails, climbing routes, sea and its beautiful villages.”

Luigi De Vincenzi, the Mayor of Pietra Ligure echoed those sentiments: "Hosting a round of the Enduro World Series and EWS-E is a great honor, a result that rewards the work done in recent years to make Pietra Ligure a bike destination of international level with a strong appeal. In this difficult moment we have seized an extraordinary opportunity that has been given to us. We are ready to show the world the beauty and uniqueness of our trails. The EWS events represent both a prestigious showcase of the trail network and the chance to launch a positive message for such a strategic segment of tourism."

Andrea Principato, President of Finale Outdoor Region Sport and Events added his endorsement: "I’m excited to say that in 2020, such a difficult year, we are not just confirming the Finale event, but we are doubling it. A huge effort that shows the love for our region and the commitment of a unique team of whom I am very proud."

Gianluca Viglizzo, President of Finale Outdoor Region Consortium said: "We cannot wait to host the EWS on our enlarged territory. Finale, is well known as the spiritual home of enduro is uniting with Pietra Ligure, to represent a unique territory, from the mountain to the sea, full of history, natural trails and good food. See you in September!"

The Enduro World Series’ Managing Director, Chris Ball, had this to say: “This year has been incredibly tough for our local communities, venues, athletes and teams. What has been remarkable however is the work and commitment behind-the-scenes from all of our partners, striving towards hosting safe, responsible activity that provides moderated activity in safe outdoor spaces. This collective work has ultimately culminated in being able to turn those challenges into some much needed positives for the incredible communities of Finale and Pietra with whom we have worked with for many years. There is no series championship this year and we’ll no doubt miss some nationalities attending and the spectators being trackside. However, we are looking forward to exploring the news trails around Pietra, supporting our local partners in Finale and bringing some safe pro-racing to our fans online and around the world from some brand-new stages.”

For more information about entries for any of the events mentioned above please visit www.enduroworldseries.com. If you already have an entry for an affected event, you will be receiving a personal email with additional details. To view the full 2020 EWS calendar please click here.

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8/4/2020 4:13 PM

USAC update about collegiate nationals
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USA CYCLING COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling has spent the last few months speaking with colleges, teams and Conference Directors while monitoring the decisions of other college-based sports and organizations across the country. In addition, we have considered a number of options to hold safe and viable Collegiate National Championships for Track and Mountain Bike, including looking at alternative dates, venues and formats. At this time the majority of USA Cycling collegiate conferences have cancelled their fall racing season and we are hearing from more and more teams that they will not be able to compete or will have travel restrictions in place. Although we are seeing some local and regional events occur, there are additional safety considerations involved with bringing athletes and staff from around the country for the National Championships. Due to these concerns USA Cycling is cancelling both Collegiate Track and Mountain Bike Nationals for 2020.

We are currently considering alternatives for Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals, which is traditionally held with the USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals. We have heard from a number of schools and the majority have stated they will be finishing before the end of November, making a December Cyclocross Nationals difficult for our teams and athletes. We are working to determine if we can hold a standalone Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals in conjunction with an existing cyclocross race, and will provide an update in mid-September.

We recognize the lack of conference competition and Nationals is disappointing. As an alternative, we have created a series of challenges that will pit team against team over the fall semester. With competitions both on the bike and off, including a Collegiate Cup virtual race competition and an academic team challenge, we look forward to our entire collegiate community being involved. More information will be provided shortly as we open registration in mid-August.

Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.

For more information, contact Tara McCarthy at tmccarthy@usacycling.org



ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.

USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. In 1920, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling's 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.

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