History Lesson: 1993 DH World Cup, Kaprun, Austria

History Lesson: 1993 DH World Cup, Kaprun, Austria

Dodgy bikes and wild speeds in the Kaprun 1993 downhill World Cup.

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Losinj WC cancelled, Maribor WC and Olargues EWS postponed

Losinj WC cancelled, Maribor WC and Olargues EWS postponed

With the spread of Covid-19 constantly increasing, Losinj World Cup has officially been cancelled. Maribor downhill World Cup has been postponed as has the third round of the the EWS in Olargues.

Following on from the postponed first World Cup and the first two Enduro World Series races the UCI have released a statement, Losinj has been cancelled by the local organisation. The postponed races do not currently have a new date set.

Press release: 

Fourty-eight hours after announcing the main principles that will shape the revision of the UCI International Road Calendar in view of the resumption of the 2020 season in the context of the coronavirus, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces the framework for the other disciplines.

Faced with the continued spread of the virus, notably in Europe, and in the context of restrictive measures adopted by a number of countries banning gatherings and movement of people, the UCI underlines that as world cycling’s governing body, it puts absolute priority on the security of athletes and all people present at events on the UCI International Calendar.

In view of the current health situation, the UCI, in its concern for sporting equity, has taken the following decisions:

Suspension of all classifications for all events on the UCI International Calendar until further notice but at least until 30 April;

Concerning requests for the postponement of events, priority will be given in order to:
UCI World Championships, UCI World Cups, Continental Championships, National Championships, events on the UCI International Calendar.
Moreover, the UCI gives a reminder that for the qualification procedure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, still ongoing for mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle and para-cycling, the UCI took the decision to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to stop the qualification period retroactively as of 3 March 2020, given that up until this date, no nation had been prevented from attending events. With this strong decision, the UCI ensures sporting equity for the allocation of Olympic and Paralympic quotas.

The UCI will continue to play its role as cycling’s governing body for the families of our sport with the double priority of health protection and sporting equity. In this period of uncertainty, the International Federation will continue to closely follow the situation and take appropriate measures in the interests of our sport. It calls on the solidarity of all to come through these difficult times together.

Following is the view of the situation concerning the UCI World Cups for mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle and Indoor Cycling:

Mountain Bike

2020 UCI Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

The first round of the UCI MTB World Cup (DHI) in Lousã (POR), scheduled for 21 and 22 March, has been postponed. New date to be confirmed
The second round of the UCI MTB World Cup (DHI) in Maribor (SLO,) scheduled for 2-3 May, has been postponed. New date to be confirmed
The third round of the UCI MTB World Cup (DHI) in Lošinj (CRO), scheduled for 9-10 May, has been cancelled at the request of the organiser and will not take place at a later date.

2020 UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup

The second round of the UCI E-MTB World Cup in Ascona-Locarno (SUI), scheduled for 17-18 April, and the third round in Bologna (ITA), scheduled for 5-6 June, have been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

2020 Enduro World Series

The first round of the Enduro World Series, in Manizales (COL) scheduled for 28-29, the second round in Farellones (CHI), scheduled for 4-5 April, and the third round in Olargues (FRA), scheduled for 20-24 May have all been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by Citymountainbike

The first round of the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in Dubai (UAE) scheduled for 6 March, and the second round in Barcelona (ESP) scheduled for 28 March have been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

BMX Racing

The fifth and sixth rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester (GBR) scheduled for 17-18 April and the seventh and eighth rounds in Papendal (NED) scheduled for 2-3 May have been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

BMX Freestyle

The first round of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park et Flatland World Cup in Hiroshima (JPN) scheduled for 3-5 April, the second round in Puyang (CHN) on 7-8 May and the third round in Montpellier (FRA) scheduled for 21-22 May have all been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

Indoor Cycling

The first leg of the UCI Indoor Cycling World Cup in Winterthur (SUI) scheduled on 4 April and the second leg in Wendlingen (GER) scheduled on 25 April have been postponed. New dates to be confirmed.

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CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
CO-DIRECTOR: Mike Rose
CO-DIRECTOR: Victor Lucas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Jones

REGULARS:
Morgane Charre: Research
Harriet Jones: Management
Sven Martin: Photography
Boris Beyer: Photography
Sebastian Schieck: Photography
John Parkin: Legendary

FRIENDS:
Ric McLaughlin, Paul Aston, Lauren Jenkins, Tom Caldwell, Jon Gregory, Chris Kilmurray, Kerstin Kauffmann, Chris Jackson, Pedro Ballin, Alan

Amaury Pierron t-shirt: Pierron to the Metal

Amaury Pierron t-shirt: Pierron to the Metal

amaury pierron 2018 t shirt

Amaury Pierron is one of the fastest people to have ever swung a leg over a bicycle.

The Frenchman goes like he is possessed, and when he’s on, he’s on. This shot by Sven Martin from our 2018 downhill yearbook sums up Pierron’s characteristic flat-out riding style. Head down, eyes above the bars, eking every millisecond out of a course. The image screams speed.

That’s why we just had to make it into a t-shirt. We started with just a few of these back in 2018 but, seeing as we’ve just restocked the books in our store, we thought it would be good timing to add the tee as a special edition.

You can buy the t-shirt on its own or order it with a copy of the Hurly Burly 2018 and get 10% off the t-shirt price while you’re at it.

Now you can look as fast as Pierron rides.

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amaury pierron 2018 t shirt
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CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
CO-DIRECTOR: Mike Rose
CO-DIRECTOR: Victor Lucas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Jones

REGULARS:
Morgane Charre: Research
Harriet Jones: Management
Sven Martin: Photography
Boris Beyer: Photography
Sebastian Schieck: Photography
John Parkin: Legendary

FRIENDS:
Ric McLaughlin, Paul Aston, Lauren Jenkins, Tom Caldwell, Jon Gregory, Chris Kilmurray, Kerstin Kauffmann, Chris Jackson, Pedro Ballin, Alan

Press release: UCI announcement on Lousã World Cup postponement

Press release: UCI announcement on Lousã World Cup postponement

The UCI has just made an official announcement about the postponement of the opening 2020 Mercedes Benz UCI Downhill World Cup round, scheduled for March 21-22 in Lousã, Portugal: 

Due to the current pneumonia epidemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which has also affected Portugal in recent days, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the opening round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place at Louzanpark in Lousã on 21 and 22 March will not take place on the scheduled dates.

The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the Lousã local authorities and the Montanha Clube to reschedule the event based on the instructions made on 10 March by the Portuguese public health authorities. In light of the current situation, the running of the event 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 event will be announced by the UCI after consultation with the organising committee and the country’s health authorities, taking into account the overall calendar of the series and depending on the evolution of the spread of the coronavirus worldwide and in Portugal.

The UCI would like to thank the city of Lousã and the Montanha Clube for their cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.

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CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
CO-DIRECTOR: Mike Rose
CO-DIRECTOR: Victor Lucas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Jones

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Morgane Charre: Research
Harriet Jones: Management
Sven Martin: Photography
Boris Beyer: Photography
Sebastian Schieck: Photography
John Parkin: Legendary

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Lousã Downhill World Cup Postponed

UPDATE: The mayor of Lousã has advised the event is to be delayed or cancelled, in accordance with the national health guidelines (information in Portuguese can be read here). Thank you to our friend André Almeida for the update.

Update 2: It seems like the UCI is confirming this is a postponement, not all-out cancellation, as reported by Pinkbike.

Update 3: Official UCI statement about the postponement here.

Original post:

News just in from Phil Atwill, who is in Lousã, Portugal, where the first round of the 2020 Mercedes Benz UCI Downhill World Cup is due to be hosted this March 21-22.

“I’m in Lousã and just heard that the World Cup has been cancelled.” — Phil Atwill

The news is perhaps unsurprising considering the number of major events that have been affected by the covid-19 virus across Europe and the world.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.

Check out our World Cup downhill and Enduro World Series yearbooks here.

Check out our downhill yearbooks (2016-2019 complete season) here.

2020 Downhill World Cup Dates

Here are the dates and venues for all the 2020 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup races and events, including the 2020 mountain bike World Championships.

You will also find all these marked in our 2020 mountain bike wall calendar.

  • March 21–22: Lousã, Portugal

  • May 2–3: Maribor, Slovenia

  • May 9–10: Lošinj, Croatia

  • June 6–7: Fort William, Scotland

  • June 20–21: Vallnord, Andorra

  • August 15–16: Lenzerheide, Switzerland

  • August 22–23: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada

  • September 5–6: UCI MTB DH World Championships — Leogang, Austria

  • September 12–13: Val di Sole, Italy

  • September 19–20: Les Gets, France

Check out our downhill yearbook, Hurly Burly, in the bookstore.

Mountain bike calendar 2020

The World Stage 3: 2019 Enduro World Series Yearbook

The World Stage 3 chronicles the entire 2019 Enduro World Series race season, with the eight EWS races and the Trophy of Nations captured and recorded in the spectacular photography of Sven Martin, Boris Beyer and Sebastian Schieck and the reporting of a host of enduro’s keenest observers. The 228-page book is produced by Misspent Summers in the UK.

From the jungle of New Zealand to the razor peaks of Switzerland, The World Stage covers every drama of the 2019 Enduro World Series and showcases the fantastic destinations it visited.

  • 228 pages (22 advertising)
  • 300 gsm soft touch cover pages
  • 130 gsm inside pages
  • 245 x 190mm width/height
  • Hundreds of the best photographs of enduro racing
  • 9 x event reports
  • 7 x comment features
  • Key results and standings tables
  • Published by Misspent Summers
  • £15 plus postage and packaging

Buy it now

Coming soon: The World Stage — Enduro World Series book 2019

If I told you how much work goes into making one of our yearbooks, you’d never believe me. Mainly because we only ever seem to share photos of badminton, bike rides and cake eating during the weeks when our production crew gets together to put words and photos to paper.

We have a lot of fun creating these things and, without wanting to sound cheesy, we cherish the time spent as a team at the design office in Wales. Tea is gulped, food guzzled, image choice debated, loose ends tied up, music listened to, ideas shared, tangents embarked upon… et cetera. We love a good tangent, but I won’t go on about that.

Our latest baby, The World Stage 3, which chronics the entire 2019 Enduro World Series season, is launching on Monday 9 Dec 2019. We can’t wait. As with any of our books, all the fun stuff mentioned above is a small part of the process — months of work goes into each yearbook.

Our photographers, Sven Martin, Boris Beyer and Sebastian Schieck, get out there and relentlessly follow the EWS series around the world to destinations as far-reaching as Rotorua, New Zealand, Zermatt, Switzerland, and Northstar, USA. They put in the hard work gathering some of the images that will seal the year’s racing into the history book (this book).

Then, our reporters get their writing heads on and put together the detailed race-by-race roundups as well as the side features that delve into the how and why of enduro mountain bike racing. All of this needs to be commissioned, gathered up, edited, proofed and proofed again (and we still miss plenty of glaring mistakes, damn it).

The design needs a refresh every year, building on the lessons learned with each book launch. Colours are tweaked, fonts refined, layout rejigged to make something progressively more pleasing to the eye.

Images must be selected from tens of thousands supplied by Sven, Boris and Sebastian. Attempting to tell all the biggest and most interesting stories of the year while choosing the most exciting and beautiful photos can become a conundrum: Action over story? Big name or unknown shredder? Do you need the winner of each round depicted, even if they have a shot in every other race too (because they won everything — bravo Isabeau Courdurier)? You’d think so, but space is limited. There are roughly 200 image spaces in the entire book. Around 20 per event. That’s a surprisingly small space in which to tell every key detail.

Liaising with brands, printers, banks, accountants, distributors, media outlets and the public is the behind-the-scenes work that makes these things financially and logistically feasible (just about). Keeping on top of websites, social media, marketing, customer support, events, merch store and coming up with new ideas to keep the wagon rolling is all extra work.

Am I saying it is a tough job? Certainly not, but someone has to do it, and thankfully that is us.

All of this to eventually congratulate ourselves on having finished another book. The World Stage 3 is, it is probably fair to say, a thing of beauty. We can’t wait for you to see it.

Here are some photos of the highly tense, stressful and deadly serious production week.

Thanks for joining me on this tangent. World Stage 3, out Monday.

— James