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.
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.