The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), together with Flanders Classics, today announces the revised calendar for the 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup which has been adapted in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
After the publication of the calendars for the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour, the UCI World Cup and World Championships for mountain bike, and the international road calendar- respectively the 5, 15, and 19 May -, the UCI can today announce the new dates of the UCI World Cup for cyclo-cross for the 2020-2021 season. At this stage, the new cyclo-cross calendar concerns the categories Men Elite and Women Elite (including Women Under 23).
The series will kick off on 1 November in Overijse, Belgium, and will end on 24 January in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. It will comprise 11 rounds, which is three fewer than initially scheduled before the start of the world health crisis that has had widespread repercussions, including on the sport of cycling. The rounds in Waterloo (United States of America), Dublin (Ireland) and Antwerp (Belgium) have been postponed to the 2021-2022 season, while the round in Zonhoven (Belgium), moved from 25 October to 13 December, takes the place of Antwerp.
The 11 rounds of the revised calendar will be held in five countries (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Switzerland), with five being organised outside Belgium.
The UCI World Cup calendars for the Men and Women Juniors and Men Under 23 categories, communicated at the end of the January UCI Management Committee meeting, will be re-evaluated and communicated at a later date.
In addition, the UCI will make an announcement shortly concerning the other calendars, mainly "off-road".
Revised 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
- 1st November: Overijse, Belgium
- 15 November: Tabor, Czech Republic
- 22 November: Koksijde, Belgium
- 29 November: Besançon, France
- 6 December: Wachtebeke, Belgium
- 13 December: Zonhoven, Belgium
- 20 December: Namur, Belgium
- 27 December: Diegem, Belgium
- 3 January: Hulst, the Netherlands
- 17 January: Villars, Switzerland
- 24 January: Hoogerheide, the Netherlands
UCI President David Lappartient Président declared: “I welcome the publication of the 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar. Together with Flanders Classics and the organisers we have managed, in a short space of time, to establish a series comprising 11 rounds in five countries. I thank Flanders Classics and the organisers for their positive attitude. I regret the absence of rounds such as those in Waterloo and Dublin, which fortunately we will see the following season. After the calendars for road and for UCI mountain bike events, another important section of the UCI International Calendar can be revealed. This is an excellent sign for the athletes and all participants of our events. As for all events with new dates, they remain dependent on the health situation in their respective host countries.”
“It seemed appropriate for all parties to postpone the start of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup to the beginning of November,” explained Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics. “On the one hand because of modifications to the road season which will see some highlights in October and on the other hand because of uncertainties that still exist over measures that will be necessary, both at national and international level, to keep the Covid-19 pandemic under control. The UCI and Flanders Classics thank organisers and cities for their constructive and flexible collaboration. We also hope that the financial efforts we are making for local organisers will help them stage their races in these conditions.”