Update: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to re-write the 2020 international race calendar. The Enduro World Series has published an updated 2020 event schedule. The UCI has cancelled or postponed a number of events, but has not yet set any new dates.
The calendar below will be kept up to date with cancellations and postponements. The new EWS calendar is here. An updated UCI calendar will be posted when it becomes available.
2020 is gearing up to be a thrilling year for mountain bikers, from World Cup to the Enduro World Series. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan are set to be the highlight of the year. With four years of anticipation built up since the Rio games in 2016, and plenty of new favorites emerging in the time since, all eyes will be focused squarely on Izu for the XCO racing in July.
Double world championships
While the Olympics attract the attention of hardcore fans as well as more occasional cycling fans, the Games are far from the only exciting event this year. The 2020 Olympics re-shuffle the UCI race calendar, in order to allow cross country racers to be at their best in Japan. That means there are two world championship events in 2020. Albstadt, Germany will host the XCO worlds in June. Then Leogang, Austria will highlight gravity racing in September at downhill world championships.
Enduro World Series
And then there’s the Enduro World Series. With its spread out calendar, the 2020 Olympics causes very little change for the latest arrival on the international racing calendar. The enduro series continues as normal in 2020, running from March to late September.
2020 XC, Downhill and Enduro calendar
March 21-22 – World Cup Lousã, Portugal (DH) [Postponed]
March 27, 2020 – EWS Manizales, Colombia [Postponed – Nov. 6, 2020]
April 4, 2020 – EWS Lo Barnechea, Chile [Postponed – Nov. 14, 2020]
May 2-3 – World Cup Maribor, Slovenia (DH) [Postponed]
May 9-10 – World Cup Lošinj, Croatia (DH) [Cancelled]
May 23-24 – World Cup Nové Mesto, Czech Republic (XCO/XCC) [Postponed]
May 23, 2020 – Olargues, France [Postponed – Oct. 3, 2020]
June 6-7 – World Cup Fort William, Scotland (DH) [Cancelled]
June 20-21 – World Cup Vallnord, Andorra (DH/XCO/XCC) [Cancelled]
June 26-28 – UCI XCO world championships – Albstadt, Germany [Postponed]
July 4, 2020 – EWS Val di Fassa, Italy [Cancelled]
July 11, 2020 – EWS Petzen, Slovenia / Jamnica, Austria [Oct. 16-17]
July 27-28 – 2020 Olympic Games XCO – Tokyo, Japan [Postponed]
Aug. 1, 2020 – EWS Burke, Vermont [Cancelled]
Aug. 8, 2020 – EWS Whistler, B.C. [Cancelled]
Aug. 15-16 – World Cup Lenzerheide, Switzerland (XCO/XCC) [Postponed]
Aug. 22-23 – World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. (DH/XCO/XCC) [Cancelled]
Aug. 30, 2020 – EWS Zermatt, Switzerland
Sept. 5-6 – UCI DH world championships – Leogang, Austria
Sept. 12-13 – World Cup Val di Sole, Italy (DH/XCO/XCC)
Sept. 19-20 – World Cup Les Gets, France (DH/XCO/XCC)
Sept. 26, 2020 – EWS Trophy of Nations – Finale Ligure, Italy
Electric goes International
On top of the 2020 Olympic excitement, there are two new international race calendars debuting in 2020. Both the Enduro World Series and World Cup have added eMTB race series’ for this year. In 2020, the EWS-E will run three events, each separate from the un-assisted EWS calendar. The separation will be short-lived, though. In 2021, the EWS and EWS-E series will have more concurrently run events.
Not wanting to be left behind, the UCI announced an eMTB XC calendar for 2020. After handing out the inaugural eMTB world championship jersey’s in Quebec last September, the UCI is adding a four-stop e-World Cup series, which will start this March in Monaco.
2020 Enduro World Series EMTB
July 18 – Vallburg, France EWS-E
Aug. 28 – Zermatt, Switzerland EWS-E
Sept. 25 – Finale Ligure, Italy EWS-E
2020 UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup Calendar:
March 6-7 – Monaco
April 17-18 – Ascona-Locarno, Switzerland
June 5-6 – Bologna, Italy
September 11-12 – tbc
October 2-3 – Barcelona, Spain