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UCI announces 2021 World Cup calendar with no Mont-Sainte-Anne

Six-stop series will have no planned stop in Canada for the first time since the World Cup began

Photo by: Nathan Huges / Red Bull Content Pool.

With the 2020 World Cup season almost ready to start, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is already looking ahead to next year. The sport’s governing body announced the proposed, shortened 2021 World Cup calendar Friday.

Update: When World Cup racing will return to Mont-Sainte-Anne

Notably absent is the historic Quebec venue, Mont-Sainte-Anne. It is the first year since the World Cup started that there will be no planned Canadian stop for the World Cup or world championships. MSA was initially included on the 2020 World Cup calendar, before that schedule was re-written by coronavirus.

Kate Courtney sealed her World Cup overall title at Snowshoe, W.Va in 2019. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Looking Ahead: XCM heads stateside while Italy and Switzerland announced as world champs hosts

After a very successful World Cup debut in 2019, Showshoe, W.Va is back on the World Cup calendar in 2021. In 2024, it will host UCI marathon world championships. The event is usually dominated by European athletes. Bringing it across the pond could give North American endurance athletes a shot at going long for the rainbow jersey.

2025 and 2026 world championships venues were also announced, for XCO and Downhill. Wallis canton in Switzerland will combine XCO, DH, XC-Relay as well as XC Marathon and E-MTB world championships into one big event.The following year, the long-standing World Cup venue of Val di Sole, Italy will host XCO and Downhill world championships. It will be the third time Val di Sole has hosted a world championships. The Italian region previously held the event in 2008 and a downhill-only event in 2016.

2019 Val di Sole World Cup XCO women’s start. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

2021 UCI International XCO / Downhill calendar

24 Apr-25 Apr 2021


UCI MTB World Cup  (DHI)
Maribor CDM
08 May-09 May 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO)
Albstadt CDM
15 May-16 May 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO)
Nove Mesto Na Morave CDM
05 Jun-06 Jun 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO/DHI)
Leogang CDM
12 Jun-13 Jun 2021


UCI MTB World Cup (DHI)
Fort William CDM
03 Jul-04 Jul 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO/DHI)
Les Gets CDM
25 Aug-29 Aug 2021 UCI MTB world championships  (XCO/XCC/XCR/DHI/E-MTB/4X)
Val Di Sole CM
04 Sep-05 Sep 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO – DHI)
Lenzerheide CDM
Winterberg CDM
18 Sep-19 Sep 2021 UCI MTB World Cup (XCO/DHI)
Snowshoe CDM
Valkenswaard CDM
02 Oct 2021 UCI MTB Marathon world championships – XCM
Capoliveri – Isle of Elba CM