Four new venues
The 2021 season will kick off on August 8 with the first round in Leuven, Belgium and conclude on October 29 in the UAE. Only one week after the first stop in Leuven, the city of Oudenaarde is the first newest addition. Oudenaarde is a well-known venue and is also described as the ‘heart of cycling’. This beating heart of Flanders is host to the annual infamous Tour of Flanders with a few of its iconic hills and cobblestones on the menu.
After two rounds in Belgium, the UCI World Cup will then cross the border into The Netherlands for round three in Valkenswaard on Sunday, August 22. Winterberg in Germany will welcome the fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup on September 12 and will host a UCI World Cup for the fourth time, after entering the series in 2017.
Only 5 days after Winterberg, the second newcomer will be held in the region of Seine-et-Marne (France). The 2021 season will then continue in Spain with Barcelona staging the sixth round of the UCI World Cup (October 2) on an entertaining circuit at Park Montjuic.
The third newcomer is Gibraltar, located at the bottom of Spain. Known as the Rock, its small 6.8-km-squared area offers tremendous opportunities for mountain biking. The race course will be very technical, yet the riders will face some natural obstacles on a competitive circuit.