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City Mountainbike reveals the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup calendar for 2021

Discover the dates for the 2021 season. The 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup to include 4 new events.

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An exciting Eliminator season ahead!

The UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup continues to expand, as four new venues were added to the 2021 calendar. The series will kick off in Leuven (Belgium), and will count 9 stops, running from August to October.

A new season comes with new rounds. The 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup will travel to 8 countries – unlike last season with the calendar reduced to two due to the coronavirus pandemic – and will run from August to October. The 2021 UCI World Cup concludes with the finals to be held at the end of October in the United Arab Emirates (city to be announced later). This interesting calendar builds off a challenging 2020 season and consists of many returning World Cups as well as some that will receive a UCI World Cup designation for the first time. Last year it was multiple Dutch national champion Jeroen van Eck and former UCI World Champion Gaia Tormena from Italy who dominated the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup as they made it two out of two in their respective categories.

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© Simon Garcia | Simongarcia.net

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.

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Francesc Lladó Riba – LR.030.2020 11 14 Eliminator World Cup Barcelona Foto Anna Olea 042

Two races in the Middle East

Another addition is Bahrain that will host the penultimate leg of the UCI World Cup on October 22. It is one of City Mountainbike’s first steps to develop and extend the Eliminator format across the Gulf Region. With one round left, the United Arab Emirates will welcome the final round of the 2021 UCI World Cup on October 29. Over the past decade, the UAE has staged several cycling major events and will be home to a thrilling season finale.

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Bright future ahead

City Mountainbike is pleased to announce the 2021 race calendar:

“It might still be a challenge to schedule all these events in uncertain times, but last season we’ve managed to stage three world-class sporting events (including the UCI World Championships in Leuven) in a safe environment. The success of these events gave us and the entire sports movement a lot of confidence for our upcoming season. We will again see some action-packed races on different types of terrain, including four new venues. We are also convinced that this race calendar will attract potential athletes coming from overseas. The 3-month season will allow them to prepare even better for this big block of racing”, concludes Kristof Bruyneel, managing director of City Mountainbike.

Find out more about the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup at www.citymountainbike.com/events and don’t miss out on these upcoming races!

2021 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup calendar

Round 1 – 08.08.2021 – Leuven, Belgium
Round 2 – 15.08.2021 – Oudenaarde, Belgium
Round 3 – 22.08.2021 – Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
Round 4 – 12.09.2021 – Winterberg, Germany
Round 5 – 17.09.2021 – Seine-et-Marne, France
Round 6 – 02.10.2021 – Barcelona, Spain
Round 7 – 10.10.2021 – Gibraltar
Round 8 – 22.10.2021 – Bahrain
Round 9 – 29.10.2021 – United Arab Emirates (TBC)

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