World Cup changes
The 2019 season will kick off on March 23 with the first round in Barcelona, Spain and conclude on September 20 in Graz, Austria. Barcelona is a unique location to host a World Cup event. The race will be very technical, yet the riders will face some natural obstacles on a competitive circuit.
The second newcomer is Villard-de Lans in France. This mountain village is home to many sports activities and is surrounded by several mountain bike trails. The region hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1968. A cooperation with one of France’s biggest organisers ‘Vélo Vert’ will welcome an entirely new round with start and finish on ‘Le Balcon – Côte 2000’. The event will take place on Friday, May 31.
June promises to be a busy month as Columbus/GA (USA) returns to the calendar, one week after Villard-de-Lans. Columbus/GA will be the only American stop before heading to Volterra (Italy) that will once again feature on the 2019 calendar.
Other venues for this season are Waregem, Belgium, which will return to the calendar after one year’s absence, and Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, which hosted a ‘City Mountainbike Festival’ last year. The final week gets underway at two popular venues: Winterberg in Germany and Graz in Austria on back-to-back weekends mid-September.