It may be only February but we are already dreaming about World Cup downhill racing… and we can’t wait.
Running from late April through to mid September the 2021 World Cup series sees six rounds and also the all important World Championships in August. It is a series stacked with absolute classic venues: Maribor, Fort William, Leogang, Les Gets, Val di Sole, Lenzerheide and Snowshoe.
It seems a long time ago now, but back in 2019 we saw one of the greatest (if not the greatest) conclusions to a World Cup series that there has ever been – with Loic Bruni and Amaury Pierron pretty much tied on points it all came down to Danny Hart… and we all know what happened then! It was an amazing race. Hopefully this year we’ll be seeing INTENSE Factory Racing’s Aaron Gwin take the win on home soil… no pressure!
The World Cup rounds are quite evenly spaced out this year, with on average 3-4 weeks between each race and no back-to-back races. Once again the World Championships is squeezed in, this time in mid-season in August, and although it won’t affect the downhill racers, there is also the Olympics to think about too.
Of course all of this is a little up in the air because of the situation with Covid 19 and the global pandemic. Travel restrictions, quarantines, etc., could all throw a bit of a spanner in the works, but for now racers must plan for unpredictable weather and epic racing on the slopes in Maribor come April.
2021 DOWNHILL WORLD CUP DATES
Round 1 April 24-25 Maribor, Slovenia
Round 2 May 22-23 Fort William, Scotland
Round 3 June 12-13 Leogang, Austria
Round 4 July 3-4 Les Gets, France
World Championships August 24-29 Val di Sole, Italy
Round 5 September 4-5 Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6 September 18-19 Snowshoe, WV. USA
And if you really like to plan ahead, then here are the provisional dates for 2022, with Lourdes, Vallnord and Mont-Sainte-Anne all returning to make it an eight round series.
2022 DOWNHILL WORLD CUP DATES (Provisional)
Round 1 March 26-27 Lourdes, France
Round 2 May 21-22 Fort William, UK
Round 3 June 10-12 Leogang, Austria
Round 4 July 8-10 TBC
Round 5 July 15-17 Vallnord, Andorra
Round 6 July 29-31 Snowshoe, USA
Round 7 August 5-7 Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
World Championships August 24–28 Les Gets, France
Round 8 September 2-4: Val di Sole, Italy