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Saalfelden Leogang Gears Up for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships

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Saalfelden Leogang Gears Up for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships

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“We’re satisfied that we are going to obtain all official approvals”, Marco Pointner, World Championships organizer and CEO of Saalfelden Leogang Touristik, is optimistic concerning the UCI 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships. The organizers from Saalfelden Leogang now share vital info for riders and groups in addition to for journalists and spectators a number of weeks earlier than the beginning of the World Cup.

5 weeks till the UCI 2020 Mountain Bike World Championship in Saalfelden Leogang kick off and preparations are in full swing. From October 7 to 11, the world’s finest Cross-Nation, Downhill, E-MTB and Cross-Nation Relay riders will compete for World Championship medals in 13 competitions. The circumstances are a selected problem, however World Championships organizer and CEO of Saalfelden Leogang Touristik, Marco Pointner, is wanting ahead to the World Champs: “We need to set up an incredible and profitable occasion, and everybody has to make their contribution,” says Pointner.

New observe (sections) guarantee excessive rigidity

For the primary time since 2012, UCI Cross-Nation races will probably be held in Saalfelden Leogang. Along with a brand new part for the Downhill observe, a totally new Cross-Nation course is at present being constructed. Riders will face off on a difficult 3.4-kilometer course, which can embrace technical components similar to gaps and root passages the place the athletes might want to closely depend on their abilities, whereas additionally having to take care of an altitude distinction of over 200 meters The numerous observe is generally positioned within the end space of the Epic Bikepark Leogang and riders will tackle components of the Greenhorn Path, the Bongo Bongo and the Forsthof Path, amongst others. Opposite to the norm, the paths are ridden each downhill and uphill.

UCI World Cup 2012 XC Males Elite Class mass-start ©Ale di Lullo

The second UCI E-Mountain Bike World Championships will happen on a barely modified Cross-Nation route. The individuals within the E-MTB World Champs need to cowl 4.3 kilometers and an altitude distinction of 310 meters per lap.

Ten years in the past, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup celebrated its premiere in Leogang. Since 2010, the well-known Speedster has hosted 9 Downhill World Cups and, in 2012, the Downhill World Championships. For this yr’s title fights, the world-famous 2.5-kilometer observe is getting a brand new, technical part. The predominantly pure half, with root passages, an especially steep space, a bridge and a niche, is positioned between the Bongo Bongo and the beforehand recognized World Cup route.

“We’re proper on schedule with the development work and might hardly await the completion. The XC route is sort of various and demanding. It additionally gives some overtaking alternatives. The technical half in a forest and the part on the Bongo Bongo will definitely be a spotlight. The brand new technical phase of the Downhill observe additionally raises the Speedster to a different stage”, explains Kornel Grundner, World Championships organizer and CEO of Leoganger Bergbahnen. The tracks will probably be accomplished in mid-September.

Kornel Grundner l. Vali Hoell Marco Pointner r. Saalfelden Leogang Touristik

Kornel Grundner(l.), Vali Hoell, Marco Pointner(r.) ©Saalfelden Leogang Touristik

4 COVID-19 prevention ideas guarantee security

Parallel to the sensible preparation, the executive group can be in full swing. The next 4 COVID-19 prevention ideas are supposed to ensure a easy and, above all, wholesome World Championship:

1. Athletes/groups:
Athletes and groups are shielded from the skin world and keep of their bubble. On arrival, athletes and workers members should current a destructive PCR check (the check has to have been administered within the final 72 hours earlier than arrival).

2. Accreditation:
There’s a division into the sub-areas of staff/volunteers, media and athletes/groups. This avoids factors of contact between the varied teams on web site.

3. Media heart/press:
There will probably be a restricted variety of accreditations. Journalists additionally want a destructive Corona check – the 72-hour rule additionally applies right here. Media representatives can use the next link to get accreditation for the World Cup by September twentieth. The workstations within the media heart are organized in accordance with the principles of distance and will probably be cleaned usually. Every day press conferences will happen. As well as, there will probably be separate blended zones for interviews, differentiated by XC and DH.

4. Staff/volunteers:
Staff and volunteers are prohibited to get in contact with the athlete and workforce bubble. They’re additionally topic to strict distance guidelines and should put on mouth and nostril safety.

As well as, masks should be worn on the whole premises, each indoors and outdoor, and the space rule of 1.5 meters should be noticed by all these concerned. Disinfectants can be found in potential ready zones. Past this, thermal cameras monitor the physique temperature of everybody concerned.

Regardless of the troublesome state of affairs, Pointner believes in a easy process: “The circumstances attributable to COVID-19 have led to an unfamiliar and one way or the other ‘totally different’ World Championship as standard. However we’re firmly satisfied that as a result of growth of our COVID-19 prevention ideas, we are able to crown the World Champions in Cross Nation, Downhill, E-MTB and Cross-Nation Relay. On the identical time, we hope and need that as many athletes as potential make the journey to Saalfelden Leogang so as to have the ability to participate within the World Championships.”

The next applies in precept: The present entry laws for Austria are decisive for entry. In response to the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, individuals in sporting occasions are topic to the at present legitimate entry laws, Part 2, Paragraph 7 “Industrial site visitors”. Athletes from different nations with a well being certificates and a destructive PCR check (the check will need to have been administered within the final 72 hours earlier than arrival) can even journey to Austria. A cell check station on web site is meant to make it simpler for athletes and workers members to journey house after the World Champs.

UCI MTB DHI Weltcup 2019 Qualification Aaron Gwin Moritz Ablinger

UCI MTB DHI Weltcup 2019 Qualification Aaron Gwin ©Moritz Ablinger

WATCH LIVE ON TV or be there as a volunteer

The Pump Observe World Championship needed to be canceled as there have been too few qualifier occasions prematurely, which made internet hosting the occasion unimaginable for the organizers. The World Championships should additionally happen with the exclusion of spectators on official directions.

bigquotesSadly, we have now to do it with out our quite a few mountain bike lovers, however we respect the choice of the authorities. The well being of everybody concerned and the implementation of the occasion are clearly within the foreground. As well as, we’re involved with TV broadcasters and streaming suppliers worldwide in order that mountain bike followers can observe the motion because it unfolds, from the consolation of their very own properties. In Austria, for instance, the races will probably be broadcasted on ORF Sport+ and on Purple Bull TV.Marco Pointer

Nevertheless, for a choose few, there’s nonetheless a possibility to be on the World Championships in individual: Saalfelden Leogang is wanting ahead to additional volunteer assist. Functions could be submitted at bikewm2020.com/de/Service-Info/volunteers.

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