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Saalfelden Leogang Gears Up for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships

Saalfelden Leogang Gears Up for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships 2020-09-04Leave a comment

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“We’re satisfied that we’ll obtain all official approvals”, Marco Pointner, World Championships organizer and CEO of Saalfelden Leogang Touristik, is optimistic in regards to 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 just a few 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 specific problem, however World Championships organizer and CEO of Saalfelden Leogang Touristik, Marco Pointner, is wanting ahead to the World Champs: “We need to manage an important 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 likely 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 is able to embrace technical components resembling 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 usually positioned within the end space of the Epic Bikepark Leogang and riders will tackle elements 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 Men Elite Class mass-start Ale di Lullo

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 12 months’s title fights, the world-famous 2.5-kilometer observe is getting a brand new, technical part. The predominantly pure half, with root passages, a particularly 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 watch for the completion. The XC route is sort of diversified and demanding. It additionally provides 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 section of the Downhill observe additionally raises the Speedster to a different degree”, explains Kornel Grundner, World Championships organizer and CEO of Leoganger Bergbahnen. The tracks will likely 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 also be in full swing. The next 4 COVID-19 prevention ideas are supposed to ensure a clean and, above all, wholesome World Championship:

1. Athletes/groups:
Athletes and groups are shielded from the surface world and keep of their bubble. On arrival, athletes and employees members should current a unfavourable 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 workers/volunteers, media and athletes/groups. This avoids factors of contact between the varied teams on website.

3. Media heart/press:
There will likely be a restricted variety of accreditations. Journalists additionally want a unfavourable 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 line with the foundations of distance and will likely be cleaned repeatedly. Each day press conferences will happen. As well as, there will likely be separate blended zones for interviews, differentiated by XC and DH.

4. Workers/volunteers:
Workers and volunteers are prohibited to get in contact with the athlete and staff 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 all the premises, each indoors and open air, and the space rule of 1.5 meters should be noticed by all these concerned. Disinfectants can be found in attainable ready zones. Past this, thermal cameras monitor the physique temperature of everybody concerned.

Regardless of the troublesome state of affairs, Pointner believes in a clean process: “The circumstances brought on by COVID-19 have led to an unfamiliar and someway ‘totally different’ World Championship as traditional. However we’re firmly satisfied that because of the growth of our COVID-19 prevention ideas, we will crown the World Champions in Cross Nation, Downhill, E-MTB and Cross-Nation Relay. On the similar time, we hope and need that as many athletes as attainable 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 line with 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 international locations with a well being certificates and a unfavourable PCR check (the check will need to have been administered within the final 72 hours earlier than arrival) also can journey to Austria. A cell check station on website is meant to make it simpler for athletes and employees members to journey residence 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 Monitor World Championship needed to be canceled as there have been too few qualifier occasions upfront, which made internet hosting the occasion unimaginable for the organizers. The World Championships should additionally happen with the exclusion of spectators on official directions.

bigquotes Sadly, we now have to do it with out our quite a few mountain bike fans, 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 in touch with TV broadcasters and streaming suppliers worldwide in order that mountain bike followers can comply with the motion because it unfolds, from the consolation of their very own properties. In Austria, for instance, the races will likely be broadcasted on ORF Sport+ and on Pink 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 will be submitted at bikewm2020.com/de/Service-Info/volunteers.

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