Following the announcement at the beginning of March that the World Cup in May would be a closed door event, without Expo or public, we are extremely sad to share the announcement that the May World Cup, will now not go ahead. The organisers of this much loved event, Rare Management have worked hard to try to find a way to run a safe event, but it is simply not possible at this time.
The plans for a May World Cup would have required international travel exemptions for over 500 riders, support staff, officials and media from 25 different countries and the creation of a local bubble for the 900 people involved in the event, over a 4 day period. These massive challenges have made it impossible to deliver a safe World Cup in May.
Lesley, Mike and the Rare Management team are working with the UCI, the Scottish Government and Nevis Range for options later in the season and they remain focussed on and committed to future World Cups and of course the World Championships here in Scotland in 2023.
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2021 Fort William UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - May 2021 date cancelled
The organisers of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William have today announced that the event scheduled for 22-23 May is cancelled.
Every effort has been made by the organisers, with significant support and backing from Scottish Government and EventScotland, to develop an appropriate event plan and set of protocols with the Covid-19 mitigation requirements necessary for the safe delivery of a behind closed-door event at the Nevis Range ski area, just outside Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Despite the best efforts and support of all partners involved in the development of these plans, the restrictions that will likely still be in place have made it difficult to proceed with these plans with confidence. The organisers have reluctantly decided that the risks and challenges are too great to proceed with the event according to the safety standards imposed by the current pandemic.
“Whilst the easing of restrictions is moving in the right direction, there are still a number of challenges with the delivery of an event of this size that, even without public attendance, make it difficult to deliver a safe World Cup in May.
This cancellation is a blow to us as an organising team as much as it will be for the entire mountain bike community but especially the UK stars who won’t be able to perform in front of their home crowd. Reece Wilson, from the Scottish Borders, should have been celebrating his World Champion title on his home track. Instead, the Fort William World Cup team will focus on the future and return bigger, better and more passionate than ever” commented Mike Jardine from organisers, Rare Management.
Options for a later date are still being examined with a final decision to be announced in the next few weeks.