The 2019, 2020 and 2021 4Cross World Championships and the 2021 MTB (Cross Country and Downhill) World Championships will take place in Daolasa di Commezzadura (Trentino). Val di Sole Director Fabio Sacco: “A big three-year stint for a land that breaths for cycling and outdoor”
In spite of the Azzurri team coming up short of gold medals at the Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Italy still found some very good reasons to celebrate in Tyrol.
Val di Sole, the Italian mecca of Mountain Biking, is warming up for a breathtaking three-year rainbow period, as the 2019, 2020 and 2021 4Cross World Championships and - above all - the 2021 MTB (Cross Country and Downhill) World Championships are all headed to Trentino. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) made the official announcement during the Innsbruck World Championships, at the presence of President David Lappartient.
The rainbow events come to join the now-traditional Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stage in Daolasa di Commezzadura (Trentino): among the most cherished races by both the Cross Country and Downhill specialists, the Val di Sole stage has been confirmed in the 2019 and 2020 (World Cup finals) calendar, leading up to the World Championships in 2021.
These are the can’t-miss fixtures for the mountain bike fans:
August 2-4, 2019: MTB World Cup and 4Cross World Championships
September 11-13, 2020: MTB World Cup finals and 4Cross World Championships
August 25-29, 2021 MTB (Cross Country and Downhill) and 4Cross World Championships
Photo: The start of the Elite Men's World Cup Cross Country race in Val di Sole 2018 (Credits: Michele Mondini, free editorial usage granted with credits) - Click on the image to download it in high resolution
An intense three-year period, and an even more spectacular one for Val di Sole Bike Land, once again in the limelight of World Mountain Biking. The racing location will be, as usual, Daolasa di Commezzadura, the Italian home of mountain biking since Val di Sole debuted in the top-end MTB sport by hosting the 2008 World Championships, an experience later repeated in 2016.
“We feel very happy for this Worlds’ appointment - Val di Sole Tourism Board President Luciano Rizziexplained. - The third rainbow nod by UCI in 13 years shows the confidence they have in our location and organizational know-how. We are up for three exciting years of big events.”
After battling severe consequences from the storms that hit hard on the area, with the town of Dimaro particularly affected, the World Championships are a further boost for Val di Sole to react and get to action, in order to be ready for the Worlds' showdown.
“For sure, it’s going to be very intense - Val di Sole Tourism Board Director Fabio Sacco told - and we will be looking to further consolidate at the international level our territory, that breaths for cycling and outdoor in the summer months. Over the years, Val di Sole has developed a top-end bike tourism product, made by sports events but also a beautiful cycling path, two bike parks, a network of trails for bikers and a unique natural environment. Val di Sole is one of the most cherished destination by the best riders in the World, and we want it to be more and more popular also among cycling lovers at any level.”
The World Championships’ comeback to Val di Sole comes at a very good time of Italian MTB, with the rise of Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Luca Braidot, as well as the progression of youngsters Gioele Bertolini and Nadir Colledani, and the explosion of 19-year-old Marika Tovo bode well for the Italian colors in the upcoming rainbow chance in their home land.
“The rise of our movement has a lot to do with Val di Sole, and the intense collaboration started in 2008, with the project of creating a federal offroad center in the near future. We are ready for another important three-year period: staging high-level events for so many years has established Val di Sole as a reference for offroad, and will contribute to bringing us even higher, while also providing a remarkable contribution to the territorial promotion,” told Renato di Rocco, Italian Cycling Federation President.
Malè (Italy), November 20th, 2018