The UCI, the world’s governing body for cycling, has announced that Snowshoe Mountain will now host two Mountain Bike World Cup downhill races in September. The addition of a second downhill race was made necessary by the cancellation of the World Cup in Fort William, Scotland. The event will take place in Snowshoe’s Western Territory on Wednesday, September 15, just days before the World Cup Finals are held at the same location, September 17-19.
The announcement is big news for World Cup fans on this side of the Atlantic. Snowshoeing, already the only North American venue on this year’s UCI MTB World Cup program, will now be the site of a rare “double descent”, culminating in the World Cup Finals and the crowning glory. the winners of the UCI general classification for the 2021 season.
The World Cup Finals will be broadcast live on FOX Sports and broadcast worldwide via Red Bull TV, highlighting the growing mountain biking scene in the region. The events will be open to spectators. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.snowshoemtn.com from July 1.
“Two World Cup races are better than one, aren’t they? Said Patti Duncan, President and COO of Snowshoe. “We see this as another perfect opportunity to showcase our world class mountain biking and really cement West Virginia and Pocahontas County as one of the nation’s top biking destinations.”
In 2019, Snowshoe hosted the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on American soil in half a decade, showing the world the quality of mountain biking found in West Virginia. The event was widely celebrated as one of the most memorable World Cup races of all time, winning the prestigious title of “2019 Event of the Year” from Pinkbike.
This year’s World Cup events at Snowshoe will take place September 15-19, 2021.
“West Virginia continues to prove itself as a world-class mountain biking destination. Said Chelsea Ruby, Tourism Commissioner for WV. “We couldn’t be more excited to add this race and welcome an additional group of riders to our great state while showcasing our premier outdoor trails on an international stage. Many thanks to the Snowshoe team for their continued dedication to improving their trail system and bringing more and more people to the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia!
More information on the 2021 UCI MTB World Cup program is available here.