Will there be a UTMB 2021? Will there be a Golden Trail World Series or a Skyrunner World Series? So many inquiries to which path runners are struggling to get solutions at the moment. Because if the coronary heart of the path and ultra-trail season this summer time remains to be a bit far-off, the main races at the begin of the season have been postponed or canceled by their organizers. Zegama-Aizkorri, the race from the Spanish Basque Country, which launches the GTWS each season, has introduced the cancellation of its 2021 version a number of weeks in the past.
What about the circuit as a complete? The group of the GTWS has been clear on its web site: if greater than three races may be held out of the six, the classification will likely be effectively preserved and the potentialities of qualifying for the remaining in Patagonia maintained. And to place all the probabilities on its facet, the GTWS has determined to switch Zegama-Aizkorri for elite riders with the Olla de Nuria, one other flagship Spanish occasion, on June thirteenth.
Resume the season in June?
On the Skyrunner World Series facet, if some occasions have been held overseas, the French occasion Skyrace des Matheysins (Isère), which was to be held on May 16, has been postponed to October 24. We can see that the circuits are adapting. It have to be mentioned that after a white 2020 season, their survival relies on it. “ Beyond the circuits, almost all of the races at the start of the season have been postponed or canceled. I am thinking of Nivolet-Revard (Savoie), the Trail de Haute-Provence (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) or even the Eco-Trail de Paris, postponed to July », explains Fred Bousseau, journalist specializing in trail-running for Trail Endurance Mag.
He pursues : “ Overall, all races till the starting of June have been postponed and discussions with the authorities led by representatives of federations and outside organizations are underway to attempt to make our disciplines a “national priority” with well being protocols. tailored. And so, maybe, resume the season from the starting of June. “
Side federal organizations, the French Trail Championship has already been postponed to an undetermined later date. ” On the different hand, the French Mountain Running Championship will happen on June 6. », Adds Fred Bousseau. There stays the query of main worldwide occasions, the UTMB in the lead. The “world trail summit” is engaged on a number of situations as a way to, in any respect prices, set up a 2021 version after the cancellation of its 2020 occasion.
One factor is definite, as Emmanuel Macron himself introduced, in path operating as elsewhere, the grasp of clocks will stay the Covid-19.