Earlier this year, we reported that the UCI World Cup series will be changing hands next season, with Flanders Classics taking over for Telenet.
Initial reports when the news broke indicated Flanders Classics was looking to extend the World Cup series to 14 or even 16 races. The 16 World Cups would reportedly be spread across 8 countries.
The UCI released its guide for applying to host races for 2020/21, and with it comes a tentative schedule of World Cup races.
Not to bury the lede, the proposed calendar features 16 World Cups next year, beginning in mid-October and continuing through the pre-Worlds date typically reserved for Hoogerheide.
With the exception of the Continental Championships and Nationals, the proposed calendar includes a World Cup literally every weekend from October 11 through January 24. There is also a Wednesday date on November 11 on the Belgian holiday of Remembrance Day and races on December 26 (Zolder?) and the 27th during Kerstperiode.
Next year’s World Championships take place in Oostende, Belgium on January 30 and 31.
It remains to be seen what the new ownership of the World Cup series and proposed calendar means for World Cups here in the U.S. We will continue to follow this story as more details emerge.