The series 20 heads for 2020 will be completed by Lord Mayor Klaus Konzelmann. The mayor was responsible for the cancellation of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt, which the Swabian Alb and the German MTB community had been looking forward to for a long time. The Albstadt native explains in the interview why the cancellation could not be avoided, and that he continues to focus on mountain biking and the World Cup, and admits that he has not yet completely given up his dream of a World Championship in Albstadt.
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A conversation with reigning World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot is the number 19 in the series 20 heads for 2020, who would have been one of the big favourites at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman has achieved something unique in her career. However, she has already experienced the other side of the coin. This is not the only reason Ferrand Prevot has a lot to say – and she does.
Honour to whom honour is due, number 18 of the 20 heads series for 2020 is dedicated to the reigning world champion in men’s singles. Nino Schurter has already achieved legendary status among the elite with his 2016 Olympic victory and his splendid eight rainbow jerseys. In Switzerland, he has moved into the front row of national sports heroes and has helped to ensure that the cross-country discipline attracts remarkable media interest in his home country. The interview also focuses on what’s behind an athlete’s successes, what motivates they and why they believe that luck plays an important role in his career.
Number 17 of the series 20 heads for 2020 is in reality not just one head but a trio. Bernhard Mast-Sindlinger and his sons Tobias and Gabriel are closely connected with the sport of mountain biking and especially with the World Cup venue in Albstadt. And they do so in a variety of combinations that probably cannot be found anywhere else in this constellation. A video talk about their work at RSG Zollernalb and beyond.
The number 16 of the series 20 heads for 2020 goes far back into the history of mountain biking, or rather the mountain bike. Anyone who has studied the subject of mountain biking a little more intensively knows that Wolfgang Renner has produced the first mountain bike in Germany in the Swabian town of Magstadt and under the Centurion brand. This helped the sport to have its first major development boost. But apart from that the 72-year-old Swabian has also done a lot more. And mountain biking in Albstadt is a must for the pioneer, even if he himself prefers to stay in the background.
At the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt, Elisabeth Brandau would have been a local hero and the 34-year-old would have been expected to do a lot. Two of her best results were achieved by the third of the European Championships at the World Cup in Albstadt. But that is not the only reason why Brandau is an interesting personality. In the interview for the 20 Heads for 2020 series, the versatile individualist lets us look deep into her athlete’s soul and gives us an idea of how important the role of the mental components in cross-country sports is.
No races without commissioners, no organization without officials. Naturally, at the World Cup in Albstadt or at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz they are part of the inventory. Dieter Pfänder is one of the people who has been in Albstadt every year since the first Gonso Albstadt MTB Classic in 2005, in various functions.
Cancellation of 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in Albstadt (Germany)
In the context of the current pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Albstadt, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR) regret having to announce that the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships presented by Mercedes Benz due to take place in Albstadt (Germany) from 25 to 28 June, are cancelled.
There are not too many people who have been part of the cross-country scene for over 30 years. Simon Burney is one of them. At the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt the lean Briton with white hair was present in various functions and recently he has become the head of the off-road disciplines at the World Cycling Federation. But Burney also knows the sport from other perspectives. As team manager, as personal manager of athletes and as national coach.