The provisional 2021 X-Trial calendar has been released, giving us a first taste as to what next season might look like
Rounds have been pencilled in between March and November next year on the provisional calendar, with two dates reserved in case re-scheduling is required as a result of Covid-19.
The 2021 season will open later than usual, with competition getting underway at the beginning of March in order to give time for the pandemic to ease. All dates and events will remain subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the calendar will be adapted throughout the year if required.
The provisional calendar sees a brand-new venue for the season opener in Braga on 6th March, as X-Trial returns to Portugal for the first time in more than a decade.
The Championship will then continue on 12th March with another new venue in Chalon-sur-Saône (France) before the month is completed with customary trips to Wiener Neustadt (Austria) on 20th March and Marseille (France) on 27th March.
The series will continue with two rounds in a row within a busy weekend on 9th and 11th April with X-Trial Nice (France) on Friday and a trip south across the border for the prestigious X-Trial Barcelona (Spain) on Sunday. The Vendéspace (Mouilleron-le-Captif, France) will provide the seventh stage of the season with X-Trial Vendée.
The Championship will reach its final stretch in Andorra la Vella (Andorra), which returns to the calendar on 9th October after the successful event there in 2019. The finishing touches will be put on the season with X-Trial Liévin (France) in November, where the 2021 World Champion will be declared.