By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
First it was foot-and-mouth disease in England. Now it’s bad weather in Switzerland. In both cases the outcome is the same: cancelled mountain bike races.
The latest casualty is the second race in Switzerland’s Swiss Cup series scheduled for May 6 in Luekerbad. The cancellation came after severe weather in the last few weeks dumped six-and-a-half feet of snow on the upper section of the course, and made other sections inaccessible because of the danger of falling rocks and landslides.
This latest cancellation has messed up the schedules of some of the world’s top pros. Thomas Frischknecht (Ritchey-Yahoo!), Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen), Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Alison Sydor (Trek-Volkswagen) and Caroline Alexander (Specialized) were among the elite riders planning on doing the race as a warm-up for the second cross-country World Cup in Sarentino, Italy, on May 12-13.
“There are some other E1 and E2 races in Italy and Germany in the same weekend,” said Trek team manager Chad Moore, when asked what his squad’s plans were now. “Hopefully we’ll find something that we can go to without spending too much time in the car. At the very least we’ll likely go in about a week [before Sarentino] and get some good training in.”