From the Home Office in Durham, USA
(August 29, 2019) It’s the end of August, meaning September is almost here and sliding season is right around the corner!
As always, we’ve got the full schedules for the IBSF World Cup through IBSF North American Cup and FIL World Cups (both artificial and natural tracks) posted in their entirety, and again have organized the daily schedules for both the IBSF and FIL World Cups.
For the second time in as many seasons, the IBSF will visit Sigulda at the World Cup level, this time for its European Championships. With Sigulda unable to handle a 4-man bobsled properly, the 4-man European Championships will be held in Winterberg as the back half of a 4-man double header.
This will be the first time in a long time that no IBSF races will be held in Canada at any level. With the track in Calgary being shuttered, only Whistler remains in Canada as an available track. Whistler was left off the calendar entirely, with all North American Cup races being held between Park City and Lake Placid. Traditionally there have been three dates on the North American swing of the World Cup, but it appears as though that third race has moved back to La Plagne.
The IBSF will also return to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the first time since the 2018 Olympics. The Intercontinental Cup will host its final two races of the season on January 31 and February 1. With the 2022 Games being held in China, a quick resurgence for the Korean track can be expected.
Women’s Monobob will see its second full season of action, with races being split between North America and Europe. The season will open in Lake Placid on November 18, with a race just two days later in Lillehammer.
On the FIL side of things, the tour returns to Sochi for the FIL World Championships, the first championships held in Russia since the 2014 Olympics and subsequent doping scandal. Otherwise, the FIL schedule remains relatively close to what it has been in years past with North American races in Lake Placid and Whistler and a full schedule in Europe.
The FIL natural track schedule has opened in Kühtai over the last few seasons, but the Austrian location will be off the schedule for the coming 2020 season. The season will instead open in Winterleiten, with the European Championships (held in years opposite of the World Championships) set for Moscow at the end of February.
Like most things in life, these schedules are subject to change.