Red Bull Pump Track World Championships Qualifier Järvsö 2019.
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Exciting MTB dates to look forward to in 2021
Mark these dates in your calendar – from Swedish bike parks opening to the MTB World Cups kicking off, here are the most exciting things happening for Swedish bike fans this spring.
Written by Hanna Jonsson
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A long winter and a delayed race season has meant a pretty slow start to 2021 for bike fans. But it's all about to change! From the end of April, things will heat up as chair lifts start to churn for MTBers across the country, the MTB World Cup season finally kicks off in Germany and the long-awaited Swedish race season starts.
Catch all the 8 most important dates and events for Swedish MTB fans below:

#1 Swedish Bike Parks open for summer 2021: from end of April

Martin Söderström doing a tuck-no-hander over a jump on the Shimano trail in Åre Bike Park in July 2019.
Martin Söderström finding wings in Åre Bike Park.
The winter has been long and cold, but finally, spring has sprung. And that only means one thing: bike park season is soon upon us! The first lift-accessed bike park to open is Vallåsen down in the south of Sweden with more following in May and June.
Check out all the opening dates here:

#2 The MTB World Cup season starts: May 7th-9th

Kate Courtney performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Albstadt, Germany on May 19, 2019.
Kate Courtney took the win in Albstadt back in 2019.
It's the XCO racers who will kick off the World Cup season in 2021 in Albstadt Germany on the 7-9th of May. And as if that wasn't exciting enough, it's back-to-back World Cup weeks, with the 2nd World Cup happening just the following weekend in Nové Město, the Check Republic.

#3 Swedish Bike Games in Falun: May 29th - June 6th

Taking their successful and well-tested winter concept "Svenska Skidspelen" and turning it into a summer event called "Svenska cykelspelen". A week-long event with three different races: the Swedish Championship in XCE, an XCO race on Lugnet and a multi-day mountain bike stage race.

#4 The first Downhill World Cup of 2021: June 12th-13th

Tahnee Seagrave performs at UCI DH World Championships in Leogang, Austria on October 11, 2020
Tahnée Seagrave attacking the steep woods in Leogang in 2020.
Leogang will be first out to host a Downhill World Cup in 2021. After both Maribor, Slovenia and Fort William, UK postponed their races, it's the Austrian venue that will crown the first winners of the 2021 season. A track that is known to be short and flat out turned things up a notch last season as they hosted the 2020 World Championship on a freshly cut and insanely steep section of track. Due to the rain and cold the track turned into a mud bath, but we can't wait to see what it will be like in the dry. Find out on June the 12-13th!

#5 Crankworx World Tour kicks off in Innsbruck: June 16th-20th

Emil Johansson competing in Slopestyle at Crankworx Innsbruck in June 2020.
Emil Johansson competing at Crankworx Innsbruck 2020.
Innsbruck returns for another year of Crankworx World Tour racing. Downhill, Dual Slalom, Pump track, Speed and Style and, of course, Slopestyle is on the schedule.
Crankworx Innsbruck was the 2nd and final stop of the World Tour in 2020, and saw some very exciting racing going down. Brook "the Bulldog" Macdonald returned to downhill racing after his scary crash in 2019, Vali Hölldid her first international downhill race in elite (and won!) and Emil Johansson took his 3rd Crankworx Slopestyle win in a row.
It's safe to say these guys and gals want to start where they left off and that it will be an exciting start to the Crankworx World Tour is a certain!

#6 Enduro World Series 2021 season start: June 23rd-25th

Robin Wallner chasing seconds during the EWS race in Zermatt in 2020.
Wallner had the best Swedish EWS result in 2020, with a 6th in Zermatt.
The Enduro World Series is back with a refined race format for 2021, hosting several double events, i.e two races on the same week, which will test riders to their limit.
Sweden has several Top 10 riders in the EWS - Robin Wallner, Zakarias Johansen, Louise Paulin - who are hungry for results. So don't forget to follow the action live over on the EWS website. The first race is in Val di Fassa in Italy on the 23 and the 25-26th of June.

#7 Åre Bike Festival: 7-11th July

Åre Bike Festival 2019
Åre Bike Festival 2019
The biggest and radest event for the Swedish gravity scene is the annual Åre Bike Festival - 5 days of races, fun events, clinics, guided rides, video contests and good times. There is something for every type of rider: Downhill, Enduro, XC, Gravel and kids. New from 2020 is a live show hosted every day with all the latest happenings from the festival.
This year it's all going down on the 7-11th of July - don't miss it!

#8 Swedish Championships x2: July 16th-17th

Martin Söderström racing at the Velosolutions Pump track World Championships Qualifier event in Järvsö, 2019.
Martin Söderström racing the Järvsö Pump track Qualifier event in 2019.
Järvsö is the place to be on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of June as the small bike-obsessed town stands host to not one, but two Swedish Championships.
First out is the 2nd stop of the Swe Cup in Enduro, which is also the Swedish Championship, that will be decided on the 16th of June. The day after, on the 17th of June is the National Champion in Pump track 2021 will be crowned.
Find all the info you need here: SWE GRAVITY