2020 FIM X-Trial World Championship breaks new ground

2020 FIM X-Trial World Championship breaks new ground

2019 Barcelona X-Trial Benoit Bincaz

Among the Rounds that will take the world’s best X-Trial riders away from their European base in 2020 is X-Trial Quito, Ecuador’s capital city scheduled to host the sixth round of the season .

The event will also mark X-Trial’s return to Latin America, a crucial step in the planned growth of the sport that intends to include more countries in the coming seasons.

The forthcoming X-Trial Quito will also create an additional challenge for the riders: by visiting the General Rumiñahui Coliseum next year they will compete for the first time at an incredible altitude of 2,800 metres.

The newly released FIM X-Trial World Championship calendar also features a second venue outside of Europe, with a first trip to La Reunion, located close to Madagascar to the south-east of Africa.

The November 16 date means that Toni Bou will start the defence of his title in 2019 outside of Europe.

In between these overseas fly-aways, the regular European calendar is boosted by the inclusion of the new X-Trial Rennes, which will take place on November 23.

Meanwhile, four of last season’s venues are retained, including: X-Trial Budapest (January 19), X-Trial Barcelona  February 2) and X-Trial Bilbao (February 15) that keep their dates in the diary.

X-Trial will also make a welcome return to Austria, after a two-year absence, for the fourth X-Trial Wiener Neustadt on March 21 2020.

Once again the honour of closing the FIM X-Trial World Championship falls to Andorra la Vella, the spectacular scene of last season’s finale is back on the calendar on  April 25.