The UCI World Cup is the most prestigious competition in mountain biking and attracts riders from all over the globe to compete on its very fastest tracks. Over 30 years of history has already been amassed between downhill (DHI) and Cross-country Olympic (XCO).
Two new disciplines gain UCI World Cup status for 2023; Cross-country Marathon (XCM) and Enduro, including E-Enduro, (EDR). Both boast a star-studded top tier as well as grassroots pathways into the sport.
Cross-country Olympic is just that - mountain biking’s only Olympic format. A mass start pack races a set number of laps on a track that test their abilities to climb near vertical punches, before testing their descending skills on the way back down.
Cross-Country Short Track
Taking place at the start of a race weekend, Cross-country Short Track races are held on a condensed track over a reduced distance. The results decide the start grid for the Cross-country Olympic race. Fast-paced and action-packed racing!
Cross-country Marathon sees racers compete on grueling 100km courses. Not only is a racer’s endurance tested, but also their ability to adapt to different terrain, as well as being able to play the mind games of racing in a fast-moving pack.
The fastest and most exciting cycling format ever devised, downhill offers an elemental draw; fastest to the bottom against the clock wins! Racers prepare bikes, bodies and brains to deal with physics-bending speeds down the side of mountain pistes.
Enduro is mountain biking’s equivalent of a car rally - each racer faces multiple descents across a day and has to pedal themselves to the top of each. They have a set start time for each stage and the shortest cumulative time on the stages wins!