2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup dates: DH and XC

Fort William, Scotland, PIC © Andy Lloyd

The UCI World Cup is an annual series with separate competitions for Downhill and XC disciplines.

Riders are awarded points at every round of the World Cup depending on their finishing position (and also their qualifying time position too). The rider with the most points at the end of the series is the World Cup overall winner.

For 2019 there are eight DH events and seven XC events.

2019 World Cup DH dates

Events take place all over the world – with different competitions at each heat:

  1. April 27-28, Maribor, Slovenia
  2. June 1-2, Fort William, Scotland
  3. June 8-9, Leogand, Austria
  4. July 6-7, Vallnord, Andorra
  5. July 13-14, Les Gets, France
  6. August 3-4, Val di Sole, Italy
  7. August 10-11, Lenzerheide, Switzerland
  8. September 7-8, Snowshoe, USA

2019 World Cup XC dates

  1. May 18-19, Albstadt, Germany
  2. May 25-26, Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
  3. July 6-7, Vallnord, Andorra
  4. July 13-14, Les Gets, France
  5. August 3-4, Val di Sole, Italy
  6. August 10-11, Lenzerheide, Switzerland
  7. September 7-8, Snowshoe, USA

The 2019 UCI MTB World Championships will take place from August 31 to September 1, in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada for both DH and XC categories. (See below for more about the World Champs.)

How to watch online

You can also watch from the comfort of your sofa – the World Cup and World Championship events are broadcast globally on Red Bull TV.

Viewers have increased year on year – in 2015 the numbers hit 1 million for the first time.

The events are run under the UCI – Union Cycliste Internationale – and winning the World Cup is a prestigious honour, bested only – perhaps – by winning the World Championships.

Events are spread out across the globe, with riders gaining points for their placing to reveal an eventual winner at the end of the season.

Recent MTB World Cup overall winners

World Cup overall, Downhill, Women

  • 2006: Tracy Mosely (GBr)
  • 2007: Sabrina Jonnier
  • 2008: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2009: Sabrina Jonnier
  • 2010: Sabrina Jonnier
  • 2011: Tracey Moseley (GBr)
  • 2012: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2013: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2014: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2015: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2016: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2017: Myriam Nicole
  • 2018: Rachel Atherton

World Cup overall, Downhill, Men

  • 2006: Steve Peat (GBr)
  • 2007: Sam Hill
  • 2008: Greg Minnaar
  • 2009: Sam Hill
  • 2010: Gee Atherton (GBr)
  • 2011: Aaron Gwin
  • 2012: Aaron Gwin
  • 2013: Steve Smith
  • 2014: Josh Bryceland (GBr)
  • 2015: Aaron Gwin
  • 2016: Aaron Gwin
  • 2017: Aaron Gwin
  • 2018: Amaury Pierron

World Cup overall, XC, Women

  • 2006: Gunn-Rita Dahle
  • 2007:  Irina Kalentieva
  • 2008: Marie-Hélène Prémont
  • 2009: Elisabeth Osl
  • 2010:  Catharine Pendrel
  • 2011: Julie Bresset
  • 2012:  Catharine Pendrel
  • 2013: Tanja Žakelj
  • 2014: Jolanda Neff
  • 2015: Jolanda Neff
  • 2016: Catharine Pendrel
  • 2017: Yana Belomoyna
  • 2018: Jolanda Neff

World Cup overall, XC, Men

  • 2006: Julien Absalon
  • 2007:  Julien Absalon
  • 2008:  Julien Absalon
  • 2009:  Julien Absalon
  • 2010:  Nino Schurter
  • 2011: Jaroslav Kulhavy
  • 2012: Nino Schurter
  • 2013:  Nino Schurter
  • 2014: Julien Absalon
  • 2015:  Nino Schurter
  • 2016: Julien Absalon
  • 2017: Nino Schurter
  • 2018: Nino Schurter

MTB World Championships

Whereas the World Cup is a series of races undertaken over the course of a race season, the World Champs is one race. Winner takes all on the day.

This all-or-nothing aspect pretty much guarantees exciting racing and although the result is arguably technically less impressive than winning a World Cup season (oddball, flukey winners can – and do – happen) there is something undeniably special about being able to put in a killer performance when it matters. There is such a thing as a World Champ specialist. Take Loic Bruni for example.

And no racer can call themselves truly legendary unless they have won at least one World Champs.

The other difference is that riders compete for the country as opposed to their team sponsor.

The 2019 UCI MTB World Championships will take place from August 31 to September 1 at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada.

Recent MTB World Champs winners

Great Britain’s biggest success is in the women’s downhill mountain bike category – with British wins over six consecutive years, and an all GBR podium in 2015.

World Champs, Downhill, Women

  • 2006: Sabrina Jonnier
  • 2007: Sabrina Jonnier
  • 2008: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2009: Emmeline Ragot
  • 2010: Tracy Moseley (GBr)
  • 2011: Emmeline Ragot
  • 2012: Morgane Charre
  • 2013: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2014: Manon Carpenter (GBr)
  • 2015: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2016: Rachel Atherton (GBr)
  • 2017: Miranda Miller
  • 2018: Rachel Atherton (GBr)

World Champs, Downhill, Men

  • 2006: Sam Hill
  • 2007: Sam Hill
  • 2008: Gee Atherton (GBr)
  • 2009: Steve Peat (GBr)
  • 2010: Sam Hill
  • 2011: Danny Hart (GBr)
  • 2012: Greg Minnaar
  • 2013: Greg Minnaar
  • 2014: Gee Atherton
  • 2015: Loic Bruni
  • 2016: Danny Hart (GBr)
  • 2017: Loic Bruni
  • 2018: Loic Bruni

World Champs, XC, Women

  • 2006: Gunn-Rita Dahle
  • 2007:  Irina Kalentieva
  • 2008: Margarita Fullana
  • 2009: Irina Kalentieva
  • 2010: Maja Wloszczowska
  • 2011: Catharine Pendrel
  • 2012: Julie Bresset
  • 2013: Julie Bresset
  • 2014: Catharine Pendrel
  • 2015: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
  • 2016: Annika Langvad
  • 2017: Jolanda Neff
  • 2018: Kate Courtney

World Champs, XC, Men

  • 2006: Julien Absalon
  • 2007:  Julien Absalon
  • 2008: Christophe Sauser
  • 2009: Nino Schurter
  • 2010: Jose Antonio Hermida
  • 2011: Jaroslav Kulhavy
  • 2012: Nino Schurter
  • 2013: Nino Schurter
  • 2014: Julien Absalon
  • 2015: Nino Schurter
  • 2016: Nino Schurter
  • 2017: Nino Schurter
  • 2018: Nino Schurter