18 October 2023 Tweet
● 2024 UCI Mountain Bike World Series to feature 15 race weekends
● Cross-country, Downhill and Enduro will collectively visit 10 countries across Europe, North and South America
● Six brand new venues added to the line-up
Warner Bros. Discovery and the UCI are excited to reveal the 2024 UCI Mountain Bike World Series calendar.
Once again all the major mountain bike formats have been aligned on a single calendar, which next year will take place in 10 countries across Europe, North America and South America - and includes six brand new venues.
The full calendar for the UCI World Cups in cross-country Olympic (XCO), short track (XCC), downhill (DHI) and enduro (EDR), including E-enduro (E-EDR) will cover 15 weekends of racing, with all formats enjoying both standalone and combined events. One of the highlights of the calendar will once again be the flagship festival event in Haute-Savoie, France, which this year attracted over 100,000 spectators.
More information on the UCI Cross-country Marathon World Cup will be released in due course.
The season kicks off with cross-country featuring back-to-back race weekends in Brazil, with new venues in Mairiporã and Araxá, Minas Gerais, making their UCI World Cup debut. Joining them as first-time hosts will be Bielsko-Biala in Poland, Crans-Montana and Aletsch Arena, Bellwald, both in the Valais region of Switzerland and Mt Van Hoevenberg-Lake Placid in the USA.
David Lappartient, President of the UCI, said: "With its innovative new format bringing together all the major formats in the discipline, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup was a huge success in 2023, with, for the first time, a round – in Haute-Savoie, France – hosting all the specialties on the series programme.
“There will be something new next year too, with new venues being included in this flagship mountain bike series, not only in Europe but also in North and South America. This testifies to the popularity of the sport, which the International Olympic Committee has just confirmed will be on the programme for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. Mountain bike continues to develop internationally, and the UCI World Cup is undoubtedly a key element in this progress.”
Chris Ball, VP of Cycling Events at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, said: “After a ground-breaking 2023 I am proud to welcome both iconic venues and new destinations to the 2024 UCI Mountain Bike World Series calendar. In the largest expansion of international mountain bike for many years, six new venues will join a blockbuster of a year, totalling 15 event weekends.
“Expansion into South America and long-term agreements in Lake Placid in the USA, Trentino in Italy and Haute-Savoie in France are hallmarks to a season that offers more racing than ever before. Switzerland also joins with two new venues in the stunning Valais region and Poland joins the UCI World Cup calendar for the very first time.”
The 2024 calendar marks the second year in a ground-breaking eight-year partnership between the UCI and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which sees WBD take on the broadcast, promotion and organisation of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, utilising their extensive global reach to help grow the sport worldwide.