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Full Schedule Announced for the 2023 World Championships

Sep 8, 2022 at 3:57
by Ed Spratt  
Good to see the Legend herself Rachel Atherton back between the tape for a few laps.

The UCI has finally revealed when we can expect to see riders take on Fort William and Glentress for the 2023 World Championships.

For the first time, we will see all 13 cycling World Championships happen at once with 11 days of competition. The events will take place across Glasgow and the rest of Scotland, with the downhill at Fort William and XC at Glentress.

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Just a few weeks ago, we got a first look at the 2023 World Cup calendar, it looks like the World Champs will help fill the racing void in July and August. The downhill World Champs will kick things off for mountain biking as racing takes place between August 3 to 5. The party then heads down to the Scottish Borders with the XC and Marathon titles at Glentress. The Marathon race takes place on August 6, the XC racing going from August 8 to 12.

bigquotesGlasgow and the whole of Scotland are creating sporting history by hosting this multi-discipline cycling event for the first time. The UCI Cycling World Championships were one of my visions when I was first elected President of the UCI in 2017. That vision is now becoming a reality and the inaugural edition is really taking shape. The unveiling of the schedule enables us to visualise what awaits during these 11 days of non-stop cycling action. The entire cycling community can definitely expect great things! David Lappartient, President of the UCI

We have a long time until the 2023 season kicks off, but it's nice to have the race calendar starting to become a little clearer.

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107 Comments
  • 381 6
 Whatever. Let us know what Redbull and Rob are working on!
  • 17 0
 what Jon said!
  • 4 47
flag styriabeef (Sep 8, 2022 at 4:11) (Below Threshold)
 ...their own businesses.
  • 3 6
 My guess now, is that they might produce a series for pumptrack, dual slalom or join in on the 4X-World Tour...
  • 21 4
 I'm British and can shout "Look at the time" loudly. I'm sure both the Discovery customers wouldn't be able to tell the difference....
  • 4 6
 @korev: Ich bin ein Beritish?
  • 22 87
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Sep 8, 2022 at 5:13) (Below Threshold)
 Fort William is the worst track ever on the World Cup circuit. Whomever designed the bottom section is an idiot and the whole track should be rerouted top to bottom. Also get rid of the stupid wood bridges also and bring in some actual dirt instead of gravel. Don't force us to watch another race on this rubbish.
www.pinkbike.com/u/DoubleCrownAddict/blog/fort-william-world-cup-drivetrain-carnage-and-the-problem-with-the-motorway.html
  • 34 0
 Red Bull Hard Line World Series
  • 30 4
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Wrong........ again.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Sep 8, 2022 at 5:38) (Below Threshold)
 @naptime: What am I wrong about? Please explain. Track designers should have learned by 2022 not to have a huge pedalling section at the end that eliminates the possibility of a good finish if you have a mechanical. This is a no-brainer.
  • 28 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: ladies and gentlemen... he's back!
  • 24 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Who hurt you?
  • 14 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I mean you're right it's the worst track on the circuit, but if you go there you'll see there's not really an alternative route. The bridges up top are tiny little bits BTW.
I'd be happy to see it given a break from the calendar, and even happier to see another gondola-accessed venue created in the UK with a more challenging track.
  • 12 2
 discovery will (at least i hope so) make the worldcup to somewhat like MX or formula 1. a real worldcup, no qualifing, set riders, couple of wildcards, factory teams. the pinacle of the sport!

this would leave the door open for a "qualifing series" aka continental series, that aim for the smaller teams and privateers. goal of this quali series would be: top ten of each continent can qualify for the worldcup with it's factory teams. this could be something red bull and rob would be totally capable of running!

at least in theory, this could work Wink
  • 4 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I thought the track was pretty good this year but some changes would be appreciated, unless they F ck it up like that wood section a few years ago. Seems like most racers were stoked at the new stuff this year (except the end of Andorra). But being a successful racer depends on having the right equipment and riding in a way that the bike and rider reach the finish unscathed so I reckon the dudes that didn't crash or destroy drivetrains rode better on the day, or had a better set up.
  • 7 21
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Sep 8, 2022 at 6:43) (Below Threshold)
 @chakaping: I'll admit I haven't seen it in person, but the bottom could absolutely be changed and should be. There isn't even a real highlight on the Fort William track, all you mostly see is rocks and pedaling between the jumps.
  • 7 0
 @northernwig: a bit of respect for him, he rides a double crown ebike !!
  • 4 0
 @chakaping: I think he has a point, if they can't change the route then change things on the same route. He's suggesting altering the motorway jumps and I'm sure tweaks can be made in other places. They should do it early and run a race or two (BDS?) to get some rider feedback well before Worlds. Greg might not be in favour but I bet Bruni and some others will be.
  • 4 0
 @singletrackjamaica: I agree the motorway's a bit rubbish, but there's just not a steeper route to get to the finish arena.
I thought this year's race was dull AF and would prefer to have seen World Champs at a more-challenging venue, even if it wasn't in the UK.
Too much financial inertia around Fort Bill though, I suspect.
  • 3 1
 @chakaping: yeah tbh Ft Bill has been one of my least favorite tracks to watch for years, but I also went to the WC there this year and had an awesome time so whatever. Gotta have a UK track and I can't imagine there are loads of other WC venue options around. The motorway is basically straight down the fall line so like you said, there's really not a better routing down to the gondola.

And anyway, riders can't expect to be able to win chainless on every track on the circuit. Avoiding mechanicals is part of winning races. There were fast guys that didn't pedal the whole thing though - Benoit was doing an insane aero tuck between each jump. Really cool to see.
  • 11 1
 To anyone dissing fort Bill. Ride it and find out.....
  • 4 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: another attempt at the record for down votes?
  • 1 0
 Would LOVE to see Rob get on board with teh NST and Proving Grounds Tour!
  • 8 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict:

DCA - “I hate this track it’s terrible”
PB reader - “Have you been there?”
DCA- “What? No, never seen it really, I just like shouting wild claims and acting like it’s fact”
PB reader - “….literally no words for this…”
  • 2 0
 @naptime: fully agree with that one!!!!
  • 2 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: Rumor has it he's going to be on the Discovery commentary team.
  • 1 0
 @sack-zement: Nah, make it even harder for the little guys.
  • 1 1
 @singletrackjamaica: Exactly, they should at least try some different things instead of just sticking with what is obviously the worst finish section of any world cup track on the circuit.
  • 95 2
 How about Rob and RedBull create a radio station with live commentary so you can mute that discovery bs and listen so some real commentary
  • 14 0
 This would be a winner.
  • 12 0
 Cedric Gracia did that once with a Red Bull Broadcast on a live YouTube video. Red Bull just ended up hiring him for the French broadcast if I remember correctly.
  • 15 2
 Very disappointing not to see 4cross on the schedule
  • 11 7
 4 Cross is dead since years, but I would love to see it again.
  • 12 1
 @jonas-stadler: Not as dead as you think.....
  • 11 0
 @jonas-stadler: ProTour R6&7 report on PB this week as well as a 4x specific bike release (Airdrop).

Not that dead
  • 2 1
 @jonas-stadler: since that wallride overtaking ? I mean with proper circuits for real mtb that was the best show...
  • 4 0
 @jonas-stadler: I was in Val di Sole at the weekend and there was a 4 cross race the night after the DH.
Some DH Racer und more 4x Racer that came only for the event competed. Ist was a great show and s great party.
  • 3 2
 @jonas-stadler: Wrong

4X been doing fine without the uci
  • 12 0
 I forgot there are other forms of competitive cycling
  • 9 1
 Could someone please define "indoor cycling" in this context? I'm afraid to learn it refers to the thing I do at the gym.
  • 10 6
 track, in a velodrome
  • 5 0
 @mchacker: They're different sports, in different venues....
  • 5 0
 @mchacker: Nope, that would be the event called "Track" in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (2nd event from the bottom). @southoftheborder may be on to something and if correct it ain't gonna be pretty.
  • 14 1
 Indoor cycling usually referes to disciplines like artistic cycling or cycle ball.
  • 4 0
 @Starch-Anton: I wasn't paying attention, shouldn't have got involved
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: you're right, don't know why I got involved tbh.
  • 8 0
 What on earth is Gran Fondo??
  • 37 0
 Hipsters, Craft Beer and Gravel Bikes
  • 26 0
 a very common wedding present from the 70's i think...
  • 2 0
 To Be Confirmed
  • 16 0
 It is a big bowl of melted cheese that you dip stuff into
  • 10 0
 An old old wooden ship that was used during the civil war era.
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: Thought that meant To Be Cancelled
  • 2 0
 To give a serious answer, I thought it was usually used to describe a mass-participation road ride in Europe or the US (like sportives in the UK).

But it seems in the WC context it's an amateur road race event.

Does seem a bit out of place in that calendar.
  • 1 1
 @chakaping: I've always thought of it as the roadie version of enduro: timed on climbing segments, but not in between.
  • 1 0
 @IanJF: Maybe different in the US to Europe as well? Though I think some sportives here give an overall time and time the big climb(s) of the day as well.
Not an expert though, only ever done one.
  • 9 0
 A method for extracting money from MAMILs
  • 2 0
 @gtrzippy: that was funny Wink
  • 4 0
 Anyone know the difference between "Competition Event" and "Medal Event"? Is that code for qualis and finals? Seems weird for trials it's Medal Event first, two Competition Events then a Medal Event...
  • 1 3
 Pretty sure competition is the amateur side and medal is the elite side.
  • 1 0
 Fuck me. Never mind. Had the difference between challenge and medal stuck in my head.
  • 7 0
 Competition Event is qualifying, semifinals (1/2 finals) etc.

In relation to the Trials the "Teams" Finals are on Wednesday 9 August.

Followed by:

20 Inch
Thursday 10 August - 1/2 Finals
Friday 11 August - 1/2 Finals
Saturday 12 August - Finals

26 Inch
Thursday 10 August - 1/2 Finals
Friday 11 August - 1/2 Finals
Saturday 12 August - Finals
  • 3 0
 More to the point, why are there two medal days for DH? Am I missing something? Juniors going a day early or something?
  • 1 0
 @casey79: Thanks Casey! Appreciate the info.
  • 7 1
 Cool, can't wait to read about all the races... *sigh
  • 4 0
 So any word on how much we'll be shelling out to watch the World Cup next year?
  • 3 0
 With the race later in the year it's even more time to sort out that awful park and ride or add more venue spaces?.... No excuses surely?!
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to to the 14hour drive for one day of midgies,rain,falling over in the bog at the top of the hill. But the journey,bites and wreaked shoes are worth it for the racing,crowd and atmosphere! Ps went this year and it was epic!
  • 1 0
 What a fantastic event, hopefully the scheduling of the next rave allows riders to go along and support their country and watch other events they don't usually see. I know NZ has a strong track team hopefully the Kiwi riders can get along and see that.
  • 1 0
 Sure it has been said but Oct at MSA will be hit or miss. Great that they won't clog up the poutine trails in prime riding season but good luck to the riders and fans, bring your woolies. Yikes!
  • 1 0
 Having the XC and Road Worlds overlapping means that multi-discipline racers like Tom Pidcock and MvdP won't be able to try to win multiple world championships next year... Not a very smart idea by the UCI.
  • 2 0
 Another comment that cannot fathom why 4x is not in the posted schedule. The track is there and ready to go!
  • 2 0
 Considering the state of 4X these days,do you really think it's worth a world championship race?
I know it's a unpopular opinion,but it's the truth.
  • 2 0
 @nozes: yeah I think it's worth it. We just had a pro tour double header with thousands of spectators each night. The 4x at Fort William is well attended by the crowd also.

The racers are there and ready too. You always get extra people turning up when stripes are on offer.

Yes I do think it's worth it.
  • 3 1
 Question is - where will we be able to watch it all?
  • 16 0
 Sitting on the toilet normally.
  • 9 0
 Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 4 0
 @nateb: You know what I probably go watch at Fort William.

I was up there in May for the last race and it was awesome! Class weekend and worth the 10hr drive from wales ha
  • 2 0
 It'll be on BBC as usual, but may also be on Discovery/Eurosport.
  • 1 0
 The same places as usual; which in the UK will be BBC, and GCN/Eurosport/Discovery.....
  • 1 0
 Assuming they will release a separate full week of e-bike versions of all the above.....
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Embarrassing yourself now. Away and GTF.
  • 2 1
 Does USi stream races on youtube ?
  • 9 0
 UCI never streams races, they sell the broadcasting rights.
  • 10 1
 @styriabeef: Glad to see that they are doing everything within their power to generate the revenue required to offer a generous $3,750 check to each of the winners!
  • 4 0
 @styriabeef: The UCI streams races on their YouTube channel.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Uu5wmT63M
  • 1 0
 @styriabeef: The UCI does sometimes stream races online... The XCM Worlds last year were streamed live on the UCI YouTube channel, for example.
  • 1 0
 No Pump Track World Champs anymore?
  • 1 1
 So, what is the difference between this world champs DH race and the other world champs DH race a couple weeks ago?
  • 3 0
 This one's in Scotland next year. And it's the first time all the UCI cycling World Champs are being held as part of a single event.
  • 3 0
 @chakaping: Reading fail on my part. I thought this was an event happening this year. I am dumb.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict Your cheese has slide off your cracker
  • 1 0
 Will the Grand Fondou eating race be live streamed?
  • 3 3
 so the DH and the XC races are 7 days apart ? LOL... wtf...
  • 1 0
 would be impossible to watch both live if they'd be back to back as usual.
  • 2 0
 @leopaul: worked at Les Gets.

Fri was practice for DH, followed by short track an hour later, Sat was DH race and Sun xc long.

So now we'd have to spend a full week in Scotland instead.
  • 1 0
 @weeksy59: it's a 4 hour drive. You can't rely on fans of both making that trip after the DH finals...
  • 1 0
 @weeksy59: i guess tge tourism board approved it...
  • 1 0
 @weeksy59: what @lewisa10 said. I'm thinking of going and no way am I making that trip early in the morning after the post race party. it always worked because it was in the same town. except for when worlds where in nove mesto for xco a while ago.
  • 1 0
 Nevermind, you've got a whole lot of cool events in between. I imagine riders will want to watch the BMX and Track events.
  • 3 2
 Greg Minnarr salivating.
  • 3 1
 Didnt know his injuries were that bad
  • 2 0
 @BentonFraser: That's a ruthless comment. Gotta wait till he heals up before you get me making bad puns. Beer
  • 3 0
 @blowmyfuse: haha yeah too soon just couldn't resist Smile
  • 1 1
 Jeeebuz. Took me a couple of minutes to figure that table out.







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