The Ultimate Guide to the 2024 XC Racing Season

Mar 15, 2024 at 4:41
by Ed Spratt  
Tom Pidcock adds another notch to his win list.

As the 2024 XC race season is heating up, let's see what you can expect over the next twelve months and the top events to watch out for. We will update this article with any news, rescheduling or cancellations throughout the season.

You can view our guide to 2024 Gravity events here or take a look at our spotlight on US racing.



March



during stage 2 of the 2023 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Hermanus High School to Hermanus High School Hermanus South Africa on the 21th March 2023. Photo by Nick Muzik Cape Epic PLEASE ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND ABSA CAPE EPIC
Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic

With the World Cup season not too far away, March is a packed month of XC racing as riders attend national-level races to hone their race craft. The biggest race of the month is the gruelling week-long challenge of the Cape Epic kicking off on March 17.



Australia National Championships

Newcastle, Australia
March 12-17

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French Cup

Marseille - Luminy, France
March 15-17

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Copa Catalana

Gavá. Spain
March 16

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Swiss Bike Cup

Gränichen, Switzerland
March 16-17

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Cape Epic

Cape Town - Western Cape, South Africa
March 17-24

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US Pro Cup

Temecula, USA
March 22-24

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Oceanian Continental Championships

Brisbane, Australia
March 23

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Tennessee National

Oliver Springs, USA
March 23

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Swiss Bike Cup

Rivera, Switzerland
March 24

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Copa Catalana

Corró d'Amunt, Spain
March 24

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Internazionali D'Italia

Esanatoglia, Italy
March 30-31

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April



Rebecca McConnell leads the pack early on in the race.

April starts with a few national events for some last-minute racing before the World Cup circus heads to Brazil for back-to-back rounds in Mairipora and Araxá. April also sees Monterey, California, once again host the Sea Otter Classic between April 19 and 21.



US Pro Cup

Fayetteville, USA
April 3

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Swiss Bike Cup

Lugano, Switzerland
April 6-7

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UK National XC Series

Cannock Chase, UK
April 7

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Pisgah Stage Race

Brevard, USA
April 9-13

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XC World Cup

Mairipora, Brazil
April 12-14

Find out more here

XC World Cup

Araxa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
April 19-21

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Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, USA
April 19 - 21

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UK National XC Series

Kirroughtree Forest, UK
April 21

Find out more here



May



Last year s overall World Cup winner Alessandra Keller will be content with her start to the 2023 season.

After the World Cup series kick-off in April, May doesn't slow things down for the world's best with multiple championship events. The French national championships start the month before we see the European, American, Asian and African continental champions crowned later in the month. Closing out May is the XC and XCM World Cup events at Nové Mesto.



French National Championships

Levens, France
May 2-5

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Maja Wloszczowska MTB Race

Jelenia Góra, Poland
May 4

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ÖKK Bike Revolution

Chur, Switzerland
May 5

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European Continental Championships

Cheile Gradistei, Romania
May 8-12

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American Continental Championships

Midway, USA
May 8-12

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Asian Continental Championships

Putrajaya, Malaysia
May 8-12

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African Continental Championships

Morocco
May 11-12

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UK National XC Series

Margam Park, UK
May 12

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Masters World Championships

Cairns, Australia
May 16-19

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Ötztaler MountainBike Festival

Haiming, Austria
May 19-20

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XC World Cup

Nové Mesto, Czech Republic
May 24-26

Find out more here

XCM World Cup

Nové Mesto, Czech Republic
May 24-26

Find out more here



June



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June sees a packed month of racing with three World Cup rounds in Val di Sole, Crans-Montana and the Haute-Savoie region. The final French stop of the three back-to-back World Cups will also feature an XCM race.



ÖKK Bike Revolution

Engelberg, Switzerland
June 2

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French Cup

Ussel, France
June 7-9

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Swiss Bike Cup

Leysin, Switzerland
June 8-9

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UK National XC Series

Hamsterley Forest, UK
June 9

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XC World Cup

Val di Sole, Italy
June 14-16

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XC World Cup

Crans-Montana, Switzerland
June 21-23

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XC World Cup

Haute-Savoie, France
June 28-7 July

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XCM World Cup

Haute-Savoie, France
June 28-7 July

Find out more here

ÖKK Bike Revolution

Davos, Switzerland
June 30

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UK National XC Series

Parkwood, UK
June 30

Find out more here



July



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July is another busy month as several national champions will be crowned before the biggest event of the year, the Paris Olympics. The spectacle of the Olympics will see Tom Pidcock and Jolanda Neff try to defend their gold medals from the Tokyo Games.



BC Bike Race

Vancouver Island
July 1-7

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Downieville Classic

Downieville, USA
July 11-14

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French Cup

Puy-Saint-Vincent, France
July 12-14

Find out more here

Swiss National Championships

Echallens, Switzerland
July 12-14

Find out more here

American National Championships

Macungie, USA
July 16-21

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British National Championships

Dalby Forest, UK
July 19-21

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Canadian National Championships

Kentville, Canada
July 20

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Olympic Games

Paris, France
July 28-29

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August



Puck Pieterse on her way to 7th place.

After some busy months of racing, August sees a break for riders as they will look to recollect their strength to face off at this year's World Championships in Andorra.



Leadville Trail 100

Leadville, USA
August 10

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Breck Epic

Breckenridge, USA
August 11-16

Find out more here

French Cup

Les Menuires - La Croisette, France
August 17-18

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Swiss Epic

Engadin, Davos, Switzerland
August 20-24

Find out more here

Swiss Bike Cup

Basel, Switzerland
August 24-25

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World Championships

Pal Arinsal, Andorra
August 28 - 1 September

Find out more here



September



The lead group up the far climb. Vidaurre was always in good company throughout the race.

As the season nears its conclusion, September sees the final rounds of several national series events and the Marathon World Champs in Snowshoe. The month ends with more top-level racing as the World Cup heads to Lake Placid.



ÖKK Bike Revolution

Gruyere, Switzerland
September 8

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ÖKK Bike Revolution

Huttwil, Switzerland
September 15

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French Cup

Agde, France
September 20-22

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Marathon World Championships

Snowshoe, USA
September 21-22

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Swiss Bike Cup

Crans Montana, Switzerland
September 21-22

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XC World Cup

Lake Placid, USA
September 27-29

Find out more here

XCM World Cup

Lake Placid, USA
September 27-29

Find out more here



October



Lecomte diving into the rocks.

Finally, with the season at its conclusion for 2024, the World Cup ends just as it did in 2023 with an autumnal showdown at the classic venue of Mont-Sainte-Anne.



XC World Cup

Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
October 4 - 6

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30 Comments
  • 2 0
 I wish there were a downloadable PDF of all this information. I didn't even know about some of the US races. I might be able to go check out a race or two.
  • 5 2
 You're really going to have the Leadville 100 on there but not the Breck Epic or BC Bike Race?
  • 5 1
 Yeah a gravel race but no Pisgah Stage Race or Downieville Classic either... I guess we take whatever XC coverage we can get on PB!
  • 19 0
 Thanks, can't believe I missed those. I will add them to the list.
  • 14 1
 @edspratt: wow, so reasonable even in the face of buckets of pretense and sarcasm...
  • 4 0
 Epic Rides, Whiskey Offroad April 26-28 Prescott, AZ
  • 4 0
 Starts planning line up for fantasy team>
  • 3 0
 This guide would be useful if it listed where to watch these races.
  • 5 0
 More like if you can and how much
  • 1 1
 I'm happy there's still XC coverage, but this wasn't the ultimate guide at all. Just a schedule of the season. No mention of teams, transfers, who's hot coming into the season, big stories, etc etc.
  • 1 0
 Thorough list, thanks! Check the link for Breck Epic. It should be pointing at breckepic.com Kudos!
  • 2 0
 no WC in Germany? Or Andorra?
Lame
  • 6 0
 World Champs are in Andorra this year.
  • 2 0
 @edspratt: ok, thank Horus
  • 3 0
 Thank you Smile
  • 3 2
 The headline should read, "Races that you can't watch, and may or may not ever be able to find results for"
  • 1 0
 What about the Iceman Cometh Challenge in November? They draw some big names to the Pro field.
  • 2 0
 Did someone suggest an XC Fantasy League for this season?
  • 2 2
 Where can viewers in the USA watch these races? How much would it cost? Are all races available without geo restrictions?
  • 1 0
 Tunnel Bear. I pretend to live in Norway!

Always strikes me as odd how spoiled the US (and North America) is in all things, but absolutely get the shaft when it comes to streaming cycling.
  • 1 0
 @fiftypercentsure: is the announcing in English?
  • 1 1
 @Cerps: Tunnel Bear is just a VPN, you put in whatever country works.
  • 1 0
 Without Fantasy I don't follow as much....really a bummer.
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