UCI & Warner Bros. Discovery Release Complete 2023 World Cup Calendar

Dec 22, 2022 at 3:36
by Ed Spratt  

The UCI and Warner Bros. Discovery have released the full calendar for next year's World Cup racing.

While we knew most of these dates from the initial release of the calendar in August, the updated release now includes the Enduro and E-enduro World Cups under the names EDR and EDR-E.

The biggest news from the final calendar is we will have a round hosted in Haute-Savoie, France where XC, XCC, XCM, DH and Enduro will take place at the same time. For this massive event, the XC, XCC and DH races will return to Les Gets while the rest of the events will be held in Châtel and Morzine. To fit all of the races into the same event we will have 10 days of racing across two weekends from September 7 to 17.

bigquotesWe still have the incredible images and atmosphere of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Les Gets fresh in our minds, and so look forward to returning to Haute-Savoie next year for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

This region has hosted the discipline’s UCI World Cup on several occasions, as well as two editions of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which demonstrates its strong commitment to our sport. With the round in Les Gets, which will bring together all the major mountain bike formats, we will once again benefit from the fantastic organisation and enthusiastic welcome that characterise the Haute-Savoie region, that will also host the second edition of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2027
UCI President David Lappartient

bigquotesWe thank once again the UCI and Warner Bros. Discovery for their confidence. Congratulations to the Portes du Soleil - Les Gets, Morzine and Châtel - for establishing themselves as the reference for mountain biking. We’ll meet in Haute-Savoie! President of the Haute-Savoie Departmental Council, Martial Saddier

The press release has also announced that all four XCM races and six rounds of the Enduro/E-enduro World Cups will offer amateur-level racing. The Enduro rounds open to amateurs will be Maydena and Derby in Tasmania (Australia), Finale Ligure, Val di Fassa Trentino, Loudenvielle and Châtel/Morzine.

While not included in this calendar the World Champs for XC, XCC, XCM and DH will take place in Scotland with more details available here.



Original press release from the UCI

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) are pleased to announce the full calendar for the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

One of the highlights in this calendar is a round hosted in Haute-Savoie (France), bringing together all the major mountain bike formats for the first time in the history of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The cross-country Olympic (XCO), cross-country short track (XCC) and downhill (DHI) competitions will take place in Les Gets, while the cross-country marathon (XCM), enduro (EDR) and E-enduro (EDR-E) events will be held in Châtel and Morzine. Organised over 10 days, including two weekends (from 7 to 17 September), this unprecedented event will bring together the entire world mountain bike community in a festival atmosphere.

UCI President David Lappartient said: "We still have the incredible images and atmosphere of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Les Gets fresh in our minds, and so look forward to returning to Haute-Savoie next year for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

“This region has hosted the discipline’s UCI World Cup on several occasions, as well as two editions of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which demonstrates its strong commitment to our sport. With the round in Les Gets, which will bring together all the major mountain bike formats, we will once again benefit from the fantastic organisation and enthusiastic welcome that characterise the Haute-Savoie region, that will also host the second edition of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2027”.

President of the Haute-Savoie Departmental Council, Martial Saddier, said: “We thank once again the UCI and Warner Bros. Discovery for their confidence. Congratulations to the Portes du Soleil - Les Gets, Morzine and Châtel - for establishing themselves as the reference for mountain biking. We’ll meet in Haute-Savoie!”

Also included in today’s announcement is the calendar for the XCM and EDR-E rounds, two formats that will have UCI Mountain Bike World Cup status as of 2023. The XCM calendar will kick off in Nové Mĕsto Na Moravĕ, Czech Republic. Included in the schedule are Finale Ligure (Italy), Châtel/Morzine (France) and Snowshoe (USA). The EDR-E will join the XCM at the iconic enduro venue Finale Ligure to kick off its season, before moving on to Leogang, Austria. The athletes will then head to Italy for the third round, in the beautiful setting of Val di Fassa Trentino, before heading to France for the final rounds. Loudenvielle, in the Pyrenees, will host the fourth round, and the series will then conclude in Châtel/Morzine.

As part of the UCI and WBD's commitment to mass participation events and creation of pathways to elite sport, amateur races will be offered for EDR and XCM next season. All four XCM rounds will be open to participation (no pre-qualification required). In EDR and/or EDR-E, six of the seven venues will offer amateur racing. These are Maydena and Derby in Tasmania (Australia), Finale Ligure, Val di Fassa Trentino, Loudenvielle and Châtel/Morzine. All EDR rounds will give UCI ranking points, rewarding the best placed riders with the possibility to enter the elite competition.





115 Comments

  • 63 0
 MSA in October, that's going to be... damp.
  • 40 0
 Moist Saint Anne
  • 16 0
 @ATXZJ: Yikes. 3 in 3 years?
  • 12 0
 MSA in October could be... "frozen/snow laden"
  • 6 0
 @konafarker: Trails could be covered in greasy wet leaves, always a fun time.
  • 6 0
 judging by the last couple of years, october is actually pretty nice around here, leaves can be taken care of with a blower and am sure that if there's a race next year, 95% sure there won't be snow on the ground
  • 3 0
 @tgr9: Agree. We stayed at MSA August through mid October this year and the weather was actually pretty nice. It had been an exceptionally warm fall considering though. Definitely a roll of the dice for them to schedule it in oct.

Them leaves do suck. Big time
  • 3 0
 If they can hold it at all. That gondola fuck up they just suffered two weeks ago is looking like the end of that lift.
  • 1 0
 @tgr9: We're planning to come ride a few days and check out the DH race. Would it the week before have a better chance for good weather?
  • 2 0
 @motts: We were riding in shorts early November this year. The best weather period in Quebec is late August / early September.
  • 6 0
 Cannot be damper than any scottish or welsh resort in august...
  • 5 0
 @danstonQ: But Scottish and Welsh trails remain inexplicably grippy when wet.
  • 6 0
 Real mountain bikers can ride wet leaves
  • 2 0
 MSA Good.
  • 1 0
 @tgr9: La Nina may or may not stick around till then.
  • 48 0
 Is Rob Warner one of the Warner Bros?
  • 24 6
 Kyle Warner is the other, but you can't mention him.
  • 7 28
flag kokofosho (Dec 22, 2022 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 @mcozzy: But you just did? Did the jewish space lasers take you out immediately after posting? No? STFU then
  • 5 1
 @kokofosho: are you high?
  • 2 2
 @DylanH93: Our man mcozzy earned Kokos remark - for being a well-known high level theorist.
  • 45 4
 Shitty Schedule. DH beginning in June and having them all packed in at the end is kind of crappy. Injured riders would have certainly little time to heal between events at the end. Then shove the WC and it's atrocious.
  • 18 0
 On the bright side, everything discovery touches dies. Hopefully this will be the start of some changes for WC DH racing that will lead to separating from the cancer that is UCI. Good riddance
  • 8 2
 That's when most of the resorts open the bike parks. Looks like they also tried to consolidate as many disciplines in each location and also reduce travel expenses which makes sense. From an organisational POV it also helps keep costs down.
  • 4 0
 @dick-pound: But bike park opening dates haven't suddenly changed for 2023. My guess is they are only starting the DH events in June because they want more time to prep for the broadcasting side of things.
  • 3 0
 @dick-pound: Gonna need it for that 20k entry fee
  • 6 0
 Imagine trying to justify your existence as a pro DH rider when the first race of the main series isn't until Rockshox are releasing their 2025 kit - **** sake
  • 1 0
 At least a lot of international racers will have 4/20 free next year and will be partying at the Sea Otter. I'm cool with that.
  • 20 0
 Pretty scrappy frickin calendar. No Whistler or USA for EDR calendar?
  • 11 0
 And race scheduled the same weekend as downhills, so multi-discipline racers are forced to choose. Hate that.
  • 4 3
 And no Fort Bill in the DH.
  • 5 0
 @oatkinso: Fort William is hosting the World Championships, hence not on the World Cup schedule
  • 2 0
 @handynzl: oh yeah my bad
  • 17 0
 This lot seem way too excited about everything other than DH.
  • 4 0
 DH in March this year was so good. This schedule ain't great.
  • 2 0
 @DylanH93: Lourdes without rain at the end of March was luck. MSA in October, if it isn't cancelled because of the uplift will be another roll of the dice.
  • 14 1
 MSA in October lol. Planning at it's best.
  • 14 0
 Probably to scupper Red Bull Hardline, which is usually held after DH season has finished.
  • 11 0
 Also, when is XC coming out with their 9th discipline? 3-4 just isn't enough.
  • 10 1
 Fuck the UCI!! Straight fucking morrons working there
  • 5 0
 From the compressed schedules for EWS/EWS-E, I'm hoping one silver lining from all this faff is they both run at the same time. If they do I would guess EWS-E has to get its own social media channels and highlights packages so it isn't an absolute shambles online, and I don't have to see them any more when I'm trying to catch up with the EWS. Fingers crossed...
  • 8 0
 No more Enduro in the Americas? Only NZ, France, Italy, and Austria?
  • 6 0
 No NZ, Tasmania Australia x 2
  • 5 0
 It’s all about who pays to host, and apparently no one in NA offered enough money.
  • 19 0
 @stevemokan: Next stop: Qatar
  • 2 1
 @stevemokan: That is not how it works. It's more about what destination has the infrastructure, know-how and resources to do it. It's not always easy to find these places that can fit the bill.
  • 10 0
 @FlowBrother: It is a bit about the money though, come on.
  • 6 2
 @FlowBrother: disagree. Whistler has been a permanent fixture on the EWS calendar. Now it’s gone.
  • 3 0
 UCI Racing in general*

And always has been.
  • 1 0
 @theedon: Did you hear that Whistler Bike Park won't have the Fitzsimons chair for this summer due to scheduled maintenance? I think a few EWS stages used that lift. That might have something to do with it.
  • 3 0
 @krishaw: no they have never used the fitz chair. It’s pretty safe to say that UCI and Whistler Blackcomb have a strong hate for each other
  • 1 0
 @skiwenric: sorry Aussies, my wrong.
@FlowBrother: SO many paces in the americs have hosted, and/or are capable of hosting an EWS. I'm quite sure that's not the reason
  • 5 1
 I personally am not really a fan of enduro, but that being said it would be sick if the EWS went to Sentier du Moulin, QC.
Those trails are world class. The locals probably wouldn't be super thrilled with the traffic, but damn they would be some of the coolest tracks on the circuit.

Also DH, EDR, and XC should make a stop at Bromont again in the future. Get 3 Canadian stops going;

Mont-Sainte-Anne
Bromont
Whistler
  • 2 0
 I wonder if the tracks at Sentiers are long enough? They are only like 600ft/180m of vert or so... maybe Wolverine is a tad more...? They would for sure be a spectacle.

Bromont would be fun as well, but also doesn't have much Vert.

I think North Conway NH would be an incredible venue but the locals would be so pissed if there was a big race there...
  • 1 0
 @bonkmasterflex: Bromont has 1250' of vertical on the frontside, and 980' on the lakeside. More than enough to enduro stages I would think? I'm not sure, but is there a minimum length the stages have to be? At SDM some of the stages could be anywhere from 3-8+ minutes depending on the rider and the trails making up the stage(s). SDM would be epic
  • 2 0
 Let’s start with at least one race on the continent, then we can talk about adding more…

But yes, bromont should definitely come back for DH/XC and this time around with EDR too.
  • 1 0
 @morse-ah: Between Canada and the USA there's no shortage of amazing locations that can host all of the above disciplines. So there's no excuse for not having any/more in North America.
Hopefully South America can get in on the action too. It would be epic to see Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile etc. have DH world cup stops as well as other disciplines like XC and Enduro. They need to get all the continents involved, it is the world cup afterall.

Another place that should host a world cup DH (once they reopen) is Whiteface Mountain Bike Park in Lake Placid, NY. It's the Mont-Sainte-Anne of the USA, epic, gnarly, rocky and steep terrain. It would make for an amazing world cup DH race Big Grin .

There's so many, Angel Fire Bike Park in New Mexico is another awesome looking mountain that could get in the mix. There's so many amazing places.
  • 5 0
 Wish they would just let people know how we can actually watch any of it. I don’t watch any other sport so paying a subscription would not be happening and not worth it at all for me personally which is gutting.
  • 1 0
 It's not ideal, sure. But would cost you what, $40 in total?
I don't mind paying, nearly every sport has some kind of viewer paywall. For me it's the fact that it's Discovery, and they've cooked it before the season has even started.
  • 1 0
 @ajayflex: For me one big annoyance is with this (possibly very intentional) schedule and 1-2 weekends of racing a month (except in June) and the current streaming options/ pricing available with Discovery in many places it's basically paying the monthly fee for each event. I mentioned elsewhere here that up here the current cheapest sports-included option is 10€/month, or in this case ~10€ for a weekend for racing. If you'd only watch the DH and XC you're used to having available, it would amount to 60€ for the season, but with adding the first two enduro events (again one per calendar month) the price for the whole season would be 80€. Sure, pennies for some, but a fair amount of money to some of us - with my current income just not justifiable to spend that on watching a few hours of mountain biking a month. If they can come up with some (global) pay per view solution or similar for a reasonable price, I wouldn't mind paying for it, but currently it seems unlikely. Especially with the whole Discovery/ HBO deal being really obscure at the moment, I'd be surprised if they came up with some new viewing options in a couple of months.
  • 7 0
 Any word on live streaming costs yet?
  • 6 0
 No news yet as far as streaming and it's costs. I'm looking forward to more info on that topic as well.
  • 2 0
 very likely to be through subscription to the usual Discovery Sport platforms - Discovery Plus/Eurosport/GCN with perhaps free highlights on Youtube as they did with EWS last year.
  • 3 0
 Discovery + (Ad Free) is $7.99 per month on this side of the pond
  • 4 0
 In Finland currently the cheapest streaming option with Discovery+ including the basic sports package (i.e. Eurosport) is 9,99€ a month. Not bad if you like to watch other stuff there as well, but a bit steep for only watching biking every now and then. They also have a couple of other sports deals at 25,99€ a month with additional/ more specific events/ leagues, but I doubt MTB would be added onto those as it's not big enough.
  • 2 0
 @andrewbikeguide: Is there any pay-per-view option with Discovery Channel just to see the events I want without paying a month or a year subscription?
  • 9 0
 @andrewbikeguide: How many users can you have with one login... can we all pitch in for a pinkbike shared subscription? hahaha... joking/notjoking.
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: What's available seems to vary a lot from one country (or market area) to another, but at least here the monthly subscription is the only available option. At least for now, with Discovery and HBO teaming up nobody seems to know what will change and how, or when. Interesting to see what the different options globally will be when the season starts.
  • 1 0
 @andrewbikeguide: Explains why they want races consolidated.
  • 3 0
 Odd that Valkenburg is left off here, but is still listed on the 2023 calendar on the UCI site. www.uci.org/competition-hub/2023-uci-mountain-bike-world-cup/4FbcWAvtQQciA4eXCmc0LI
  • 5 0
 other MTB news sources have indicated this venue to be used in 2024 - delay of one year
  • 2 0
 @steelarm: Oh, interesting. Thanks!
  • 3 0
 Would love to know why they dropped it; why can't they tell us? I'm not aware of any major MTB events there previously, though they did host the CX Worlds in 2018. Maybe they need a test event before a World Cup event.
  • 5 1
 3 rd and 4 th of June in Finale.. this must be a mistake... or someone in UCI and WB's have no clue about MTB Enduro racing and even riding.. ??
  • 5 1
 More than one event has potential to be canceled do to weather because of the time of year. The Shit show has started. I have zero enthusiasm for the new season!
  • 5 0
 If EWS is now a world cup,shouldn't there be a enduro world championship to?
  • 2 0
 Apparently that's starting in 2024
  • 3 0
 All well and good, but if it’s behind a paywall or subscription, I’ll be out riding my bike instead (or in the pub, probably in the pub).
  • 1 0
 @bonkmasterflex: Bromont has 1250' of vertical on the frontside, and 980' on the lakeside. More than enough to enduro stages I would think? I'm not sure, but is there a minimum length the stages have to be? At SDM some of the stages could be anywhere from 3-8+ minutes depending on the rider and the trails making up the stage(s). SDM would be epic
  • 4 0
 Fort William seems to be a bit of a glaring omission
  • 11 0
 Supposed to be world champs there next year, which will be free to view on the BBC. Can't believe there is still 6 months to wait until the first dh round.
  • 2 0
 Hosting World champs so maybe falls into a different category / calendar? It's first week or so in August iirc
  • 2 0
 Last paragraph before the press release.

"While not included in this calendar the World Champs for XC, XCC, XCM and DH will take place in Scotland with more details available here."
  • 2 0
 Because it's World Champs, not a World Cup.
  • 3 0
 @casey79: Oops missed that bit
  • 5 1
 Trash
  • 3 0
 Now to find out how to watch it and will it cost?
  • 2 0
 No news yet as far as streaming and it's costs. I'm looking forward to more info on that topic as well.
  • 2 0
 Nice to see the DH missing half the year again. Be so much better if they raced from April or something.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know what the track at Loudenvielle is like?
  • 4 0
 Not even build now, we don’t even know the exact location as there are different faces over there
It will be fresh and probably build over the spring so excited to see what its look like
  • 2 0
 Anyone got more infos about this new location in Andorra?
  • 1 0
 New location? I saw Vallnord published the calendar on its IG, so I guess it is still in the premises of the Vallnord Bike Park. And I really dont think they will change even a bit of the track. At the season closing I didn't saw any new track being built (copared to last year, when they started building the new WC track at the end of the prev season).
  • 3 0
 @antonmarkov1: But it says otherwise on the released schedule? Pal Arinsal is in another valley. Grandvalira is not Vallnord
  • 3 0
 @Sethimus: Typicall Andorra stuff!

Indeed, the old Vallnord Pal Arinsal is now separated (on paper) so there is Vallnord and then Pal Arinsal joined the Grandvalira resorts.

Nevertheless, there would not be a bike park in Grandvalira (at least not in the main part which is on the north west part of Andorra near France).

It is more of a business thing rather than bike park relocation and it is more focused on the winter season (e.g. unique ski pass, usage of technology and marketing resources of Grandvalira etc.). (www.esquiades.com/noticias/pal-arinsal-se-integra-a-grandvalira-resorts-y-nace-el-forfait-de-pais-que-dara-acceso-a-303-km-de-pistas)
  • 2 0
 What happened to Valkenburg?
  • 2 1
 I wonder who is in charge or building/marking/choosing the enduro stages in Chatel?
  • 2 0
 Looking forward to it.
  • 1 0
 I ain't paying to watch. No way
  • 1 0
 Would love to see Plattekill on the schedule sometime soon.
  • 1 0
 Fort bill off the wc calendar wowzers! Bold move
  • 1 0
 RedBull should organize their own Race Series.
  • 2 1
 What does EDR stand for?
  • 1 0
 Enduro
  • 7 0
 ENDURO. Signed, CMMNCL
  • 2 4
 No Fort Williams??
  • 3 0
 Last paragraph before the press release.

"While not included in this calendar the World Champs for XC, XCC, XCM and DH will take place in Scotland with more details available here."
  • 2 0
 read carefully the whole text
  • 1 0
 World Champs.
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