Details Announced for World Cup XC & DH Double Header in Leogang

Apr 28, 2022 at 8:40
by rasoulution  

PRESS RELEASE: Saalfelden Leogang / rasoulution

2022 World Cup season kicked off in style, with nail-biting Downhill and Cross-Country races in Lourdes (FRA) and Petrópolis (BRA), setting the tone for the rest of the year. Traditionally, the World Cup will also land in Saalfelden Leogang, the Austrian town which was recently awarded the title of “Best Downhill World Cup venue 2021”, making it a mandatory stop for any Mountain Bike World Cup fan.

The legendary bike park in Saalfelden Leogang will once again play host to the first World Cup double header of the season. From 10 – 12 June, the world’s best Cross-Country and Downhill racers will test their mettle in the idyllic Austrian town, putting tires to dirt on a specially designed XC course, which will see racing on Friday and Sunday, while the Downhill aces will navigate the Speedster, including the tricky Vali’s Hölle section.

Race Schedule:

Friday, 10 June:

Cross-Country Short Track (XCC) Women Elite – 17:30 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)
Cross-Country Short Track (XCC) Men Elite – 18:15 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)

Saturday, 11 June:

Downhill (DHI) Men Juniors – 09:45 CEST
Downhill (DHI) Women Juniors – 10:30 CEST

Downhill (DHI) Women Elite – 12:30 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)
Downhill (DHI) Men Elite – 13:30 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)

Sunday, 12 June:

Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) Women U23 – 08:30 CEST
Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) Men U23 – 10:15 CEST

Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) Women Elite – 12:20 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)
Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) Men Elite – 14:50 CEST (Live on Red Bull TV)

bigquotesNot many athletes can say that they get to race in front of their own home, so it is really special to me to race here, on the trail where I grew up, so to say. I used to watch my idols race there and now I’m right in the middle of the action. Of course, I have a score to settle with the track, as the last two times I raced there, things didn’t go my way. I know I have what it takes to win on that track, but there are always so many things that influence a race run. Third time’s the charm, right?2021 World Cup Overall Winner Vali Höll

Apart from the World Cup action, there is plenty more in store for visitors. The Expo Area will feature the cream of the crop of the bike world and the Team Area is always a hot ticket item, offering the 20.000 mountain bike fans that are expected a look behind the scenes of a World Cup stop, giving them a look in the pits and offering the chance to look over the shoulder of their favorite athletes as they prepare to give it their all on the track. A packed schedule of side events guarantees fun and suspense throughout the entire weekend. Both areas are open to the public and fans can visit from 12:00 – 20:00 on Friday, 10:00 – 20:00 on Saturday and 09:30 – 17:00 on Sunday.


Tickets are available online and as previous years have shown, it pays to be fast.

For more information related to the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountainbike World Cup in Saalfelden Leogang can be found on

For all those who cannot be present live at the double World Cup, there is the possibility to follow the final races on Red Bull TV.

Austria's biggest bike region
The three resorts of Saalbach Hinterglemm, Saalfelden Leogang and Fieberbrunn joined forces as "The Skicircus" several winters ago. In 2020, they also came closer together for the summer, to offer mountain and gravel bikers almost unlimited possibilities on two-wheels. With over 80 kilometres of lines and trails, 9 lifts between 7 mountains and a joint bike pass offering almost unlimited gravel and asphalt options.

Laura Stigger AUT

For a "well-rounded bike vacation" there are special bike hotels in Saalfelden Leogang such as the Hotel Bacher, the Lebe Frei Hotel Der Löwe, the mama thresl, the Good Life Resort Riederalm, the Ritzenhof – Hotel and Spa am See, the Biohotel Rupertus, the Hotel Salzburgerhof, the Hotel Krallerhof, the Hotel Stockinggut and the Hotel Puradies, as well as competent bike stores such as Sport Mitterer, Sport 2000 Simon, Bikepalast Saalfelden and the Bikepoint. To improve your own skills, for guided tours or for riding technique training, the Elements Outdoorsports bike school as well as Le-Guide bike school offer a wide range of services. A list of all bike-friendly accommodations in the Saalfelden Leogang region can be found here:

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  • 73 0
 Wasn't it a double header when we had TWO DH races in one week time span last year?
  • 35 0
 Yes. This is a regular WC weekend.
  • 1 0
 Double headers were Fun, so now more.
  • 2 0
 No more.
  • 3 6
 They're probably hoping that if they stick an exciting event in the middle of boring events then there will be a better turn out.
  • 9 2
 @poundsand: Have you watched many XCO races recently? The racing and courses are great.
  • 5 2
 @poundsand: The XCO events are much more popular than the DH events, both in attendance and media (Red Bull TV) viewership.
  • 64 1
 You can't invent the term 'double header' to mean 2 DH races in a week and then use it to describe a regular world cup weekend. I'm easily confused by things like that.
  • 1 3
 Your probably easily confused because your English but I agree with you
  • 3 1
 @enduroNZ: you're *
  • 1 1
Yer *
  • 1 1
 Good that it's actually not a double header; many DH racers don't like the Leogang's track.
  • 30 0
 Valis already won the 2022 overall I see
  • 13 0
 it's all staged, kinda like wrestling I guess.
  • 17 2
 How much does it cost to get “Best Downhill World Cup venue 2021”? There's a bikepath through my local dogwalking park I'd like to promote.
  • 1 0
 You need a platinum subscription for that.
  • 10 2
 There really needs to be some April/May races to fill the gaps. It's just too long.
  • 2 0
 A lot of these venues, being european, are questionable in spring. Which is why Lourdes was considered "early" this year and everybody was pissing their pants about potential rain... Even though it ended up super dusty.

Also... Fort Bill will be in May, so aside from nothing in april I'm not sure what you mean.
  • 2 0
 @lepigpen: Opps, forgot about FT. Bill. Still, it's quite a gap between the two.
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: Southern Hemisphere, then.
  • 4 0
 The 8 week gap in DH is notably long, probably difficult to peak for the season properly. I would not be surprised if some folks that started off strong at Lourdes struggle in the last part of the season.
  • 3 0
 should add races in Japan and NZ
  • 12 4
 what about xc fantasy league?)))
  • 5 2
 It's dead without explanation, they removed the "coming soon" link from the fantasy league page Frown
  • 12 44
flag TheSlayer99 (Apr 29, 2022 at 1:19) (Below Threshold)
 @rarerider: as it should be
  • 7 5
 @TheSlayer99: yeah, well, have a downvote on me.
  • 2 0
 @rarerider: Erm…no, they haven‘t. For me it still sais „ 2022 Fantasy coming soon.“
  • 1 0
 I hear a new version might be in beta testing, but that knowledge is outside my pay grade. Certainly would be a + is they brought it back.
  • 2 1
 I hope I will be proved wrong, but I think this will be the last WC in Leogang for a while, so I will try to be there this year. Red Bull probably had a big influance on Leogang having a fix place in the DH calendar, so with RB leaving I expect Leogang to leave as well.
  • 6 2
 I’m curious who voted Leogang the best World Cup venue
  • 5 0
 Same people in charge of Bentonville.
  • 1 0
 Its rad being there so I'm not surprised
  • 6 2
 When are we getting XC Fantasy back?
  • 2 0
 This will be my first World Cup. Can't wait Watching not racing obvs........
  • 1 0
 What about the schedule and venues for 2023?
  • 1 0
 we´re still in april... :/
  • 2 0
 cant wait!
  • 1 0
 rad. when does the discovery broadcast come into effect???
  • 2 4
 Who's the DUFFUS with the weed eater?
  • 6 1
 long live weedeater!
  • 1 0
 @Andrewcycleaddictstaton: Edge Trimmer was a real one.
  • 1 0
 @Andrewcycleaddictstaton: indeed!
  • 1 0
 Whippersnipper #winning

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