How to Watch the Les Gets World Championships

Aug 24, 2022 at 14:48
by Sarah Moore  
Win or lose the French crowd came to celebrate Loic Bruni the people s champion of France.


18 years after the 2004 MTB World Championships, Les Gets is once again hosting the Downhill and Cross-Country World Championships this weekend and there's no doubt that the racing is going to be wild. While being amongst the raucous French crown on the hillside is the dream, watching the action live from home is the best most of us will get and, if it's any consolation, you'll actually see a whole lot more of the track!

Red Bull TV is the official broadcaster for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup, but they aren't the only official global broadcaster for the 2022 World Championships. The UCI sells all its World Championships in one package so if a broadcaster wants to show the road event, they'll get the mountain biking included as part of the deal too. Unfortunately, since mountain biking isn't as high ticket as some other disciplines, it often isn't broadcast live.

In many instances, the broadcast licensing agreements still allow Red Bull to broadcast the World Championship XC and DH races. In those places, you will be able to watch the World Championships as you would watch any World Cup race weekend. Globally, however, it's a bit of patchwork as some countries are not included, most notably the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.


Red Bull TV

As of our publishing date, here’s the full list of countries where the World Championships will be broadcast on Red Bull TV:



The live stream with English commentary is available in Albania, Slovakia, Sweden or the UK here.

Are you in France? The live stream in French is available here.

Viewers from other countries can stream the event here.



If the stream is not showing up on Red Bull TV, that means that a local broadcaster has the rights in your country and you'll need to check with your local broadcaster.

That's FloBikes in the USA and Canada and Kayo Sports in Australia.


You might also find it useful to brush up on internet safety (assuming you're not breaching any broadcaster T&Cs, of course). You may be surprised by how easy it is and many companies like ExpressVPN offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.



Schedule:

Friday, August 25, 5pm CEST: Women XCC
Friday, August 25, 5:45pm CEST: Men XCC
Saturday, August 27, 1:15pm CEST: Women Elite DH
Saturday, August 27, 2:35pm CEST: Men Elite DH
Sunday, August 28, 1pm CEST: Women Elite XCO
Sunday, August 28, 3:15pm CEST: Men Elite XCO


172 Comments

  • 115 0
 time to fire up the Old Botswana VPN lads.
  • 51 0
 I just bought some Nigerian oil futures, VPN included for free
  • 22 0
 @74NZ: Dude - I emailed you a ton already. Why haven't you linked up your bank account yet?
  • 8 0
 Do you also need a VPN to watch the replay?
  • 12 0
 Bought mine from the Nigerian Prince. Just waiting for him to send me the license!!
  • 2 0
 Just check my VPN. Works. Believe here I come. But, Redbull only has time slots for womens DH and Womens XCO. Nothing for XCC and nothing for the men.
  • 1 0
 Belize!!! Damn autocorrect.
  • 1 0
 @danielfloyd: same buy you write it first!!!
  • 2 0
 Will there be replays on Red Bull TV like regular World Cups??
  • 2 0
 Tired of these geo restrictions, thanks for these links PB, hopefully I can watch it without going to another country.
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: My VPN seems to work fine, I just don't know if they will have all 4 races for replay like they do for WCs. I live in SoCal and don't feel like getting up at 3am to watch live. Hopefully someone knows...
  • 1 0
 @DBone95: Nice what VPN are you using? Hard finding a free one that actually works.
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: I'm using the ExpressVPN that is linked above. $12.95 for one month.
  • 42 6
 There is another way to watch it.... Go to Les Gets.
  • 12 0
 okay boss on my way now (literally)
  • 5 2
 Expecting between 150000 and 200000 people there. No thanks.
  • 2 0
 Good luck finding somewhere to park Smile
  • 10 0
 @ddmonkey: You should try biking, that is good!
  • 2 0
 @bigtim: It is! Or even hiking Smile
  • 2 0
 Arrived this morning, still places to park. Atmosphere is great!
  • 31 0
 Nice job - Austria - home country of red bull not on the list!
  • 2 0
 I Was thinking the same thing.
  • 16 1
 the reason has nothing to do with Red Bull
  • 3 3
 @ciechan: I mean they probably lost the bidding. So kinda is on them.
  • 2 0
 @leopaul: World Cup and World Champs are different packages for media.
  • 3 0
 cheer up its gonna be on orf…oh wait, were screwed
  • 2 3
 @ciechan: but everything to do with Red Bull's licensing agreement with UCI - some does have something to do with Red Bull
  • 1 0
 @ferenooo : do you know, who will broad cast DH & XC in Austria?
  • 2 0
 @FloImSchnee: Eurosport 2 according to lines-mag.at

Just checked their TV program: does not seem like they cover Short Track.
  • 1 0
 @noox: thanks -- will use a VPN.
This hassle again...
  • 1 0
 @noox: short track hasn’t even been broadcast by Red Bull I’m the countries that are listed
  • 28 0
 "Set your alarms"?

I'll be up before lunchtime, thank you very much
  • 4 2
 It really depends what you do on friday night. But yeah, you swiss people aren't the most party kind anyway.
  • 21 1
 Will this still be an embarrassing mess again next year?
  • 14 0
 Just hoping it won't be even worse
  • 11 0
 @Giammamia: just hoping the whole season won’t be an embarrassing mess
  • 1 0
 I think there will because it will be related to conflict between local broadcaster and red bull (next year discovery). I am confused though with the UK because it is on BBC and Redbull, yet in Ireland it wont be on the national broadcaster, yet you can't watch it on Redbull. I will be firing up a months VPN subscription
  • 4 0
 @stretchza: It's not needed man, you just can download Opera browser and enable the VPN plug-in
  • 2 0
 @Giammamia: Thanks for the tip. I downloaded it, but I can't get the "switch" to operate so I can choose a country. It seems like the default setting on my computer makes it look like I'm in Norway, which I think is one of the countries not geo-blocked. Guess I'll find out Saturday.
  • 3 0
 @Bibico: yer. opera doesn't work (can't specify a non-blocked server country). free trial expressvpn is a good call (used last year).
  • 1 0
 @stretchza: there are channels that buy the rights and just show road cycling. In switzerland they show XC but I think never DH
  • 2 0
 @Bibico: With Opera you will have to keep opening and closing the browser and disconnecting and reconnecting the vpn..... it finds the best one for speed and each time it's different. I tried it last night mostly goes to Switzerland for me tho a few times it was connecting to germany.
  • 2 0
 @Bibico: Should also mention when doing that do a speed test using ookla speed test it will tell you which city you're connected to or region.
  • 12 0
 For those in Australia who don't want to pay for Kayo or use a VPN SBS is showing the following live and replay avail the following day:

Saturday, August 27
Women’s Elite Downhill 21:10 – 22:30 (AEST)
Men’s Elite Downhill 23:10 – 01:45 (AEST)

Sunday, August 28
Women U23 Cross--Country Olympic 16:55 – 18:20 (AEST)
Men U23 Cross-Country Olympic 18:40 – 20:05 (AEST)
Women’s Elite Cross-Country Olympic 20:50 – 22:35 (AEST)
Men’s Elite Cross-Country Olympic 23:05 – 00:50 (AEST)

All on SBS Demand for free using the UCI feed so no Rob and Co commentating.

www.sbs.com.au/sport/article/how-to-watch-the-uci-mountain-bike-world-championships-on-sbs/3ac2sycgf
  • 1 0
 Thanks for this. Bugger didn't realize no Rob and Co on SBS feed. So Rob only thru the Redbull feed then?
  • 1 0
 @casey79: I've checked SBS's programming, it's not showing Frown
  • 1 0
 The SBS commentary was rubbish last year, purchased a VPN and happy days.
The VPN isn’t playing the game now RedBull tv isn’t working ‍♂️
  • 9 0
 Fat Bruni is amazing, E-ews next year?
  • 8 0
 Future plump track world champion, looks like he finally capitulated to calls on here for the pros to ride with more padding.
  • 7 2
 It seems they are showing it on the BBC, no doubt because the women's football isn't on that day

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bprd
  • 1 0
 Looks like they're showing the men's but not the women's race for some reason
  • 12 0
 Surely the only reason to watch it on the BBC is to prepare for the disappointment of next year without Rob Warner commentating.
  • 1 0
 @timsim07: the womens is just below the mens
  • 4 0
 @timsim07: That page has broadcast times for women's DH and XCO clearly listed.

I'll def be watching on RB TV anyway, BBC part time MTB commentary team is not great.
  • 2 0
 @lewiscraik: Nailed it.
  • 2 0
 I'm glad to hear the BBC think that Bernard Kerr is finally improving, he's been doing it long enough Smile
  • 3 0
 The BBC have shown it for years; it's part of the UCI Worlds package, which also includes, Road, CX, Track, as well as MTB.
  • 6 0
 The other Australia isnt on the list too Frown
  • 5 0
 aka South Germany?
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: "Germany Heights"
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: South Germany could be mistaken for Germany-auf-Mittelmeer, but that's just a mecca for roadies and Schlager fans. Although, under Spanish governance it does also lack RB broadcast rights
  • 1 0
 BC is included in Canada which is a little further down.
  • 6 0
 Saturday night 11:15pm in New Zealand - womens elite starts. Les Go!
  • 2 0
 Road & CX Worlds manages to show Junior & U23 races - so what is the issue with the MTB Worlds? It's not really good enough....It should be part of the hosting agreement to show these as well. Lenzerheide managed it, but since then nothing.....
  • 3 0
 XC U23 is being broadcast on the UCI based feed. U19 DH gets no love though.
  • 1 0
 @casey79: You're right - GCN/Eurosport have it on Sunday morning. Wasn't expecting that....
  • 1 0
 Do you have a link for the U23 XCO?@casey79:
  • 1 0
 Thanks
Would be great if you could report back. it would be good to know what the commentary is like. So I can prejudge next year’s Disney coverage without “giving them a fair suck of the sav”.
It will give me something to talk about for the next 6 months
Thanks
@Starch-Anton:
  • 1 0
 @casey79: thanks. Do u know if they post replays, or is it live only? (would like to skip the 3am wakeup if i can) didn't see any faq's on their site. tx
  • 5 0
 Which country is "Mail"? Wink
  • 3 0
 A new era in Mali
  • 6 0
 The ebike events will be broadcast via ... wait for it ... e-Mail
  • 2 0
 It's north of Mauretania
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: that took me 2 mins to cotton on...
  • 1 0
 So Spain not in the list as usual and ofc and theoretically they are showing it on TV but only a replay after midnight... so why sleeping right (www.rtve.es/tve/b/teledeporte/?dia=sabado)

Any good pirate streams o VPN for Spain?
  • 3 0
 Try Opera. I saw it mentioned on another thread as a browser with built-in VPN
  • 3 0
 Puedes usar Opera, tendrás que activar el VPN y ver si se conecta a un país que no esté entre los bloqueados, si está bloqueado, cierra y abre Opera para ver si se conecta a otro país y así hasta que tengas suerte y se conecte a uno no bloqueado. Pero lo mejor es que simplemente instales un VPN, hay varios que ofrecen el primer mes gratis, lo usas y te das de baja pasado el finde. Yo incluso recomiendo usar VPN todo el tiempo y listo, Yo tengo uno de pago y me quito de problemas.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know where to watch XCC? I'm trying really hard not to get spoiled on IG or here... but looks like redbull isn't playing it. Is it flobike? Or somewhere else??

Get yuor shit together broadcasters! no team relay or xcc at world champs is complete horseshit.
  • 2 0
 GCN racepass (so maybe on eurosport as well??)
Are showing,
Men and woman DH
Men and Woman U23 XC
Men & Woman Elite XC

Oh and XCC (short track) on the 26th.
  • 1 0
 Not sure about the U23 XC, but the other races are available on Redbull if you want decent commentary.
  • 2 0
 Yes - Lauren Smith has just been on GCN with Evie; they've got the XCC tomorrow, as well as the other Elite races, plus the U23 XCO on Sunday morning.

Red Bull appear to be only showing the Elite DHI and XCO.

www.redbull.com/gb-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-championships-les-gets-all-languages
  • 4 0
 one day a year i use opera browser…
  • 3 0
 Will you be able to watch the replay on RedBullTV in any country? Or just those listed?
  • 2 0
 just those listed. That was the case last year anyway.
  • 2 0
 Someone posted a useful link for the last World Cup, no log in needed and was available in the none available countries. Can’t remember the site, anyone?
  • 1 0
 Sorry meant world champs!
  • 1 0
 Was just looking that up his username was "spicysparkles" If you're out there mate, can you make the magic happen again?
  • 1 0
 @tadabing: sweet! Fingers crossed!
  • 2 0
 Flights east coast of the US to Costa Rica, round trip $494, four left. Could take the bike and ride too. Should of thought of this earlier.
  • 3 0
 I HATE THAT WORLD CHAMPS IS GEO RESTRICTED IN USA! I still haven't seen Greg Minnaar's win last year! Sad sad sad.
  • 2 0
 It's on Youtube.
In the YT search box, put: "Greg Minnaar Val Di Sole MTB Downhill World Champs 2021 Winning Run" (don't use the quotation marks)

The channel is Marais Dekker's.

Full race, including Rob Warner in very good form.
----

If you want to see the full replay of all of the men's races, on YT search for "UCI DH World Championship 2021 -- Men's Catergory".
The channel is run by someone called #50CC.
  • 2 0
 I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but the guy (I assume it's a guy) who posted last year's men's race video says he's going to try to post this year's on Youtube. No idea how long after the races he'll post it, if he does, or whether it might get taken down.

He's the one whose 2021 video is titled "UCI DH World Championship 2021 -- Men's Catergory" (#50CC channel).
  • 3 0
 Redbull isn't even airing the XCC regardless of location. What a dumpster fire
  • 1 0
 No short track in RBTV??
  • 1 0
 Live now on YouTube
  • 1 0
 If you VPN to Brazil the women's XCC is on youtube here: watch?v=t-Mjr9kENGo

I'm watching it right now.

It's pretty cool... no commentary, natural sounds only.
  • 2 0
 @Killerclam: Cheers! Somehow it wasn´t restricted in YT to Colombia.
  • 2 0
 @Killerclam: Thanks so much for this post; just watched both and really enjoyed.

Agreed with your latter comment -- unless it's Rob & Bart, I'd much rather hear just the sounds of the venue.
  • 1 0
 @gsbxcmtb9: Cheers! - The men's race is up on youtube (UCI channel) now. The women's podium ceremony was held right after that and included in the extended coverage.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEK4K1FzuWc

www.youtube.com/user/ucichannel
  • 2 0
 This happened last year, Australia wasn't listed but redbull still televised it
  • 1 0
 I wonder if Kayo are using the red bull broadcast or pinching it from another country.
  • 1 0
 @fektor-b: nord vpn. Easy.
  • 2 0
 @fektor-b: the UCI provides the footage with or without commentary. Kayo and SBS will use this feed with the UCI commentator.

Red Bull uses the same footage but has Rob and Co commentating. Last year they apologised a few times saying the editing and feed wasn't under their control.
  • 2 0
 So UK is now added at the end of the list for Red Bull TV. Is that right? It isn't included on their website.
  • 2 0
 Seems to be good to go now
  • 2 0
 It says unavailable on my app. Its on BBC red button here in UK
  • 4 0
 @Jordmackay: I emailed and they said it will be available at broadcast
  • 1 0
 @jimmythehat: excellent, cheers.
  • 1 0
 It always pops up on Redbull on the day, despite the uncertainty beforehand. EVERY FUCKING YEAR. Clowns.
  • 3 0
 FloBikes wants a $150 to watch in the US.
  • 2 0
 Just get a 30 day trial VPN and cancel after - it's what I do every year. Bingo!
  • 5 0
 Do not pay them. They suck. Announcers don’t give a shit and are just there for a paycheck
  • 2 0
 As much as I'd like to see the races, that's gonna be a hard "no" from me. Also makes me concerned how much the streaming for the World Cup next year will be. I already pay for too many streaming services I don't use often enough.
I was able to watch replays last year, although I don't recall where (RedBullTV?).
  • 1 0
 where do you see that? I just see a sign up thing that is $12.50 a month.
  • 1 0
 @blackercanyons: pretty sure you have to sign up for a full year though...
  • 1 0
 @ridestuff: You do. I did last year but then when the broadcast was a shitshow I sent them an email complaining and they refunded me. This year I'm temporarily moving to Equatorial Guinea.
  • 1 0
 Last time, i had to install TorBrowser, edit the torrc config file to specify the ExitNode to exit via Japan. I could make a howto if you pay me some beers.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, no Slovenia, Austria and Croatia, but thankfully those Rhinos and Lions in Gabon can watch WC peacfully!
  • 2 0
 hey portuguese people, where to watch? eurosport?
  • 2 0
 watched with vpn last year by switching my country to france and entering in the french link. just used some random google chrome vpn extension , nothing fancy! Should work again this year
  • 1 1
 Any Canadians/Americans actually pay for Flobikes and able to offer a review? It was hard to even find the event on their website, which isn't promising.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I had it last year for a couple months. It's very road bike oriented and the feed would freeze frequently. There's not much mountain bike coverage on it at all. I canceled it and am not paying for it again if that tells you anything.
  • 2 0
 @jrfields: I watched a couple of videos on Flobikes with "Jessica" and it was spectacularly painful.
The lack of knowledge on display was nearly apoplexy inducing.
If that's the level of production they're pushing out during race coverage they'd have to pay me, six digits minimum, to watch it any further.
  • 1 0
 Always feels weird not being able to see worlds happening in France while being French without a VPN.
  • 1 0
 France is in the Redbull streaming list... so no need for VPN. In fact, I will be connecting to a french server...
  • 2 0
 @Davichin: Being french doesn't mean I live in France.

Actually I found out I may be able to see it on eurosport without a VPN.
  • 1 0
 Flobikes is trash and they don't offer monthly sub, only annual. Setting up VPN now.
  • 3 0
 No XCC stream?!?
  • 1 0
 Im in new Zealand got the express vpn and my redbull app still saying un available? Any ideas what im doing wrong
  • 1 0
 Absolute BS that we still can’t watch this in the country that invented the damn sport. Get your shit together UCI.
  • 1 0
 Defies explanation that every race so far has been on redbull TV in Canada and now for world Champs I can't watch it? Wtf
  • 1 0
 They do this last-minute every year. Why don't they ever learn?
  • 2 0
 All the info has been on the Redbull site since last week. Pinkbike simply did a few screen grabs and ctrl c ctrl p the links for those who are to lazy to search.
  • 5 0
 @casey79: I think they hit ctrl v, only boomers ctrl p the internet.
  • 1 0
 @casey79: Pinkbike reported that it was on RBTV everywhere except the US earlier, I suppose they were lazy as well
  • 1 0
 @casey79: fair enough, but I meant why do the UCI leave it til a week before to sort out the broadcast rights every bloody year
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: I doubt they leave it until the week before. They just suck at comms because it's a bunch of lawyers managing the negotiations.
  • 2 0
 @chakaping: The UCI World Championships broadcast package contracts are multi year.

Same thing happened the last couple of years. Everyone forgets then is up in arms when they find out at the last min.
  • 1 0
 U,V,W,X,Y,Z,U...of course
  • 2 1
 TIL there is a country caled Mail.
  • 1 0
 Me too. They missed out Mali though...weird!
  • 1 0
 Anyone already found out if it's available in The Netherlands?
  • 1 0
 Not according to the latest list on RB TV.
  • 1 0
 OK, found it. It will at least be on Eurosport.
  • 5 3
 Yo, America sucks
  • 1 0
 Any chance you could add how to watch in Ireland?
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if VPN works OK with carbon wheels and tubeless tires?
  • 1 0
 I guess Finland can't watch it then?
  • 1 0
 Why is GEORGIA not on the broadcast list?
  • 1 0
 Thank god its available in Gabon. Well done.
  • 2 2
 Broadcasting to Swaziland? ..... why?
  • 4 0
 Why not? You don't think people in Swaziland like or ride MTB?
  • 3 0
 Red Bull have managed to find a way to send the signal back in time before the country changed its name to Eswatini?
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: riders from Swaziland (Eswatini), put your hands up! Let us hear you!
  • 1 2
 Sign up for Floracing. Watch the world champs then the motocross race after
  • 1 1
 why cant we just watch the race. SMH
  • 2 0
 capitalism dude...
  • 1 1
 @ridestuff: yep. my first thought on reading this was "capitalism really sucks some times"
  • 1 0
 I still don't get it..
  • 1 1
 Is Redbull showing the XCC at all? Unclear...
  • 1 0
 According to this, it doesn't look like it - though it may change.

www.redbull.com/gb-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-championships-les-gets-all-languages
  • 2 0
 In Austria the events are covered by Eurosport 2. I don't see XCC in their schedule either. Only elite DHI and XCO
  • 1 0
 Effin eh!
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