Pinkbike Primer: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Mairiporã World Cup 2024

Apr 9, 2024 at 14:58
by Sarah Moore  
Rebecca McConnell finally out in front on the last lap. A well timed attack had her eyeing up her first win.
The 2022 season opener in Petrópolis was electric, with an incredible technical course which Nino Schurter took his his 33rd World Cup win on and Rebecca Henderson took her first-ever World Cup win on.

Brazil will host the first two rounds of the Mountain Bike World Cup this year, with the first round taking place in Mairiporã, Brazil, about an hour's drive north of São Paulo, Brazil's most populous city. From there, racers will head a seven hours drive north to Araxá, Brazil. This will be the first time a country has hosted back-to-back UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country Olympic World Cup (XCO) races at different venues since Canada (Bromont and Mont-Sainte-Anne) in 2009.

These first two World Cups will be important races for athletes who have not yet qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics and for nations that want to improve their UCI rankings during the qualification period. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) ranked one to eight will qualify two athletes, with those ranked nine to 19 qualifying one athlete. There are 68 places up for grabs in Paris, with 34 for women and 34 for men. There is a maximum of two quota places for men and two for women available to each country, down from three at Tokyo 2020. The qualification period ends May 26, 2024. You can read more about the qualification process here.

A big change for this event is that we will see the Elite XCC take place on Saturday for the first time, leaving an even shorter recovery period for the riders ahead of the XCO race.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the first round of the 2024 XC World Cup.




The track



Although it's new to the World Cup calendar, Mairiporã has hosted the UCI Class C1 race MTB Festival since 2019 and so the course has seen lots of racing before. It looks to be fast and open, with lots of places for passes along with a technical manufactured rock garden. The cross-country start loop is 3.5km long with 182m of elevation and then the regular lap following that is 4.46km with 231m of elevation.

Last week, some of Switzerland, France and the United States' top racers raced on the XCO course as a part of the 2024 MTB Festival. Savilia Blunk took the win ahead of Haley Batten and Jenny Rissveds and Joshua Dubau came out on top ahead of Filippo Colombo and Mathias Fluckiger. You can find a recap in Portuguese of the women's race here and the men's race here, including lots of race footage.

Although it doesn't look like any of those top riders competed in the MTB Festival's XCC race, the event was live broadcast on Red Bull and the World Cup XCC will likely be raced on the same course on Saturday. You can watch that race replay with the now retired Henrique Avancini commentating in Portuguese here. The XCC start loop is 636m long with 44m of elevation and then each lap following that is 1.1km with 47m of elevation.

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Last round recap


Jenny Rissveds with a great ride into second place.


Last year we saw Mont-Sainte-Anne close out the 2023 season with Loana Lecomte winning the women's race. Incredibly, Lecomte had a rear flat on the first lap, but she rode back from a 53-second deficit to take the lead and best Jenny Rissveds by 15 seconds. Puck Pieterse managed to stay just ahead of Jolanda Neff to complete the top three riders and take the overall World Cup win in her first year racing in the Elite category.

Tom Pidcock took the win in the Elite Men's race in his World Champion jersey, bookending the World Cup season with wins at the first and last rounds. After a close battle with Mathias Flückiger, a second puncture for the Swiss rider left the race open for Tom Pidcock to charge into the lead and build a gap that was impossible to close with only a single lap remaining. Marcel Guerrini made it two Swiss riders inside the top three as he crossed the line behind Mathias Flückiger. Nino Schurter ended the day in 14th, but luckily for him, that was still good enough to secure his ninth overall title.

Both Puck Pieterse and Tom Pidcock will be focusing on road racing this month and won't be competing in Brazil, however they are both planning to compete at the Paris Olympics.


Elite Women


1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:28:09
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: 1:28:24
3rd. Puck Pieterse: 1:29:12
4th. Jolanda Neff: 1:29:27
5th. Martina Berta: 1:30:38


Elite Men


1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:26:27
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: 1:26:53
3rd. Marcel Guerrini: 1:27:58
4th. Titouan Carod: 1:28:22
5th. Thomas Litscher: 1:28:44



2023 Overall Standings


Puck Pieterse takes the overall with Loana Lecomte and Mona Mitterwalner in tow
Nino Schurter takes home yet another overall title.

WOMEN
1st. Puck Pieterse
2nd. Loana Lecomte
3rd. Mona Mitterwallner
4th. Laura Stigger
5-Alessandra Keller
MEN
1st. Nino Schurter
2nd. Jordan Sarrou
3rd. Mathias Flückiger
4th. Luca Schwarzbauer
5th. Thomas Griot


Weather forecast


It looks like we are in for a wet and warm week of racing in Mairiporã as we see plenty of rain forecasts and a decent chance of thunderstorms. Wet conditions always make for exciting racing and so it should be a great watch for those on the sidelines. We don't know much about the geology of the track so we'll have to wait and see how slippery the grounds and rocks get once the rain falls.

Thursday, April 11 - Training
Rather cloudy and humid; occasional afternoon rain // 27° // 56% chance of rain and a 13% chance of a thunderstorm

Friday, April 12 - U23 Men and U23 Women Short Track
Humid with some sun, then turning cloudy; occasional afternoon rain // 27° // 75% chance of rain and a 18% chance of a thunderstorm

Saturday, April 13 - Elite Men and Elite Women XCC / U23 Men XCO
Humid with some sun, then turning cloudy; occasional rain and a thunderstorm in the afternoon // 28° // 88% chance of rain and a 48% chance of a thunderstorm

Sunday, April 14 - Elite Men, Elite Women and Women U23 XCO
Cloudy and humid; a thunderstorm in a couple of spots in the afternoon // 26° // 55% chance of rain and a 33% chance of a thunderstorm

Weather forecast as of April 9. Live updates from Accuweather.



Schedule

Nino under the banana leaves charging ahead.

All times Brazil Standard Time (GMT-3)

Thursday, April 11
• 11:00 - 17:00 // Training

Friday, April 12
• 09:00 - 16:15 // Training
• 14:00 - 14:35 // UCI Cross-country Short Track World Cup - Women U23 XCC
• 14:35 - 15:30 // UCI Cross-country Short Track World Cup - Men U23 XCC

Saturday, April 13
• 08:30 - 14:15 // Training
• 12:00 - 12:35 // UCI Cross-country Short Track World Cup - Women Elite XCC
• 12:35 - 13:05 // UCI Cross-country Short Track World Cup - Men Elite XCC
• 14:30 - // UCI Cross-country Olympic - Men U23 XCO

Sunday, April 14
• 08:30 - 09:30 // Training XCO
• 10:00 - // UCI Cross-country Olympic - Women U23 XCO
• 12:15 - // UCI Cross-country Olympic - Women Elite XCO
• 14:30 - // UCI Cross-country Olympic - Men Elite XCO

Note: All times are subject to change by the UCI or event organizer.



How to watch

The Brazilian crowd came out in force and were treated to some great racing.

Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from our team of photographers in Mairiporã this week. Tune in to Pinkbike to catch photo epics, results, news, and tech.

For details on how to watch the 2024 World Cup Elite broadcasts in your country, take a look at our How to Watch the 2024 World Cup guide. U23 racing can be viewed on the Whoop UCI Mountain Bike World Series YouTube page here.


Elite live broadcast times:

• Women and Men Elite XCC // Saturday April 13 - 12:00pm BST / 8am PST / 11am EST / 5pm CEST
• Women Elite XCO // Sunday April 14 - 12:15pm BST / 8:15am PST / 11:15am EST / 5:15pm CEST
• Men Elite XCO // Sunday April 14 - 14:30pm BST / 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 7:30pm CEST





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32 Comments
  • 38 8
 can the DH just hurry up already
  • 7 0
 @meata: I can't remember where I read the figures, but I think xco is watched by 10x as many people as dh.
Dh is about only 700,000 globally.
20mil watched the uci world champs last year and half of that was road & track. Bmx was about 15%.
  • 9 1
 Y no fantasy for XC?!
  • 5 3
 Maybe it isn't as watched as downhill because it isn't constant smashing rocks and huge jumps. I think that the downhill "extreme" type of riding appeals to the people who watch but don't ride.
  • 1 17
flag sanchofula (Apr 10, 2024 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 @meata: ... or maybe watching a bunch of lyrca clad riders on a groomed course is what appeals to people who can't ride extreme trails?

Personally, I find lapping groomed courses to be about as interesting as playing golf.
  • 15 1
 @meata: I'm willing to bet XC gets more viewers than DH.
  • 13 0
 @sanchofula: I've never raced XC in my life and I'm solidly in the DH, enduro and freeride camp but I really enjoy watching WCXC. It's super tactical and elbow to elbow racing always brings some drama. While many XC course are still pretty tame there are some with pretty spicy features and rider break themselves off quite frequently. It's worth watching IMHO.
  • 3 0
 @meata: I can't remember where I read the figures, but I think xco is watched by 100x as many people as dh.
  • 9 0
 @sanchofula: Or maybe it appeals to people who don't have a narrow-minded idea of what "cool" mountain biking is and instead can appreciate more than one facet of our sport? As a reformed send-bro, might I be so bold as to say: "pull your head out."
  • 2 0
 @meata: The XC racing has had a much larger viewing audience than the DH.
  • 1 0
 @sanchofula: totally, playing golf is the best!!!
  • 7 1
 Huge thanks for sharing our video!
  • 1 0
 Spending time in the camper van around France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria over the last few years, you can’t underestimate how many people ride xc. They love it! Whole family saddling up at the campsite and heading off for a 5hr ride in the Vosges etc. Most areas have a really good trail marking system for people to follow and explore the area, it’s awesome. Enjoyed taking breaks from the lifts here and there to check them out.
So yes, it really wouldn’t surprise me if the viewing figures were higher than our beloved DH.
  • 5 1
 All you need to know is..... it will cost you to watch it live
  • 3 0
 Is this for real? Cannot watch in NZ. Are these clowns trying to alienate their whole ANZ audience??!!
  • 3 0
 Well Warner bros also just axed Newshub. So mtb doesn't have to be left out. Seems that 5million people isnt worth the admin
  • 3 1
 Could watch but too cheap to pay for it. Clearly would cut into my parts budget.
  • 1 0
 Is the Elite XCC really on Saturday?UCI website says it's so but it seems off.
  • 1 1
 I think it's always been on saturday when there's no DH at the same venue.
  • 2 0
 @Muckal: No, XCC was always on Friday Smile But yeah, the broadcast schedule for D+ sais so too ‍♂️
  • 2 0
 @lejake: missread XCC for XCO...
  • 3 1
 Track looks meh
  • 1 0
 the builders said they wanted to keep it less technical, wider and climbs because it's both opening weekend and olympic year.
  • 1 0
 Any news on how we can watch in Canada?
  • 6 1
 Well the earth is flat so my guess is head to the top of the CN tower with a big ass Temu phone clip on zoom lens and get watchin
  • 1 0
 Click on the link in the article above Smile
  • 2 0
 Disregard, the article is up now and I can be disappointed.
  • 1 0
 What you need to know is that you can't watch it.
  • 2 1
 Don't know can't watch
  • 8 0
 Don't know don't even have the option to watch
  • 1 1
 Did anyone else find that video absolutely boring?
  • 1 0
 It wasnt the best







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