2022 will be Red Bull TV’s last year as World Cup broadcaster, as the UCI announce 8 year deal with Discovery Sport.
This brings up all kinds of questions. Will it go pay-per-view? That’s the case with Discovery-owned Eurosport’s road cycling coverage. Will Red Bull still put as much money into mountain biking?
We have no answers at the moment. Sorry! While we try to find out more info, here’s the UCI’s official statement…
UCI Press Release
The UCI set to partner with Discovery Sports for the organisation and promotion of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 2023.
At its recent meeting in Montreux (Switzerland) from 10 to 12 February, the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Discovery Sports for the organisation and promotion of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for eight seasons, from 2023 to 2030.
The proposal by Discovery Sports, which was selected by the UCI as part of a tender process, comprises several strands: those relating to sporting and commercial matters, as well as those concerning the production and broadcasting of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
More detailed information on the concept developed by Discovery Sports to further drive the development of the discipline will be communicated at the signing of the contract that will bind the two parties.
The UCI would like to thank Red Bull Media House, the producer and main broadcaster of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, who has used all its expertise to satisfy the passion of mountain bike fans around the world for more than 10 years, while significantly increasing the series’ audience during this period.
Discovery Sports will get in touch with the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup organisers as well as all the organisers that expressed their interest in hosting a round of the series for 2023 and 2024.
Meanwhile, all rounds of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup will be available for viewing on Red Bull TV (RBTV) and on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup broadcasters’ channels.
2022 World Cup DH and World Championship schedule
- March 26th-27th – Lourdes, France
- May 21st-22th – Fort William
- June 10th-12th – Leogang, Austria
- July 8th-10th – Lenzerheide
- July 15th17th – Vallnord, Andorra
- July 29th-31st – Snowshoe, USA
- August 5th-7th – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
- September 2nd-4th – Val di Sole, Italy
- August 24th–28th – World Championships, Les Gets, France
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