Mountain Bike World Series Dates

Goodbye MTB World Cup, Hello MTB World Series

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The rebranding and restructure of the mountain bike race scene continues, as ESO has announced further details of the season ahead. Things have gone a little baseball-esque, with the whole shebang of races now called the ‘UCI Mountain Bike World Series’.

There’s also some information on TV coverage – it all looks to be paywalled – but the press release promises more viewing option information is yet to come:

The UCI Mountain Bike World Series launches as the new home of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

UCI Mountain Bike World Series is the new home of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the formats of cross-country Olympic, cross-country short track, cross-country marathon, downhill and enduro and E-enduro

The UCI Mountain Bike World Series brings the major formats together, unifying the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup experience for fans

More year-round coverage on more platforms – more ways to follow your favourite teams and athletes than ever before

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) are pleased to announce the new UCI Mountain Bike World Series, which will include the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for cross-country Olympic (XCO), cross-country short track (XCC), cross-country marathon (XCM), downhill (DHI), enduro (EDR) and E-enduro (E-EDR).

The UCI Mountain Bike World Series will unite all mountain bike’s major formats under a single brand for the first time. The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will be the pinnacle of this new structure, which will enable all formats to flourish independently but also sit side by side at select rounds and give athletes and teams additional exposure.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Series will also provide opportunities for amateurs and those seeking to break onto the Elite stage. Amateur XCM, EDR and E-EDR racing at some events will enable amateurs to compete alongside their sporting heroes, while providing a clear pathway to the highest level of the sport for aspiring athletes in the quest of qualifying points to progress into the Elite ranks.

This alignment of formats and racing will be perfectly showcased in September in Les Gets, Morzine and Châtel (France), hosts of the first ten-day UCI Mountain Bike World Series festival. Featuring all the major UCI Mountain Bike World Cup formats, as well as amateur racing, the festival will set the benchmark for this new era for mountain biking.

With one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasters behind the UCI Mountain Bike World Series, there will be more live coverage and more ways to follow racing than ever before. UCI World Cup XCO, XCC and DHI events from the UCI Mountain Bike World Series will be available live and on-demand on discovery+*, the Eurosport App and globally on GCN+. UCI World Cup XCM, EDR and E-EDR will benefit from in-depth Highlights Shows at every round. More ways to watch will be announced in the coming months.

UCI President David Lappartient said: “The global popularity of mountain bike is on the rise, and by combining all its major formats as well as racing for Elite and amateur riders in one major series, we will further increase the appeal of this discipline. With its festival atmosphere, mix of racing and expanded live coverage, the UCI Mountain Bike World Series offers a fresh and appealing experience for athletes, hardened fans and newcomers to the mountain bike community.”

Chris Ball, CEO of ESO Sports, said: “By creating a single global platform that unifies the major racing formats with UCI World Cup status for the first time, the new UCI Mountain Bike World Series will also allow for the integration and growth of amateur, pathway and festival events to UCI World Cup racing.

“Our long-term goal is to elevate the major racing formats of the UCI World Cup, taking the athletes and teams to a new level. We also want to maintain the ability to entertain and engage mountain bikers at all levels. The future is incredibly exciting and we are honoured to usher in a new era of the sport.”

*Streaming is available on discovery+ in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK and Ireland.

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  • Goodbye MTB World Cup, Hello MTB World Series
  • danposs86
    Full Member

    I just wish, when they initially announced all of these changes, they were just honest about there being a paywall, so many times they skirted around this (like the Chris Ball AMA on Pinkbike last year).

    Let’s hope RedBull announce their plans soon.

    mtbfix
    Full Member

    Will there be a highlights programme with Gary Imlach in the evening?

    ta11pau1
    Full Member

    £7 pm for discovery+ either standalone, via Prime or via Eurosport.

    Doesn’t look to be anything much more worth watching on there, so I won’t be paying that just to watch the DH.

    benpinnick
    Full Member

    Free to Sky Subscribers though, which Im guessing is still a fair chunk.

    https://www.sky.com/help/articles/discovery-plus?DCMP=tva-skycom:ec_discovery_plus

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    I don’t think asking people to pay for something they have always gotten for free has ever resulted in growth.

    mashr
    Full Member

    Let’s hope RedBull announce their plans soon.

    Are there any plans other than some wishful thinking that RB will want to try to compete with the UCI?

    frogstomp
    Full Member

    £7 pm for discovery+ either standalone, via Prime or via Eurosport.

    Doesn’t look to be anything much more worth watching on there, so I won’t be paying that just to watch the DH.

    Same, but I might be able to convince myself I was getting enough value out of a GCN+ sub if it landed there.

    DickBarton
    Full Member

    I don’t think asking people to pay for something they have always gotten for free has ever resulted in growth.

    Seemed to initially work for Strava…

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    Given Warner Bros. previous record of abruptly dropping projects no matter what stage of development or production they’re in, this could be over before it starts, or get started and disappear.

    Are there any plans other than some wishful thinking that RB will want to try to compete with the UCI?

    Lots of comments around the end of the last season about Red Bull’s continuing commitment to MTB. Lots of “this is not the end” chatter.

    HobNob
    Free Member

    I don’t think asking people to pay for something they have always gotten for free has ever resulted in growth.

    Given the reach of WBD, and the way they structure the delivery of such things, its exceptionally unlikely they won’t deliver massive growth to the viewing numbers. The reality is, as hardcore fans, we will make up a fraction of a % of those watching.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    The question is; can they make enough changes such that watching cyclists race is exciting enough to attract a larger audience? I mean, most of my friends would call me a “cyclist” but I’d rather watch paint dry.

    rickmeister
    Full Member

    Be interesting to see what actually happens at an event. I’ve tickets for Lenzerheide again as its a DH XCC/XCO combo weekend. I cant see that actually standing somewhere on a course can change much but the online live presentation will, I’m sure be very different.

    I wonder what the quality of commentary will be. A few of the US “shows” ive seen (admittedly, limited to a few) have two commentators, blazers, chinos, sneakers, type of thing. Rampage aside, but that was Redbull..

    ski78
    Full Member

    I read the release as if it is landing in GCN+ globally? Have I got that wrong.

    If so, I’ve been quite happy with my GCN membership, found it quite good value and it’s introduced me to a few races I’d normally have missed. Never thought I’d be quite as much of a cyclocross fan till I started watching all the races there.

    mashr
    Full Member

    Agree with that, if it is on GCN+. I’m always sitting on the fence with my GNC+ subscription, if it expanded to include the DH I’ be more than happy to keep it going

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    Free to certain Sky Subscribers

    weeksy
    Full Member

    discovery+ is now available at no extra cost for Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers.

    New subscribers can set up their account on Sky Marketplace.

    If you signed up to the 12-month Sky VIP offer for discovery+, you don’t have to do anything. You can continue using your account – and you can now watch sports too.

    StuartC
    Free Member

    Inherently, them now calling it a “world series” does make me want to puke in my mouth slightly (didn’t take them long to Americanise it. I assume more US rounds will quickly appear like F1?)

    But on the plus side I’ve now discovered I have Discovery+ as part of my Sky package.

    hatter
    Full Member

    If it comes to GCN+ then that may be enough to tip me over the edge and sign up. I’ve also missed watching the Spring classics and the Giro since I ditched Eurosport.

    I feel it’s not unfair that we pay for it, people have to earn a living, advertising space on niche sports like ours isn’t worth mega bucks and Cycling events are not cheap or easy to televise (track possibly excepted) but I would have resented having to signup for a whole TV package just to access it.

    Time will tell how good the coverage is and whether they have found someone to fill Warner’s shoes.

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    can they make enough changes such that watching cyclists race is exciting enough to attract a larger audience? I mean, most of my friends would call me a “cyclist” but I’d rather watch paint dry.

    Plenty of people who don’t play football, rugby, cricket, athletics etc watch those. A lot of folks just like watching things, especially competitive things.
    I dare say if you want to get people watching bike racing, DH, Enduro and increasingly the xc are probably the best candidates for that.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Exactly my point. Snooker used to be huge on terrestrial TV.

    monkeyboyjc
    Full Member

    Inherently, them now calling it a “world series” does make me want to puke in my mouth slightly

    This 100%

    a11y
    Full Member

    discovery+ is now available at no extra cost for Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers.

    How DARE you try to be helpful and point out that many will be able to watch this within packages they already pay for!??! LOL at the PB downvotes you’re getting, some PB folk are thick.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    How DARE you try to be helpful and point out that many will be able to watch this within packages they already pay for!??! LOL at the PB downvotes you’re getting, some PB folk are thick.

    I’m getting slayed on the downvotes… it’s bonkers.. LOL.

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    Exactly my point. Snooker used to be huge on terrestrial TV.

    But who watches terrestrial TV anymore?

    I get that as a [sweeping generalisation] demographic we’re [mtbers] generally in higher disposable income brackets but aren’t willing to actually pay for anything [/sweeping generalisation] but people not paying for TV isn’t the norm these days.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    When you think a Minion is £45 (i just bought one) a coffee is £3.50-4.50 and a pint over a Fiver… well, it’s hardly asking for the earth even at £6.99 a month.

    It’s less than a Strava sub 😀 😀

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    discovery+ is now available at no extra cost for Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers.

    that’s why I dun said “Certain” customers. I’ve been a Sky subscriber since about 1949, but I ain’t got none of that shite.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    that’s why I dun said “Certain” customers. I’ve been a Sky subscriber since about 1949, but I ain’t got none of that shite.

    Neither were we until Xmas. Mrs Weeksy rang them and said “our remote control is rubbish”….. we now have SkyQ for no extra cost and not monthly increase.

    Worth a call.

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    Nah, I likes me Sky Box. Got stuff going back decades I ain’t watched on it too. Wouldn’t wanna lose it! 😀

    chakaping
    Free Member

    discovery+ is now available at no extra cost for Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers.

    mashr
    Full Member

    Inherently, them now calling it a “world series” does make me want to puke in my mouth slightly

    Given that every year folk on this forum get confused between the World Cup and World Champs, it makes sense to me

    (didn’t take them long to Americanise it. I assume more US rounds will quickly appear like F1?)

    Bloody hope so given the size of the Rockies!

    BruceWee
    Full Member

    I’m getting slayed on the downvotes… it’s bonkers.. LOL.

    Maybe your comment didn’t go down as well on an international site as it did on a primarily UK-based one? If you’ve got similar tips for the non-UK audience maybe it’ll go down better.

    Anyway, if I want to watch it I’ll have to pay the subscription. Which I’m not going to do. I’ve already got a number of these ‘it’s only x a month’ subscriptions and it adds up in the end. The same reason I don’t watch club rugby anymore.

    I’ll just watch whatever Red Bull have instead.

    Maybe Alex Rankin can start making Earthed films again. Used to be the only way we could watch any WC racing.

    ocrider
    Full Member

    calling it a “world series” does make me want to puke in my mouth slightly

    Hmm, I do often wonder what the last two letters stood for in EWS. Facetiousness asides, Chris Ball and the ESO gang needed to put their own stamp on it so it’s not that surprising they opted for something in relation to what they’ve already done.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Its going to be interesting to see the registration list for national DH series and thinks like both IXS and Crank, both this year and particularly next year. Whether riders are contracted to race one series but not allowed to race a rival series etc. E.g Jordan Williams raced UK grass roots series in 2022 at times, will be still be allowed or will that be taken away from riders?
    Could Jackson be told he can’t race Hardline this year? Kerr the same?
    It could be very interesting. Obviously that only affects a certain number of riders. But if you were WB/discover, would you let riders loose at Red bull events? Hmmm

    chevychase
    Free Member

    It’s a shame. Only sport (other than the occasional football match at the pub) that I bothered watching.

    Don’t subscribe to any TV. Ethically opposed to Sky as they rinse their subscribers tbh. Ah well. I guess I’ll just have to go out for a ride, rather than watch other people doing it.

    nickc
    Full Member

    I don’t think asking people to pay for something they have always gotten for free has ever resulted in growth.

    F1 and Premiership football are now massive on the Sky platform. The thing is, on the BBC they were free to folks in the UK. On Sky, the potential audience is the entire world.

    Eurosport and ESPN both have massive audiences who will watch whats on the schedule, Red Bull, not so much

    Speeder
    Full Member

    I’ll happily give them £6.99 or whatever to watch the DH coverage exclusively – I have no interest in road cycling and a passing interest in xc at best. There’s not way I’m paying 12x £6.99 for 12 hours of coverage. I don’t need or want another TV subscription, especially not for content I won’t watch.

    The UCI have once again ****ed it

    mark88
    Full Member

    it’s hardly asking for the earth even at £6.99 a month.

    My concern is they are putting up a paywall for a potentially worse product.

    EWS is certainly no better for the Discovery takeover, and they have failed to bring over the figurehead of the Red Bull coverage, so it’s not hard to imagine DH being worse than before.

    They have added this semi final, which all I can see is adding quantity but removing quality. Beyond that we don’t know much so I am reluctant to cough up any cash.

    mashr
    Full Member

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Its going to be interesting to see the registration list for national DH series and thinks like both IXS and Crank, both this year and particularly next year. Whether riders are contracted to race one series but not allowed to race a rival series etc. E.g Jordan Williams raced UK grass roots series in 2022 at times, will be still be allowed or will that be taken away from riders?
    Could Jackson be told he can’t race Hardline this year? Kerr the same?
    It could be very interesting. Obviously that only affects a certain number of riders. But if you were WB/discover, would you let riders loose at Red bull events? Hmmm

    nothing you mention there is a rival to the World Cup/Series though, and the riders aren’t under contract to Discovery. Maybe a rival series will appear in future, but it’s not there now

    Neb
    Full Member

    The headline is wrong, it’s not goodbye to the world cup. The article refers to both the world series and next years dh world Cup. I’m reading it as the ‘world series’ is the collection of mountain biking events that includes the dh world cup, rather than renaming the world cup.

    Bloody clickbait.

    Kuco
    Full Member

    If the XC is on GCN I’ll consider re-subscribing if not then I won’t bother. Zero interest in DH or Enduro.

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