MTB DH World Champs: When & How To Watch

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It’s the Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships this weekend. Here’s all you need to know about when things are happening and how to livestream it all.

Laurie Greenland performs at Fort William in2022 (pic: Bartek Wolinski, Red Bull Content Pool)

The Mountain Bike World Championships are not part of the Mountain Bike World Cup Series, and they operate to a different format, schedule and broadcast rights. Which is what this guide will hopefully help you with.

The World Champs, should anyone not know by now, are a special one-off race where the winner takes it all. ‘All’ in this instance is the title of World Champion and a set of iconic rainbow stripes, stripes that you can sport for the rest of your racing career.

Winning the World Cup Overall title is technically the more impressive achievement but… the World Champs is just extremely darned exciting! So we love it.

How to watch it? GCN+ or BBC

In terms of how you watch it live online, in the UK there are two basic options. There’s the same GCN+/Eurosport/Discovery pay-to-view outfit (à la the World Cup broadcasts) or there’s the BBC.

The BBC should have the World Champs watchable via the BBC Sport website as well as the ‘Red Button’ option in iPlayer.

GCN+ MTB World Champs page

BBC iPlayer Sport section

The World Champs schedule

Here’s a screenshot from the UCI-Tissot webpage with the daily basics:

2023 MTB World Champs schedule
2023 MTB (plus some other cycling disciplines) World Champs day-by-day

Here’s the more exact timetable (bear in mind that the organisers reserve the right to change the times if they need to, due to weather etc)

Thursday

  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm, Qualifying – Junior Women
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Qualifying – Junior Men

Friday

  • 12:00noon -12:30pm, Qualifying – Elite Women
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Qualifying – Elite Men
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm, Training – Junior Women
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm, Training – Junior Men
  • 2:30pm, Finals – Junior Women
  • 3:30pm, Finals – Junior Men

Saturday

  • 12:30pm – 1:45pm, Finals – Elite Women
  • 2:00pm – 4:30pm, Finals – Elite Men

Course preview

This rundown from James Shirley is a good ‘un…

Who will win the Downhill crowns?

The current Downhill World Champs are Vali Holl and Loic Bruni.

What are my wild predictions to be this weekend’s winners up at Fort William?

Nina Hoffman and Loris Vergier.

Who do you think we get the Rainbow Stripes? Comment below, as per 👇

When’s the XC?

Next week (link to UCI-Tissot webpage). Qualification stuff starts on Tuesday. Actual racing begins on Wednesday with the final XC event taking place on Saturday August 12th.

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  • BigChris
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    weeksy
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    I’m surprised there’s not move love in the previiews for Kolb… He’s got to be right up there.

    I’m going for Balanche in the ladies with Hattie a glorious 2nd.

    stwhannah
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    Worth a listen for those into predictions!

    Making Up The Numbers Fort William World Champs Special

    FunkyDunc
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    Having watched a few YouTube vids it appears that the whole track has been sanitised (I know thats a relative term, and yes there is no way I would get down it) but to me now many of the World Cup DHs are all getting very samey, bike park berm to bike park berm to bike park jump etc. Hopefully it will cut up a bit before they race, but I was just a bit meh watching it.

    Should be fast though

    weeksy
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    Discovery+ today, 2.30 for the junior finals.

    FunkyDunc
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    Is your lad racing ?

    weeksy
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    Is your lad racing ?

    NAh Dunc, he’s currently too young. He only turned 15 a couple pf weeks back, You have to be 17-18 to race WC/Champs. TBH even if he was 17-18 he’s currently not good enough to be selected. There’s plenty who’d get the seat before my boy.

    chvck
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    Having watched a few YouTube vids it appears that the whole track has been sanitised (I know thats a relative term, and yes there is no way I would get down it) but to me now many of the World Cup DHs are all getting very samey, bike park berm to bike park berm to bike park jump etc

    Whilst there have been plenty of riders being vocal about not wanting high speed bike park style races, on the whole from the vids I’ve watched they’re all pretty happy about the changes for fort bill – the complaining mostly seems to be from spectators. There has been plenty of smoothing but I think there’s still plenty of tech up the top of the track, especially into the corners.

    DrP
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    ^^

    This is why I loved the Whistler DH track they just released! A bit bonkers..great fun!

    DrP

    weeksy
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    I’m still terrified about riding it in 2 weeks time. 😀

    chvck
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    I’m still terrified about riding it in 2 weeks time.

    I think you’ll be fine. I rode it (quite a few) years ago and it was ok at my (very) low speed, certainly ridden much harder trails. Not having rests and racing it, different matter completely mind…

    ocrider
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    Looking at current form I’d say Andi Kolb. Heart wants Daprela just because if he did win it would be such a spectacular ride to watch.
    I would have loved to see Rachel win, I guess we all would.

    desperatebicycle
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    Eurosport 2 – 1:30pm & 3pm Saturday.

    https://www.eurosport.com/tvschedule.shtml

    blastit
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    BBC 1  1.15pm

    weeksy
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    weeksy
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    desperatebicycle
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    blastit
    BBC 1 1.15pm

    Top “how to watch” article not mentioning that little fact 😆

    nickc
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    Bernard Kerr 3rd in Qualis!

    desperatebicycle
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    I wonder why the BBC saw fit to get a hospital radio DJ to do the commentary….

    blastit
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    Juniors live on IPlayer now

    weeksy
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    And on Discovery+

    pothead
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    I wonder why the BBC saw fit to get a hospital radio DJ to do the commentary….

    Me too, especially when Warner is up there watching, although to b honest I was half expecting Claire Balding and Gary Lineker to be doing it

    duir
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    I am out working in Dublin this weekend, does anybody know how I can watch the DH Men’s final out here?

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