2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule Announced 20

Approved by the UCI Mountain Bike Commission but subject to approval by the UCI Management Committee, the 2014 calendar will comprise seven rounds in seven different countries.

Two new World Cup destinations in 2014 are Cairns, Australia, and Méribel in France, both hosting a triple event (XC, XC Eliminator and Downhill). The second round in Cairns will prepare the way for the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, which have also been awarded to the “Tropical North Queensland.”

Méribel will provide the stage for the final round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (August 23 - 24). It will be the last chance for the athletes to confront each other before the World Championships which will get under way in Hafjell, Norway, 10 days later. Meanwhile Windham returns after a one-year absence with a triple event.

2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule Announced

2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1 -April 5-6 April 10-13 (See schedule change) -Pietermaritzburg (RSA)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 2 - April 26-27 - Cairns (AUS)

UCI World Cup DHI Round 3 - June 7-8 - Fort William (GBR)

UCI World Cup DHI Round 4 - June 14-15 - Leogang (AUT)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 5 - August 2-3 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 6 - August 9-10 - Windham (USA)

UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 7 - August 23-24 - Méribel (FRA)

UCI World Championship DHI - September 4-7 - Hafjell (NOR)

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  • jojotherider

    6/21/2014 9:43 PM

    why is there another month and a half off in the middle of this series? Can't they just put them all together week after week?

  • FlyingIrish

    3/8/2014 4:18 PM

    Why would the first round be the same weekend as Sea Otter?

  • Nakedracing

    1/1/2014 8:39 AM

    New timetable for 2014 with XCE on Friday, DH on Saturday and XC on Sunday. so looks like DH practice time might be effected...

  • LCW

    6/23/2013 10:19 AM

    Sad to not see tracks like Champery, Schladming or Val Di Sole on the calendar. True technical DH courses. There's XC, XCE, and Enduro if people want to see pedally fitness events.

  • bill.handebo

    6/21/2013 7:58 PM

    Wait and see what Cairns has to offer people... The 96 wolds opened peoples eyes to tech DH.. It will be back in 2014.

  • sspomer

    6/21/2013 2:30 PM

    by this time next year we'll be half way through the WC season haha.

  • charging_rhinos

    6/21/2013 12:53 PM

    VERY disappointed they took Val di Sole off the list. It was one of the few gnarly, true DH tracks left, and watching it last weekend was fantastic. And why are they not doing Champery either?! At least it was steep. Now most of the list are single crown enduro wagon wheel 29er only pedalfests on a dirty sidewalk. Sad to see DH turning into high speed slopestyle. Further proof that the UCI needs a bulldozing.

    What's next, urban DH moving to Kansas?

  • metong

    2/18/2014 7:01 PM

    Ive been to val di sole this 2013 and it really is a proper dh track,both technical and fast, i was surprised why its not on the list for 2014...i agree, looks like downhill aint downhill no more when they start to put in jumps here and there. Uci needs real riders onboard...not politicians

  • sspomer

    6/21/2013 2:33 PM

    what mickey said below is true. it's not the UCI moving/removing venues. it's the lack of desire to promote the event by the venues/mountains. if you really want a race somewhere, you can be the person that tries to make it happen.

  • Donald_York

    12/31/2013 9:20 PM

    I agree with both of you...It's like at Highland where we had the Claymore Challenge...It was up to the park owner to foot the bill for the live webcast or the sanctioning body would not allow the event on the schedule.It was expensive and they did so for a few years but as a business it wasn't cost effective! Unfortunately it's all a numbers game not just a let's have fun game!

  • Uncle Cliffy

    6/21/2013 8:37 PM

    Definitely missing Champery...

  • Scott_Townes

    6/21/2013 10:18 PM

    Yeahhh.... the UCI is the problem but not in that aspect. They expect the mountains to do all the work instead of having the resort as a sponsor by allowing them to use their resort. They expect the resorts to put everything together (financially speaking) in order to meet the requirements of the event... for the most part, it's bullshit. I'm very sad to see Val off the list, although it'd be pretty ignorant to say that the race trails at Mont, Leogang, Hafjell (where a Whistler local won his first WC), etc. are 29er pedalfests on sidewalk, haha.

  • Rob_Graham

    6/21/2013 11:45 AM

    Awesome! season starts on time, fort bill - enough said and a euro worlds so its cheap to get there the season should be longer tho maybe 10 rounds so they can keep the likes of val di sole and lets face it champery should be on it every year cos its always awesome to watch

  • Shifty

    6/21/2013 10:17 AM

    No Val di sole or any other really tehnical track? This sux...

  • jerryhazard

    6/21/2013 10:16 AM

    Bring back Angelfire!

  • bizutch

    6/21/2013 10:01 AM

    Durango hates you Dave. That's why.

  • One Ghost

    6/21/2013 9:56 AM

    why can't there be a west coast or rocky mtn region? why always Windam?

  • mickey

    6/21/2013 10:30 AM

    Because nobody is trying to promote one!

    World Cup races don't just happen- there needs to be a well funded and dedicated local organizing committee and significant six-figure capital investment to make a World Cup work.

    There are people and organisations in the Windham region who are willing to lay down significant sums of personal cash with little or no financial return because they love bike racing and want to promote their region to the world.

  • One Ghost

    6/21/2013 10:36 AM

    BOOOO! (not to you Mickey)

  • mrpowerjd

    6/22/2013 9:17 PM

    Yes, the up front cash outlay that the UCI mandates from prospective venues is a disgrace to the sport.