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Here it is boys and girls, the 2016 UCI calendar. 7 rounds of World Cup DH racing on the menu, with 2 stops in April at venues that have produced some of the most memorable races in recent years, Lourdes and Cairns (although perhaps not for the same reasons, cough monsoon cough). Fort William and Mont Sainte Anne will (of course) be back, as will Leogang (where Aaron Gwin could win by 10 seconds if he keeps his chain on this time), with Lenzerheide and Andorra rounding out the series. The World Champs return to legendary Val di Sole in Italy, where we would wish for nothing more than for Sam Hill to settle an old score.

Remi Thirion in Leogang 2015 - he'll be a hot favorite at his "home race" in Andorra in 2016. photo Johan Hjord

Press Release:

​The Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI’s) 2016 season of major mountain bike events will be marked by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the UCI World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (for Olympic cross-country – XCO) and Val di Sole, Italy (downhill and four-cross – DHI and 4X), as well as the return of Cairns (Australia) and La Bresse (France) to the World Cup.

As in 2015, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will include nine rounds in 2016. Of particular note:

The World Cup will include six rounds for XCO and seven for DHI

The Australian city of Cairns will return to the calendar (XCO and DHI) in what will be a dress rehearsal for the 2017 UCI World Championships. The French round in La Bresse (XCO) and the Andorra round in Vallnord (XCO and DHI) also return to the UCI World Cup calendar

Lourdes, FRA (DHI), Albstadt, GER (XCO), Fort William, GBR (DHI), Leogang, AUT (DHI), Lenzerheide, SUI (XCO and DHI) and Mont-Sainte-Anne, CAN (XCO and DHI) will again be part of the series as they were in 2015.

The XCO mountain bike events at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil will take place from August 20 to 21, the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Nove Mesto from June 28 to July 3 and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole from September 6 to 11.

The UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Championships will take place in Laissac (France) on June 25 and 26.

2016 UCI Major Events Calendar (DHI)

9-10 Apr UCI MTB WORLD CUP - DHI Lourdes FRA

23-24 Apr UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO - DHI Cairns AUS

4-5 Jun UCI MTB WORLD CUP - DHI Fort William GBR

11-12 Jun UCI MTB WORLD CUP - DHI Leogang AUT

9-10 Jul UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO - DHI Lenzerheide SUI

6-7 Aug UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO - DHI Mont-Sainte-Anne CAN

3-4 Sep UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO - DHI Vallnord AND

6-11 Sep UCI MTB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - DHI/4X Val Di Sole IT

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