All the events of the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup can be watched live on www.redbull.com/bike.
Olympic Cross-country and Cross-country Eliminator
A combination of tradition and innovation! In this post Olympic year, the best Olympic cross-country riders will discover new venues, like this weekend in Albstadt, Germany (May 18-19) and the final in Hafjell, Norway (September 14-15). But whether it is Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), a not-to-be-missed stopover on the circuit since 2011, Val di Sole, Vallnord or Mont-Sainte-Anne (the only round on the calendar since 1991), this world series is ready to write its next chapter. After a first world title awarded last year in Saalfelden (Austria) and test events in different World Cup rounds, XCE makes its official entry on the calendar of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.
Plenty of competition for Pendrel
In the absence of the Olympic and World Champion Julie Bresset (injured collarbone), the Canadian Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), winner of the trophy last year, will still have plenty of competition. Polandâ€™s Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC Team), who was absent for part of the last season, has had an impressive start to the 2013 season with four victories. Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Giant) is capable of a major exploit for her return to the discipline after eight yearsâ€™ absence. At 26 years old and after winning everything on the road, in cyclo-cross and on the track, the Dutch rider has set herself a new challenge.
Schurter once again?
Who will be master of the menâ€™s competition? Last year, Nino Schurter dominated all season, winning the World Cup and the World Championships. In the past, this same exploit has been achieved by John Tomac (1991), Miguel Martinez (2000), Roland Green (2001) Julien Absalon (2006-2007) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (2011). However, despite the Swiss riderâ€™s double victory, he was unable to do anything faced with the strength of Kulhavy at the London Olympic Games. Will this Specialized rider be able to repeat his incredible 2011 season where he literally bulldozed all in his way? No doubt Absalon will have his say! The French rider, now with BMC Racing Team, won two rounds last year and is in possession of one of the worldâ€™s most impressive list of achievements.
The Downhill season will get under way on June 8 and 9 in Fort William (Scotland). Who can beat Aaron Gwin? The American has dominated proceedings the last two seasons and everything points to the Specialized rider clocking up a third victory. That would bean him equaling the legends Steve Peat (2002, 2004, 2006) and Greg Minnaar (2001, 2005, 2008). Nine years after his first world title, Minnaar last year earned his second rainbow jersey in Leogang! With seven world medals to his name he will again be one of the attractions of the season.
In the womenâ€™s competition, Great Britainâ€™s Rachel Atherton will be looking for the double. It is true that last year the world title escaped her, but the youngest of the British siblings still won five of the seven rounds in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. She will be faced by an armada of French riders including Emmeline Ragot, Morgane Charre (surprise World Champion) and Floriane Pugin. Not to be ruled out either are Britainâ€™s Manon Carpenter, former BMX Olympic medalist, the American Jill Kintner and Switzerlandâ€™s Emilie Siegenthaler.
Last year, 1.46 million people watched the action and in 2013, even more are expected to tune into the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. Discover the Red Bull Media House Live timing for the whole season.
Red Bull Media House is the exclusive production partner and online broadcaster of the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano and will offer the whole 2013 season live on www.redbull.com/bike.
18-19.05: Albstadt (Germany), XCO #1 / XCE #1
25-26.05: Nove Mesto Na Morave (Czech Republic), XCO #2 / XCE #2
08-09.06: Fort William (Great Britain), DHI #1
15-16.06: Val di Sole (Italy), XCO #3 / XCE#3 / DHI #2
27-28.07: Vallnord (Andorra), XCO #4, XCE #4, DHI #3
10-11.08: Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada), XCO #5 / DHI #4
14-15.09: Hafjell (Norway), XCO #6 / DHI #5
21-22.09: Leogang (Austria), DHI #6
Photo: Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada again figures on the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup calendar