The mountain biking UCI world cup kicks off this weekend at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, England. The competition will include six rounds for each of the three disciplines (cross country, downhill and four-cross) and will take place at nine venues in eight countries.
Dalby Forest is a new venue for the world series and hosts a cross country round on April 24-25. The UK will therefore host two world cup rounds, including the Fort William event on June 5-6.
Check out some of the downhill and freeride conditions in this video from POPPYCAT2495 which was made in 2008.
After a five year absence, the world cup will also return to the US in 2010. A ski resort in Windham, New York, which has hosted a round of the US national series, will host a triple event, featuring cross country, downhill and four cross. The event will take place on August 28-29, a few days before the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
Other stops will include Houffalize, Belgium; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, UK; Schladming, Austria; Champéry, Switzerland; and Val di Sole, Italy. The latter is new to the World Cup calendar, but hosted the World Championships in 2008.
2010 World Mountain Bike Calendar
- April 24-25: World Cup XCO #1, Dalby Forest, Great Britain
- May 1-2: World Cup XCO #2 & 4X #1, Houffalize, Belgium
- May 15-16: World Cup DHI #1 & 4X #2, Maribor, Slovenia
- May 22-23: World Cup XCO #3, Offenburg, Germany
- June 5-6: World Cup DHI #2 & 4X #3, Fort William Great Britain
- June 19-20: World Cup DHI #3 & 4X #4, Schladming, Austria
- June 7-10: European Continental Championships, Haifa, Israel
- July 17-18: National Championships Weekend
- July 24-25: World Cup XCO #4 and DHI #4, Champéry, Switzerland
- July 31 – August 1: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #5 and 4X #5, Val di Sole, Italy
- August 8: World Marathon Championships, St. Wendel, Germany
- August 28-29: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #6, and 4X #6, Windham, New York, USA
- August 31 – September 5: World XCO, DHI & 4X Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
There are over 100 teams competing in this years championships representing 17 different countries. The competition is going to be very tough with the likes of Sam Hill, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Christoph Sauser, Julien Absalon and Gee Atherton all likely to compete.
The video below from onedarklord shows some of the action from the 2009 World Cup downhill which was held at Canberra in Australia and won by Steve Peat.