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<img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&resize=620,413" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=1440,959 1440w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=45&amp;resize=1200,799 1200w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=960,639 960w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=720,479 720w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=576,383 576w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=360,239 360w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/MTB-UCI-World-Cup-and-World-Champs-f010dac.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=180,119 180w, " sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-378809 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail" alt="Nino Schurter UCI XCO World Cup in Val di Sole 2018" title="Nino Schurter UCI XCO World Cup in Val di Sole 2018" /> <p><b>It’s that time of year again, when the hype, anticipation, rumours and gossip are left behind, and the stars of the World Cup circuit hit the track to battle for glory.</b></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Whether it’s the speed and danger of downhill (DH) or the athleticism of cross-country (XC) that floats your boat, this season looks set to be a treat. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">There are some great venues that should produce epic battles between the racers and round 1 of the XC World Cup kicks off this weekend in </span>Albstadt, Germany.</p>
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<h2><span style="font-weight: 400">The 2019 downhill MTB World Cup<br></span></h2>
<div class="img-container img-container–landscape-thumbnail"><img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=620,413&amp;background=white" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1880,1252&amp;background=white 1880w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1456,969&amp;background=white 1456w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1112,740&amp;background=white 1112w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=940,626&amp;background=white 940w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=728,484&amp;background=white 728w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=556,370&amp;background=white 556w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=355,236&amp;background=white 355w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=340,226&amp;background=white 340w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Tahnee-Seagrave-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Maribor-Red-Bull-0a725f0.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=320,213&amp;background=white 320w, " sizes="(min-width: 992px) 940px, (min-width: 768px) 728px, (min-width: 576px) 556px, calc(100vw – 20px)" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-378811 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail img-container__image" alt="Tahnee Seagrave UCI MTB World Cup Maribor (Red Bull)" title="Tahnee Seagrave UCI MTB World Cup Maribor (Red Bull)" data-source-name="Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool"></div>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Tahnee Seagrave racing at the first stage of the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The downhill season started on 27–28 April in Maribor, Slovenia, and the next stage takes place in Fort William, Scotland on 1–2 June. The circuit then moves onto Austria, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland and finally culminates in the USA.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">April 27–28: Maribor, Slovenia</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Downhill returned to this legendary track for the first time since 2010. With its root-infested upper woods, infamous rock garden and toboggan-run bottom section, Maribor’s always been a rider favourite. This year saw Loic Bruni take the men’s win, while Tahnee Seagrave won it for the women.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">June 1–2: Fort William, Scotland</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The home of UK downhill. Watch for standout performances from Brits such as Reece Wilson and Danny Hart. The battle between Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton is sure to be unmissable too, as they race for victory on home turf.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">June 8–9: Leogang, Austria</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">This high-speed track guarantees intense racing, and with four out of eight possible wins here for America’s Aaron Gwin, can he get his new Intense bike to the top of the podium?</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">July 6–7: Vallnord, Andorra</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The downhill race at Vallnord features the highest number of corners on the circuit, and the steepest average gradient. High levels of skill and commitment are essential for success here.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">July 13–14: Les Gets, France</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Amazingly, this famous venue hasn’t hosted a World Cup since 2002, or a World Champs since 2004. </span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">August 3–4: Val di Sole, Italy</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The downhill at Val di Sole is famous for producing exceptional rides — think Sam Hill’s 2008 World Champs heartbreak, and Aaron Gwin’s eight-second destruction of the field back in 2012.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">August 10–11: Lenzerheide, Switzerland</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">What Lenzerheide’s downhill course lacks in length, it makes up for in steepness and intensity. </span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">September 7–8: Snowshoe, USA</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Snowshoe is a brand-new venue for the World Cup series, but it’s no stranger to hosting races. In 2018 it was the venue for the US National Champs. The downhill track here mixes vicious rocks and flowing turns up top with steep sections to finish. Neko Mulally won the men’s DH race in 2018.</span></p>
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400">The 2019 XC MTB World Cup<br></span></h2>
<div class="img-container img-container–landscape-thumbnail"><img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=620,413&amp;background=white" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1880,1252&amp;background=white 1880w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1456,969&amp;background=white 1456w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1112,740&amp;background=white 1112w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=940,626&amp;background=white 940w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=728,484&amp;background=white 728w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=556,370&amp;background=white 556w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=355,236&amp;background=white 355w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=340,226&amp;background=white 340w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Nino-Schurter-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-2018-Albstadt-Red-Bull-3a3adb5.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=320,213&amp;background=white 320w, " sizes="(min-width: 992px) 940px, (min-width: 768px) 728px, (min-width: 576px) 556px, calc(100vw – 20px)" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-378810 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail img-container__image" alt="Nino Schurter UCI MTB World Cup 2018 Albstadt (Red Bull)" title="Nino Schurter UCI MTB World Cup 2018 Albstadt (Red Bull)" data-source-name="Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool"></div>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Nino Schurter riding at the UCI MTB World Cup 2018 in Albstadt, Germany</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The cross-country season kicks off this weekend (18–19 May) in Albstadt, Germany. The circuit then moves onto the Czech Republic, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland and finally the USA.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">May 18–19: Albstadt, Germany</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The classic German venue will open the XC World Cup this month. Can cross-country legend Nino Schurter get his third win in a row here?</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">May 25–26: Nové Mesto, Czech Republic</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">With eight years of racing history, this wide, high-speed track pulls in big crowds. It’s famous for its ferocious and technical races — full-sus bikes love Nové Mesto. </span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">July 6–7: Vallnord, Andorra</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Potentially the most physically demanding race of the XC series. Riders compete at high altitude — 1,901m, in fact — where the drama gets as epic as the mountains themselves.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">July 13–14: Les Gets, France</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Still heralded by riders as one of the best around for sheer fun factor, Les Gets’ all-natural old-school track is loaded with flat-out grass piste turns, interspersed with steep, loose woods.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">August 3–4: Val di Sole, Italy</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">Italy always produces hot racing, and Val di Sole boasts the fastest XC course of the year, with average speeds over 20km/h.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">August 10–11: Lenzerheide, Switzerland</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The cross-country track at Lenzerheide is no pushover. At 1,500m and littered with roots and rocks, it demands an efficient style and top technical skills.</span></p>
<h3><span style="font-weight: 400">September 7–8: Snowshoe, USA</span></h3>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">At last year’s US National Champs, Kate Courtney bagged the women’s XC win. Can Courtney, along with Mulally (mentioned above) use their Snowshoe experience to help them up the podium when the World Cup’s in town?</span></p>
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400">The 2019 MTB World Championships</span></h2>
<div class="img-container img-container–landscape-thumbnail"><img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=620,413&amp;background=white" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1880,1252&amp;background=white 1880w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1456,969&amp;background=white 1456w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=1112,740&amp;background=white 1112w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=940,626&amp;background=white 940w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=728,484&amp;background=white 728w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=556,370&amp;background=white 556w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=355,236&amp;background=white 355w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=340,226&amp;background=white 340w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/21/2019/05/Kate-Courtney-UCI-Mountain-Bike-World-Cup-2018-Mont-Sainte-Anne-Canada-2d30701.jpg?quality=90&amp;lb=320,213&amp;background=white 320w, " sizes="(min-width: 992px) 940px, (min-width: 768px) 728px, (min-width: 576px) 556px, calc(100vw – 20px)" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-378808 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail img-container__image" alt="Kate Courtney UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2018 – Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada" title="Kate Courtney UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2018 – Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada" data-source-name="Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool"></div>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Kate Courtney racing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2018 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool</i></span>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400">We then have the World Championships from 31 August–1 September in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. The most historic and revered mountain bike race venue ever seems an appropriate location for the 2019 World Championships. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">MSA’s cross-country course blends technical, natural descents with brutally steep climbs, suiting those whose bike-handling skills and physical fitness are equally on-point.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">The downhill track is similarly unforgiving, punishing riders and bikes on one of the longest, roughest and fastest courses on the circuit.</span></p>
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400"><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/tags/how-to-watch/">How to watch</a> live coverage of the 2019 World Cup and World Champs</span></h2>
<p><a href="https://www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/"><span style="font-weight: 400">Red Bull TV</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400"> owns the rights to the UCI World Cup and World Championship 2019, and broadcasts the events globally, free of charge.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400">You can </span><a href="https://www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/apps"><span style="font-weight: 400">download it onto a multitude of devices</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400">, including iPhone, iPad, Android TV, phones and tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.</span></p>
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