Kelly McGarry

The 2015 UCI World Cup Bike Park Events

UCI World Cup 2014 Bike Park Dates

With the start of the 2015 UCI World Cup season kicking off this weekend in Lourdes, we check out the events that go down at bike parks this year. The favorites remain for this season so it's set to be another great year of racing. And when the dust settles you can go ride the very same trails and see how you get on!

Albstadt, Germany

30 May - 31 May: XCO Round 2

The World Cup visits Albstadt Bike Park in Germany for the third occasion, from the 30th to the 32st of May. Not really a 'big mountain' bike park, so no look-in for the DHI riders here - not quite enough vertical to play with although the bike park does offer some pretty cool downhill and freeride trails. But for the UCI series it's only the cross country event taking place here, with the normal XCO discipline.

Fort William, Scotland

6-7th June: DHI Round 2

A mountain bike World Cup essential, the Fort William event is considered by many as the absolute far and away best event of the UCI series - every single year. The Brits go nuts for their downhill and with so many of the top Pros on the circuit hailing from the UK there is always a massive turn out in support of their 2-wheeled heros. The Nevis Range ski area is the host resort, and be aware that access to the World Cup Village and the whole event is by ticket only, something that's relatively unique on the UCI circuit but is neccessary here and gives you an indication of the size of the event and number of spectators! Tickets are available in advance or on arrival.

Leogang, Austria

13-14th June: DHI Round 3

Just one week after Fort William the UCI circus heads to Leogang Bike Park in Austria, a regular stop on the downhill circuit, scene of last season's finale, and of the UCI MTB World Championships in 2012. And the World Cup downhill trail there is steep, fast and scary. The World Cup is part of the Saalfelden Leogang region's Out of Bounds Festival, which includes the spectacular tricks and air acrobatics of the 26TRIX event on the Leogang Dirt Jump course, plus lots of other festival type activities which probably involve beer!

Mont Sainte Anne, Canada

1-2nd August: XCO Round 4 / DHI Round 5

Bonjour Quebec - another regular stop on the UCI World Cup circuit - would you believe that Mont Sainte Anne Bike Park in Canada has hosted a round every year since 1991! And it's the only place to have hosted the UCI World Championships twice, so that gives you some idea of the mountain bike history at MSA. The DH course is a pro-favorite, fast and rough! This is another event that's part of a bigger festival - this time it's the Vélirium, which includes the City8, a unique dirt and freestyle event staged in Place D'Youville in downtown Quebec City! It was also part of our East Coast Road Trip last summer so you can check out some of the cool on-mountain and city action here.

Windham, USA

8-9 August: XCO Round 5 / DHI Round 6

A new bike park for 2015, finally Windham Mountain in New York State opens it's trails to the mountain bike public and not just the World Cup tour! Nowthe rest of us will get to ride the World Cup DH (if we have it in us), plus the new trail additions brought to you by the Whistler Gravity Logic team - you know it'll be good! So one week after MSA, the riders head south over the boarder for the second stop in North America. It's also becoming somewhat of a regular on the circuit with a hugely successful event going off in 2014 that was also part of our East Coast Road Trip last summer - check out the race action here.

Vallnord, Andorra

1-6 September: 2015 World Championships

Having successfully hosted the the UCI World Cup Series in previous years, Vallnord Bike Park lands itself the big fish for 2015 with the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships! Located in the northwest corner of the Principality of Andorra (sandwiched between France and Spain), Vallnord is one of the premier ski resorts in the Pyrenees and has a bike park with a growing reputation, thanks in no small part to Vallnord local and all-round MTB superstar Cédric Gracia! Find all the info you need on the official Vallnord World Champs website here. And check out Cedric shredding the 2013 World Cup course below...

2015 UCI World Cup Series & 2015 World Championship Dates

Dates Venue Country Events
11-12 April Lourdes France DHI #1
23-24 May Nove Mesto na Morave Czech Republic XCO #1
30-31 May Albstadt Germany XCO #2
6-7 June Fort William United Kingdom DHI #2
13-14 June Leogang Austria DHI #3
4-5 July Lenzerheide Switzerland XCO #3 / DHI #4
1-2 Aug Mont Sainte Anne Canada XCO #4 / DHI #5
8-9 Aug Windham United States XCO #5 / DHI #6
22-23 Aug Val di Sole Italy XCO #6 / DHI #7
1-6 Sept Vallnord Andorra World Championships


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