UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Moments before the start of the under-23 men's cross-country race at the 2009 World Championships in Canberra, Australia. Eventual winner Burry Stander is second from left.
Statusactive
Genresports event
Date(s)varying
Frequencyannual
Inaugurated1990 (1990)
Organised byUCI

The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are the world championship events for mountain bike racing in the disciplines of cross country, downhill, and four-cross. They are organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of world cycling.

The first three finishers in each discipline at the World Championships are awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals. The winner of each discipline is also entitled to wear the rainbow jersey in events of the same discipline until the following year's World Championships. Unlike other UCI-sanctioned mountain-bike races, the competitors in the World Championships represent national rather than commercial teams. The World Championships are usually held towards the end of the season.

History

The first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships took place in Durango, Colorado, USA in 1990 and featured only cross-country and downhill events. A separate UCI Trials World Championships had been held since 1986.[1] From 2000 to 2016, the mountain bike and trials disciplines were combined and run as the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. Beginning in 2017, the UCI world championships in trials will be run as part of the newly-created UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.[2]

The cross-country team relay was added in 1999. The dual slalom was added in 2000 but replaced by four-cross in 2002. Mountain bike marathon was included on the schedule at the 2003 championships in Lugano, but run separately as the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships from 2004 onwards. The cross-country eliminator was introduced in 2012 but will be part of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships from 2017 onwards.[2] In 2014 and 2015 the four-cross events were held separately from the other disciplines as the UCI Four-Cross World Championships, but were again included alongside the other mountain-biking disciplines in 2016.[3] The four-cross events were removed again after the 2021 edition.

Venues

World Eliminator Championships

Year Country City
2019  Belgium Waremme
2020  Belgium Leuven
2021  Austria Graz
2022  Spain Barcelona[5]
2023  Indonesia Palangka Raya
2024  Germany Aalen

World Championships 4-Cross

Year Country City
2015  Italy Val di Sole
2016  Italy Val di Sole
2017  Italy Val di Sole
2019  Italy Val di Sole [6]
2021  Italy Val di Sole

Events

Event
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Men's cross-country
Men's cross-country eliminator
Men's downhill
Men's dual
Men's four-cross
Men's trials, 20 inch
Men's trials, 26 inch
Women's cross-country
Women's cross-country eliminator
Women's downhill
Women's dual
Women's four-cross
Women's trials
Team relay

UCI MTB World Champions

See also

References

  1. ^ "1986–2014 UCI Trials World Championships Winners" (PDF). uci.ch. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Urban Cycling". uci.ch. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "UCI 4X World Championships". uci.ch. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ 2020 MTB World Championships Results
  5. ^ 2022 World Championships Eliminator Results
  6. ^ 2019 World Championships 4-Cross Results