To keep up to date with the mountain biking events this summer, here’s the UCI DH World Cup’s 2015 calendar. As well as the old classics such as Fort William (SCO), Windham (USA) and Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) we’ve got two new destinations to look forward to, Lourdes in France and Lenzerheide in Switzerland.
Be sure to check out the Red Bull site for updates, as well as the UCI and individual track sites for live streams. We’ll be providing updates here so stay tuned for course info, rider analysis and the low-down on the news from the mountains.
Round 1 | Lourdes, France | April 11-12
The season kicks off next week for the first round in Lourdes. It’s the first time this course has been featured in the DH World Cup rotation but has successfully hosted the French Cup in previous years. The Lourdes course is 600m of descent over 2.5km of technical downhill track, great for cutting the teeth of the riders in the 2015 season.
Round 2 | Fort William, Scotland | June 6-7
It’s going to be flat-out race to the bottom here where riders will fly down the face of one of the highest mountains in the UK, Aonach Mor. The 2.8km track in Fort William drops down 555m and is almost unrivalled with the technical sections. Look forward to gruelling sprints over heathland and a final pedal-tastic blast to the finish line.
Round 3 | Leogang, Austria | 13-14 June
The old favourite, Leogang Bike Park hosted the nail-biting climax of the 2013 World Cup, where we saw Stevie Smith take the overall victory on his Devinci Wilson. Riders will have to navigate through mud, rocks and roots on this tough route through the Austrian Alps during the 6 ~ minute descents!
Round 4 | Lenzerheide, Switzerland | 4-5 July
Next up is the other newcomer, Lenzerheide in Switzerland for the DH teams. We can look forward to seeing more events here over the next three years as the resort ramps up interest in the run-up to the World Championships which it will host in 2018.
Round 5 | Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada | 1-2 August
Wooded, rocky and technical, Mont-Sainte Anne is a force to be reckoned with. Our favourite Brit Rachel Atherton, overall 2013 winner, had a bad crash here in which cost her in the 4th Round; with Emmeline Ragot taking the gold and Manon Carpenter taking the silver.
Round 6 | Windham, USA | 8-9 August
Up in the state of New York in the Catskills Mountains, the course here descents 394m over 1.8km including a road gap! Shorter, faster and flowier than its neighbour Mont-Sainte Anne, where last year Josh Bryceland (aka Ratboy) took the men’s gold. There’ll be no room for error though, with tight tree lines and the infamous “Peaty’s Plunge” where British legend Steve Pete had a nasty crash in 2010.
Round 7 | Val di Sole, Italy | 22-23 August
Host to the 2008 and 2013 World Cups, Val di Sole in Italy is cited as the hardest downhill trail in recent years. The Atherton siblings Rachel and Gee secured the gold medals here in 2013, though the extremely difficult, rocky and technical descent leaves no room for error with some major crashes. Sam Hill famously lost his 2008 lead here after having a 6-second lead on Steve Peat!