World Cup & World
The World Cup season will have 10
stops this year, from March through
August, and be followed by the World
Championships in September. The first
six events will be split evenly between
cross-country and downhill races, while
the last four rounds will feature both
disciplines, yielding seven rounds of
competition for both downhill and
cross-country racers. Two new locations
have been added to the mix this year:
Stellenbosch, South Africa (the opening
event for cross-country), and Losinj,
Croatia (the opening event for downhill).
The biggest news this year is that
short-track races have been added to
the competitions and will be held the
day before the cross-country (XCO)
competitions at the World Cup events.
The short-track courses are planned to
be fast and flowy loops, 1 to 1.5 kilometers
long and taking two to three minutes per
lap. The courses will use the same start/
finish straights as the cross-country races.
The short-track races are planned to be 20
minutes long. The top 16 finishers in the
short-track races will win spots in the first
two rows of the cross-country lineup the
next day, which should guarantee a good
turnout for the new discipline.
Stellenbosch, South Africa, XCO
Lošinj, Croatia, DHI
Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, XCO
Albstadt, Germany, XCO
Fort William, Scotland, DHI
Leogang, Austria, DHI
Val di Sole, Italy, XCO/DHI
Vallnord, Andorra, XCO/DHI
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, XCO/DHI
La Bresse, France, XCO/DHI
Lenzerheide, Switzerland, UCI World
Mark your calendars: The 2018 World Cups will begin in March. The biggest
news is that short-track cross-country races have been added to the cross-country
events this year.
Photo by Jan Kasl/Red Bull Content Pool
Loic Bruni in Lenzerheide. Rachel Atherton.