With the 2024 UCI MTB World Cup season approaching, here is all you need to know about this year’s Downhill World Cup – the calendar, the teams, how to watch and what’s changed.

There are 7 races, with the season kicking off on May 3rd in Fort William, Scotland. Bielsko-Biala in Poland is the only new venue.

The semifinals remain but are raced a day earlier on qualifying day. Junior races are back being held on Elite finals day.

You can watch Junior finals and Elite semifinals live and free on YouTube. Elite finals are only available on Eurosport and Discovery+ (but not on GCN+ anymore)

Race Calendar

2024 UCI Downhill World Cup Calendar

DateVenueCountry
May 03 - 05Fort WilliamUnited Kingdom
May 17 - 19Bielsko-BialaPoland
June 07 - 09LeogangAustria
June 14 - 16Val di Sole, TrentinoItaly
June 28 - July 07Haute-SavoieFrance
September 06 - 08LoudenvielleFrance
October 04 - 06Mont-Saint-AnneCanada

Fort William will provide a familiar, but surely rough introduction to the race season. Les Gets, Lourdes and Lenzerheide got dropped from the calendar.

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This will be the first-ever World Cup DH race in Poland on a brand new track that’s being built. So expect the Polish fans to get excited and loud trackside.

In Loudenvielle last year, riders had a chance to preview the track and put up their POV runs. Maybe there’s some kind of test event for that new track again ahead of the race.

How to watch

While the semifinal format remains, there have been changes to the overall scheduling of the race weekend.

Junior races will be held on the same day as the Elite races – not a day earlier like last year.

And Elite semifinals will be raced on qualifying day, a day before the finals runs. So no semis and finals back-to-back on the same day anymore for a marathon session in front of the TV.

Both the Semifinals and Junior races will be broadcast free live on YouTube and the UCI Mountain Bike World Series website. Also available live on Eurosport and Discovery+ live stream apps.

The Elite Finals are only broadcast live on paid networks Eurosport and Discovery+

2023 season recap to get you up to speed

Riders to watch

With such a deep field and quite the eventful off-season for many teams, here are some riders to watch as we can expect big things from them this year.

  • Vali Höll: Last year’s World Champ and Overall Champ is back on YT after her win streak on Trek.
  • Greg Minnaar: The GOAT is now with Norco after 17 years with the Santa Cruz Syndicate for his (assumed) final year of racing.
  • Jackson Goldstone: The young fan favorite got his first Elite wins last year and will be a title threat in only his second year at the top class.
  • Dakotah Norton: Now with Mondraker Factory Racing after a break-out 2023 season.
  • Thibeau Daprella: The likable balls-out rider and race winner is on completely new equipment with Canyon.
  • Champions Amaury Pierron and Mirjym Nicole are back after a full season out with injuries.
  • The Specialized trio Loic Bruni, Finn Iles and Jordan Williams is always a podium threat.
  • Reece Wilson and his unique line choices will be back after a series of injuries.
  • Aaron Gwin: Apart from the new team logo of Gwin Racing the dominant American’s plans are a puzzle so far.

As you can see there have been tons of team moves and rider updates over the off-season. Learn where everyone ended up, what’s changed and what stayed the same with this complete list of 2024 Downhill World Cup Teams.

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