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)
2024 UCI Downhill World Cup Calendar
|May 03 - 05
|May 17 - 19
|June 07 - 09
|June 14 - 16
|Val di Sole, Trentino
|June 28 - July 07
|September 06 - 08
|October 04 - 06
Fort William will provide a familiar, but surely rough introduction to the race season. Les Gets, Lourdes and Lenzerheide got dropped from the calendar.
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.
The Elite Finals are only broadcast live on paid networks Eurosport and Discovery+
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.
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.