It is the moment the MTB community has been gearing up for...the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup finally starts tomorrow.
The only World Cup stop on the calendar for this unprecedented year will be held in Nové Město, Czech Republic. A favourite amongst pro riders, the Nové Město track features both lung-busting, short, sharp climbs and then quick, technical descents that require plenty of power and smart tactics from each competitor.
Spectators are in store for some thrilling XC racing as riders will be competing in both XCC (short track) and XCO races across just six days. The battles for World Cup Number 1 spot will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and then for Number 2 on Friday and Sunday. With UCI world ranking points to play for in the races, the heats will also decide which riders are on the first line of the starting grid in the Olympic discipline.
Aussie’s Bec McConnell and Dan McConnell, Belgian Githa Michiels and the Russian Anton Sintsov will be competing in the World Cup for Primaflor-Mondraker-XSauce (PMX) team. Given Bec McConnell’s top three finish at the 2019 World Champs in Mont-Sainte-Anne, fans are eagerly anticipating her next move, and whether she will be stepping onto the Podium once again in 2020.
Riders will take part in four races over six days, the full schedule is below:
World Cup Number 1
- -29/9/2020 XCC Short Track Race 1 (Men & Women)
- -1/10/2020 Women's XCO Final 1
- -1/10/2020 Men's XCO Final 1
World Cup Number 2
- -2/10/2020 XCC Short Track 2 (Men & Women)
- -4/10/2020 Women's XCO Final 2
- -4/10/2020 Men's XCO Final 2
Join in the action by watching live on Red Bull TV. Broadcasting of the elite races, including the Short Track heats, will start each day at:
- -Tuesday 29 September - 16:30 CET
- -Thursday 1 October - 12:00 & 15:30 CET
- -Friday 2 October - 16:50 CET
- -Sunday 4 October - 11:30 & 15:00 CET
For live updates on the PMX racing team, follow them at @PMXRacingTeam on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. A race report will be shared at the end of the first XCO rounds on 1 October and then at the end of the World Cup on 4 October.
Find out more about the Primaflor-Mondraker-XSauce team at primaflormondraker.com.