The 2017 mountain bike season is fast approaching, don’t miss the key dates.
The 2017 mountain bike season is almost upon us with everything from the eye-catching Crankworx to the spills and thrills of the downhill and cross-country disciplines in the UCI World Cup.
Then there is the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme and, to cap another year on two wheels, Red Bull Rampage once more to bring the mountain bike calendar to a climax.
Here’s an extensive calendar of all you need to know for the season ahead…
25 March-2 April – Crankworx, Rotorua, New Zealand
Billed as ‘Gravity Down Under’, it is the first of four Crankworx events scheduled on the 2017 calendar.
29-30 April – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Lourdes, France (downhill)
The World Cup downhill season begins in Lourdes with the clock already ticking to the event.
20-21 May – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic (cross-country)
It was on this course last year that Annika Langvad was crowned world champion winning by over a minute while Nino Schurter edged out his chasers by just 17 seconds after nearly 90 minutes of racing.
27-28 May – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Albstadt, Germany (cross-country)
Olympic champion Schurter was victorious here a year ago during the best season of his career, in which he also won a fifth world title.
3-4 June – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William, Scotland (downhill)
Both Rachel Atherton and Greg Minnaar will be looking for a hat-trick of victories on the Scottish course 13 years on from Minnaar’s first win at the venue.
10-11 June – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Leogang, Austria (downhill)
Unsurprisingly, it was another win for Atherton here, the Briton clinching all seven World Cup races during the course of a dominant season.
14-18 June – Crankworx, Les Gets, France
This will be Crankworx’s sixth year in the Alps and the five-day festival will see everything from jaw-dropping rides to parties.
21-25 June – Crankworx, Innsbruck, Austria
The Crankworx riders this time get airborne in Austria with the penultimate round from some of the mountain bike elite.
1-2 July – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Vallnord, Andorra (cross-country/downhill)
The Andorran ski resort brought the curtain down on the 2016 World Cup but has been brought forward by two months from its previous September date.
8-9 July – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Lenzerheide, Switzerland (cross-country/downhill)
Schurter overcame coming unclipped from his pedals at the start to edge out rival Julien Absalon the year before.
18 July-10 August – Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme, Russia
An ultra-stage bicycle race, it sets off from Moscow and involves 14 stages in 24 days before reaching the finale in Vladivostok.
5-6 August – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada (cross-country/downhill)
Briton’s Danny Hart, known as the Redcar Rocket, won the men’s downhill while Absalon clinched the cross-country with Schurter absent as part of his Olympic preparations.
11-20 August – Crankworx/Red Bull Joyride, Whistler, Canada
Downhill, slopestyle and endure legends converge on the Canadian ski resort with a 10 day celebration of mountain biking
26-27 August – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Val di Sole, Italy (cross-country/downhill)
Both disciplines’ fields converge on Val di Sole for the World Cup Finals at the end of this summer.
5-10 September – UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Cairns, Australia (cross-country/downhill)
The four major defending champions in north Australia will be Schurter and Langvad in the cross-country, with British duo Hart and Atherton in the downhill.
24 September – Red Bull Hardline, Wales, UK
The world’s toughest timed downhill MTB course returns for its 4th year.
12-15 October – 4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival, Manali, India
The 4th Edition of Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival returns this year with more fun and action.
27 October – Red Bull Rampage, Utah, United States
The red rocks of Utah offer riders their stiffest test as freestylers, freeriders and downhillers purvey their best tricks.