2018 World Cup & World Championship Calendar

2017 World Cup series champion and UCI World Champion, Nino Schurter, Nove Mesto, 2017. Photo by Armin Kuestenbrueck

2018 World Cup & World Championship Calendar

The World Cup season will have 10 stops in 2018, 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 for 2018 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, 1km to 1.5km long, 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.

March 7-10: Stellenbosch, South Africa, XCO
April 21-22: Lošinj, Croatia, DHI
May 19-20: Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, XCO
May 26-27: Albstadt, Germany, XCO
June 2-3: Fort William, Scotland, DHI
June 9-10: Leogang, Austria, DHI
July 7-8: Val di Sole, Italy, XCO/DHI
July 14-15: Vallnord, Andorra, XCO/DHI
August 11-12: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, XCO/DHI
August 25-26: La Bresse, France, XCO/DHI
September 4-9: Lenzerheide, Switz., UCI World Championships, XCO/XCR/DHI





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