MTB Eliminator: UCI World Cup expands in 2019

Feb 25, 2019, 13:46 PM

The 2019 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by citymountainbike.com gets underway next month with the first round of an expanded series that will include eight rounds spanning six months. Last year the UCI World Cup comprised seven rounds.

The eight rounds of the 2019 UCI World Cup will take place in eight different countries, underlining the continued expansion of the Eliminator discipline.

The first two events of the UCI World Cup will take place in new venues: Barcelona, Spain, on March 23rd, and Villard-de-Lans, France, on May 31st.

At the season opener in Barcelona, riders will confront a technical and competitive course containing natural obstacles. Two months later, on May 31st, they will meet up again in Villard-de-Lans, a mountain village that hosted the luge competitions at the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympics.

The World Cup will continue a week later with the only American round, in Columbus – which hosted the opening round in 2018 -, before returning to Europe to Volterra (Italy), Waregem (Belgium) – which returns to the World Cup calendar after a one-year absence -, Valkenswaard (the Netherlands), Winterberg (Germany) and Graz (Austria). Valkenswaard is also a new UCI World Cup venue: in 2018 the Dutch stopover was in Apeldoorn.

Mountain Bike Eliminator is a fast, dynamic, action-filled mountain bike format that sees four riders at a time race over a technical course featuring obstacles such as jumps, bridges and rock gardens. The first two from each race qualify through to the next round until four riders are left for the final. Courses are typically between 500m and 1km long, with racing lasting from 1m30 to 2 minutes.

Eliminator was part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano from 2012 to 2014. After a two-year hiatus, 2017 saw the launch of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by citymountaibike.com. The World Cup series has grown from six rounds the first year, to seven rounds in 2018 and eight rounds in 2019.

2019 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup presented by citymountainbike.com

March 23 - Barcelona (ESP)

May 31- Villard-de-Lans (FRA)

June 9 - Columbus/GA (USA)

June 15 - Volterra (ITA)

August 15 - Waregem (BEL)

August 18 -  Valkenswaard (NED)

September 15 - Winterberg (GER)

September 20 - Graz (AUT)