Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Presented by Mercedes-Benz Return to Quebec
The Quebec Summer Events Corporation will host the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada for a third time. The 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz will begin on Wednesday, August 28th and conclude on Sunday, September 1st.
Featuring 700 elite athletes from 56 countries, the UCI World Championships are held only once a year in contrast to the UCI World Cup circuit, which features six to seven different international stops for each category of competition. And while the 375 World Cup athletes ride for their sponsors’ teams, the World Championship elite athletes are riding for their countries.
Another distinction between the two highly popular events is that while the UCI World Cup attracts approximately 30,000 visitors over the course of a full year, the UCI World Championships host 50,000 visitors over the span of just two weekends. This year marks the 30thanniversary of the UCI World Championships.
The UCI World Championships get underway on Wednesday, August 28 at 12:30 p.m. with the Cross-Country Team Relay. Each nation gets to choose a team of five athletes—three men (Elite, Under 23, and Junior) and two women (Elite and either Under 23 or Junior). Each athlete has to ride one lap of the cross-country course. Next up after the cross-country team relay event are the first-ever UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – E-MTB, with the men’s race at 2:15 p.m. paving the way for the women’s start at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 29, is time for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cross-Country Olympic, with the Women Junior athletes hitting the start line at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Men Junior athletes at 3:00 p.m. The Men Under 23 take the course Friday, August 30, at 3:30 p.m. A jam-packed Labor Day weekend for riders and spectators begins Saturday, August 31, at 10:00 a.m. with the Cross-country Olympic Women Under 23 race.At 12:15 p.m., the Elite Women will be vying for the prestigious rainbow jersey followed by the Elite Men at 2:45 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, is the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill. A long-standing favorite for riders on the world tour, the 3-kilometre downhill course is legendary. First out of the starting gate are the Junior Women at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Junior Men. The Elite Women take to the course at 1:00 p.m. and the Elite Men take to the downhill starting at 2:00 p.m. All eyes will be on reigning UCI World Champion and current leader in the UCI World Cup rankings Loïc Bruni (FRA) to see if he can take the gold at Mont-Sainte-Anne again in a repeat of his 2018 performance.
IF YOU GO
TheVélirium websitestates that Quebec City’s Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB) is served by more than 300 flights per week from Europe and North and South America. Vélirium is an international mountain bike festival that has provided the forum for the UCI World Cup—as well as a multitude of amateur races and sporting and cultural events for the whole family—since 2003.
Convenient travel by bike, bus or train is also available. Comfortable and scenic lodging optionsin the area including hotels, chalets, condos, homes for rent and campsites are plentiful. Located 40 minutes from Quebec City and 3.5 hours from Montréal, the Mont-Sainte-Anne’ssite will observe regular access fees until August 27 posted HERE. From 8/28 to 9/1/19 a $25 parking fee/car will be added.
The entire event has a huge entertainment and party atmosphere featuring live musical performances from artists such as Geoffroy, Valaire, Matt Lang, and DJ Grandtheft. Visitors can look forward to discovering the family-friendly Expo Village, where they’ll get to meet bike industry insiders and exhibitors. A selection of food trucks and plenty of gourmet grab-and-go meal options and coffee will also be available.