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Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Championships - Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Championships - Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

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.


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.

EWS Rd 6 - CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro

EWS Rd 6 - CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro

How qualifying works

What is the EWS Continental Series ?

Introduced in 2018, the new Continental Series is a stepping stone between Qualifier events and World Series events. These new Continental Series events allow up and coming riders to compete in existing events closer to home and the chance to win a completely new Championship title; North American, European or Asia-Pacific Enduro Champion.

Continental Series races also feed into a new Global EWS points structure, allowing EWS members secure a place on the EWS Reserved Entry List and/or a spot on the Trophy of Nations National Teams.  
The top 3 riders of every official EWS category at every EWS Continental event will also automatically secure a spot on the Reserved List.

Only EWS members are eligible to earn Continental Series points and EWS Global Rankings points - or to get a podium finisher's spot on the Reserved List.

View the full 2019 calendar here . Event entry is available directly through the individual organizers.   

What is the EWS Qualifier series?                   

The Qualifier Series has been designed to allow riders to enter official Qualifier Events around the world and collect EWS Global Ranking points, earning them a place on the EWS Reserved Entry List and/or a spot on the Trophy of Nations National Teams. 
The winner of each official EWS category in every EWS Qualifier event will also automatically secure a spot on th Reserved List. 

Only EWS members are eligible to earn EWS Global Rankings points or to get a winner's spot on the Reserved List.

View the full 2019 calendar here . Event entry is available directly through the individual organizers.   

Ranking Points   

Riders must be EWS members in order to be eligible to collect EWS Global Ranking ranking points. 
Riders MUST have the membership before the race – points will not be assigned retroactively. 

The EWS only has 6 official categories. As the various EWS Continental and Qualifier Series events do not all use these 6 official categories, EWS Continental and Qualifier Series ranking points are assigned as follows. Riders are sorted into one of the following categories based on their year of birth. Riders with an EWS membership are assigned ranking points for their finish position within that group.

Men U21 (1999-2002)
Men Master 40+ (1979+)
Women U21 (1999-2002)
Women Master 35+ (1984+)

Riders who are in the final year of the U21 category will race and collect points in that category.  If they secure a spot on the Reserved List, they just select their new age category when they sign up for an EWS race(s) the following season.   Same for riders moving up to Masters.

Full points tables are available to view in the Rule Book.

What is the Reserved List?

The Reserved Entry List is comprised of top ranked EWS members from the 2019 EWS Global Rankings (including points from the Enduro World Series, EWS100 races, EWS80 races, EWS Continental Series and EWS Qualfier events)

300 Men
75 Women
100 U21 Men
20 U21 Women
75 Master 40+ Men
20 Master 35+ Women

The Reserved Entry List will also include the following riders (providing the rider is an EWS member at the time of the race)
– Top 5 U21 at every 2019 EWS event
– Top 5 Masters at every 2019 EWS event
– Top 3 riders of every official EWS category at every 2019 EWS Continental event
– Winner of each official EWS category in every 2019 EWS Qualifier event

Reserved List riders will be eligible to sign up for any of the 8 rounds of the 2020 Enduro World Series during the Reserved Entry period (December 2019).  

Glacier 360

Glacier 360

Glacier 360 is a 300 km ride around Langjökull Glacier in Iceland. You start at Geysir geothermal area and finish off at Gullfoss waterfall. We race in four stages, one stage for each day of the race. 

It all comes down to dealing with long distances in the rough but majestic Icelandic highlands. For this challenge you can expect anything and everything to happen, weather and conditions can vary from one minute to the other and unforeseen situations are a part of the challenge. 

The terrain is diverse, you'll find it all, smooth and a bit rugged gravel roads, flowy and fun turns, a few steep climbs, easygoing dirt single tracks and rivers to cross (not on bridges but with support).



Get race ready. Today the pre-race meeting and expo will be held in Reykjavik. Riders are required to show up for the meeting as well as they will be able to pick up their documents, meet & greet other riders and race crew.

Straight after the meeting we will have start Stage One: Urban Forest Prologue, a 4,3 km long prologue in Öskjuhlíð which is in riding distance from the pre-race meeting.

Please note that there'll also be a mechanical tent during the race with spare parts, etc. where you can service your bike or have it serviced for you. More info on the service and service order available here

For those choosing to do the indoor plus package we'll provide a transport this afternoon to Laugarvatn which is only 20 minutes drive from the start point. The package will include accommodation, dinner and access to the Laugarvatn Fontana pool and natural saunas. We'll take care of riders, bikes, meals and whatnot.


Let the games begin. Today we start the race next to the famous Strokkur hot spring at Geysir geothermal area. Riders in our camp and indoor packages will get transport included from Reykjavik or Laugarvatn to the start point.

The race today is through a mix of fire and ice. The track follows the contour of the south side of Langjökull glacier, the second biggest glacier in Iceland. Racing over pitch black volcanic sands and gravel through lava and vast open volcanic deserts with the immense glacier on your right hand side.

The views are incredible, like being on the moon, that is to say if the moon had glacier capped volcanoes.

The Black and White Miles end in the green as the stage ends in the lush glacier valley of Húsafell on the west side of the glacier. 

Húsafell and surroundings offers many creature comforts, including a geothermally heated swimming pool and hot tubs. For those joining our all inclusive packages we've included accommodation in Húsafell and free access to the local swimming pool, dinner at the bistro and other comfort in our camp.


The second day of the race is the most gruelling. Sweat, suffering and surreal beauty at high latitudes is on the menu today.

Today riders will expose themselves to the highlands riding on the North side of the Langjökull glacier. Today there'll be unbridged rivers to cross on the highlands of Arnarvatnsheiði, lakes to many to count and again the glacier on your right hand side (this is the Glacier 360°).

The WaterWorld Climb ends at the highest point of the race, in the dead centre of the Icelandic highlands at Hveravellir "oasis". Oasis being a rather loose term for a highland refuge formed around a hot spring on the oldest coast-to-coast road in Iceland, the Kjölur road.

Tonight will be spent at Hveravellir highland center. You are basically in the highlands so no luxury should be expected but the place has it's charm. We'll keep presenting good food and you'll be able to warm up in a natural geothermal pool.


On the last day of the race we'll race from Hveravellir highland center all the way to Gullfoss waterfall. The trail starts along an old highland road into Thjofadalir valley which is nested underneath the glacier. Dropping into the valley is a magnificent sight, the glacier your direct line of sight. 

The valley is lush and riders will follow an abandoned dirt path which has only been treaded by horses and hikers for many years. Along this trail are a few rocky sections which riders will have to do their best to manoeuvre over and around, selecting the quickest way to pass it.

Riders will ride the trail for approximately 20 km before again reaching a gravel road which will slowly descend and follow Hvítá river all the way to the Gullfoss waterfall where the race will finish. 

At race finish riders in our packages will get a shuttle transport to Úthlíð where we'll host a celebration and award ceremony. It's about 15 minutes drive from the race finish line. There you'll be able to access your luggage and soak in one of the place's hot pots. At location we will have BBQ, beer and beverages. Once the award ceremony's finished we'll offer transfer back to Reykjavik for all participants with transport included. 


For riders in the indoor plus package the first night available is spent only a few kilometers from where we take of by Geysir. The village, Laugarvatn has a nice bathing area with warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. It's perfect to relax for the first stage. 

The night at the end of stage one will be spent in one of the most popular vacation areas in Iceland. It also has a very nice pool which participants will have private access to.

The night at the end of stage two will be all about the adventure. We'll spend it in the Icelandic highland area, Hveravellir. It is magical but basic, with a natural geothermal pool and very basic dressing rooms.


Included in the entry fee are drinks and snacks at minimum one and maximum three drink stations during the day and a post race meal. For those joining the all inclusive packages we'll provide three meals per day and all soft drinks and snacks. Meals are breakfast, daily post-race meal and dinner. Snacks will be available at all times on location. 


For all inclusive packages (Camp, Indoor and Indoor Plus) transport to and from Reykjavik is included.