Now that we’re finally getting back to some semblance of normality after the past couple of years, the race calendar is jam-packed with exciting stuff to look forward to. Whether you’re an avid spectator, a die-hard competitor or you like to dip your toe into both pools, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.


Along with the well-known classics – including the Megavalanche, Ard Rock Enduro and Tweedlove – the British National Series dates are out, which will showcase the best homegrown talent, and the UCI schedule has had a shake-up, with Discovery taking over the broadcasting rights. Red Bull are still heading up some big-hitting mountain bike events, though, and legendary mountain biker and commentator Rob Warner will hopefully still be gracing us with his on-mic magic.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot at the XCO World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Red Bull Content Pool

This season, the Enduro World Series (EWS) becomes the UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup (EDR). All races will be one-dayers and a new points system will be introduced. E-bike enduro (EDR-E) has also been given a revamp with World Cup status and will follow the same format, but with additional technical climbs. As with the EWS, amateur races will run alongside some of the EDR events throughout the year, giving anyone the opportunity to take on these world-class tracks and cheer on the pros. It remains to be seen exactly how the new format will work, but it’s sure to provide us with some entertaining racing from the best riders in the world.

In other news, semi-finals will be introduced at the Downhill World Cup rounds, with just the top-30 men and top-10 women going through to the final. Cross-country Marathon (XCM) will gain World Cup status, too, and XC Short Track races will include under-23 categories for the first time. With all these changes, we’re keen for it all to kick off and to see how it plays out.

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Loic Bruni at the 2023 DH World Championships in Les Gets, France. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Red Bull Content Pool

We’ve compiled the main events into an easy-to-digest format, so get them in your diary and let’s get psyched for the race season!

2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar

EDR #1
25-26 March – Maydena, Tasmania

EDR #2
1-2 April – Derby, Tasmania

XCO #1, XCC #1, XCM #1
12-14 May – Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic

EDR #3, EDR-E #1, XCM #2
3-4 June – Finale Ligure, Italy

XCO #2, XCC #2, DHI #1
9-11 June – Lenzerheide, Switzerland

XCO #3, XCC #3, DHI #2, EDR #4, EDR-E #2
15-18 June – Leogang, Austria

EDR #5, EDR-E #3
24-25 June – Val di Fassa Trentino, Italy

XCO #4, XCC #4, DHI #3
30 June - 2 July – Val di Sole Trentino, Italy

XCO #5, XCC #5, DHI #4
23-27 August – Pal Arinsal, Andorra

DHI #5, EDR #6, EDR-E #4
1-3 September – Loudenvielle, France

XCO #6, XCC #6, XCM #3, DHI #6, EDR #7, EDR-E #5
7-17 September – Les Gets, France

XCO #7, XCC #7, XCM #4, DHI #7
28 September - 1 October – Snowshoe, USA

XCO #8, XCC #8, DHI #8
6-8 October – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada

Key: EDR-Enduro, EDR-E-E Bike Enduro, XCO-Cross Country Olympic, XCC-Cross Country Short Track, XCM-Cross Country Marathon, DHI-Downhill

2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Downhill (DHI)
3-5 August – Fort William, Scotland

Cross Country Marathon (XCM)
6 August – Glentress, Scotland

Cross Country Short Track (XCC)
8 and 10 August – Glentress, Scotland

E-MTB Cross Country
9 August – Glentress, Scotland

Cross Country Team Relay
9 August – Glentress, Scotland

Cross Country Olympic (XCO)
10-12 August – Glentress, Scotland

2023 British Mountain Bike National Championships

Cross Country Marathon (XCM)
8-9 July – Pippingford, Sussex

Cross Country Short Track (XCC)
21 July – Tong, Bradford

Cross Country Olympic (XCO)
22-23 July – Tong, Bradford

Downhill (DHI)
22-23 July – Rhyd-y-Felin, Wales

Four Cross (4X)
27 August – Malvern Hills Classic, Herefordshire

2023 Crankworx World Series

Rotorua, New Zealand
18-26 March

Cairns, Australia
17-21 May

Innsbruck, Austria
21-25 June

Whistler, Canada
21-30 July

MBUK’S Top Picks

15 April – Nevis Range, Scotland

Tweedlove Festival
29-30 April – Tweed Valley, Scotland


3-9 July – Alpe d’Huez, France

Red Bull Hardline
15-16 July – Dyfi Valley, Wales

Ard Rock Enduro
21-23 July – Yorkshire Dales, England

Malvern Hills Classic
24-27 August – Malvern, England

Naughty Northumbrian
24-27 August – Malvern, England

Big Hitters TBC

Red Bull Rampage - 15-16 July - Dyfi Valley, Wales

Red Bull Formation


Red Bull District Ride

Robin Goomes at Redbull Formation
Robin Goomes sends a sui into the snake pit at Red Bull Formation. Photo: Emily Tidwell Redbull content pool