Pedro Burns rides a man-made wooden wallride at Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo 2021 in Bogota, Colombia on February 6, 2021.
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The most exciting mountain bike events in 2023

Mark these dates in your calendar – you won't want to miss these exhilarating mountain bike events happening across the world in 2023.
Written by James McKnight / Red Bull Sweden
5 min readUpdated on
Here are 12 absolute must-see mountain bike events for 2023. Follow them online, on live feeds and broadcasts, or, better still, get yourself out to one of them and witness the wildness for real.
01

Red Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo

9 min

Top 3 runs

Relive the runs from winners Johannes Fischbach (third), Tomáš Slavik (second) and Pedro Ferreira (first).

English

  • Where: Valparaíso, Chile
  • When: February 12
February in South America can only mean one thing for mountain bike fans and that is some urban downhill action in narrow city streets across the continent. The UNESCO World Heritage sea port city of Valparaiso is the daddy of these events and has been hosting urban downhill races in some form since 2003. Valparaíso sees riders rattling over rooftops, riding down staircases and navigating man-made obstacles as they make their way down to a finish area in the city centre.
02

Crankworx Rotorua, New Zealand

52 min

Recap show – Rotorua

Watch the full recap from the final stop of the world's biggest MTB festival, Crankworx.

English

  • Where: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • When: March 18-26
The Crankworx World Tour has been an ever present in a mountain bike season for as long as we care to remember, and in 2022, festival stops are due in Innsbruck, Rotorua, Cairns and Whistler. Rotorua returns to its traditional place as the first stop of the Crankworx World Tour season following its move from March to November in 2021.
03

UCI MTB Cross-Country World Cup opener in the Czech Republic

Evie Richards at the front of the pack at UCI MTB XCC World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic, on May 13, 2022.

Evie Richards at the front of the pack at Nové Město 2022

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  • Where: Nové Město, Czech Republic
  • When: May 12-14
It will be the cross-country athletes that will be dipping their toes in first for the start of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup season. Nové Město has been an ever-present location on the World Cup since 2012 and regularly produces tight racing that goes right down to the wire.
04

Crankworx Cairns

52 min

Recap show – Cairns

Watch the full recap from the third stop of the world's biggest MTB festival: the Crankworx World Tour.

English

  • Where: Cairns, Australia
  • When: May 17-21
Cairns made its debut as a Crankworx World Tour stop in 2022 and it returns for 2023. Like Rotorua, Cairns makes a move from being an event that take place in the last quarter of the year to earlier in the year. Cairns features everything you expect about from a Crankworx festival but make it tropical. There's a full programme of competitions and contests including downhill, speed for & style, dual slalom and slopestyle.
05

UCI MTB Downhill World Cup opener in Switzerland

Jackson Goldstone racing the 2022 UCI Mercedes-Benz Downhill World Cup in Lenzerheide on July 7th.

Jackson Goldstone underneath the Lenzerheide sun

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  • Where: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
  • When: June 10
The Mercedes-Benz Downhill UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has a relatively late start to its competition with Lenzerheide hosting the opening round for the first time.
06

Crankworx Innsbruck

52 min

Recap show – Innsbruck

Watch the full recap from the first stop of the world's biggest mountain bike festival at Crankworx Innsbruck.

English

  • Where: Innsbruck, Austria
  • When: June 21-25
Firmly established as the regular and only European location for the Crankworx World Tour. There'll be a lot to pack into five days of competition, so expect the action to come thick and fast in Austria.
07

Åre Bike Festival

1 min

Whip It Good is one of Åre Bike Festival's highlights.

  • Where: Åre, Sweden
  • When: July, 5-9th
A highlight for Scandinavian MTB fans - the Åre Bike Festival is one of the biggest gravity-oriented bike events in the Nordic countries. For five days in July, MTB riders from all over Sweden come together for a week full of bike races, cool events, trail rides and chilled-out laps in the park. If you're into two wheels, fun events and good times, Åre Bike Festival is a must-do!
08

Crankworx Whistler

52 min

All the highlights from Whistler

Catch up with everything that went down at Whistler in the slalom, pump track, downhill and slopestyle events.

  • Where: Whistler, Canada
  • When: July 21-30
There's not long to wait for the next Crankworx event with Crankworx Whistler coming only just a month after Innsbruck. Whistler will be the finale of the Crankworx World Tour season and where the King and Queen of Crankworx will be crowned.
09

Red Bull Hardline

Gee Atherton performs at the Red Bull Hardline in Dinas Mawddwy, United Kingdom on September 14, 2019.

Red Bull Hardline is one of the most exciting events on the MTB calendar

© Sven Martin/Red Bull Content Pool

  • Where: Wales, UK
  • When: TBC
In what has now become an annual test of big downhill riding skill and nerve, a selection of the world’s most talented mountain bike athletes will take to this challenging succession of monster jumps, boulder drops, technical puzzles and unrelenting weather in Wales in the United Kingdom.
10

Mountain Bike World Championships

Evie Richards seen at UCI XCO World Championships in in Val di Sole, Italy on August 28, 2021.

The famous rainbow stripes jersey of a mountain bike World Champion

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  • Where: Various locations around Scotland
  • When: August 4-12
For the 2023 World Championships the downhillers and cross-country riders will head to Scotland as part a schedule of events that sees World Championships medals across road cycling, BMX, MTB, Trials and track cycling decided over 11-days. The downhillers will race in Fort William while the cross country athletes wll race Cross-Country Olympic, Cross-Country Olympic Relay, Short Track Cross-Country and E-MTB in the Glentress Forest area that is just south of the capital Edinburgh.
11

UCI MTB Downhill and Cross-Country World Cup finale

Finn Iles seen finishing his race at UCI DH World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 6, 2022

Mont-Sainte-Anne last held the final round of the World Cup in 2001

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  • Where: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
  • When: October 6-8
The hosting of the finale of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season this year falls to Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada. Overall titles will be up for grabs in downhill and cross-country for both the men's and women's categories, so expect racing to be nerve-filled, tense and full of adrenaline in the mountains just north of Quebec City.
12

Red Bull Rampage

2 min

Winning run

Canada's Brett Rheeder made more MTB history with a huge run to win at Red Bull Rampage 2022.

English

  • Where: Utah, USA
  • When: TBC
The event to top them all is the inimitable Rampage. Do we need to tell you anything else? Expect hucks, spins, flips and sport-defining progression played out on the dusty Utah mountains.
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