How to watch the XCO World Championships 2023

Mountain bike 12/08/23 07:32 Migue A.

The spectacular Glasgow MTB World Championships starts today. First it will be the turn of the Downhill and Marathon events, while for the XCC and XCO we will have to wait until next week. The precious rainbow jersey will bring together such important names as Schurter, Van der Poel, Pidcock or Valero in the fight for the metals.

How to watch the XCO World Championships 2023

Eurosport will offer almost all categories of the Glasgow World Championships. To understand the scale of the event, the MTB World Championships will be shown in almost 80 countries around the world.

  • 5 August - DH Elite World Championships
  • 6 August - XCM Elite World Championship
  • 8 August - XCC World Championship Qualification - SUSPENDED
  • 9 Aug - Team Relay World Championships
  • 9 August - eMTB XCO World Championships
  • 10 August - XCC Elite World Championships 
  • 11 August - XCO Under 23 World Championship - 11:30
  • 12 August - XCO Women's World Championships Elite
  • 12 August - XCO World Championships Men Elite 15:30 WATCH ON EUROSPORT

MTB World Championships 2023 calendar: days and races

The MTB World Championships is the most anticipated event of the season. The innovative format that the UCI this year -once days of competition in the World Championships will concentrate on the World Championships of all cyclist disciplines- will spread anything less than 190 rainbow jerseys.

In this article we focus on the MTB races, which will start on Thursday, August 3rd and will last until next Saturday, August 12th. Below we bring you in detail the schedules of the races, although the organization warns that these are still subject to possible changes.

First of all, the World Downhill Championship will be held from August 3rd to 5th.

World Championships - Downhill Date Time (BST)
Women Junior Qualifying August 3rd - Thursday 16:30
Men Junior Qualifying August 3rd - Thursday 17:00
Women Elite Qualifying August 4th - Friday 12:00
Men Elite Qualifying August 4th - Friday 12:30
Women Junior Finals August 4th - Friday 14:30
Men Junior Finals August 4th - Friday 15:30
Women Elite Finals August 5th - Saturday 12:30
Men Elite Finals August 5th - Saturday 14:00

On the other hand, the rest of the World Championships will take place from August 6th to August 12th.

World Championships - XCM, XCC, E-MTB and XCO Date Time (BST)
XCM Men Elite August 6th - Sunday 9:00
XCM Women Elite August 6th - Sunday 9:30
XCC Women Elite - Qualifying 1 August 8th - Tuesday 10:15
XCC Women Elite - Qualifying 2 August 8th - Tuesday 10:15
XCC Men Elite - Qualifying 1 August 8th - Tuesday 11:30
XCC Men Elite - Qualifying 2 August 8th - Tuesday 11:30
Team Mixed Relay August 9th - Wednesday 12:30
E-MTB Cross Country Women August 9th - Wednesday 15:00
E-MTB Cross Country Men August 9th - Wednesday 16:30
XCO Women Junior August 10th - Thursday 12:00
XCO Men Junior August 10th - Thursday 14:00
XCC Finals Men Elite August 10th - Thursday 17:45
XCC Finals Women Elite August 10th - Thursday 18:30
XCO U23 Men August 11th - Friday 11:30
XCO U23 Women August 11th - Friday 15:30
XCO Women Elite August 12th - Saturday 11:30
XCO Men Elite August 12th - Saturday 15:30

How to watch the MTB World Championships 2023

Eurosport will offer all the categories of the Glasgow World Championships, although at the moment it is not known if it will be through any of its channels or if it will be through the application.

To understand the magnitude of the event, the MTB World Championships will be available in almost 80 countries around the world.

Schurter, Van der Poel, Pidcock, Sagan, Valero... stars meet in Glasgow

The XCO races will be held in Glentress Forest, in Tweed Valley, a town located in the south of Scotland, about 108 kilometers from Glasgow. A few days ago we found out what the circuit will be like for the riders, who will undoubtedly have to be very well tuned to overcome the technical areas, which will include jumps and rockgarden.

As expected, the best riders in the world will be fighting for the rainbow jersey that accredits them as World Champions. The list of participants shows a close fight between several top riders, all of them with a chance to take the victory.

The teams in the top 10 of the ranking will have 7 representatives: Switzerland (will have 8 due to having the current World Champion), France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic and Canada. In addition, the United Kingdom will also be present with seven riders because it is the host.

Nino Schurter is by definition the rival to beat. The Swiss signed his tenth rainbow jersey last year and this season became the rider with the most World Cup victories. At 37, he is still one of the fittest riders in the sport, with an enviable track record and still with enough legs to achieve another great result.

The rivals that a priori could make things more complicated for him are Tom Pidcock and Mathieu Van der Poel. Both riders have just raced in the Tour de France and especially the Dutchman has not competed in the mountains for a long time. Undoubtedly, the little preparation they may have done may play against them, but they are such proven riders that despite this drawback they are among the favorites.

David Valero, current world runner-up, should be in the fight for a place in the top positions of the table. The rider from Baza is the safest bet of a Spanish National Team that also counts with David Campos -flaming XCC European Champion-, Jofre Cullel and Pablo Rodríguez.

In addition, other riders called to do well will also be present, such as Peter Sagan, Vader, Sarrou, Schwarzbauer, Gaze, Flückiger, Dascalu -current XCO European Champion-, Hatherly or Braidot.

On the other hand, the sad absence of Magnus White, 17 years old, who was run over while training, is to be regretted.

As for the women's category, the fight is even more open. Predictions are always difficult when there are so many rivals capable of winning the rainbow jersey, among which stand out: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Puck Pieterse -one of the sensations of the season-, Laura Stigger, Mona Mitterwallner, Anne Terpstra, Jolanda Neff, Alessandra Keller -number 1 in the ranking- and Evie Richards.



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