When UCI Mountain Bike World Championships return to Mont-Sainte-Anne this August it will be a record-setting third time the Quebec venue has hosted the event. The three-peat won’t be the only reason 2019 world championships hits the record books, though.
Mont-Sainte-Anne will be the first ever venue for UCI Electric Mountain Bike (eMTB) World Championships. The eMTB event is part of the opening day of racing on Wedensday, August 28.
“We are incredibly proud to have been chosen to present this ground-breaking event and we’re stoked to be in a front-row seat as this emerging sport plays out on the international stage,” said Chantal Lachance, Vice-President of Production and Marketing for Gestev, the organizers of Mont-Sainte-Anne world championships. “It’s a huge vote of confidence for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to ask us to organize these inaugural World Championships. Thirty years ago, we were thrilled to be some of the pioneers of mountain biking in North America, so you can imagine how excited we are to be showcasing this new side of the sport here on our home trails!”
A world premier and a brand new course
When eMTB makes its debut at Mont-Sainte-Anne this August, the newest world championship event will have its own dedicated race course. The 5.6-kilometre course shares the same start-finish line as the cross country (XCO) course and shares some common features, but will primarily be held on a new, separate course.
The race will be 1h30 to 2h in duration. Men’s eMTB champs start at 2:15 PM, Aug. 28, 2019. Women’s racing starts at 4:30 PM the same day.
Cycling Canada team selection: eMTB world championships
As the inaugural world championships, and since there is not yet a Canadian eMTB national championship event, selection for eMTB world championships will be different than selection for the unassisted world championships.
Riders require a valid UCI race license to compete but, with a lack of qualifying events to narrow down the field, selection is more open than you might think. If you’re interested, the selection document and UCI bike and license requirements are included at the bottom of this page.
Riders have until July 28, 2019 to apply for a spot on the Canadian eMTB world championships team. Cycling Canada will reveal the athletes participating in the event on August 1, 2019.
Cycling Canada’s selection document for the first ever eMTB world championships can be found here, as well as at the bottom of this page.
The UCI document with the athlete rules, equipment regulations, event schedule, and relevant details is listed below. It can also be viewed here.