Derek Zandstra at the 2016 Mount-Sainte-Anne World Cup

With the exciting start to cross-country racing World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa over the weekend, you might be wondering when your next chance to race XC is. Sure, there’s still snow on the ground across much of Canada, but watching the world’s best flying around all those dry, dusty trails is enough to make anyone dream of racing closer to home. Plus, it’s never too early to start planning your racing season, right?

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To help you find the race series closest to you, all the provincial and regional series calendars currently available have been collected into this surprisingly long list below. The list includes XCO and XC Marathon events only. No stage races, enduro or downhill events have been added. If any events are missing, add details (and a link, ideally) in the comments below. Some event dates are still tentative, so make sure you check with the organizers website before setting your summer plans in stone. And make sure to check with organizers for any licensing requirements that may exist.

Alberta

Alberta Cup
May 6 – Coulee Cruiser (AB Cup #1) – Lethbridge
June 2 – Mountain Maiden XC (AB Cup #2) – Canmore
July 7 – Dawn Of The Tread (AB Cup #3) – Edmonton
July 19-22 – Alberta Summer Games MTB Grande Prarie
August 4-5, – XC – Battle of The Border Fernie,BC
Sept. 1 – Fluffy Bunny XCO Provincial Championships – AB Cup #4 Bragg Creek

Alberta XC Marathon
May 27 – Hardcore Royal River Valley Rumble V Edmonton
June 3 – Deadgoat Giver6ER Canmore, Alta.
Sept. 2 – Fluffy Bunny XCM Provincial Championships – Bragg Creek

Alberta Trailblazers youth racing program calendar

Ontario

2018 Ontario -Cup (O-Cup)
April 22 – O-Cup #1 – Mansfield Outdoor Center
May 6 – O-Cup #2 – Woodnewton, Uxbridge
June 10 – Canada Cup #4 / O-Cup #3 – Horseshoe Resort
June 17 – Canada Cup #5 / O-Cup #4 – Hardwood Ski and Bike
July 8 – O-Cup #5 – Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride (Haliburton, Ont.)
July 28 – O-Cup #6 – Albion Enduro-O-Cup
Aug. 26 – O-Cup #7 – Kelso Conservation Area

Canondale XCM Series
April 12 – H2i XCM #1 – Dufferin County Forest
May 19 – Long Sock Classic XCM #2 – Ganaraska Forest
Sept. 1 – Kingston Trophy XCM #3 – MTB Kingston
Sept. 29 – Hubmler XCM #4 – Northumberland County Forest

Quebec

2018 Coupe du Quebec XCO / XCC
May 20 – Coupe Canada Cup / Coupe du Quebec #1 – XCO – Baie-St-Paul
May 21 – Coupe Canada Cup / Coupe du Quebec #2 – XCC – Baie-St-Paul
May 26 – Coupe Canada Cup / Coupe du Quebec #3 – XCO – Mont Tremblant
June 30 – Coupe du Quebec #4 – XCO – Sherbrooke
July 1 – Coupe du Quebec #5 – XCC – Sherbrooke
July 14 – Coupe du Quebec #6 – XCO – Sait-Félicien
July 15 – Coupe du Quebec #7 – XCC – Sait-Félicien
Aug. 18 – Coupe du Quebec #8 / Quebec Provincial Championships – XCO – Charlesbourg
Aug. 19 – Coupe du Quebec #9 – XCO – Charlesbourg

British Columbia

BC Premier XCO Series
April 1 – XCO #1 / Canada Cup #1 – Bear Mountain, Victoria
April 22 – XCO #2 – JunkYard Dog, Surrey
May 5 – XCO #3 – Coaster 50, Sechelt
June 23 – XCO #4 / Canada Cup – Whistler

BC Premier XCM Series
May 5 – XCM #1 – Coaster 50, Sechelt
May 12 – XCM #2 – Vedder Mountain Classic, Fraser Valley
May 26 – XCM #3 – Nimby Fifty, Pemberton
June 16 – XCM #4 – Sp’akw’us 50, Squamish
July 8 – XCM #5 – Stomp Classic, Kamloops

Island Cup (Vancouver Island, BC)
April 8, Cobble Hill XC
April 15 – Cumberland XC
May 12 – Hammerfest XC
May 27 – Nanaimo XC
June 3 – Coal Town Classic XCM – Cumberland
June 17 – Snowden XC – Campbell River
June 23 – 12 Hours of Cumberland
July 15 – Island Cup XC Finals – Victoria

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Provincial Series
May 13 – MTB #1- ORS Wascana Trails
May 27 – MTB #2- EQC Granny’s Oak Twister
June 2 – MTB #3- Pine Needle Classic MTB Race, Rock N’ Road
June 10 – MTB #4- Moose Jaw Pavers Buffalo Pounder
Aug. 26 – MTB #5- Black Strap Provincials, NBR/BCW

Manitoba

Manitoba Cup
April 29 – MTB-Cup Series #1 – Falcon Trails
May 12 – MTB-Cup Series #2 – Bison Butte
May 27 – MTB-Cup Series #3 – Grand Beach
June 10 – MTB-Cup Series #4 – Birch
June 17 – MTB-Cup Series #5 – Morden
June 24 – Provincial XC Championships – Sandilands

Maritime Provinces

Nova Scotia (Tentative)
May 20 – Victoria’s Secret
June 3 – Keppoch Epic
June 24 – Swashbuckler (tentative)
July 8 – Miller Epic
July 15 – Grey Mountain
July 29 – Empire Trails
Aug 4-5 – Canada Cup – Kentville

New Brunswick
May 27 – XCO – MBSC – Siant-Anselme Park, Dieppe
June 17 – XCM – Coal Miners Lung, Minto
July 8 – XCO – White Rock, Hillsborough
July 15 – XCM – Petit Sault X-Trail, Edmundston
July 21-22 – XCO – Adrenaline Festival, Campbellton
July 28-29 – XCO/XCE – Herin Cove Cross, Campobello Island
Aug. 11 – XCO – Velo Edmunston, Edmunston
Aug. 19 – XCO – Rockwood Park, Saint John, N.B.
Aug. 26 – XCM – Woolastook 4, Fredericton
Sept. 16 – XCM – 4h of French Fort Cove, Miramichi
Oct. 6 – XCM – Tour of Elgin, Elgin

P.E.I. – CPEI Citizen Series

May 27 – CPEI Citizen Series #1 – Riverside Ripper, East Royalty
June 17 – CPEI Citizen Series #2 – Gairloch
July 8 – CPEI Citizen Series #3 – Tour de Pants, Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park
July 29 – Provincial Championships / Citizen Series #4 – Red Mud Mountain Mayhem 22, Brookvale

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