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Bike Channel to broadcast entire 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series

Joseph Delves
3 May 2017

Free live TV coverage of every Downhill and Cross Country World Cup

Fat tyre aficionados will be happy to learn that having previously been forced to stream races via the internet, they’ll now be able to watch all this year's UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series racing on TV, for free. That’s because the Bike Channel has signed a deal to broadcast every Downhill and Cross Country World Cup this year.

Thanks to an agreement with Freesat, the joint BBC/ITV subscription-free satellite TV service, the Bike Channel is available without cost to more than 17 million households in the country, along with Sky and Virgin subscribers.

They’ll now be able to catch every race of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season, which kicked off this weekend at a rainy Lourdes, France.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series 2017 schedule

29–30 April: (DHI) Lourdes, France
20-21 May: (XCO) Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic
27-28 May: (XCO) Albstadt, Germany
3–4 June: (DHI) Fort William, Scotland
10–11 June: (DHI) Leogang, Austria
1–2 July: (XCO/DHI) Vallnord, Andorra
8–9 July: (XCO/DHI) Lenzerheide, Switzerland
5–6 August: (XCO/DHI) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
26–27 August: (XCO/DHI) Val di Sole, Italy

Those new to mountain biking might be surprised to learn that long before Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome won the Tour de France the UK had in fact been producing a prodigious number of cycling champions, albeit in the slightly more obscure, and infinitely gnarlier, discipline of downhill mountain biking.

In recent years brits Tracy Moseley, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter have dominated the women’s racing.

Atherton won every race in 2016 on her way to a fourth title, and will be back this year to try and claim a fifth.

In the men’s competition Josh Bryceland won the overall in 2014, with Danny Hart coming second last year.

In the only slightly more sedate world of cross country racing, it’s riders from mainland Europe that dominate.

With athletes of the calibre of Peter Sagan and Cadel Evans having made the switch from the trail to the road it’s also a great place to catch up and coming talent.

The Bike Channel is available on Sky channel 464, Virgin Media channel 552 and Freesat channel 251.

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