Release of 2023 Canada Cup MTB schedule hints at major changes

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Cycling Canada released its 2023 Canada Cup downhill and cross-country mountain bike schedules today. There are changes to both disciplines, including hints of a major change for two of the biggest Canada’s international events.

aMTB DH returns for a third year of Canada Cup downhill racing.

Downhill Canada Cup 2023

The 2023 Canada Cup DH series will be more focused than ever. There are still four events, plus the national DH championships. But next year, the five events will be combined into a single month. The series will, once again, be entirely contained in British Columbia, beginning at SilverStar on July 8-9 and ending in Whistler during Crankworx. Given that the Canadian Open DH is traditionally Crankworx’s final event, and that Crankworx usually takes place in early August, this suggests there are some changes to the Whistler festival schedule for 2023. But Cycling Canada does not detail the dates for the Canada Cup Stop final in Whistler.

Dunbar Summer Series will once again feature the Canadian National DH Championships. This event will move to Fernie, BC on July 15-16. This year Nationals will kick off Dunbar’s ‘Superweek of DH’ followed by Panorama and Kicking Horse next week.

2019 Bear Mountain Canada Cup

XCO and XCM Canada Cup

Canada Cup cross-country races remain more consistent. The series kicks off May 26-28 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. From there, it crosses Canada with stops in British Columbia, Alberta and again in Quebec before ending again on the East Coast. Dieppe, NB will host another Canada Cup before the 2023 Canadian XCO/XCC National Championships in Kentville, NS

New for 2023 is the addition of the UCI Short Track designation to four stops on the Canada Cup schedule. XCC is a recent addition to the series and will now come with more UCI points. All Junior events will be sanctioned as UCI C2, as a minimum, including four UCI Junior Series events.

In another first, Whitehorse, Yukon will host the Canadian Marathon Mountain Bike Championships September 1-3. It’s not just Whitehorse’s first XCM Championships. This will be the first XCM National Championships after a three-year hiatus in the endurance discipline.

Finn Iles soars to the iconic final drop in the MSA Amphitheater moments before winning the 2022 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup. Photo: Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool

Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

The emblematic Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup is also underway. The new World Cup schedule moves the Quebec venue to a new schedule for 2023. Riders will flirt with fall weather, and maybe even snow, when the international event returns to MS October 6-8, 2023 .

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