All season long, Red Bull TV takes viewers closer to the action of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano than anyone else with free live and on demand coverage of each stop. The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup first began in 1989 and has helped grow and define the sport over the last four decades. In 2017, the series returns with nine races in nine countries spanning two continents. From April to August, the best international mountain bike athletes will take on the planet’s most challenging trails, pushing themselves and their sport forward in the quest to become UCI World Cup Champion. Fans can catch the action all season long on Red Bull TV, distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv.
For the stat obsessed, the Red Bull TV live program will offer the on-screen telemetry and data analytics to track each rider. Bonus content of personal interviews and sneak peaks into the everyday lives of these elite athletes will also be available. Whether viewers watch on their mobile device or a big screen in their living room, no other network will bring the mountain biking to life like Red Bull TV.
Red Bull TV is also the only destination for fans to access exclusive post-race interviews with 2016 champions Aaron Gwin (USA) and Rachel Atherton (GBR). A recap show will also provide in-depth highlights and analysis of each race. From the commentator’s box to the field, Red Bull TV’s experts are the most knowledgeable in the sport, giving viewers a front-row experience to both the riders and beautiful race venues. Mountain biking legend Rob Warner leads a broadcast team that includes downhill expert and former Swiss Champion Claudio Calouri as well as the first Cross-country Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Brentjens.
Red Bull TV will feature action from two different UCI World Cup disciplines:
Downhill, which offers fast, adrenaline-charged runs raced individually against the clock- fueled purely by gravity. Fastest to the bottom wins.
Cross-country Olympic, the gritty mass-start Olympic discipline where endurance and toughness rule. Racers have fight with the course and each other to take the top podium spot.
The Cross-country Olympic (XCO) men’s series will see seven-time World Cup champion Julien Absalon of France continue the greatest rivalry in mountain biking against Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, himself a five-time UCI World Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist. Last year the two fiercely competed in a season-long battle where Absalon emerged as the World Cup Champion. An uber-competitive women’s XCO field will feature the top racers from 2016 including Canada’s Catharine Pendrel, whose determination and consistency helped her take the World Cup title in 2016. Pendrel will look to capture her third overall UCI World Cup title, challenged by Annika Langvad of Denmark and 2016 Olympic gold medalist; Jenny Rissveds of Sweden.
The women’s competition will be fierce in Downhill (DHI) as well, as 2017 Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year, Rachel Atherton of Great Britain, will look to replicate her historic perfect 2016 season, where she made a clean sweep of all World Cup rounds and won her fourth UCI World Championship. However, she will be up against fierce challenges from the likes of countrywomen Manon Carpenter and Tahnee Seagrave.
The 2017 men’s Downhill competition is shaping up to be an epic battle between defending, 4-time overall UCI World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin of the USA and Great Britain’s Danny Hart, who ended 2016 on fire with three straight wins. This rivalry will deliver fireworks all season long.
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