Trials – download the Trials startlist here

What is Trials?

Trials is one of the most exciting and spectacular UCI cycling disciplines. Unlike other types of cycling disciplines, Trials is a sport where the main factors are the stability and the control of the bike in extreme situations where speed also plays an important role.

The discipline started in the 1970’s in Europe and grew as an off-shoot of the motorised version of the sport. After several years, it became clear that Trials had more in common with cycling than motorcycling. Thus, since 1985, Trials has been fully integrated discipline at the International Cycling Union and has rapidly developed as a cycling sport.

Whether it takes place in the forest or in the city, the sport is practiced around the world by children as young as 5 years old through to adults over 40 years of age. Nowadays it is generally accepted and recognized that the skills, control and experience gained in the Trials discipline are fundamental to developing the skill sets required by other cycling disciplines and that of motorcycling too.

The objective of this sport is to get over obstacles grouped into sections, without setting foot on the ground or any part of the bicycle (only the wheels) touching the ground as this incurs penalties. After negotiating a series of sections, the rider who has the fewest penalty points is declared the winner.

The most common wheel sizes used in the Trials discipline are 18, 20, 24 and 26 inches.

The following categories are officially recognised by the UCI:

Class 20” (wheel size between 18” to 23”)
Class 26” (wheel size between 24” to 26”)
Class Open (free choice of wheel size, between 18” and 26”)


DHI – Downhill – Video Tutorial

DHI – Downhill – Video Tutorial

Downhill (also referred to as DHI) is a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to affront tree roots, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles along the way. Speeds reach around 80km/h in the men’s races and 70km/h for women.

This sector forms the steepest and most technical portion of the track. The start rock garden has been extended, creating a stair-step section down to the Eye
Boggler rock drop. From Cloud 9 the track follows a ridgeline through an off-camber single track to the Haibo road gap, then through the corkscrew and over the Doctor Evil gap jump. From here, speeds increase to almost 80km/h before the riders hit the N3 tabletops.
The riders have to change their riding style into the second sector, for the pedal section – a 40-second sprint. This sector tests the riders’ endurance until they hit the left turn into the Bombhole and the gradient increases once again into the final sector.
At the Air-odrome bridge drop riders need to adjust their style once again, as the track changes from a flat-out sprinting surface to a massive supercross track.
Speeds again reach in excess of 60km/h, as riders are catapulted through an endless rollercoaster of berms and jumps. The final sprint to the finish includes the Moneymaker hip, a 15-metre step-down hip that wows the crowds. From there it’s a massive power to the finish.


XCR – Cross Country Relay

XCR – Cross Country Relay

A competition that only takes place at the World Championships and sees 4 x riders from each nation competing as a team over the same course as the XCO riders compete on. Each team is made up of 1 x Elite Man, 1 x Elite Woman, 1 x U23 Man and 1 x Junior Man and each rider must compete one circuit of the course before handing over to his / her teammate to ride their circuit. The team that finishes first is declared the winner. Each nation may only enter one team in the competition.

Rule 9.2.032
For the team relay, each nation may enter only a single team. Each national team shall be made up of 1 Man Elite, 1 Woman Elite, 1 Man under 23 and 1 Man Juniors. However the following substitutions shall be permissible: • Man Elite by Woman Elite or Man under 23 or Man Juniors or Woman Juniors; • Woman Elite by Woman under 23 or by Woman Juniors; • Man under 23 by Woman Elite or Woman under 23 or Man Juniors or Woman Juniors; • Man Juniors by Woman Juniors. Each rider selected must already be entered for the individual downhill, 4X, or Olympic cross country events. (article introduced on 1.01.04; modified on 1.01.06).

Rule 9.2.033
For the World Championship team relay, the team manager must use the form provided to notify the names and categories of the riders making up their team and their start order to the chief commissaire’s panel at the end of the team managers’ meeting the day before the event. This start order may not be altered subsequently. The exchange boxes will be allocated on the basis of the results of the team relay event in the preceding world championships. The order of nations not placed will be determined by drawing lots. The first nation will be installed in box number 1 and so on.


XCE – Cross Country Eliminator

XCE – Cross Country Eliminator   –Watch a video of the course here

The newest discipline to be included in the official MTB competitions sees 4 riders per heat competing over a much shortened version of the Cross Country track (normally 1 000m – 1 500m) with as many technical and spectator friendly areas as possible. The races are much shorter and much more exciting and is an excellent TV & spectator product. The first 2 x riders in each heat progress to the next round and the riders in 3rd & 4th place are eliminated and this process continues until the final 4 x riders are left to compete for the main prize.


XCO – Cross Country

XCO – Cross Country – Video Guide here

Cross Country is part of the Olympic programme. Cross-country races are held over undulating circuits (with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles) of 5 to 9 km. The race varies from 1 h 45 minutes to 2 h 30 minutes depending on the category.

The start straight is 350m long, with a short, sharp climb called Red Face Hill at the end. On the first lap there’s a bottleneck on this lefthand turn. After Red Face Hill, riders meander on forest track to Noogies Knoll, which starts with a hairpin right into the first big climb of the first loop. The bottom section is short, but it’s one of the steepest sections of the track, with five switchbacks taking riders to the top. This leads into Kim’s Corner – a short, technical descending section with a number of step-like drops. A forest road, and two short sections of single track, take riders into the top section of Pick Up Stix. This consists of a left berm into a right berm into a short off-camber section, which has two-step downs that are positioned on a steep slope. After Pick- Up Stix, some flowing, descending single track leads into the top of Rapid Rocks, a hand-made rock garden and the most technical section on the first loop. Riders then cross a stream down to a new section called Buckjump Alley, four rocky mounds of soil with multiple lines. After Buckjump Alley, riders will enter Feed/Tech Zone 1.
Riders face the largest climb of the course up to Switch Back single track. The first portion of Switch Back is contoured, with the second half made up of short and tight switchbacks. The track continues to climb into the top of The Amphitheatre, the highest point and one of the signature features of the track. This is made up of
switchbacks, berms, bridges rocks and drop-offs. The course then goes up a short, sharp climb to the top of Sharka’s Playground, where riders have  three options of either a bull run, or one of two chicken runs. The bull run consists of a partial-spiral log staircase, and the first chicken run goes past the bull run on the right, off a small step-down, over a small gap jump, into a sharp le­, and drops down into the main track. The second chicken run is the same as the first, but instead of the gap jump it goes le­, over some log rollers. The track descends down the Amphitheatre Extension to the bottom of Shale’s Climb, which goes into Tree House Rock Garden. This has three main lines through (or over) the rocks. Riders uncomfortable with this obstacle can choose a B-line, taking them around the section. There is a short portion of single track between Tree H ouse Rock Garden and the Corkscrew, which itself is a steep, bermed descent into a short, rocky section. From the bottom of the Corkscrew it’s 150m to Feed/Tech Zone 2, and a completed lap. On the last lap, riders continue past the feed/tech zone to the finish.


The Teams


Team sites will be available for all national teams as per the UCI regulations as well as for all Trade Teams and IMTTO members.

Team area management will be carried out by Chris Desjardins and his team from CRA World Events Management and the booking forms for these areas and associated costs can be downloaded here.




Download the schedule as a PDF document here  Revised  12 May 2013

Date Time Event
MONDAY 09:00 – 19:00 Accreditation Centre open
26-Aug 09:00 – 12:00 Cross-country Course Inspection by UCI
09:00 – 14:00 Trials Sections Inspection by UCI
09:00 – 12:00 Riders Confirmation >>> XCO, XCE, DHI
13:00 – 16:00 Riders Confirmation >>> XCO, XCE, DHI
13:00 – 15:00 Downhill Course Inspection by UCI
TUESDAY 09:00 – 17:00 Accreditation Centre open
27-Aug 09:00 – 11:00 On Foot Downhill Course Inspection >>> Juniors
09:00 – 13:00 Riders Confirmation >>> Trials  FINAL CONFIRMATION
10:00 – 11:00 Riders Confirmation >>> XCO, XCE, DHI
11:00 – 13:00 Official Cross-country Training >>> All Categories
13:00 – 14:30 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Women
13:00 – 16:00 Official Downhill Training >>> Juniors
14:30 – 16:00 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Men
16:00 Team Managers Meeting >>> Trials
17:00 Team Managers Meeting  >>> XCO,  XCE, DHI
18:30 Opening Ceremony –  Competition Venue
WEDNESDAY 09:00 – 16:00 Accreditation Centre open
28-Aug 09:00 – 12:00 Official Downhill Training >>> Juniors
10:00 – 12:00 Official Cross-country Training >>> All Categories
09:30 – 12:30 Men Juniors Trials 20″ Qualifying Round
11:00 – 12:00 Riders Confirmation Final Confirmation: Juniors Cross-country, Juniors Downhill
12:00 – 13:30 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Women
13:00 – 15:00 On Foot Downhill Course Inspection >>> Elite
13:00 – 17:00 Men Elite Trials 20″ Qualifying Round
13:30 – 15:00 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Men
15:00 Team Managers Meeting >>> Trials
16:00 Cross-country Team Relay World Championships
THURSDAY 09:00 – 16:00 Accreditation Centre open
29-Aug 08:30 – 09:30 On foot Trials Section Inspection > > Juniors 26″ Elite 26″
08:30 – 11:30 Official Downhill Training >>> Elite
09:00 – 10:00 Riders Confirmation Final Confirmation: Under 23 Cross-country
09:30 Women Juniors Cross-country World Championships
and awards ceremony
09:30 – 12:30 Men Juniors Trials 26″ Qualifying Round
11:30 Men Juniors Cross-country World Championships
And awards ceremony
11:45 – 13:15 Official Downhill Training >>> Juniors
13:00 – 17:00 Men Elite Trials 26″ Qualifying round
14:00 – 16:00 Official Cross-country Training >>> All Categories
15:00 – 16:30 Downhill Official Timed Session >>> Juniors
16:00 – 18:00 Trials Sections Modified by UCI
FRIDAY 09:00 – 17:00 Accreditation Centre open
30-Aug 08:30 – 09:30 On Foot Trials Section Inspection >>> Women Elite
08:30 – 09:30 Official Downhill Training >>> Juniors
09:00 – 10:00 Riders Confirmation Final Confirmation  Elite XCO, Elite DHI,XCE
09:00 – 10:30 Official Cross-country Training >>> All Categories
10:00 Women Juniors and Men Juniors Downhill World Championships
and awards ceremony
10:00 – 12:30 Women Elite Trials World Championships
and awards ceremony
10:30 – 11:30 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Women
11:30 – 12:30 Official Cross-country Training >>> Reserved for Men
11:30 – 15:30 Men Elite Trials Qualifying round 26”
12:00 – 15:00 Official Downhill Training >>> Elite
13:00 – 15:00 On Foot Trials Sections Inspection >> Juniors 20″ and Elite 20″
13:00 Women Under 23 Cross-country World Championships
and awards ceremony
15:15 Men Under 23 Cross-country World Championships
and awards ceremony
16:00 – 17:30 Men Juniors Trials 20″ World Championships
18:00 – 19:30 Men Elite Trials 20″ World Championships
Awards ceremony >>> Juniors 20″ and Elite 20″
SATURDAY 09:00 – 16:00 Accreditation Centre open
31-Aug 07:15 – 07:45 Official Downhill Training >>> Women Elite
07:45 – 08:15 Official Downhill Training >>> Men Elite
08:30 – 10:30 Downhill Official Timed Session >>> Elite
09:00 – 13:00 Trials Sections Modification by UCI
10:00 – 12:00 Official Cross-country Training
12:30 Women Elite Cross-country World Championships
and awards ceremony
13:00 – 15:00 On foot Trials Sections Inspection >>> Juniors 26″ and Elite 26″
15:00 Men Elite Cross-country World Championships
and awards ceremony
16:00 – 17:30 Men Juniors Trials 26″ World Championships
18:00 – 19:30 Men Elite Trials 26″ World Championships
Awards Ceremony >>> Juniors 26″ and Elite 26″
SUNDAY 09:00 – 12:00 Accreditation Centre open
01-Sep 08:30 – 09:00 Official Training – Cross-country Eliminator >>> Women
09:00 – 09:30 Official Training – Cross-country Eliminator >>> Men
09:45 – 10:45 Cross-country Eliminator World Championships – Qualifying Round
11:00 – 12:30 Cross-country Eliminator World Championships – Finals
and awards ceremony
12:30 – 13:00 Official Downhill Training >>> Women Elite
13:00 – 13:30 Official Downhill Training >>> Men Elite
14:00 Women Elite Downhill World Championships
15:00 Men Elite Downhill World Championships
Awards ceremony >>> Women Elite, Men Elite

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The Results


All results can be found on the UCI website here.


The Cascades MTB Park

The Cascades Mountain Bike site has been the venue for 3 x UCI MTB World Cup events already and has a reputation as being safe and convenient and is one of the few venues countrywide that lies within the city boundaries with great facilities on its doorstep. Apart from these benefits, the venue hosts the only internationally accredited Cross Country and Downhill courses in the country.

This area is part of the legacy programme after the 2009 UCI MTB World cup event that was staged at the venue and is utilised for a variety of competitions throughout the year as well as being available for the development of riders at all levels.

Nick Floros, Nigel Hicks and Kim Phillips and their teams of enthusiastic workers and course builders have already started working on the courses to prepare the various courses and general site layouts so as to prepare for the best possible competition conditions for August 2013.

Apart from the five competition areas and courses, the venue will also include ample spaces for the team technical areas, sponsor display areas, media centre, VIP areas, vending sites and a team rider’s centre.