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The 2013 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships were officially presented at this year's Worlds in Saalfelden, Austria, on Thursday night. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa will host next year's mountain bike world championships from August 26 to September 1, 2013.
In contrast with 2012, the 2013 edition will return to being a single-week format that includes both gravity and cross country events. Saalfelden seems to have been a one-year experiment in splitting the two major sub-disciplines onto separate weekends. The 2012 format has not been popular among racers, teams or the media.
Four cross Worlds will happen again in 2013. After being excluded from World Cups in 2012, but still being part of the 2012 world championships, there was some question as to whether the discipline would continue as part of the world championships.
Pietermaritzburg has hosted the UCI World Cup for the past several years for cross country and downhill as well as four cross prior to 2012. It has an established four cross track. Because it is hosting the Worlds in 2013, it will not host a World Cup.
Finally, for the first time in 2013, a venue will host both the masters and the elite mountain bike world championships. The two will be held back-to-back, with the masters going first. However, the organizers CRA World Events Management, assured those attending the 2013 elite world championships launch that the two championships will be run on different courses at the same Cascades venue so that the elite courses would not be damaged from traffic from the thousands of masters athletes expected in the days prior to the elite championships.
2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships - Provisional Schedule
August 28 - Team relay cross country
August 29 - Junior women cross country
August 29 - Junior men cross country
August 29 - Eliminator qualifying
August 30 - Junior men and women downhill finals
August 30 - U23 men cross country
August 30 - U23 women cross country
August 30 - Elite men and women four cross qualifying
August 31 - Elite women cross country
August 31 - Elite men cross country
August 31 - Elite men and women four cross finals
September 1 - Elite men and women eliminator finals
September 1 - Elite women downhill finals
September 1 - Elite men downhill finals