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Today marks 100 days to go until the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns.

While the world’s leading athletes are in the thick of World Cup events overseas, the action closer to home has also stepped up a notch as organisers continue to develop the World Championships course and event activities.

With recent upgrades to fan routes and zones in the rainforest – which includes full spectator access right along the Downhill course from the Event Village to the Rock Garden – fans won’t miss a berm, jump, dab or crash!

Organisers have promised that the inclusion of food trucks, music, bars and a comprehensive entertainment program will complement the new spectator improvements to making the 2017 World Championships the biggest spectacular on two wheels seen in Cairns.

To celebrate the 100 Days to Go milestone, Cycling Australia has also declared that Thursday 7 September will be Schools Day, encouraging local students and young mountain bike fans to experience a world class event for free. In a further incentive for schools, organisers have launched the Official Schools Competition for local students to win their way to the event with a VIP experience.

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green encouraged mountain bike fans and sports fans to get behind the event and said that there was still plenty of time to book a spot and be part of the action.

“This is only the third time that Australia has hosted a Mountain Bike World Championships. It’s an experience not to be missed, and this year’s event promises to be a fantastic combination of iconic rainforest environment, explosive action from the world’s best riders and an unrivalled spectator experience.”

More than 20,000 spectators are set to descend on the idyllic location, and a special ‘locals’ pricing structure has been introduced to invite fans from 208 postcodes within the Cairns region to experience mountain biking’s pinnacle event and world class action.


Prices for adult tickets start from $15 and $40 for families with children under 10 FREE to experience the explosive action from the world’s best Mountain Bike athletes.

The 2017 event will feature over 300 riders from more than 35 countries competing in the Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines.

The event will be held at Smithfield Regional Park, James Cook University from the 5 – 10 September 2017 and features six days of action.

The most notable change to the schedule is the shift of the two disciplines from last year’s World Cup format. This year the Cross Country (XCO) competition will be contested on Saturday 9 September while the Downhill (DHI) event will take place on Sunday 10 September.

Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit – http://mtbworldscairns.com.au

Travel packages are now also on sale via Flight Centre for those looking to travel to Cairns for the event 

The event will have significant TV and digital viewing presence including the distribution of television broadcast to a cumulative audience in excess of 6.13 million globally across 18 different nations.

The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cairns through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

Follow all the official 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships news and updates via the official accounts or via the hashtag #MTBWorldsCairns.