Warner Bros. Discovery reveals TV coverage and commentator details for the 2023 MTB World Cup season

The new mountain bike presenter team for the 2023 world cup season
An exciting team of experts will bring knowledge and experience to the 2023 mountain bike coverage (Image credit: Warner Bros. Discovery)

Mountain bike fans are set to be treated to a completely new way of enjoying live mountain bike TV coverage this season. The all-new 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Series has announced their coverage and broadcast team for what is shaping up to be the best mountain bike season ever.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Series in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery has announced live coverage of all major races from each of the 13 mountain bike race weekends, which will all be available globally on GCN+, Eurosport, and Discovery+. It will also see viewers having first-time coverage of all mountain bike disciplines including cross-country Olympic, cross-country short track, cross-country marathon, and downhill mountain biking.

Warner Bros. Discovery also aims to grow the sport and ensure that mountain biking reaches a whole new audience. As well as broadening the reach they say their new coverage will revolutionize the way mountain biking is watched, with more cameras on course, including first-person view drones. Warner Bros. Discovery aims to deliver a whole new mountain biking viewing experience that will completely transform each event, with entirely new angles and every major moment captured.

Downhill mountain bike racer at Fort William

Warner Bros. Discovery aims to deliver a whole new mountain biking viewing experience with entirely new angles and every moment captured (Image credit: Paul Brett)

Fronting the new coverage will be a brand new talent of mountain bike experience and knowledge headed up by Kate Mason, who will anchor each of the UCI Mountain Bike World Series events. Kate will be joined by legendary racer Cedric Gracia as an expert commentator for downhill mountain bike racing, with Bart Brentjnes doing the same role for cross-country. They’ll also be joined by reporters Josh Carlson and Hayley Edmonds, with Ric McLaughlin completing the team as the lead commentator.

Graphic showing the details of the Warner Bros. Discovery MTB coverage

Never before in-depth coverage of all disciplines is promised (Image credit: Warner Bros. Discovery)

Cedric Gracia, visiting the Cube studio in London for the launch event, said: “I am extremely excited, of course. We are going to add new technology into this beautiful sport, drones following races, incredible views, put your seatbelt on because it’s going to be flat-out.”

And it’s not just the elite finals that will enjoy coverage this season, with free-to-air live streams of the U23 cross-country races as well as the Junior and Semi-Final downhill races on the UCI Mountain Bike World Series YouTube channel, plus UCI Mountain Bike World Series YouTube channel, GCN+, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GMBN Racing. Cross-country marathon and enduro will also have race day highlights shows hosted on the UCI Mountain Bike World Series Youtube channel, alongside in-depth bike checks, course previews, and exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Kate Mason in studio as the new anchor for MTB tv coverage

Kate Mason will anchor the new presenting team (Image credit: Warner Bros. Discovery)

Coverage starts with a bang in the Czech Republic on (11-14 May) with the UCI Cross-Country World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě, whilst the UCI Downhill World Cup coverage starts its season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland (8-11 June).

You can find out more on the UCI Mountain Bike World Series at www.ucimtbworldseries.com and GCN+ can be accessed worldwide through a monthly or annual subscription. Racing coverage and content is available live and on demand via the GCN App, all web browsers, and various TV providers.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm