How to watch MTB World Championships: Live stream all the downhill and cross-country action

Watch a MTB World Championships live stream wherever you are in the world

Tom Pidcock
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The 2023 MTB World Championships are part of the biggest cycling event ever as one of 13 World Championship events rolled into one festival of cycling across Scotland. You can follow the action on GCN+ and Eurosport (via Discovery Plus) in the UK, FloBikes in the US, and for free on BBC iPlayer in the UK and SBS On Demand in Australia, so make sure you know how to watch for free with a VPN from anywhere.

The MTB events continued on August 11 with the u23 XCO races. The action finishes on August 12, with the elite Cross-Country Olympic races closing out an incredible MTB World Championships. Look out for Nino Schurter, who is looking for XCO title no.11 at worlds with Tom Pidcock and Mathieu Van der Poel among those in his way, while Puck Pieterse will lead a stacked women's XCO field alongside Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in one of the highlight MTB races of the year. 

Great Britain claimed a huge win in the u23 men's race through Charlie Aldridge at home. He finished 13 seconds ahead of France's Adrien Boichis after over an hour of tough racing in Glentress Forest. New Zealand took victory in the women's u23 race through Samara Maxwell by a huge 1:01 margin in front of Ginia Caluori in second with her Swiss compatriot, Ronja Blochlinger, rounding out the podium. The biggest stars in the sport will now come to the fore in the elite XCO races that close out the MTB racing. Today's action should be thrilling from start to finish in both the men's and women's races so it won't be one to miss. Scroll down to the end of the article for a summary of dates for each medal event.

MTB is only one part of the Cycling World Championships 2023, and it has already brought some of the best the sport has to offer to Nevis Range with Glentress Forest ready to host the XC action. Luckily, with free-to-air options available in the UK and Australia, it is easy to watch. Below we explain everything you need to know to watch a MTB World Championships live stream this year.

Watch MTB World Championships live stream in the UK – for free

You can watch a MTB World Championships live stream for free on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

MTB World Championships live streams will also be available in the UK courtesy of GCN+ and Eurosport (via Discovery+).

Access to GCN+ costs £39.99 a year, or £6.99 per month. Alternatively, for Discovery+ and Eurosport coverage, the Entertainment and Sports pass is available for £59.99 a year, or £6.99 per month. 

If you're abroad, meanwhile, you can download and install a VPN to watch your streaming service wherever you are – more on that below.

Watch MTB World Championships live stream from anywhere on the planet

If you’re away from home for the 2023 MTB World Championships, you might have a problem accessing your regular streaming service because of geo-blocking restrictions. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution.

If you’re not in the country for the MTB World Championships, live streaming the events is still an option – all you have to do is download and install a VPN and use a location inside the United Kingdom to watch the broadcast live as if you were back home. 

Setting up a VPN is simple – just download, install, open the app and select your location. 

Try out Express VPN for its speed, security and simplicity to use. It is also compatible with a range of devices and streaming services (e.g. Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, etc.), giving you the option to watch wherever you want.

A VPN is a piece of software which offers both online privacy and ability to change your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV like you would back at home while in another country. There are other great options out there, of course, and plenty of free VPNs but our sister site TechRadar recommends the paid-for ExpressVPN, which it consistently rates as the best VPN provider. 

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Watch MTB World Championships live stream in the US and Canada

In the US you can watch a MTB World Championship live stream through FloBikes. A subscription to the service will cost you $149.99 per year. 

Canadian cycling fans also have the option of watching a MTB World Championshps live stream on FloBikes. An annual subscription costs $150 (CAD).

Watch MTB World Championships live stream in Australia – for free

Australian viewers can follow MTB World Championships action for free, as SBS and SBS On Demand will show the events live. 

SBS will be showing the MTB races between 4-12 August.

Medal events timetable

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DateMen's racesWomen's races
12 AugustElite XCOElite XCO


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