Pietermaritzburg, the capital and second largest city of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, will host the official 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Masters Championships from 21 August 2013 to 25 August 2013 and the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships from 26 August 2013 to 01 September 2013. The biggest events on mountain biking's world calendar will take place at the Cascades MTB Park, which is located right in Pietermaritzburg and is considered to be the finest mountain biking location in South Africa. The site hosts the only internationally accredited cross country and downhill courses in the country and has already been the venue for three official World Cup events in 2009, 2011 and 2012 respectively. The UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships are the world championships (m/f) in cross country, downhill, four-cross, cross-country eliminator and trials riding events, while the UCI Mountain Bike Masters Championships are the world championships in cross country and downhill open to men and women of 30 years and older.
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Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg will also host the opening round of the global cross-country and downhill UCI World Cup season on 05-06 April 2014.