Pidcock to Race Tour de France and Olympic Cross-Country Mountain Bike
Tom Pidcock plans to ride the Tour de France in 2024, then the cross-country mountain bike at the Paris Olympics just 8 days after the Grand Boucle ends.
The 2024 Tour de France runs from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 21st July, finishing in Nice. That doesn’t leave much time to prepare for the mountain biking.
The Yorkshire rider is the defending Olympic champion in cross-country mountain biking, having won the event at the Tokyo Olympics (2020, but postponed to 2021).
He discussed his programme for 2024 on the Red Bull Just Ride podcast, and his comments were reported by GCN.
‘I’m a road rider, but I’m better at cross and mountain biking’, joked Pidcock. He said that mountain biking has a more relaxed atmosphere and he can go and enjoy it.
Collecting Mountain Bike Points
Pidcock is cross-country mountain bike World Champion, which means he is automatically qualified for the Olympics. However, his ranking will determine his start position at the Paris Olympics, so he needs to race and collect points.
‘But I’ve also got to balance that with the team, and they need me or want me at the Tour, so I have to be there and at my best at the Tour, and I have eight days between the end of the Tour and the Olympics’.tom pidcock
The plan was to race the final World Cup events of 2023 in North America – Snowshoe on 1st October and Mont-Sainte-Anne on 8th October. Pidcock was hampered by a puncture at Snowshoe and came fifth, but won the Mont-Sainte-Anne race.
Banking points at the end of 2023 allows him to skip the Spring 2024 races and prepare specifically for the Tour de France.
Olympic Mountain Bike Course at Elancourt Hill
Pidcock rode a test event at the Paris Olympics course at Elancourt Hill, along with one his likely rivals Mathieu van der Poel.
He wasn’t impressed with the course.
‘They’ve just gravelled over a hill. It’s…slippy – they could have made a more exciting track, because there is a hill there, and they could have made some nice natural features, but I think they’re scared it’s going to rain’.tom pidcock
The Yorkshire rider will also take part in the Olympic road race, if selected.