Jerome Gilloux of France and Nicole Goldi of Switzerland finished top of the E-Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup series standings in 2022 ©UCI

The International Cycling Union (UCI) and World E-Bike Series Management have announced that the E-Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup series is to set visit five countries in 2023.

Organisers claim the programme will allow cyclists to "to return to popular venues that have been on the series calendar in recent years."

Competition is due to begin in Monaco with two rounds of racing set for May 20 and 21.

Bologna in Italy is the secheduled host for rounds three and four on June 10 and 11.

Overall standings at this stage assume a further significance, because the top 15 men and women  will qualify for the E-Mountain Bike Cross-Country race to be held the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships at Glentress Forest near Peebles in Scotland on August 9.

World Cup racing is programmed to resume with rounds five and six at the motor racing circuit at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, although the dates have not yet been confirmed for the event.

The next four rounds take place over consecutive weekends.

Girona in Spain is scheduled to host an event on September 22 and 23 is before the teams head 525 kilometres North to the Charade circuit at Clermont-Ferrand in France for the penultimate weekend of the competition on September 30 and October 1.

The overall champions will be crowned after the eleventh and final race in Barcelona on October 20.

Barcelona was also the setting for the season finale in 2022 when Jorys Ryf of Switzerland and Sofia Wienderoth of Germany won the final races of the season.

But the overall titles went to Switzerland’s  Nicole Göldi in the women’s classification and Jérôme Gilloux of France in the men’s competition. 

The World Cup series in this format was introduced in 2019.

Bikes use human power and an electric motor which provides assistance when the athlete pedals. 

The motor has a maximum continuous power rating of 250 watts and stops providing assistance when the speed of 25 kilometres per hour has been reached.