The 1st mountain cycling world cup series occurred in 1991. Its nine-race tour covered 2 continents, Europe in addition to North America, and was sponsored by Grundig. In 1992, the Grundig-UCI world cup tour stretched out to ten races, as well as remained a trans-Atlantic series. Cross-country racing was the only world cup sport at this time, at that time during 1993 a six-event downhill world cup was launched. In 1996, cross-country mountain biking events were included with the Olympic Games.