There are two big competitions on in the Netherlands this week – the European Track Championships and the first round of the 2013/14 Cyclocross World Cup – the Caubergcross! And there are ways to watch both of these live! Read on to find out how…
The Euro Track Championships are always interesting, but especially so since the UCI changed the rules on qualifying for the World Championships, so that riders have to gain their own points, rather than anyone from their country competing in events for points, and the country deciding who gets to race Worlds.
The programmes of events are on the competition website, and they say that the finals of each session will be streamed live too. The address and times of the livestream hasn’t been published yet, but it could be that page, and the finals sessions start at 19:00 CEST (6pm UK BST, 1pm USA EDT, 10am USA PDT and 4am Saturday Sydney AEDT) on Friday for the Team Pursuit, Team Sprint and Points races and on Saturday for the sprints and omnium eliminations, and 16:00 CEST Sunday for the keirin, end of the omnium and men’s madison.
Probably the best way to keep an eye on what’s going on it via the Euro Track Champs twitter, @EKBaan2013 and with the twitter hashtags #EKBaan2013 and #ECTrack2013. And there are already photo albums from each of the practice days on the competition facebook, as well as the photo gallery on the UEC site. Startlists and all the results will be on the race site too.
Here’s the promo video for the event – roll on track!
Yes, it’s that Cauberg! And since we’re in Limburg, it’ll be streamed live, with no geo-restrictions on Dutch channel L1, and on the UCI’s youtube. The women’s race will be live from 13:00 CEST (the race starts at 13:30) and the men’s at 15:00. 13:00 translates into 12 noon UK, 10pm Sydney AEDT, 7am USA EDT and 4am USA PDT.
There’s tonnes of information on the race website, and they have a twitter and facebook too. In terms of riders to watch out for, of course we have to start with Marianne Vos (Rabobank)- she’s only got one more race after this, the Nacht van Woerden, and then she takes her winter break. But she won’t win without a fight…. the riders she’ll be battling with should include her Dutch team-mates, 20-year-old Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank) and 23-year-old Sophie de Boer (Young Telenet-Fidea); current European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman (Kona) and fellow Brit Nikki Harris (YTF) who won last weekend’s BPost Bank Trofee race in Ronse; Belgian star Sanne Cant (Enertherm); Pavla Havlíková (YTF), the diminutive Czech champion; Lucie Chainel (BH-SR SunTour-KMC) from France; and the powerhouse from the USA, who’ll really want to beat Vos on home turf, after Vos beat her in the Louisville World Championships, Katie Compton (Trek). If you want to know more about the riders, click the links to their sites, or have a look at the Velorooms 2013/14 CX preview (scroll down!) – and the full startlists for women and elite, u23 and junior men are here on the race site.
Here are highlights from the 2012 and 2011 women’s races (guess who won?)