This weekend was round 2 of the MTB World Cup – and given it was in the Australian RAINforest, it was MTB in cyclocross conditions – complete with the Downhill course being shut for a while for snake crossing. Because it’s MTB, there was a ton of gorgeous photography, videos and more fun *stuff* – here’s what I liked.
This is great – they are experimenting with GoPro footage from within the race, and this is the only film they could salvage, from Jolanda Neff and Kathrin Stirnemann’s helmets. Full replay of the race video on Red Bull Bike – and here’s the UCI highlights
- Lovely, muddy photos on the race facebook (I like this, of the top 3, post-race!), photos on the race site and from Giant Pro XC team on facebook
- Full results
SO! MUCH! VIDEO!!!! SO! MANY! PHOTOS!!!!
- Claudio Caluori’s helmetcam course preview (LOVE these!)
- Practice run video with Tracey Hannah and Rachel Atherton, on SBS – practice video on Red Bull – and Mick Hannah’s track walk video on RedBull (no women in those teo but OMG the conditions!)
- Photos from the practice day (with snakes, spiders and stinging trees) on Dirt Magazine,
- Qualification video on Red Bull bike, with Rach Atherton talking about her run, and this one:
- Qualification day photos on Dirt (with audio interviews), on Pinkbike, on the race site and on Red Bull Bike.
- More highlights video from Red Bull, including Manon Carpenter‘s headcam – with crash! – and Rach Atherton talking about her winning run, and full video re-run of the finals – last 10 women and last 30 men
- Dirt tv post-race interviews, with Rachel Atherton (& what is it about bike boys always calling each other gay like it’s a bad thing? Ugh, so stupid)
- Photos of the finals on Dirt (with audio interviews), on Pinkbike, on Red Bull bike and slideshow on Vital MTB
- Full results
- Video from Lapierre Gravity Republic, including Emmeline Ragot
- Pinkbike photo-essay following Madison Saracen – with second-placed rider Manon Carpenter
- More video!
- Track preview video with Bec Henderson and Daniel McDonnell on Red Bull bike
- Photos from the race on Pinkbike and
- Full race replay on Red Bull Bike – and the UCI highlights:
- Multivan Merida team video
Wow! If there’s anything else you like, add it to the links. Next round of the MTB World Cup is Nove Mesto, 22nd-25th May, and it’ll be live as usual on Red Bull tv (eliminator, downhill, women’s XCo and men’s XCo – no downhill until Fort William on 8th June)