Koksijde, the Vlaamse Duinencross, is one of the cyclocross races I’d recommend to anyone – fans already know it’s iconic and not to be missed, and it’s one that fascinates newbies. The course is in sand-dunes on the Flanders coast (I’ve walked up them, they are steep! And the sand’s deep!). It’s Round 2 of the 2014/15 UCI Cyclocross World Cup, too, so we’ll see some of the very best riders battling it out. And best of all? Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the women’s (and men’s races) LIVE!
Saturday 22nd November 2014, women’s race 13:30 Euro CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am US EST; 11:30pm Australian AEDT) and there’s coverage on some online and real life tv channels, or the UCI’s livestream:
If you miss it, or want to relive it, that will be the archive, too. The men’s race is from 15:00 CET, check the tv guide above, and the livestream will be here.
Have a look at those UCI videolinks now – if they’re geo-restricted, it’s probably because the races will be streamed or shown in your country, so check out the tv guide. And if you want the UCI stream, add something like Hola or Tunnelbear and set it to somewhere like the UK (turn your Tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation).
There’s lots more information about Koksijde on the race website, including the course and the startlists will be here. If you want to know more about why it’s so a brilliant race, videos on the site, and photos from my favourite CX photographer, Bálint Hamvas – 2011, World Champs in 2012 and 2013. And the Veloclub Koksijde, who run the race, have a great twitter, too.
Sporza will have live updates and little video clips added throughout the men’s race on their Matchcenter – and I’ll be most likely talking through the race on the livethread that will turn up on Podium Café, and of course, on twitter. And if you want to follow riders as they prepare for the race, here’s my twitter list of the CX women – good luck and safe racing to every single one of them!