So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement. The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer. Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.
Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup. Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal. Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere. It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation). Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:
If you want to know what that course is like to ride, check out this helmetcam recon video!
UPDATE! Here’s the analysis from In The Crosshairs:
There’ll be so much CX in the next few weeks, I recommend gs’ handy cyclocross calendar to find out more, and if you want to watch it, here’s my guide to watching the non-World Cup races. Next World Cup is on Boxing Day, in Heusden-Zolder, and the stream w for the women’s race will be here on the UCI Youtube.
If you want to know more about some of the women who race cyclocross, I loved Cat Armour’s interview with veteran rider Suzie Godart – head over to Neutral Service to read it.
It was also the National Omnium Championships, and here’s an interview with the winner, Ashlee Ankudinoff
UPDATE! And the National Madison Champs too! Interviews with the winning pair, Nettie Edmondson and Jessica Mundy (thanks Peloton Café!)
and with runners-up Macey Stewart and Georgia Baker
And it doesn’t stop there! It was also the Austral WheelRace, the oldest continuous track cycling racing, running since 1886. Here’s a video about it
some video from the race itself
and the post-race winner’s interview