It’s lovely, this time of year, with so much live women’s cycling, and this weekend we have FOUR live women’s races – a crit, a road race, and a cross country MTB World Cup. And this is how we can watch them….
The cycling scene in the USA is well known for innovative live streaming, and one of the conditions of joining the USA Crits series is broadcasting the race on the internet. The women start at 4:15pm N American CDT (5:15pm EST, 10:15pm UK BST, 23:15 Euro CEST, 7:15 am Monday Aus AEST), but there are tons more races featured on the livestream, including men’s Cat 2/3 and elite, AND women’s CAT 3/4 – the stream’s over here, there’s more information, including the schedule, on the race website, and here’s how to watch the rest of the USA Crits.
You wait for one USA live race, and two come along at the same time… In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it’s a weekend of racing festivities, and for the women, a crit on Saturday and the UCI-ranked road race on Sunday – and both will be streamed live on Cyclingnews AND on livestream!
The women’s Crit starts at 5pm North American EST (10pm BST, 23:00 CEST, 7am Sunday AEST) EDIT! on Cyclingnews and on Livestream (thanks Martin!) It’s a lovely crit, and there’s more info including the map, on their website, and the startlists are here. And if you want live updates, follow their twitter, and use the WScycling15 hashtag.
If the Crit isn’t enough, on Sunday it’s the Road Race, and that’ll be shown live in all the same places. This is where the USA National Champs will be held in 2016 & 2017, and I’m not surprised, they can really put on a show. The women’s RR starts at 12:30pm EST (5:30 BST, 18:30 CEST, 3:30am Monday AEST) and again, the map is on the website, and the startlists are here. Livestreams on Cyclingnews and Livestream, same place and hashtag for live updates.
If you’re more of an off-road type, or just love top class racing, then Germany’s the place for you on Sunday. Round 2 of the XCo World Cup, and the women & men’s races will be streamed live, thanks to Red Bull Bike if you click the links.
- Women’s World Cup, 31st May, 11:00 European CEST (10am UK BST, 7pm Aussie AEST, 5am N American EST)
- Men’s World Cup, 31st May, 13:00 CEST (12pm BST, 9pm AEST, 8am EST)
Because it’s MTB, there’s a world of media about the race already – check out the race website, and red Bull Bike has a video preview with Germany rider Helen Grobert, as well as a write-up, another video preview with Mathias Flückiger from Shimano, and pre-race video from the Multivan-Merida team. If you want more, here are the videos and links I found from last year’s race.