I love this time of year – it’s when we get all kinds of live women’s cycling, and it makes me very happy. This weekend we’ve got three live races to watch – the Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, and the Prudential Ride London GP, a crit in the heart of London that passes Buckingham Palace. And as well as that, we can follow the 2015 Para-Cycling Road World Championships. Do you feel spoiled? I do! Here’s how to watch the MTB and crit live, and how to follow the Paracycling, and the Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup as they happen.
The race is part of the Olympic legacy weekend of racing, and while I’m sad the women don’t get to ride the Olympic road race course like the men (& sportif riders do), it’s an excellent event. The race starts at 6pm UK BST (19:00 Euro CEST, 1pm North American EDT, 3am Aussie AEDT) and it’ll be shown and streamed live – I recommend watching Rochelle Gilmore commentating on BBC2 from 6pm – and you can watch online here if you’re in the UK…. while I’m doing something super-scary, commentating my first official race, with Hugh Porter, for the international feed, which I think is on Eurosport and British Eurosport, Eurosport Asia and SKY NZ. Aaargh!
The course is the same finish as the Olympic road race, down the Mall, then round St James’ Park. If you happen to come to the race, come and hang out with some women’s cycling fans from twitter afterwards, in the ICA Café on the Mall.
The first of two North American World Cups, it’s part of the Vélirium festival of mountain biking. And as always the races are streamed live – click through to get the ticker countdown to work out exact timings in your timezone:
- Women’s & Men’s Downhill finals, Saturday 1st August, 2:30pm North American EDT (7:30pm UK BST, 20:30 European CEST, 4:30am Australian AEDT)
- Women’s Cross Country, Sunday 2nd August, 11am EDT (4pm BST, 17:00 CEST, 1am AEDT)
- Men’s Cross Country, Sunday 2nd August, 2pm EDT (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 4am AEDT)
As always there’s a TON of media around the World Cup, starting with Downhill track walk photos and video on Dirt MTB, and they’ll have gorgeous daily galleries and OMG how much do I love Claudio Clauori’s helmet-cam DH course previews? His video is on Red Bull bike, and they’ll have tons of pre- and post-race content on their MTB page. There’ll be links to more great content on the UCI MTB twitter and the Vélirium twitter too – and of course, LOTS on the Vélirium website.
The next two races don’t have live video that I know of, but they’re going to be fantastic racing, so you should definitely follow them.
Fresh on the wheels of the Elzach World Cup in Germany, it’s the Road World Champs in Nottwil, Switzerland, and there’s so much great racing, with Paralympic qualification points on the line. There’s a race preview up on the UCI website, and daily race reports on their Para-Cycling Worlds portal, and more previews from Cycling Australia, British Cycling, Cycling Ireland and USA Paralympics.
Follow all the action live with the #Paracycling2015 hashtag and UCI Para-cycling on twitter, and there’ll be lots of race reports from every day on various National Federations’ Paracycling portals, including Cycling Australia (and photos on their facebook) the Dutch Federation, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Canada, USA Cycling and their USA Paracycling twitter and USA Paralympics news page, and more on British Cycling’s news pages (if you want more British news, keep an eye on the BBC Disability Sport pages) and Paralympics New Zealand’s facebook and twitter, German team facebook and twitter, and Colombian Para-cycling team twitter. Photos on the competition website, and all the results on the UCI website. I’ve got a twitter list for Para-cyclists and team accounts which I’m adding to all the time.
Here’s Aussie Carol Cooke’s blog about winning her 3rd tricycle T2 World Champs – And if you want to know a bit more about one of the riders, check out my interview from last year with Aussie Alex Green, which you can listen to and read. There’ll be more great content, and I’ll post anything I see after the race.
It’s probably the second most sprinty road world cup this year, and wonderful to see the World Cup back in Germany! No live tv that I know of, but there’ll be highlights on the UCI youtube after the race, and my best bet to follow the action as it happens is my live race twitter list and maybe through the Sparkassen Giro twitter.
Wow, that’s a lot of racing – and of course, if you see more information, please do leave me a comment or tell me on twitter and I’ll edit it in. And of course, I’ll link to what I saw after the weekend, so keep me posted with anything you love!