It’s been a great week for women’s races, with so much live racing – I feel spoiled! We’ve got videos, photos & more from the women’s Tour, the European Junior and u23 Road Championships, and the Windham cross country and downhill MTB World Cup. In chronological order…
Final kilometres below – and the full stage video here
We’ve never seen a race report like Amy Cutler’s:
Final kilometres below – and full stage video here
Highlights of the time trials, with interviews with u23 winner Mieke Kröger and junior winner Agnieszka Skalniak.
Highlights of the road races, with winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma and junior winner Nadia Quagliotto.
Photos from all the races on the European Cycling Union’s website.
Wondering why no British riders at Euros? So are we
This happens every year, and I know for a fact that in previous years a team asked British Cycling if they could take riders and fund a team, and were told no. Why do British Cycling send juniors and u23s to the Track Euros but not roads? I will never know. Some people say it’s because funding is linked to Olympic medals – but that doesn’t make sense as an excuse because a) that’s the same for pretty much every cycling Federation, b) giving young riders the chance to race against the best in their age group, learn about big race nerves, etc, might not help Rio, but could lead to Tokyo medals, c) the u23 winner gets an automatic, extra spot at Road Worlds – so again, the chance to learn about racing at Olympic level and d) it’s a showcase for riders to catch the eye of pro teams, and have the chance to race and develop at the top levels…. I genuinely don’t understand this, and I’m gutted for the young British juniors and u23s who’ll never have had these chances.
As always, there is so much brilliant media from the MTB World Cup, and gorgeous things to look at
Something amazing from every day:
- Track Walk gallery on Dirt MTB, and Claudio Caluori’s great course preview video on Red Bull Bike
- Practice photo gallery and video on Dirt Mountainbike
- Qualifications video on Red Bull Bike, and on Dirt, and photo gallery on Dirt MTB
- MISSY GIOVE, the first legend of Downhill MTB, was back. MISSY, OMG! Here’s a slideshow of her return on VitalMTB, and a video of her qualification run on Red Bull Bike. Why is Missy so important to MTB? Wideopen mag explains (with video!) and links to this Dirt interview from 2013 – and article on the UCI site, her wiki, and a video from Dirt
And then it was the finals….
My very favourite kind of bike video (OMG by miles) is when Red Bull Bike puts together the Go Pro from Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton next to each other, to compare & contrast. Last year it was all Manon winning – here’s their Windham, and Rachel, WOW!
Video preview of the course with Lea Davison on Red Bull Bike
Post-race video interview with Emily Batty and Multivan-Merida post-race video
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