It’s December, and while the road season is over, the cyclocross and track seasons are just hotting up. This weekend we’ve got great competitions in both of them, and tons and tons of live women’s cycling – here’s how to watch it.
After Round 1 in Cali, back in October, the track stars head to the New Zealand summer for round 2. We don’t get too much tv – there’s most on New Zealand’s Sky channels
and highlights in some other countries (check out the UCI’s Track World Cup TV guide) (It may turn up on streams, but I don’t know – check out the usual places for streams) but what most of us get is a show on Sunday 6th, which will be a mix of live races and highlights from the previous two days – that’s streamed on the UCI youtube channel, here:
Cambridge is in the NZDT timezone, which is GMT +13, and that video starts at 5pm NZDT & 3pm Aussie AEDT; 4am UK GMT & 05:00 European CET; 11pm North American EST & 8pm PST on Saturday 5th. But there’s an easy way to check your timezone – click through to the video, and you’ll see a count-down. (If it’s geo-restricted for you, it’s because it’s on tv in your area – there’s guidance on what to do about that in this cyclocross post). Under the YT video there’s also a handy guide to track events, if you’re new to this strand of cycling.
Now that might be disappointing if you want to watch it all live, but there are other ways to follow as the action happens.
Tissot Timing runs a live timing app that updates pretty much as it happens, and the results will be on their race page as soon as possible. Anything in red has already been raced and updated – white means there’s nothing there yet. So if you want the final startlists, this is where you go. That Tissot page includes the final race schedules, and there’s the startlist-as-it-stands, along with the provisional competition start-list and schedule on the UCI site.
Then, of course, there’s twitter. The race organisers have a twitter, @TrackWorldCupNZ, as well as a facebook and instagram, and I’m sure they’ll be posting information in real time there. The Cycling New Zealand twitter and the UCI track twitter should give information too – and they all seem to be using #TWCNZ as the official hashtag. British Cycling, the Belgian Cycling Team and Cycling Australia are very good at country-specific information, and BC and CA have reports and photos on their websites – Cycling Australia’s track portal and British Cycling’s Track portal. And as usual, you can follow the women racing through my twitter list of track cycling women here.
The UCI will put up video highlights throughout the competition – I go to the track section of their YT, and you can see what they put up from Cali there, but you can also access all the videos and news from the competition through the Track World Cup portal on their website.
There’s more information over on the race website – good luck to all the riders!
Cyclocross has 3 big series, and bpost is on a roll, with 2 races in 2 weeks. Essen course has long straight sections, in fields and some twisty woodland areas, and it’s likely to be another very, very muddy race.
The women’s race starts at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT; 7:45am USA EST; 11:45pm Aussie AEDT), and the men’s race starts at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 1am AEDT), and it’ll be streamed by Sporza (that may or may not be geo-restricted) via their race matchcenter, or you can watch another stream on the bpost page that goes up on the day of each race is available pretty much everywhere, or via this link. If that doesn’t work for you, try the usual places for streams. Startlists are here (women = vrouwen) and there are more ways to follow the racing on my guide, including the joys of VPNs.
There are 2 race websites – the race organisers’, and the bpost site, and if you want to catch up on the bpost overall standings, they’re here. If you want to see what happened last weekend, at the KwadrO Flandriencross in Hamme, there are photos and information on the bpost site, photos on Blaint Hamvas’ Cyclephotos site, and there’s a LOT of video (I’m giving you the women’s, but if you want the men’s, check out these accounts) – highlights, post-race winner interview, lots more interviews in the Sporza matchcenter (scroll to to about the 3rd page for the women) and a full race replay video below
The Druivencross isn’t part of any of the series, but it’s an amazing stand-alone race, with tons and tons of history, and a lot of the biggest names are always dying to take on the super-tough Overijse course – and this year it’s taking place on Sinterklaas, so expect a visit from Sint-Nicolaas, and toys, if you’ve been good. Because we’ve all been good, it’s live on Sporza too, at 13:45 CET for the women(12:45 pm GMT; 7:45am EST; 11:45pm Aussie AEDT), and 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 1am AEDT) for the men – and follow the same instructions for how to watch as Essen.
The race usually has some cobbles, climbing, and a ton of mud, if the rain keeps up – you can find the coursemap, startlist and more on the race website, and I’ll be there cheering! You can follow me on twitter, and tell me there, or in the comments below, if there are any more ways to follow these races, and I’ll share it all.
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