WATCH & follow the 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships LIVE
17th-20th March 2016
Sometimes I really struggle whether to go with a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” approach to talking about cycling – especially when it comes to Para-cycling. In the plus column, hooray, there’s a Track World Championships, which hasn’t always been the given you’d imagine in would be (and this one’s even in an indoor velodrome, which wasn’t always the case). And the racing is always incredible, the riders fantastic, and my very favourite discipline is tandem sprint, WOW the bike skills on display there!
But it’s always disappointing there’s still no Tissot Timing, live timing and results, unlike all the other UCI disciplines UPDATE! Although there will be results added to RSS Timing, where you can also sign up to have results emailed to you. And we haven’t heard if there’ll be highlights clips from the races on the UCI YouTube, afterlast year there was UCI livestreaming of 1 day at Apeldoorn Track Worlds…
UPDATE! It’s definitely MORE than half-full this year! This year there looks like some live TV coverage on RAI Sport 2 every day! The RAI TV schedules tend to change a lot, so it’s worth double checking every day (scroll down the TV guide to RAI Sport 2, and look for Ciclismo su Pista: Camp. Mondiali Paralimpici 2016), but as of
Tuesday Friday, the coverage looks like this:
- Thurs 17th March, 18:45 – 20:10 Euro CET (from 5:45pm UK GMT; 1:45pm USA EDT; 4:45am Aus AEDT Fri)
- Friday 18th March,
20:00-21:30 CET (from 7pm GMT; 3pm EDT, 6am Sat AEDT)UPDATE! On Friday it now says 23:00 CET (from 10pm GMT; 6pm EDT, 9am Sat AEDT)
- Saturday 19th March, UCI says it’ll be LIVE between 15:00-16:00 CET (2-3pm GMT, 10-11am EST, 1-2am AEDT); but RAI journos are saying only highlights 22:00-23:10 CET (from 9pm GMT; 5pm EDT; 8am Sun AEDT) – so we’ll have to wait & see! Try both?
- Sunday 20th March, 16:30-17:45 CET (from 3:30pm GMT, 11:30pm EDT; 2:30am AEDT)
Check out which races will be shown when through the competition programme (tandem sprints are on Sunday). This is very exciting! The RAI Sport 2 livestream is here, though you may need a VPN set to Italy to see it, and there looks like there’s an alternative stream here. (If these disappear from the schedule, please don’t hate me – and if that does happen, check RAI Sport 1 before getting worried!)
There’s also a team out there for BBC Sport, so look out for clips featuring riders on the BBC Disability Sport pages, and also from Channel 4 Paralympics, who have features up on their site already, as well as the usual excellent videos from Cycling Australia. If you find more places featuring the Champs, please do share, & I’ll edit them in.
We can follow the rest of the competition, including the afternoon sessions on twitter, and look out for video clips and highlights, like this one from the Dutch Federation, of their team training:
The racing will be fantastic, and it’s especially important in a Paralympic year, so it’ll give us an idea of how our favourite riders and teams are going. And there are always brilliant photos, tweets and blogs from riders, so let’s celebrate them all!
How to follow live
This is the information I’ve pulled together, but please do share any more you’ve seen, here on via my twitter.
If you can’t see the TV/streams, or want to follow the morning sessions, the best way to follow live is via Twitter, with the #Paracycling2016 hashtag, which has some lovely content from riders and Feds, and UCI’s excellent Para-cycling twitter – and I’ve got a twitter list for Para-cyclists and team accounts which I’m adding to all the time. Teams to watch on twitter include Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA Paracycling twitter,
Startlists and results will be on the UCI page and RSS Timing, and there should be news reports, and hopefully video, on the UCI Para-cycling Track Worlds portal, where you can find out things like the competition programme. Italy is in the European CET timezone, so one hour ahead of UK GMT, 5 hours ahead of USA EDT, and 10 hours behind Australian AEDT – so when afternoon sessions start at 15:00 CET, that’s 2pm GMT, 10am EDT and 1am AEDT. There’s a bit more information on the competition website.
There’ll be lots of race reports from every day on various National Federations’ Paracycling portals, including Cycling Australia (with their Track Worlds preview and photos on their facebook) the Dutch Federation, Cycling Ireland, Italian Federation, Cycling Canada, Netherlands para-cycling portal, USA Cycling and USA Paralympics news page, British Cycling’s news pages and their guide to the Para Track Worlds (if you want more British news, keep an eye on the BBC Disability Sport pages too) and Paralympics New Zealand’s facebook, and the German team facebook.
If I find more, I’ll post it – and if there are videos, I’ll collect them after the competition, and put them up on my Tumblr, as I find them.