How to watch the 2016 Road World Championships
It’s Road Worlds! Later than usual, but the cycling season has been weird this year, with the combination of the Olympic Games, and the Road Worlds in Doha, Qatar, they’ve been pushed back to try to make sure they’re not TOO hot. Here’s my guide to watching and following the races live. We should be able to watch some every race..
The UCI have already said that because the temperatures are likely to be very high, the races may be cut short, to protect the riders, so the information is about the original plan. Click through the links to get to the course information…
- Women’s Team Time Trial, Sunday 9th October, 2:10pm AST (12:10pm UK BST; 13:10 Euro CEST; 7:10am USA EDT; 10:10pm Aussie AEDT)
- Men’s Team Time Trial, 9th October, 3:20pm AST (1:20pm BST, 14:20 CEST, 8:20am EDT, 11:20pm AEDT)
- Junior Women’s Individual Time Trial, Monday 10th October, 9:30am AST (7:30am BST, 08:30 CEST, 2:30am EDT, 5:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream here, which looks un-restricted in a lot of places
- U23 Men’s ITT, 10th October, 11:30am AST (9:30am BST, 10:30 CEST, 4:30am EDT, 7:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream here, which look un-restricted in a lot of places
- Junior Men’s ITT, Tuesday 11th October, 9am AST (7am BST, 08:o0 CEST, 2am EDT, 5pm AEDT) – UCI stream here (un-restricted in most places)
- Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial, 11th October, 1:15pm AST (11:15am BST, 12:15 CEST, 6:15am EDT, 9:15pm AEDT) – UCI stream here
- Elite Men’s ITT, 12th October, 1:45pm AST (11:45am BST, 12:45 CEST, 6:45am EDT, 9:45pm AEDT) – UCI stream here
- U23 Men’s Road Race, Thursday 13th October, 12pm AST (10am BST, 11:00 CEST, 5am EDT, 8pm AEDT) – UCI stream (seems unrestricted)
- Junior Women’s Road Race, Friday 14th October, 8:30am (6:30am BST, 07:30 CEST, 1:30am EDT, 4:40pm AEDT) – UCI stream, un-restricted
- Junior Men’s Road Race, 14th October, 1:15pm AST (11:15am BST, 12:15 CEST, 6:15am EDT, 9:15pm AEDT) – UCI stream, mostly unrestricted
- Elite Women’s Road Race, Saturday 15th October, 12:45pm AST (10:45am BST, 11:45 CEST, 5:45am EDT, 8:45pm AEDT) – UCI stream
- Elite Men’s Road Race, Sunday 16th October, 10:30am AST (8:30am BST, 09:30 CEST, 3:30am EDT, 6:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream
If you miss the races live, those streams will have the full races archived after they’re over.
So, how can we watch?
There’s streaming on the UCI YouTube, but it will be geo-restricted in some counties (see ways round that below!) and there’ll be streaming on the Doha 2016 website, but there’s no info about what yet. Update: Here’s the UCI’s full list of what TV channels are showing in different countries, so you can check out where you are – and here are some of the countries I’ve been asked about:
- Sporza (Belgium) is streaming everything, including the Junior races, and all of the women’s race – their timetable is on their livestream page, and this is where their feed will be (“Vrouwen” = women in Dutch)
- The TTTs, elite ITTs and Road Races are on in the Netherlands on NPO1 and NOS.nl – here’s their TV guide, and their livestream will be here. But I hear Dutch people can all see Sporza on TV.
- In the UK, the BBC is showing the elite ITTs, and the entire elite road races – the information is here (scroll down) – and anything on the Red Button should also be streamed on the website – head to their Cycling portal on the day.
- Eurosport is showing all of the women’s and men’s Team Time Trials, Elite women’s and men’s and U23 men’s ITTs, and some of the women’s road race (stream starts at 1pm in the UK, may be different in different territories)
- Australian SBS information here
- USA – NBC sports are showing some of the racing live, but most of it on delay. The not-especially-helpful timetable is here
All this means that, as usual, if it’s on TV anywhere, there should also be streams – I always start here, here and here. And if you want to watch a stream in another country directly, INRNG explains VPNs really well – there are free VPN services at Hola, Betternet and Tunnelbear. The UCI stream should be viewable from Argentina, or Ireland.
How to follow without Streams
Most of those TV stations will also be running liveblogs from the Worlds – and Cyclingnews will have liveblogging on their Worlds portal. And as always, there’ll be tons of tweeting about the races. The official hashtag is the unwieldy #UCIDoha2016, and I’ll be updating my twitter list of livetweeters from the women’s races. The official race twitter is @UCIDoha2016, and the UCI will be tweeting on their main twitter. I’ll be commentweeting the women’s races as usual, too.
Dan and I previewed the women’s races on our most recent podcast, and there’s tons of great information about the women on Ella Cycling Tips and Cyclingnews. Our podcast about the women’s TTT and ITTs is here.
As always, I have a special service for people who are new to women’s cycling, but don’t know who to cheer for at Worlds: if you tell me your favourite male cyclist/type of rider, I’ll tell you their equivalents, the women to cheer for at Worlds. Previous Equivalenting posts are here – leave me a comment or tell me your favourite on twitter.
And you can always tweet me with any Worlds questions, and if I can’t answer them, I’ll find someone who can. It’s going to be a strange Worlds, but we know the teams and riders will race their hearts out, and give us as much drama as the courses permit!
Big thanks, as always, to my Patreon supporters, who fund my women’s cycling work – I can’t thank them enough – you can join them here from as little as £/€/$2 a month.