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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…

UCI stream for the women’s and men’s TTTs here

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

There’s livetiming from Tissot timing – head here for the live link, and here for all the results.

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.

There’s lots more information on the Doha website, and on the UCI’s Worlds portal – and the startlists and results will be here for the UCI (scroll down)


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.

Videos, photos and media from the Team Time Trial and the women’s ITTs.

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.

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