We’re back after a small break due to illness and straight into a wealth of racing information with all of the main highlights from the Paralympics in Rio. Sarah’s collected a heap of information and as much video as possible, so do make sure to check it all out. We also have MTB worlds to cover, the Lotto Belgium Tour, The Madrid Challenge, and the Giro Toscana. In time-trial action there’s the Chronos de Champenois, and to top it all off cyclocross season is kicking off. Brace yourselves kids, this one’s a heck of a ride. (1:02:41 MIN / 57.40 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
Video collections from:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Track Cycling
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Road Cycling
- The Madrid Challenge
- Downhill & Four Cross World Championships
- Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana, Amy’s Otway Tour
We loved this video from our friend Coreen Mazzochi, who made Giro Toscana highlights videos in the collection above, but also made this backstage video diary, showing what it’s like to cover the race:
Saturday 24th September 2016
We’ve had the first round of the 2016/7 Telenet Cyclocross World Cup, CrossVegas (and if you missed it, you can watch the replay of the women’s race and the men’s race, interview with winner Sophie de Boer, and check out Balint Hamvas’ gorgeous photos) and almost immediately we’re crossing the USA to Iowa City for Round 2, Jingle Cross, the first time this race has been a World Cup.
The World Cup is part of a HUGE festival of cyclocross, with over 60 races for a whole ton of categories and courses, fireworks, music, partying and tons more – and you can find the full schedule here. But the World Cups are the most important ones, and they’re on Saturday 24th September:
- The women’s race is at 3:30pm CDT (4:30pm USA EDT; 9:30pm UK BST; 22:30 Euro CEST; 6:30am Aussie AEST) – UCI livestream here
- The men race at 5pm CDT (6pm EDT; 11pm BST; 00:00 CEST; 8am AEST) – UCI livestream here
The UCI’s TV guide is here, and the women’s and men’s races will be live on Play TV and RTBF in Belgium, and on TV channels in the Czech Republic, Denmark, USA.
For the rest of us, we can watch the races live on the UCI YouTube Channel, and if you miss it, the race will be archived for you at the same links – here’s the women’s race:
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Cyclocross is here! Well, OK, desert CX, but it’s still the first World Cup of the season – CrossVegas 2016, the 10th edition of this race – and it’ll be live!
The women race at 8:15pm USA PDT (11:15pm EDT; 4:15am UK BST; 05:15 Euro CEST; 1:15pm Thursday Aussie AEST) and the men at 9:30pm PDT, and the full programme is here.
The races will be streamed on the UCI YouTube, with this stream for the women, and this one for the men, and it should be available there as well after the race is over, so if you miss the races, hit those links for the full replay. And if you’re in the USA, it’s on Universal HD and the NBC Sports App 11PM–2AM EDT and on September 22nd on Premiere Universal HD – 6-8PM EDT.
First, all my thoughts are with the family, friends, and team-mates of Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died during the men’s C4-5 road race. So tragic, and a reminder that cycling is always a dangerous sport. Articles about his death on the BBC and the Guardian – and about the tribute to Golbarnezhad at the Closing Ceremony.
While the Rio 2016 Track Para-Cycling was almost all broadcast live, so we got a LOT of video, the Paralympic Road Racing wasn’t, so there’s less here – but I’ve got you some video, photos, articles, tweets and more.
Unfortunately, a lot of the videos are geo-restricted – some of the Paralympics YouTube clips are only available in countries without their own TV (but it’s hard to tell, so click each one to check – sorry), and the individual TV stations and often videos on news sites are often geo-retricted to their countries. However, you can use VPN services like Hola or Betternet, to see them (if you don’t know about VPNs, INRNG explains them)
Please forgive that fact I’ve got a lot of British-based coverage – it’s because it’s really good, and obviously because I get to see it. I’ve got coverage from other countries when I’ve seen it, but if you’ve seen good coverage from other countries that you want to share, please do let me know, and I’ll edit it in.
First, some general links and media – the Rio 2016 Road Cycling page, including all the schedule, results, and other general information about the courses. Overall report of the whole Paralympics road cycling on the UCI’s website.
UK-based highlights on the Channel 4 Paralympics site. USA video highlights on Team USA‘s website, but it’s all forbidden from my UK-based server. There are lots of video highlights of the Australian Paralympics on the 7Two YouTube, and the New Zealand Paralympians on the Attitude Live YouTube – for example this video profile of Amanda Cameron.
Almost too much women’s cycling to follow in the second week of September 2016, but that means we have an absolute ton of video to watch too! Road, track, MTB, and cyclocross – wow!
Because the Rio 2016 Paralympic Road Cycling isn’t being televised, I’ve been writing about some of the women who’ll be contesting the races, because they are such fantastic athletes with great stories, with some real jaw-dropping achievements. You can read about the H4 and H5 handcyclists here, and the final installment is all about the H1-3 riders. I can absolutely guarantee you won’t be disappointed by these women!
I described handcycling a little bit in that other piece, and as a reminder, in Rio there are two combined-category Handcycling ITTs on Wednesday 14th September – H4-5 and H1-3, with 1 gold in each, while the road races are H1-4 and H5 on 15th – and the startlists and livetimings should be available via the racing schedule.
As always, I haven’t managed to get to all of the riders, so if I’ve missed any facts, or your favourites, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit the information in. And after the riders, I’ll tell you a little bit more about the courses.
So who’s competing in the H1, H2 and H3 categories?
Justine Asher, H2, South Africa
She’s only on her fourth year handcycling, and has won two World Championships golds. Finding funding is very difficult for her, as there isn’t much funding for cycling, let alone paracycling, in South Africa, but she’s hoping to inspire other disabled South Africans to get involved in sports, and raise awareness – in in turn, funding!
She’s had an interesting life – a former fashion model, who sued a biotech company for fraudulent stem cell treatment, and seems to have won. She says her husband and children’s support is what enables her to race – and you can find out more in this Video profile, and another one here, including her talking about becoming World Champion – follow her on twitter
You can also watch her swim with sharks…
Handcycling is ridden on bikes were the riders us their hands to pedal. They can be recumbent, or riders can sit in them, depending on the categories, which run from H1-5. As with all Paralympic categories, the lower the number, the more the athlete’s disability affects their sport, so an H1 handcyclist may be a paraplegic, and have limited movement in their torso, while an H5 rider may half, for example, a missing leg, and sit in her handbike.
There are two combined-category Handcycling ITTs on Wednesday 14th September – H4-5 and H1-3, with 1 gold in each, while the road races are H1-4 and H5 on 15th – and the startlists and livetimings should be available via the racing schedule.
None of the Road races will be streamed live, so I’ll tell you a bit about some of the women riders. I haven’t managed to get to all of them, so if I’ve missed any facts, or your favourite riders, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit the information in. And after the riders, I’ll tell you a little bit more about the courses.
So who’s racing? I’ll start with the H4 and H5 handcyclists…
Laura de Vaan, H5, Netherlands
It’s her third Paralympics, and she’ll be looking to beat London, where she ended up with two medals – silver in the Road Race and bronze in the ITT. She has to be one of the big riders to beat as the current Time Trial World Champion. And if you want to find out about a handbiker, who better to ask questions than another handbiker? Check out this interview with her by Christiane Reppe: