This week’s racing videos – Essen & Namur cyclocross, and Aussie track

So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement.  The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer.  Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.

Full results on the race website, more photos of all the Essen races, race report on Cyclingnews, and a race report with a few photos on CX Magazine’s site.

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Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup.  Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal.  Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere.  It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation).  Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:

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Podcast Episode 24 – CrossTrack

Well it’s been a couple of weeks since we last talked and there’s a bit to catch up on. To start with, we enter into a huge, sprawling discussion of the value of track racing while reviewing the Glasgow Track World Cup and then after that we get a little sandy as we talk Koksijde cyclocross. Of course there’s a whole bunch of swearing and bad jokes mixed in as well. Enjoy. (52.17MIN / 50.64MB)

You can listen to the podcast here.

 

 

And you can grab it from iTunes here.

Things we talked about this week:

  • The Glasgow Track World Cup – here are some very short video highlights:

All the results can be found on the Tissot Timing site – and lots more information on the Glasgow TWC website

  • Track sprint star Kristina Vogel‘s website and twitter – she’s really friendly, as well as being an excellent rider – follow her!
  • Photos of the ridiculously muddy Asper-Gavere Superprestige Cyclocross by Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos – I love Balint’s CX photos, they’re fantastic – check them out on his website – and more photos of the race on Cyclingnews
  • And to follow women’s CX races as they’re happening, follow Balint on twitter at @Cyclephotos – and photographer Bart Hazen and Sporza producer Andre Meganck as well – they all tweet in-race updates
  • And we didn’t talk about this, Amber Pierce wrote a piece on Money versus Ethics, her response to the argument that women’s cycling should be saved from the evils of too much money – click through and read it!