Video from the 2015/6 mid-Winter cyclocross

The cyclocross season is in full flight, and we’ve had so many races over the 2015/6 Kerstperiode (the insanely busy time between Christmas and New Year, when the racing gets even more hardcore), and this season we had more media coverage than ever.  I’m here to share the women’s race videos – and as ever, if you want to see the men’s races too, the same YouTubes have their videos too.

Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder

Boxing Day started with the very fast Zolder circuit.  Highlights on Sporza and from the UCI:

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The cyclocross ‘Holy week’ – watch the midwinter CX LIVE!

One of the fun, idiosyncratic things about cyclocross and it’s place in Belgian culture is that while most other sportspeople breathe a sigh of relief and take a break over the Christmas and New Year period, the CX riders ramp up the racing.  No huge dinners on Christmas Day or big nights out on New Year’s Eve – instead there are some of the biggest races of the season on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  And for fans of women’s cyclocross, this year we get a huge heap of presents, as this season has the most live racing ever!  I’m here to tell you what’s on when, and how you can watch it.  Happy CXmas!  (TM Renaat Schotte!)

Unless otherwise stated, women’s races start at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT, 7:45am North American EDT and 11:45pm Aussie AEDT) except the World Cups, which start 15 minutes earlier, and the men’s races pretty much always start at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT, 9am EDT and 1am AEDT), with the tv starting around 10 mins earlier, which makes life easier – and my general advice on finding streams, VPNs etc, is in this post.

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Saturday 26th December 2015: Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder

Zolder is where the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships will be held, and as fits a course held in the grounds of a famous motorsports track, it’s always fast and furious, with an unusual part where the course climbs up to a chapel, on land where there are no spectators, as it’s holy ground.

UPDATE!  The women’s and men’s races are live on Eurospsort!   And the UCI are streaming this one, and you can find the streams for the women’s and men’s races on their YouTube.

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How to watch the holiday cyclocross, even if you missed it – incuding CX World Cups Namur and Heusden-Zolder

This weekend it’s the start of one of the biggest and most important periods in the European cyclocross season, and I’m here to tell you how to watch them!

As always, to find out more about each of the races, head to tgsgirl’s CX calendar on Podium Café, which will give you an idea about which are the ones you might want to bookmark – and I’ve got more details on how to watch European CX in an earlier post.  All men’s races start at 15:00 CET (2pm UK, 9am USA EST, 6am USA PST and 1am Aus AEDT) although the streams tend to start anywhere between half an hour and 10 minutes before that.  I’ll add in links to any women’s race videos here after the races – and if you want to chat to me about the races, I’m on twitter as @_pigeons_ and will be in livethreads on Podium Café (look for them when the races are on)

Saturday 21st December – GP Rouwmoer Essen (bpost bank trofee #4)

The bpost bank trofee races are the hardest to follow for non-Belgians, both for the men’s and women’s races.  Look for streams of the men’s race in the usual places – if you want highlights of the women’s race, check out Sporza’s Essen match center, which will also provide live updates and graphics all the way through the men’s race and tons of video clips after, and their videozone after the race, but don’t hold your breath….

UPDATE!  Here’s the full video of the Belgian tv coverage, with a minute or two of the women at the start (starting around the 2:30 mark)

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Sunday 22nd December – World Cup Namur (UCI CX World Cup #4)

This is one of the best races on the calendar for me – and here’s how gs described it in her Podium Café calendar:

The closest cyclocross comes to mountainbike is the Namur World Cup. It’s around the citadel of Namur, and races around the citadel rarely disappoint. It’s like a magical place of really good pure cycling. The inclines on the hills of WC Namur are very steep, both going up and coming down. They’re also very technical, so to win a supercombo of skill and power will be required. Amongst the highlights of the season for me, this one.

Plus, because it’s a World Cup, we see the return to CX of Marianne Vos, as part of her campaign to win her 7th Cyclocross World Championships title – she’s only got the World Cups on her calendar over the mid-winter period, and it’ll be her first race back since her operation, so she’ll likely be starting far back on the grid…..  how will she do? Luckily, we’ll get to watch her race!

Because it’s a World Cup, both the women’s and men’s races will be streamed live on the UCI’s youtube and then archived in full in the same place, after the race is over:

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