This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 MB)
One of the things that made me fall in love with Mountain Bike was getting to see all these extraordinary landscapes, all over the world – and the Cairns round is incredible. It’s in the Australian rainforest, with all the snakes, spiders, stinging-trees and difficult conditions that comes with that – although this year it was damp, rather than 2014’s torrential (for the women, at least!). But beautiful! And the other reason I fell so hard for the sport is that the media is fantastic. Here’s my collection of videos, photos and more fun stuff from the 2016 Downhill Round 2, and first Cross Country World Cup of 2016.
Downhill World Cup #2
Let’s start with the amazing Red Bull Bike coverage – we can watch the full race replay (top 6 women, and top 20 men) over here. I love the winner’s interview (no spoilers!) around the 33:15 mark – and I really love the Red Bull video highlights too.
There’s more highlights here:
But there’s so much more!
This weekend was round 2 of the MTB World Cup – and given it was in the Australian RAINforest, it was MTB in cyclocross conditions – complete with the Downhill course being shut for a while for snake crossing. Because it’s MTB, there was a ton of gorgeous photography, videos and more fun *stuff* – here’s what I liked.
This is great – they are experimenting with GoPro footage from within the race, and this is the only film they could salvage, from Jolanda Neff and Kathrin Stirnemann’s helmets. Full replay of the race video on Red Bull Bike – and here’s the UCI highlights
Good news everyone! This week we talk in detail about Flèche Wallonne and the extensive tv coverage provided for the race this year (Sarah sets a limit on how much Dan’s allowed to rant, which he accepts gracefully and without comment). We also talk about the BMX Supercross Wold Cup in Manchester and the upcoming MTB Downhill racing in Cairns (and how EVERYTHING in Australia is trying to kill you). There’s blogs and videos from all over the place and two big interviews with Emma Pooley and Evelyn Stevens to highlight. As usual, there’s plenty of swearing, plenty of laughing and lots more, so strap in and prepare for almost as much mayhem as if you were sprinting over the Mur de Huy for the victory. (1:03:59 MIN / 61.42 MB)
This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links….
We forgot to mention this, but truthfully, we both found it so weird that we’re not sure what we would have said anyway – but we love Ellen van Dijk! Her bizarre interaction in a beauty salon
Meet the Rabo-Liv 2014 team
Round 2 of the 2014 Mountainbike World Cup is in Australia, 24th-27th April – and of course we can watch it all live, on Redbull tv!
- Women’s & men’s Eliminator, 25th April – 4:15pm Aus AET (7:15am UK BST; 08:15 Euro CEST; 2:15am USA EST; 11pm Thursday USA PST)
- Women’s & men’s Downhill, 26th April – 2:15pm AET, (5:15am BST; 06:15 CEST; 00:15 EST; 9:15pm Friday PST)
- Women’s cross county, 27th April – 11:20am AET (2:20am BST; 03:30 CEST; 9:15pm EST & 6:15pm Saturday USA)
- Men’s cross country, 27th April – 1:50pm AET, (4:50am BST; 05:50 CEST; 11:50pm EST & 8:50pm PST Saturday USA)
If you want to check the timezones, click through to each link, and you’ll see a countdown to the start of the streams – and if that’s the wrong time of day for you, don’t worry, the coverage is archived there as soon as the race is over.
There’ll be a ton of information, photos and videos in the days leading up to the races, through the practice and qualifications (with mud, snakes, spiders and stinging trees) – I will be looking on Red Bull Bike, Dirt Magazine and Pinkbike, as well as the race website and facebook – and you can follow the race twitter and Cairns2014 hashtag for more information. Start with this fantastic helmetcam run, as Claudio Caluori previews the downhill course – and more from Bec Henderson and Daniel McDonnell taking us through the XCo course.