I’m down a rabbit-hole of MTB videos, and loving every moment!
First, it’s the Absa Cape Epic, the most crazy-beautiful-tough, and yes, EPIC! South African MTB stage race. There are tons of videos on the race Youtube, including this one of Kathrin Stirnemann descending, and these ones focusing on the women’s race from Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 but my favourite video so far is this one on the Specialized Youtube, following Annika Langvad and Ariane Kleinhans as they talk about picking up a time penalty in Stage 2 and then fighting back in Stage 3.
In the Downhill world, the Athertons are training in Malaga, and there’s this gorgeous video on Red Bull Bike, with Rachel Atherton talking about helmetcam (my favourite thing) and tons of helmetcam shots. Love it! And if you want to see what they’ll be riding this year, Dirt MTB looks at the new 2015 GT Fury (love that colour, Rach!)
If Enduro’s more your thing, here’s a team video from the Commençal Vallnord Enduro Team, including Cécile Ravanel (I first saw this on Pinkbike)
Something else I saw on Pinkbike, and it’s so appropriate… first, a film following the building of a MAXX Fat Bike (guess the colour) and then this lovely film, including ice fishing, outdoor cooking, snow riding and a beer sponsor…. typical Bavarian life! It all looks like so much fun…. and this, people, is why I love MTB!
SO MUCH GOOD STUFF! As always, videos and photos, and I love that…. BUT! What is it with the UCI video clips? I don’t know why, but the UCI World Cup promos are always full of crashes, and not the dramatic “OMG World Cup leader crashes and destroys her season” crashes that are necessary to the storyline, but “haha, watch this race, there’ll be loads of crashes to laugh at” that makes me roll my eyes – I mean, really? And then their highlights videos always have tons of shots of attractive women in the crowds in short-shorts and so on, and I don’t get it at all – why is the governing body of the sport putting out videos where there are more clips of audience totty than of actual women racing? It’s the same women flicking their hair in all three videos, too, and what are we, 1978?
At least there’s Red Bull, who have the superb race footage, great commentary and commission awesome videos from the Parkin Brothers, where the women are racing hard, jumping, battling and then talking about the actual race! I swear, Red Bull does far more for MTB than the UCI! And all the great stuff from teams, too, MTB really knows how to show their fans some love.
Full race replay on Red Bull TV
It’s been a big weekend of MTB racing – and of course there are a ton of videos and photos from the women’s races.
UPDATE! 26 minute highlights programme from all the races on Red Bull Bike
No Downhill this time, just the Eliminator and Cross Country (XCo) this time – but wow, so much to see!
Highlights video below – and for full coverage of the women’s and men’s races, watch the full coverage on Red Bull tv
Full results on the UCI site
Highlights below – and if you want the full coverage of the race, it’s available to watch from the beginning on Red Bull tv