2016 Vallnord MTB World cup – videos & photos, and thoughts about how the UCI shows MTB

The last MTB World Cups of 2016!  So sad to see the season end, but Vallnord was a gorgeous place to finish in – and of course, we can watch the full replay and catch tons of media and videos.  I’ll be editing more in as I see it, so leave me a comment or tell me on twitter if you find things I’ve missed.

All the results and standings from the 2016 MTB World Cup are on the UCI website – and I’ve also got some thoughts about the UCI highlights videos, and a bit of a rant about why they chose to promote DH as they do.

Downhill

The full race replay is here on Red Bull TV; and highlights, a few photos, full results and Atherton’s winning run on the Red Bull Bike report; Highlights from Trek Factory Racing:

Photo-essay on Pinkbike; lots of photos on the Vallnord website.

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Olympic videos – Rio 2016

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We’re eventually going to see all the Olympic bike races put up on the Olympics Youtube, but until then, here’s what we can watch from the Rio 2016 women’s cycling – road race, ITT, track, BMX and MTB, with various other bits and pieces I’ve found.

If you want to compare and contrast what happened in Rio with previous Olympics, head to the Olympic Channel, where you can search by sport, and under the Rio 2016 videos, you’ll find highlights from previous years too.

A lot of the Olympic media is geo-restricted to countries (INRNG tells you more about restrictions, and how to see things despite them), so if there’s more you want to see, do try searching with your country’s broadcaster – I’ve added the BBC links because I can see them all from the UK, but hopefully you can find them in your country too. If there’s anything you especially enjoyed, please do tell me, and I’ll edit it in.

Road

The Road Race

We kicked off with the Road Race, which was dramatic, in so many different ways  – Dan and I talked about it in our post-race podcast.  Highlights on the Olympic Channel, and on the Olympic YT:

Anna van der Breggen talks about it in this InCycle TV interview:

Full results, and more Road race media:

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Watch the 2016 Vallnord MTB World Cups, LIVE!

The last MTB World Cup of 2016, and the Downhill and Cross Country riders come together for one final bash, before the DH World Champs next weekend.  We’ve in the mountains of Andorra, in Vallnord, and of course, this being MTB, we can watch it live, AND have a ton of media beforehand.  I’ll tell you how to watch first, and then check out the pre-race awesome, which I’ll be adding to every day before the  races.

So, Vallnord.  There’s all the programme information, course maps, startlists etc on the great race website, and the current World Cup standings on the UCI World Cup portal, and what you’re really interested in, the Downhill finals and XCo races will be streamed on Red Bull TV, although I should warn you, sometimes these are streamed on a delay, so keep off social media if you want the results to be a surprise until you’ve seen them!  If you miss the races live you’ll be able to watch here after the races too.

To follow the races live on twitter, including the pre-race build up, check out the Vallnord and UCI MTB twitters, and the #UCIMTBWC and #VallnordWorldCup hashtags.

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So, what’s gone on so far?

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How to watch the 2016 women’s Olympic cycling, live

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 22.09.44Are you as excited as I am?  It’s Rio 2016, the Olympic Games, and it’s full of women’s cycling!

Here’s the timings for the races.  Rio is in the BRST timezone, 4 hours behind UK BST, 5 hours behind Euro CEST, 13 hours behind Aussie AEST (ouch) and 1 hour ahead of North American EDT

Women’s Road Race, Sunday 7th August – 1:15-4:20ish BRST (starts 5:15pm BST, 18:15 CEST, 2:15am AEST, 12:15pm EDT).  There’s a preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and the startlist will be here on the day, or use CyclingFever’s.

Women’s Individual Time Trial, Wednesday 10th August – 8:30am BRST (starts 12:30pm BST, 13:30 CEST, 5:30pm AEST, 7:30am EDT).  SO SORRY, THE TIME I PUT U BEFORE HAS CHANGED!  This is right now! The startlist will be here on the day, and hopefully we’ll see split times there too.  More startlist options on CyclingFever, or on my twitter.

If you can’t watch, or want commentary on the road races, follow #CyclingRoad on twitter.

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Track, 11th-16th August – startlists will be via that link – the #CyclingTrack hashtag is how to follow on twitter.

  • Thursday 11th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – the women’s race in this session is the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRST
  • Friday 12th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST), and the women’s racing is the Team Sprint, with the Qualifying and Round 1, and the Finals from 6pm BRST (10pm BST, 23:00 CEST, 5pm EDT and 7am Sat AEST)
  • Saturday 13th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

The women’s races  the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRSTand the women’s race is the Keirin – finals from 5:27pm BRST (9:27pm BST, 22:27 CEST, 4:27 EDT and 6:27am Sunday AEST)

  • Sunday 14th:  Morning Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – includes Women’s Sprint qualifying and 1/16 finals, and Team Pursuit Round 1, and the Finals at 4:53pm BRST (8:53pm BST, 21:53 CEST, 3:53pm EDT, 5:53am Monday AEST)
  • Monday 15th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes women’s sprint racing and the first three omnium rounds.  Omnium scratch from 11am BRST (3pm BST, 16:00 CEST, 10am EDT, midnight AEST) and my favourite round of the Omnium, the Elimination from 6:17 BRST (10:17pm BST, 23:17 CEST, 5:17pm EDT and 7:17am Tuesday AEST)

  • Tuesday 16th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes the end of the women’s sprint and omnium.   Omnium final round, the Points race, from 5pm BRST (9pm BST, 22:00 CEST, 4pm EDT, 6am Weds AEST) and the Sprint finals from 5:45 BRST.

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Women’s BMX – course preview here, startlists will be here – follow the #CyclingBMX hashtag on twitter

  • Seeding Run, Wednesday 17th August, 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST)
  • Main event Friday 18th August – session starts with the Women’s semi-finals 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST) and women’s finals from 3pm BRST (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 2pm EDT, 4am Saturday AEST)

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Cross Country MTB, Saturday 20th August, 12:30-3:15pm BRST (from 5:30 BST, 18:30 CEST, 11:30am EDT, 2:30am AEST) Startlists will be here. #CyclingMountainBike is the clumsy twitter hashtag.

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I’m watching these on the BBC (they have special Olympic TV channels, which you can find here, and there’ll be web feeds from this page) but if you don’t have good TV in your country, you should be able to find streams on streaming sites like this, this and this.   And if you want to use a VPN solution to your favourite country’s streaming, INRNG explains more here.

If you have any questions – and the sport, especially if you’re new to the women’s racing, ask in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll try to help.  Of course, I’ll pull together videos, after the events

Dan and I podcast-previewed the Road Race, and you can listen to that here.

Watch the 2016 Lenzerheide MTB World Cups LIVE!

We may have had the Cross Country MTB World Championships last week, but the World Cup is still in full flight.  This weekend it’s XCo AND downhill, and as always, we can watch live, thanks to Red Bull TV:

Information on the race website, and follow on twitter via the #UCIMTBWC hashtag

As always, there’s some great pre-race media from the Downhill…

I’ll edit more pre-race media in as I see it – and of course, I’ll put a post of race media after the weekend.

Videos from the 2016 Cross Country MTB World Championships

A huge weekend of racing, with so much action – and we’ve got video – highlights from the Junior and U23 women, the full race replay from the elite women, and lots more photos, backstage and more media.

Elite women

SO MUCH DRAMA! in this race – it was just crazy, especially that fight for third.  The full race replay is here on Red Bull TV, and we’ve also got race highlights from the UCI – and I love this video from behind the finish-line, showing what happens after a win!

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Watch the 2016 Cross Country MTB World Championships – LIVE!

I don’t know what I think about dividing the 2016 MTB World Championships into XCo now, and Downhill in September (that’s what the Olympic year does) – but it does mean there’s more mountainbike to watch, so I’m not too grumpy! We’re back in Nové Město na Moravě, in the Czech Republic, always a great atmosphere.

We’ve already had the ‘warm up’ events, the Elimination and Relay, which I’ll show you below – and this weekend it’s the main events, the Olympic MTB races. And as with all the great MTB, we can watch them live.

  • Women’s World Champs, Saturday 2nd July, 14:50 Euro CEST, 1:50pm UK BST; 8:50am EDT; 10:50pm Aussie AEST
  • Men’s World Champs, Sunday 3rd July, 14:50 Euro CEST, 1:50pm UK BST; 8:50am EDT; 10:50pm Aussie AEST

There’s lots of information on the race website, and there’ll be more on the UCI MTB Worlds portal, including the startlists (and results of races so far) – and you can follow on twitter via the race account, UCI MTB account, and #XCoWorlds hashtag.

So what’s happened so far?

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