The elite women’s race at the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships was one of the all-time greatest cycling races I’ve ever seen, and I loved the whole weekend. And the best thing? Not only was the 2016/7 season the first time we got to see all the major women’s CX races live (and a whole load of the minor ones too!) – but there are three races left to come from the season – and we can watch them live too! Here’s how to watch the Krawatencross in Lille on 4th February, and SuperPrestige Hoostraten on the 5th.
Saturday 4th February, coverage from 13:40 European CET (12:40pm UK GMT, 7:40am USA EST, 11:40pm Australian AEST)
I still can’t get over the amazing women’s racing from the Bieles 2017 Cyclocross World Championships! The U23 women’s race was incredible enough, and then the Elite Women’s was just completely spectacular – one of the very, very best races I’ve ever seen in any kind of cycling, women’s or men’s. It had everything – riding skills, drama, surprises, and a worthy winner, on a fantastic course. I’m still getting the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, thinking of it!
If you missed any of it, here’s my collection of videos, photos and other media. There’s a lot of it! I’m start with the Elite women, and then move onto the U23s. As always, if you seen anything I’ve missed, tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
There are lots of fantastic videos on the Cyclocross Magazine YouTube and interviews with the Canadians, on the Canadian Cyclist YouTube, from before the races and after.
Elite women’s race
UCI Highlights and full race replay
It’s the Cyclocross World Championships! And 2017 has probably the biggest field of possible winners ever – it’s going to be a fantastic race, and such luxury that we can watch it live. I asked Marianne Vos, Sophie de Boer and Christine Majerus some questions about the race, and you can read what they said.
Vos is going for her eighth World title! Listen to her talk, or read the transcript below:
It’s a huge weekend of women’s racing – with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, and the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg, both on Saturday 28th January – and I’m here to tell you how to watch them both, LIVE!
This week we catch up on all the Australian nationals results, the cyclocross nationals and the Women’s Tour Down Under along with a detailed and robust conversation about how hard it is (or isn’t) to provide race highlights. Sarah’s been suffering with a terrible lung infection and manages to only cough up parts of her internal organs, while keeping the entire episode actually within reasonable bounds. It’s the unicorn episode kid. (1:00:51 MIN / 57.06 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos and media from:
Fiuggi Cyclocross World Cup
The National Cyclocross Championships have moved to January, and it was a fantastic weekend for live women’s cycling, with the Dutch Champs having the women as the Main Event, so we could flip from live Belgium to live Netherlands women, before heading to the USA. Such an amazing luxurious day of race after race!
I’ve said it a lot this season, but wow, things have changed so much, so quickly, in terms of cyclocross broadcasting for women. Just a few years ago, I felt lucky to see highlights of the women’s World Champs, and 5 minutes of a race was a luxury, but now I can watch all three major series without going near a dodgy stream – AND most races on my actual TV too! CX is now the cycling discipline that is most accessible, in terms of watching women’s racing, and everyone who’s worked on that should be so proud, especially the people at Sporza. It’s glorious!
Of course there are still some countries that could do with improvement, but this weekend demonstrates why – and that it’s completely possible to provide more than 2 minutes highlights. Strap in for some great videos, photos and media – and of course, if there are any that I’ve missed, please do tell me, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
As always, it’s the Dutch Cyclocross Championships that has the biggest field in terms of most riders who could win, with a current and former World Champion lining up. But from the first lap, there was one rider head-and-shoulders above the rest…
(If anyone can find the full replay anywhere, please do let me know – I love that it was all live!)
It’s the first week of 2017 and we’re already knees deep in a whole bunch of racing, it’s been fantastic! Dan anoints another honorary Australian and we celebrate the joys of the diversity of Orica Scott tactics. There’s a new Australian national criterium champion and there’s a HUGE amount of changes in the 2017 UCI Racing Calendar to discuss. There’s also some cyclocross, some Vos and some other goss to cover. It’s a big and exciting start to the new year. (1:30:25 MIN / 84.77 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included…
Sarah’s posts on the 2017 women’s road calendar:
- Part 1: How the 2016 Road Calendar changed between publication and racing – and how 2016 compares to 2017
- Part 2: How many races we’ve lost in 2017, and how that fits into patterns over time
- Part 3: Where the change have happened
This week’s racing
Results, photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk and the DVV Trophy website, IJsboerke Trophy Rankings with one race to go, and video highlights: