Tomorrow it’s the 2016 women’s u23 and elite Cyclocross World Championships, and to celebrate, I’ve not only got Part 3 of my Rider Q&As, with Ellen van Loy and Åsa Erlandsson, I’ve also got links to other pre-race coverage I’ve been enjoying and that’s been recommended by other cyclocross fans. It’s going to be such a great set of races!
If you’ve missed them, here’s my pre-race coverage so far:
Special thanks to Helen and Marianne for putting me in touch with other riders
One of the top favourites is Ellen van Loy, one of the Belgians racing for Young Telenet-Fidea, and found on the podiums throughout the season, and winning the SuperPrestige Diegem. After she was third in the Zolder World Cup in December, she’ll definitely be one to watch tomorrow, especially in front of a home crowd…
ProWomensCycling: What do you think of the Zolder World Championships course?
Ellen van Loy: I’m happy the race isn’t that different than the World Cup in December. We know the course, it makes it little less stressful, I think. Of course, with the expected rain, some sections will be little different.
PWC: Is it strange, racing it so soon after the Zolder World Cup? Or is that good for you?
So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement. The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer. Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.
Full results on the race website, more photos of all the Essen races, race report on Cyclingnews, and a race report with a few photos on CX Magazine’s site.
Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup. Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal. Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere. It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation). Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:
I was very, very, very happy to be at the Milton Keynes Cyclocross World Cup yesterday, so of course I’m going to be watching the videos to relive it!
Here’s the UCI highlights:
There are more brief highlights on Sporza, and if you want to watch the full race, it’s archived here. (Restricted in your country? Try Hola or Tunnelbear, set to the UK – if you use Tunnelbear, turn it off once the stream kicks in to save your allocation).
UPDATE! Here’s some on-bike camera footage from Katie Compton‘s bike. I love bikecam, this has added mud!
I recorded the press conference questions with Sanne Cant after her win, and you can listen to it here – and there are 4 more interviews, before and after the race, on my Soundcloud.
UPDATE! I love Balint Hamvas’ photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk – I was grinning in recognition at all the rider and crowd smiles. If you want to know what I thought of the day, listen to my podcast with Ben Atkins, about what it was like at the race, and what it means for the season.