Watch this weekend’s live cycling – 2015 Cambridge Track World Cup and Essen and Overijse cyclocross

It’s December, and while the road season is over, the cyclocross and track seasons are just hotting up.  This weekend we’ve got great competitions in both of them, and tons and tons of live women’s cycling – here’s how to watch it.

2015-16 Track World Cup II – Cambridge – 4th-6th December

After Round 1 in Cali, back in October, the track stars head to the New Zealand summer for round 2.  We don’t get too much tv – there’s most on New Zealand’s Sky channels

 

and highlights in some other countries (check out the UCI’s Track World Cup TV guide) (It may turn up on streams, but I don’t know – check out the usual places for streams) but what most of us get is a show on Sunday 6th, which will be a mix of live races and highlights from the previous two days – that’s streamed on the UCI youtube channel, here:

Cambridge is in the NZDT timezone, which is GMT +13, and that video starts at 5pm NZDT & 3pm Aussie AEDT; 4am UK GMT & 05:00 European CET; 11pm North American EST & 8pm PST on Saturday 5th.  But there’s an easy way to check your timezone – click through to the video, and you’ll see a count-down. (If it’s geo-restricted for you, it’s because it’s on tv in your area – there’s guidance on what to do about that in this cyclocross post).  Under the YT video there’s also a handy guide to track events, if you’re new to this strand of cycling.

Now that might be disappointing if you want to watch it all live, but there are other ways to follow as the action happens.

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How to watch the holiday cyclocross, even if you missed it – incuding CX World Cups Namur and Heusden-Zolder

This weekend it’s the start of one of the biggest and most important periods in the European cyclocross season, and I’m here to tell you how to watch them!

As always, to find out more about each of the races, head to tgsgirl’s CX calendar on Podium Café, which will give you an idea about which are the ones you might want to bookmark – and I’ve got more details on how to watch European CX in an earlier post.  All men’s races start at 15:00 CET (2pm UK, 9am USA EST, 6am USA PST and 1am Aus AEDT) although the streams tend to start anywhere between half an hour and 10 minutes before that.  I’ll add in links to any women’s race videos here after the races – and if you want to chat to me about the races, I’m on twitter as @_pigeons_ and will be in livethreads on Podium Café (look for them when the races are on)

Saturday 21st December – GP Rouwmoer Essen (bpost bank trofee #4)

The bpost bank trofee races are the hardest to follow for non-Belgians, both for the men’s and women’s races.  Look for streams of the men’s race in the usual places – if you want highlights of the women’s race, check out Sporza’s Essen match center, which will also provide live updates and graphics all the way through the men’s race and tons of video clips after, and their videozone after the race, but don’t hold your breath….

UPDATE!  Here’s the full video of the Belgian tv coverage, with a minute or two of the women at the start (starting around the 2:30 mark)

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Sunday 22nd December – World Cup Namur (UCI CX World Cup #4)

This is one of the best races on the calendar for me – and here’s how gs described it in her Podium Café calendar:

The closest cyclocross comes to mountainbike is the Namur World Cup. It’s around the citadel of Namur, and races around the citadel rarely disappoint. It’s like a magical place of really good pure cycling. The inclines on the hills of WC Namur are very steep, both going up and coming down. They’re also very technical, so to win a supercombo of skill and power will be required. Amongst the highlights of the season for me, this one.

Plus, because it’s a World Cup, we see the return to CX of Marianne Vos, as part of her campaign to win her 7th Cyclocross World Championships title – she’s only got the World Cups on her calendar over the mid-winter period, and it’ll be her first race back since her operation, so she’ll likely be starting far back on the grid…..  how will she do? Luckily, we’ll get to watch her race!

Because it’s a World Cup, both the women’s and men’s races will be streamed live on the UCI’s youtube and then archived in full in the same place, after the race is over:

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