The final big Downhill MTB race of 2016 was a huge one – the 2016 World Championships. And because this is MTB, we have a ton of videos, photos and excellent media for you. I’ll be editing in more as I see it, but wow, there’s a lot already, including the Junior women and the 2016 Four Cross Worlds.
It was a really tough course – very steep, very technical, full of deep dust, treacherous holes and Let’s start with the Full race replay on Red Bull TV.
Want to see that from Atherton’s perspective, on her GoPro? I know you do!
Alright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing:
Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour
Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:
Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5. Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:
We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!
This week has been a great one for bikecam footage – I’m been rhapsodising about this one, put together by Red Bull Bike, of the final runs from Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter in the Leogang Downhill MTB World Cup – you can see exactly where the race was won, and really get an idea of their different styles, and I bloody love it! MTB is full of GoPro video (remember Gee Atherton’s unfortunate manly accident caught on camera?) and I love the pre-World Cup track previews Red Bull Bike put together – eg Claudio Caluori’s Fort William preview, and Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould’s Cross Country trackwalk and Jenny Rissved’s preview of the Eliminator course at Nove Mesto.
And it’s not just MTB, we also had some great helmetcam from the Berlin BMX Supercross World Cup – videos from Brooke Crain (including her crash), and from Felicia Stancil (with great jumping shadows) and former World Champ Mariana Pajon (including the moment Caroline Buchanan passed her, and celebrated her win:
and from the road, with Alison Powers leading out Coryn Rivera to win Stage 4 of the North Star Grand Prix
Now, I don’t understand why the UCI banned on-bike cameras in the first place. Remember these AA Drink-Leontien.nl videos, from 2011? Marijn de Vries‘ crash in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and Lucinda Brand (I think) in the uphill attacks and descending through the pack in the Giro Donne – wow!