Video from the 2015/6 mid-Winter cyclocross

The cyclocross season is in full flight, and we’ve had so many races over the 2015/6 Kerstperiode (the insanely busy time between Christmas and New Year, when the racing gets even more hardcore), and this season we had more media coverage than ever.  I’m here to share the women’s race videos – and as ever, if you want to see the men’s races too, the same YouTubes have their videos too.

Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder

Boxing Day started with the very fast Zolder circuit.  Highlights on Sporza and from the UCI:

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The cyclocross ‘Holy week’ – watch the midwinter CX LIVE!

One of the fun, idiosyncratic things about cyclocross and it’s place in Belgian culture is that while most other sportspeople breathe a sigh of relief and take a break over the Christmas and New Year period, the CX riders ramp up the racing.  No huge dinners on Christmas Day or big nights out on New Year’s Eve – instead there are some of the biggest races of the season on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  And for fans of women’s cyclocross, this year we get a huge heap of presents, as this season has the most live racing ever!  I’m here to tell you what’s on when, and how you can watch it.  Happy CXmas!  (TM Renaat Schotte!)

Unless otherwise stated, women’s races start at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT, 7:45am North American EDT and 11:45pm Aussie AEDT) except the World Cups, which start 15 minutes earlier, and the men’s races pretty much always start at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT, 9am EDT and 1am AEDT), with the tv starting around 10 mins earlier, which makes life easier – and my general advice on finding streams, VPNs etc, is in this post.

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Saturday 26th December 2015: Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder

Zolder is where the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships will be held, and as fits a course held in the grounds of a famous motorsports track, it’s always fast and furious, with an unusual part where the course climbs up to a chapel, on land where there are no spectators, as it’s holy ground.

UPDATE!  The women’s and men’s races are live on Eurospsort!   And the UCI are streaming this one, and you can find the streams for the women’s and men’s races on their YouTube.

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Sarah Interviews…. Sabrina Stultiens – Podcast 2015, episode 1

Podcast interview logoIn 2014, Sabrina Stultiens came back from a knee injury to win both the European u23 Road and Cyclocross Championships, and she’s gone on the get her first CX World Cup podium place, coming second in the exhilarating Koksijde race, one of the Monuments of cyclocross, and winning her first big race, the Zilvermeercross in Mol.  But her season’s not over yet – on Sunday next week she races the Netherlands National Championships, before going all out for Worlds.  I talked to her about all of this, her tactics for trying to beat Marianne Vos, moving from Rabobank to Liv-Plantur on the road for 2015, and the differences between racing the disciplines. (29:28 MIN / 28.28 MB)

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Edit:  I got confused abut dates and thought Nationals was this weekend rather than 11th January – sorry Sabrina!

You can find out more about Sabrina on her website and facebook athlete page, and follow her on her twitter and instagram.  The new website for Liv-Plantur will be up next week, which will have more information about her too.

If you want to watch the races we talked about, here’s a short clip of Sabrina winning the Zilvermeercross in Mol. and an interview with her there.   There are photos of her winning the 2014 European u23 Cyclocross Championships here. – and a photo of her winning the 2014 European u23 Road Championships after Elena Cecchini celebrated too soon.

UPDATE!  Since I interviewed her, Sabrina won her first race of 2015 – the Soudal Classics Leuven – here are the video highlights.

We’re lucky enough to have the full World Cups streamed – thank you so much, UCI!  Here’s the highlights of Koksijde – and all the other Koksijde videos and photos are here.

Videos from last weekend’s Heusden-Zolder World Cup are here, and from Namur here.

Thank you so much to all my Patreon supporters who fund me to do these interviews – I couldn’t do it without you, and appreciate you endlessly!

Videos & photos from the 2014 Heusden-Zolder Cyclocross World Cup and SuperPrestige Diegem

UPDATE:  Now with Superprestige Diegem video, photos and results!

Round 5 of the 2014/15 CX World Cup, Heusden-Zolder, was one hell of a race, nail-biting right up to the finish.  I loved it – it’s wonderful having the full constellation of women’s CX stars lining up against each other.  If you missed it, or you want to relive it, here’s how – there’s highlights of the junior & u23 men and elite women on Sporza, then there’s the full video replay:

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What do YOU do on Boxing Day? Watch live women’s cyclocross, I hope! 2014 Heusden-Zolder streams here

Here in the UK, December 26th is “Boxing Day”, a public holiday that’s so-called because in Victorian times it was the day people traditionally gave gifts (boxes of gifts) to the tradespeople who served them all year – the milkmen, butchers, fishmongers etc etc who’d bring them their food (back in the days when it was more door-to-door sales than going to shops).  If you celebrate Christmas, it’s the day you recover from over-indulgence in food, or seeing too much family – if you don’t, it’s either deep mid-winter, and cold and grey, or full-on midsummer, in which case lucky you!  But over in Belgium, 26th December has a whole different tradition – just like New Year’s Day, they celebrate hangover days with CYCLOCROSS!!!!  and Boxing Day with Heusden-Zolder.

This year it’s the fifth round of the CX World Cup, and this is how my good friend tgsgirl describes it, in her Podium Café winter Cyclocross Calendar:

The second world cup leg in under a week – we’re definitely in the Holy Cx Week now. Heusden-Zolder is always raced on Boxing Day and takes place on and around the Zolder racetrack. Which, by the way, is where Mario Cipollini became world champ, for which I apologise in the name of my province. Zolder is raced through a somewhat hilly pine forest, and there’s a few turns around a small chapel called the Stiltekapel – or the silent chapel. There’s no noise allowed around it, so there are no spectators in that part of the race. That must be special for the cyclists.

And given it’s a World Cup, we can watch the women and the men race live, courtesy of the live stream on the UCI Youtube channel – it starts on Friday at 13:30 European CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am USA EST; 11:30pm Aus AEDT)

If you click there and can’t see the ticker (or race) it could be because it’s restricted in your country due to it being shown on tv or streamed in your country somewhere – so check out the UCI tv guide.

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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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