Olympic videos – Rio 2016

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We’re eventually going to see all the Olympic bike races put up on the Olympics Youtube, but until then, here’s what we can watch from the Rio 2016 women’s cycling – road race, ITT, track, BMX and MTB, with various other bits and pieces I’ve found.

If you want to compare and contrast what happened in Rio with previous Olympics, head to the Olympic Channel, where you can search by sport, and under the Rio 2016 videos, you’ll find highlights from previous years too.

A lot of the Olympic media is geo-restricted to countries (INRNG tells you more about restrictions, and how to see things despite them), so if there’s more you want to see, do try searching with your country’s broadcaster – I’ve added the BBC links because I can see them all from the UK, but hopefully you can find them in your country too. If there’s anything you especially enjoyed, please do tell me, and I’ll edit it in.

Road

The Road Race

We kicked off with the Road Race, which was dramatic, in so many different ways  – Dan and I talked about it in our post-race podcast.  Highlights on the Olympic Channel, and on the Olympic YT:

Anna van der Breggen talks about it in this InCycle TV interview:

Full results, and more Road race media:

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Videos and media from the 2016 Lenzerheide MTB World Cup

The MTB circus continues to Switzerland, and the Lenzerheide round of the MTB World Cup – both Downhill and Cross Country this week – and I’ve got videos, media and photos from the women’s races to share with you!

Let’s do it chronologically…

Downhill

Full race replay, and highlights, both on Red Bull Bike.  And UCI highlights:

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Videos from the 2016 Cross Country MTB World Championships

A huge weekend of racing, with so much action – and we’ve got video – highlights from the Junior and U23 women, the full race replay from the elite women, and lots more photos, backstage and more media.

Elite women

SO MUCH DRAMA! in this race – it was just crazy, especially that fight for third.  The full race replay is here on Red Bull TV, and we’ve also got race highlights from the UCI – and I love this video from behind the finish-line, showing what happens after a win!

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This week’s links (poor Dan’s sick)

We were hoping to podcast this week because SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!!  Good and bad and WOW DID YOU SEE THE USA NATIONAL CHAMPS’ FINISH??? but poor Dan has tonsils the size of golf balls, and can’t really speak properly, so he can’t do it.  If you want to wish him lots of love and “get well soon” wishes, please do so on twitter – but in the meantime, here are the links from the last week in women’s cycling – we’ve got amazing MTB and road racing, and links that made me laugh and want to punch things, so pretty much something for everyone…..

Last week’s racing

Cross Country MTB World Cup, Nové Město na Moravě

Where better to start than with the first round of the 2015 XCo World Cup?  I say this a lot, but Red Bull‘s sponsorship makes it really easy to fall in love with the racing, and there are tons of team and rider media and blogs that keep you there.  You can watch the entire replay of the women’s race on Red Bull TV, and then we have highlights and team recaps…

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MTB videos and photos – 2014 Windham World Cup & Enduro at Crankworx Whistler

SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!  As always, videos and photos, and I love that….  BUT!  What is it with the UCI video clips?  I don’t know why, but the UCI World Cup promos are always full of crashes, and not the dramatic “OMG World Cup leader crashes and destroys her season” crashes that are necessary to the storyline, but “haha, watch this race, there’ll be loads of crashes to laugh at” that makes me roll my eyes – I mean, really?  And then their highlights videos always have tons of shots of attractive women in the crowds in short-shorts and so on, and I don’t get it at all – why is the governing body of the sport putting out videos where there are more clips of audience totty than of actual women racing?  It’s the same women flicking their hair in all three videos, too, and what are we, 1978?

At least there’s Red Bull, who have the superb race footage, great commentary and commission awesome videos from the Parkin Brothers, where the women are racing hard, jumping, battling and then talking about the actual race!  I swear, Red Bull does far more for MTB than the UCI!  And all the great stuff from teams, too, MTB really knows how to show their fans some love.

ANYWAY!

MTB World Cup #6 – Windham

Eliminator

Full race replay on Red Bull TV

Full results

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Downhill

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Videos & *stuff* from the 2014 Cairns MTB World Cup

This weekend was round 2 of the MTB World Cup – and given it was in the Australian RAINforest, it was MTB in cyclocross conditions – complete with the Downhill course being shut for a while for snake crossing.  Because it’s MTB, there was a ton of gorgeous photography, videos and more fun *stuff* – here’s what I liked.

The Eliminator

This is great – they are experimenting with GoPro footage from within the race, and this is the only film they could salvage, from Jolanda Neff and Kathrin Stirnemann’s helmets.  Full replay of the race video on Red Bull Bike – and here’s the UCI highlights

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Videos – and so much beauty – from the Hafjell MTB World Cup

This weekend it was Hafjell‘s turn for the MTB World Cup – the final round for the cross country riders, penultimate for the downhillers.  And it was beautiful – gorgeous Norwegian scenery, the most amazing light ever glowing through the forests, and of course, SPECTACULAR riding!  So if you missed it, let me tell you how you can catch up with it all.  I have to warn you, some of the downhill photos are stunning!

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