2016 Vallnord MTB World cup – videos & photos, and thoughts about how the UCI shows MTB

The last MTB World Cups of 2016!  So sad to see the season end, but Vallnord was a gorgeous place to finish in – and of course, we can watch the full replay and catch tons of media and videos.  I’ll be editing more in as I see it, so leave me a comment or tell me on twitter if you find things I’ve missed.

All the results and standings from the 2016 MTB World Cup are on the UCI website – and I’ve also got some thoughts about the UCI highlights videos, and a bit of a rant about why they chose to promote DH as they do.

Downhill

The full race replay is here on Red Bull TV; and highlights, a few photos, full results and Atherton’s winning run on the Red Bull Bike report; Highlights from Trek Factory Racing:

Photo-essay on Pinkbike; lots of photos on the Vallnord website.

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Podcast 2016 Episode 18 – My Teammate Gracie’s Attitude

Podcast logoG’day team! It’s a crazy amount of racing to cover this week (Sarah even had to split screen multiple races at one point!) and so we dive into it, catching up on US racing including the US national time trial and road race. There’s been a wealth of European road racing as well with Plumelec, Gooik and more. There’s the latest round of the MTB Cross Country World Cup, there’s BMX world championships and a bit of discussion about the Olympics and what national teams might look like. As usual there’s heaps of interesting blogs and articles to mention as well! And possibly our best joke ever. (1:08:23 MIN / 62.62 MB)

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing

Videos from the 2016 BMX World Championships, and the La Bresse Cross Country MTB World Cup in this post.

Boels Rental Hills Classic

Video highlights on L1.nl.  Photo gallery from Boels Dolmans, and their race report, and report and photos from ORICA-AIS. Full results.

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All the American Winston-Salem races!

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Videos & more from the 2016 BMX World Champs and the La Bresse MTB World Cup

This weekend was very busy on the road, but off it, it was two huge competitions – the 2016 BMX World Championships, and Round 3 of the 2016 Cross Country MTB World Cup, La Bresse.  And thanks to Red Bull TV, we got to see the finals live – and have a whole swathe of videos and other media to watch.  Here’s what I loved…

La Bresse XCo MTB World Cup

Such a stunning course, and such exhilarating racing – drama right up to the end, and tons of media.  We started with this Red Bull Bike video course preview, with legend Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå‘s point of view, and had this PinkBike gallery from the practice, and then went on to the finals.  Here’s the full race replay on Red Bull TV, and the highlights from the UCI:

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2016 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno – videos, media and more

This year the Trofeo Binda moved, to the day after Milano-San Remo, and I love this, having the first monument and the 3rd round of the 2016 Women’s World Tour back-to-back.  And while there’s still less media from the UCI than when it was a Road World Cup, the race organisers are always amazing, and this year gave us a stream that was a mix of studio talking heads, live streaming from the finish-line cameras at the end of each lap, and highlights from the junior Trofeo da Moreno.

And we have race highlights too – and for anyone who doesn’t understand Italian, I’ve made home-made English commentary to go with them.  Here’s my collection of things I’ve found – and there’ll be more to come, too. As always, if you anything else, please do share them with me, here or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.   I’m going to start with this, because it’s fantastic – Wiggle High5 collaborate with Cylance rider Valentina Scandolara, to make a mash-up video – how cool is this?

Here’s the Italian highlights – and if you want it, my English commentary.  If you start that first, I’ll tell you when to press play on the video.  (It’s a one-take, minimal edited commentary, just to see if it’s possible, NOT presented as ‘pro’!)

 

And there’s more!

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Videos & more – 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships, Days 1 to 4

I was going to make a mega-post, but really, there’s so much content coming out of the 2015 Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, in Vallnord, Andorra, that I’m going to have to split my post into (at least!) two.  So this post covers Days 1 to 4, including the Cross Country MTB Eliminator and Relay finals, the Trials quarter- and semi-finals, and the Junior and u23 Cross Country finals.  It’s been fantastic racing, and it’s not going to stop – here’s a reminder of how to watch the elite women’s and men’s Cross Country and Downhill Finals on 5th and 6th September, with the rest of the race schedule and how to follow everything else…

Eliminator

Here’s Claudio Caluori’s helmetcam preview of the course.  They had an unfortunate power cut, so the full race replay video has a LONG period of nothing in it – the races start again after the gap at 1:37:15:

The finals start from 3:30:41 (watch here) or you can just watch the UCI women’s highlights & Vallnord’s Day 1 highlights, with some (men’s) Trials and the XCE

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Podcast 2015 Episode 24 – How to Spell Cynical

Podcast logoG’day team! After our [insert choice of adjectives here] attempts at commentating live on Sunday we thought it was high time to catch you up on the rest of the wonderful world of women’s cycling. It’s been a huge week of racing and so we try to cover it all. There were 4 different world cups on over the past week. Vårgårda hosted the road disciplines while there was also MTB and 4Cross. Junior track worlds and more! (1:17:38 MIN / 74.54 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

We covered a LOT of racing – and you can see all the videos from the (deep breath) Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race World Cups, the Val di Sole cross country and downhill MTB World Cups, 4 Cross and Junior Track World Championships, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley and the USA Pro Challenge in this lovingly curated post Sarah put together, along with results, photos, links and more.

We also talked about Amy Pieters leaving Liv-Plantur, and Stefan Wyman revealing how much it will cost to run Matrix Procycling next year, including implications of the new Women’s World Tour (if you missed that, we talked about it in last week’s podcast, with links in the post).   Want more Matrix?  Here’s a rider Q&A video by VoxWomen.

We didn’t talk about the Women’s Tour of New Zealand stopping again, but it’s over here.

Upcoming Racing

The Trophée d’Or is on right now until 26th August – here’s their website.

2015 GP de Plouay World Cup, France, 29th August – this will be streamed live, here on the UCI Youtube.  The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 7:30am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) and the stream & TV coverage on France 3 and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30pm BST; 9:30am EST; 11:30pm AEDT) – here’s my full guide to following the race.

2015 MTB and Trials World Championships, Andorra, 1st-6th September – these will be streamed live, as always, on Red Bull tv – watch the women’s & men’s Downhill finals on 5th, and the women’s Cross Country on the 6th, via these links, and we’ll tell you about the other races and content nearer the time.

Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Netherlands, 1st-6th September – follow their twitter!

Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September

Lotto Belgium Tour, 8th-11th September – check out their launch video and follow their twitter!

Giro della Toscana, Italy, 11th-13th September

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 13th September

Chrono Champenois ITT, France, 13th September

SO much racing video – 2015 Vårgårda, Val di Sole MTB, 4X, Sam Miranda, USA Pro & Junior Track Worlds

There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.

On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia.  In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole.  And over in Kazakhstan  it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it.  Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!

Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…

2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course.  You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:

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