The 2016 Road World Championships have moved from the trade team Team Time Trial, and into the national team events, starting with the Individual Time Trials. Two women’s races, over two days – here’s my collection of videos, photos and media from the Juniors and then the Elites. As always, I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you see fun things I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay
After the excitement of the Richmond 2015 Team Time Trial, we’ve had our first look at the Individual Time Trial course, and our first medals for riders in national teams, as the Junior women raced their ITT.
Usually at this point I’d add in the UCI’s highlights videos from the Junior ITT, but this year, unlike 2014 and 2013, this year they’ve decided not to make highlights.
It’s interesting, because there was no live broadcast in 2013 either, but they managed finish-line shots plus interviews, which is bare minimum to me, and so simple even I could do it. I’m truly gutted for all these young riders who worked SO hard, and there’s no video record to show their friends, families, sponsors, future teams… or to watch themselves to see how they can improve. It’s 2015! This is not difficult! I hope they sort this out for Friday’s road race.
Luckily, there are a couple of mini-videos around, and photos and race reports as well. And if you find anything, tell me and I’ll edit it in.
USA Cycling gave us this short interview with winner Chloé Dygert after the race:
and Cycling Australia video-interviewed Anna-Leeza Hull on her bronze medal:
WOW that was amazing racing – with cycling legends made, and some really TOUGH courses.
There’s been so much great content from the 2015 Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, in Vallnord, Andorra already, and I’ve posted the women’s race action from Days 1-4 here (Trials Semi-finals and Cross Country Eliminator and Relay and u23 XCo videos, results and photos) but it didn’t stop there – here’s what I’ve found from the women’s junior and elite Downhill Finals, and the Elite Cross Country races… OMG! WOW! AMAZING!
First, the Vallnord highlights from each day:
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…
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
Christina Siggaard is a 20-year-old Danish cyclist, who came third in the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and 7th in the Junior ITT Worlds the following year, and after two years on Scandinavian teams, has just signed to British-based UCI team Matrix Pro Cycling. We talked about how 2014 was not a good year for her, with big team problems that ended up with both her parents working for the riders – but she’s not bitter about it, has learned all kinds of lessons from the experience, and is looking forward to moving forward. Including how she got into bike riding, what the cycling scene in Denmark is like, her favourite kinds of racing, her first team camp with Matrix, and much more. (29:00 MIN / 27.84 MB)
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Here’s Christina coming third in Junior Worlds in Copenhagen (full race video, in Spanish) and I’ve got videos from more of the races we talked about – the Ladies Tour of Norway
More videos from Norway in this post, and the 2013 Rás na mBan highlights, where Christina won the final stage and came fourth overall
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One of the things I like best about the road cycling World Championships is seeing the junior riders race, the stars of the future. We have some great junior day races and stage races here in Europe, and I’ve been following the Italian junior races on the fantastic BiciTV – and we get to see a bit of the USA and Aussie juniors on their domestic circuit, but this is the only time all year that all the countries come together, and we see who’s doing well. It’s also so exiting for the riders. They’re aged between 16 and 18, and have given up so much their friends are doing, and this is their first chance to see if that’s all been worthwhile.
The big story was whether young Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen could become only the third woman to win two Junior World Championships back-to-back (the other two were Brits Nicole Cooke and Lucy Garner, and we all know what Cooke went on to do!). Last year she wasn’t the strongest, but she was the cleverest, and earlier this year she won the hilly Trofeo da Moreno, the junior equivalent of the Trofeo Binda World Cup (videos here) – but then she broke her collarbone, and she’s only just back from that…. and there was so much talent on the road….
Here’s the highlights of the Ponferrada 2014 junior women’s race, and the full race coverage, with more media below
I always really, really love the Junior races at the Road World Championships, getting to see who the stars of the future might be. And in the Individual Time Trial, the future looks green and gold, Australian all the way! Here are some videos: