2017 Gent-Wevelgem – videos, media and more

After we had livestreaming of the first three round of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, unfortunately we won’t get much for Round 4, Gent-Wevelgem.  But I’ve collected videos, photos and race reports from the WorldTour, and also some snippets from Round 2 of the Junior Nations Cup, and the U17 women’s races.

First, the WorldTour – please click on the Sporza highlights, to show that there is an audience for the sport.  And here are the UCI highlights:

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Follow the 2017 women’s Gent-Wevelgem and junior race

Sunday 26th March 2017

So far, the 2017 Women’s WorldTour has been fantastic for fans, with the first three rounds, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda all being streamed live.   But all good things must come to an end, and the run of live racing stops here.  No stream for Gent-Wevelgem, I’m afraid.  But we can still follow the race live on twitter, and hopefully there will be highlights too.  I’ll tell you all about that, as well as how to follow the women’s Junior Nations Cup and U17 races as well.  But first, a little bit about the race.

Women’s WorldTour #4, Gent-Wevelgem

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Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno

The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the longest-running race in the UCI Women’s World Tour, is always a fan favourite, but this year even better than usual, because we could watch it all live – and there are also highlights of the Trofeo da Moreno, the junior Nations Cup race that runs on the same roads before the elite women.

Binda lived up to expectations – and with a surprise winner!  The 2017 Classics season have been amazing so far, and if you’re worried that it couldn’t live up to the Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe, don’t – it was another unpredictable race, despite the unseasonable sunshine!

There will be a lot more highlights to come, but as we have some good things to watch already, I’ll put this up now, and then edit more in as I see it.  I’ll start with the 9 min highlights from the UCI and 45min highlights from RAI, then some explanation about the livestream, as it was definitely idiosyncratic!

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Videos and media from the 2016 Downhill MTB World Championships

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. 

Winning run:

Want to see that from Atherton’s perspective, on her GoPro?  I know you do!

 

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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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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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This week’s live road racing – Energiewacht Tour and Redlands Classic 2016

You’d think 6 major road races in 6 weeks is more than enough, but of course it’s not – we dive headfirst from the Ronde van Vlaanderen for the first women’s European stage race of 2016, with junior teams running alongside them, while in North Carolina, the longest continuous-running North American race, the Redlands Classic, will possibly be streamed live.  Of course I’m here to tell you how to follow them both.

Energiewacht Tour, 6-10 April

I’ve always been a fan of Energiewacht, because although the profiles are completely flat, the wind and small roads make it an incredibly tough race.  And now I have an added bias because I worked on the race last year, and this year I’m here again, sitting behind the race twitter.  I had a great time, and sitting in the Pagedal holiday park, watching teams everywhere, I’m sure this year will be just as great.

There’s no live TV this year, but there will be daily video highlights, a liveblog on RTV Noord, lots of tweets, and photos on instagram and facebook – and lots more to follow on the #EWT16 hashtag.  It’s 6 stages over 5 days, starting with one of the few Team Time Trials on the calendar, as well as having an Individual Time Trial, and finishing on the German Wadden Island, Borkum.

The race information is on the race site, with pages for each stage, and the full technical guide.  All timings are in European CEST (UK BST +1, N American EDT +6, and Australian AEST -8 hours).

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Junior Energiewacht Tour, 6-9 April

One of the things that’s extra special about Energiewacht is their junior race, which this year is part of the brand-new UCI Junior Nations Cup,with 23 teams.  It uses the same courses as the elite women, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to spot future talent, as well as to help young riders get valuable experience of stage races and racing against international riders.  There are 4 stages, and you can follow along with the #EWTJun hashtag.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic, 6-10 April

Starting in 1985, Redlands has a stage racing for women and men, alongside para-cycling, racing for tons of age groups, sportifs and a huge festival of cycling – and this year apparently it’s going to have live streaming too (although I can’t find links etc).  All the information is on the race website, which I’m assuming where the livestreams will be.  All timings are in North American EDT (UK BST -5, Euro CEST -6, Aussie AEST -16 hours – so when Stage 1 starts on 6th April at 8:45am EDT, that’s 1:45pm BST, 14:45 CEST, 10:45am Thursday AEST)

Follow them on the Redlands Classic twitter, and use the #RedlandsClassic hashtag on twitter and instagram.  Read about them on Ella Cycling Tips too.