The National Cyclocross Championships have moved to January, and it was a fantastic weekend for live women’s cycling, with the Dutch Champs having the women as the Main Event, so we could flip from live Belgium to live Netherlands women, before heading to the USA. Such an amazing luxurious day of race after race!
I’ve said it a lot this season, but wow, things have changed so much, so quickly, in terms of cyclocross broadcasting for women. Just a few years ago, I felt lucky to see highlights of the women’s World Champs, and 5 minutes of a race was a luxury, but now I can watch all three major series without going near a dodgy stream – AND most races on my actual TV too! CX is now the cycling discipline that is most accessible, in terms of watching women’s racing, and everyone who’s worked on that should be so proud, especially the people at Sporza. It’s glorious!
Of course there are still some countries that could do with improvement, but this weekend demonstrates why – and that it’s completely possible to provide more than 2 minutes highlights. Strap in for some great videos, photos and media – and of course, if there are any that I’ve missed, please do tell me, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
As always, it’s the Dutch Cyclocross Championships that has the biggest field in terms of most riders who could win, with a current and former World Champion lining up. But from the first lap, there was one rider head-and-shoulders above the rest…
(If anyone can find the full replay anywhere, please do let me know – I love that it was all live!)
This week we take a deep breath as Qatar’s World Championships is just around the corner. We’ve got a few races to talk about in the Giro dell’Emilia and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. There’s also been the latest US leg of the Cyclocross World Cups and in classic fashion we manage to find heaps of controversy to discuss along the way. This includes everything from the latest UCI publicity around the Women’s World Tour, the TTT event in Qatar, TUEs, hacking and more. Dan also potentially manages to offend entire states in both Australia and the US. Just another week on the podcast! (1:14:13 MIN / 67.95 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included
Cyclocross World Cup #2, Jingle Cross
Highlights and full race replay
Fantastic photos from the awesome Balint Hamvas, on Cyclephotos.co.uk, and full results.
Adam Myerson is one of my favourite personalities in cyclocross. He’s recently retired from being a pro cyclocross and road racer, has been running CX races in the USA for over 25 years, and has a fantastic online presence as a cyclocross analyst.
We talked about the 2015-6 European season, the state of USA CX (and why referring to it as a single scene is a misnomer), how the sport has changed, and everything from “Why can’t Sanne smile?” to Femke van den Driessche’s motorised bike at the 2016 CX Worlds, with a focus on the women but talking a lot about the men’s side of the sport as well. And we’re joined by Myerson’s baby son Flynn, leading to a conversation about Adam’s new life as a stay-at-home dad, as well as the book he’s writing.
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Adam’s been organising the Cycle-Smart Northampton International Cyclocross race, the oldest UCI CX race in the USA, since he was 19 and also runs the Vittoria North East Series of races in New England – click through and check them out, and follow the race series twitter.
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This weekend was all ‘cross all the time (well… except in the USA, where mud? Roots? Local politics? stopped the Nationals…) and because I love you, here’s what video I’ve found – with how to watch that postponed American Champs live. UPDATE! Now with videos from the British and German champs…
Video of the u23 men and the elite women
And here’s a post-race video interview with the winner (again) Sanne Cant (click on the box with the triangle at the bottom)
Short highlights clip that’s geo-restricted to Belgium on het Nieuwsblad’s site (want to watch? See below). Race report and results on Cyclingnews; Report and photos on Cyclocrossrider.com.
There’s been heaps going on in the world of women’s cycling. Cyclocross, parties, forthcoming races and so on. We recap 2014 and take a look at what’s up in January 2015. Jokes, swears and happy thoughts are plentiful! Sarah gives Dan the WORST Christmas present ever (unless it was a reverse present to herself, which does sort of make sense). Also, Dan shares a meme. Thanks for joining us in 2014, we look forward to talking more amazing cycling stuff with you in 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday season. And stay warm/cool as your preferences dictate! (54:15 MIN / 52.10 MB)
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Dan was talking about his day at the Roxsolt Ambassador Programme – come back soon for his post about the day very soon – and check out the Roxsolt team page and their Roxcycl shop selling cycling kit in Australia.
Sarah loves helmetcam – if you want to see some of what she was rhapsodising about (again) there are some posts from this year here, here and here.
Some Festive messages from cyclists:
Cycling Australia and a ton of Aussie riders
and from the UCI (so many good 2014 memories!)
So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement. The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer. Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.
Full results on the race website, more photos of all the Essen races, race report on Cyclingnews, and a race report with a few photos on CX Magazine’s site.
Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup. Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal. Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere. It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation). Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:
I was very, very, very happy to be at the Milton Keynes Cyclocross World Cup yesterday, so of course I’m going to be watching the videos to relive it!
Here’s the UCI highlights:
There are more brief highlights on Sporza, and if you want to watch the full race, it’s archived here. (Restricted in your country? Try Hola or Tunnelbear, set to the UK – if you use Tunnelbear, turn it off once the stream kicks in to save your allocation).
UPDATE! Here’s some on-bike camera footage from Katie Compton‘s bike. I love bikecam, this has added mud!
I recorded the press conference questions with Sanne Cant after her win, and you can listen to it here – and there are 4 more interviews, before and after the race, on my Soundcloud.
UPDATE! I love Balint Hamvas’ photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk – I was grinning in recognition at all the rider and crowd smiles. If you want to know what I thought of the day, listen to my podcast with Ben Atkins, about what it was like at the race, and what it means for the season.