The cyclocross season is in full flight, and we’ve had so many races over the 2015/6 Kerstperiode (the insanely busy time between Christmas and New Year, when the racing gets even more hardcore), and this season we had more media coverage than ever. I’m here to share the women’s race videos – and as ever, if you want to see the men’s races too, the same YouTubes have their videos too.
Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder
Boxing Day started with the very fast Zolder circuit. Highlights on Sporza and from the UCI:
Firstly, Happy New Year! Huge thanks to everyone who’s supported me, shared my stuff and chatted with me about the wonderful world of women’s cycling. I hope you all have a wonderful 2016, and that we get even better bike racing.
That racing starts immediately, and there’s tons of racing to watch and follow this weekend – road, track and cyclocross!
Bay Crits, 1st-4th January
We start in Australia, where New Year’s Day is celebrated at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, aka the Bay Crits, 4 days of super-tough criterium racing, for able-bodied and para-cycling women and men. Lots of information on the website, we can follow live with the #BayCrits hashtag, and there’ll be videos afterwards on the Bay Crits YouTube and on SBS Cycling Central. I’ll collect the videos after the race is over, like I did in January 2015. The Bay Crits are in Victoria, which is in the AEDT timezone – 11 hours ahead of UK GMT, 10 hours ahead of European CET and 16 hours ahead of North American EST. So the women’s Stage 1 starts at 17:00 AEDT, for example, which is 6am GMT, 07:00 CET and 1am EST.
The Bay Crits kick off an amazing month of road cycling in Australia – the Summer of Cycling. If you want to know more about the races, the wonderful Monique Hanley, who works for Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia, among other things, talked to me about them all, how women’s cycling in Australia is developing, and much more – listen to that podcast here.
GP Sven Nys, 1st January
One of the fun, idiosyncratic things about cyclocross and it’s place in Belgian culture is that while most other sportspeople breathe a sigh of relief and take a break over the Christmas and New Year period, the CX riders ramp up the racing. No huge dinners on Christmas Day or big nights out on New Year’s Eve – instead there are some of the biggest races of the season on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. And for fans of women’s cyclocross, this year we get a huge heap of presents, as this season has the most live racing ever! I’m here to tell you what’s on when, and how you can watch it. Happy CXmas! (TM Renaat Schotte!)
Unless otherwise stated, women’s races start at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT, 7:45am North American EDT and 11:45pm Aussie AEDT) except the World Cups, which start 15 minutes earlier, and the men’s races pretty much always start at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT, 9am EDT and 1am AEDT), with the tv starting around 10 mins earlier, which makes life easier – and my general advice on finding streams, VPNs etc, is in this post.
Saturday 26th December 2015: Cyclocross World Cup 2015-6 #5 – Heusden-Zolder
Zolder is where the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships will be held, and as fits a course held in the grounds of a famous motorsports track, it’s always fast and furious, with an unusual part where the course climbs up to a chapel, on land where there are no spectators, as it’s holy ground.
UPDATE! The women’s and men’s races are live on Eurospsort! And the UCI are streaming this one, and you can find the streams for the women’s and men’s races on their YouTube.
It’s Monday, so time for some racing videos and links from the world of women’s cycling, including road, cyclocross, track, a bit of MTB and some random stuff I’ve liked.
The first UCI race of the season has already happened, with daily streams and great coverage across social media. The results are all here, and there are photos on facebook – Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5
It’s cold and grey outside in Britain – and probably far too hot to go outside in Australia – so here are some videos to remind you that cycling continues.
6 minutes from the women’s CX Soudal Classic Leuven, won by Belgian Sanne Cant, with USA’s Amy Dombroski on her first European podium this year, in second place.
Speciliazed-lululemon have been on their team camp, and there have been some great blogs coming out of it on the team site – and now a load of video interviews from Shane Stokes, the editor of Velonation. Here’s 10 minutes from Evelyn Stevens, with some really fantastic hand gestures: