Round 3 of the 2016 Downhill MTB World Cup was in the uncharacteristically sunny Fort William, Scotland – an emotional day, the first World Cup since legend Steve Smith died, but riders racing their hearts out in his memory. If you missed any of it, here’s my collection of media I’ve found, focusing on the women’s racing – and as always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll add it in.
One of the things that made me fall in love with Mountain Bike was getting to see all these extraordinary landscapes, all over the world – and the Cairns round is incredible. It’s in the Australian rainforest, with all the snakes, spiders, stinging-trees and difficult conditions that comes with that – although this year it was damp, rather than 2014’s torrential (for the women, at least!). But beautiful! And the other reason I fell so hard for the sport is that the media is fantastic. Here’s my collection of videos, photos and more fun stuff from the 2016 Downhill Round 2, and first Cross Country World Cup of 2016.
Downhill World Cup #2
Let’s start with the amazing Red Bull Bike coverage – we can watch the full race replay (top 6 women, and top 20 men) over here. I love the winner’s interview (no spoilers!) around the 33:15 mark – and I really love the Red Bull video highlights too.
There’s more highlights here:
But there’s so much more!
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:
So much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe. Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.
(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)
As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)
To stream this week’s adventures in cycling click here (click through to download).
This week’s racing
So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!
In England it’s cold and dreary, in Australia it’s apparently far too hot, so we need some women’s cycling links to cheer us up. Luckily I have some for you! I’ll start with lip-synching, but there’s all kinds of things that made me happy this last month in here…
It’s team camp season, and just like they did in the stage races this year, Rabo-Liv set a high bar for other teams to reach….
while over in the USA, Lindsay Bayer is shaking it…
Same song, different version… CX rider Ellen Noble had one of those embarrassing premature celebration moments, and Dirtwire made this video, showing how she vindicated herself. Lovely interview at the end.
I don’t know why, but it’s been a MTB morning for me, with lovely women’s MTB all over the internet. Here’s what I’ve been looking at today.
First, highlights of the 2014 MTB World Cup, from the UCI:
This week real life got on top of us, so we won’t be ‘casting this week (if you miss us, check out the ‘cast archive, to listen to things you might have missed), but we have the usual links and videos and stuff we’ve loved this week – and I wanted to have a look at some stats about the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. If you don’t know about the Tour, it’s one of those fantastic Dutch races – starting with an ITT, 3 stages of pancake-flat roads with crazy winds that are probably harder to race in than hills, and two hilly Valkenberg stages. For more info, check out the race website, the Velofocus preview and here’s the race highlights video, with finish-line footage, and post-race interviews with all the winners (subtitled to English!)
So, Dutch racing – and I would expect Dutch riders to dominate. OK, some big names were out (Loes Gunnewijk is still out injured, Marianne Vos pulled out halfway through as she wasn’t recovering well, Annemiek van Vleuten is training for Worlds), but look at my stats
Top 10 GC
|2014||2 x Ned & Bel,1 x Ger & Swe||Evelyn Stevens||
|2 x USA, Ger, Italy, Pol1 x Ned & Swe|
|3 x Ned1 x Ger, Aus, Italy(plus TTT, Speclulu)||Ellen van Dijk||
|4 x Ned, 2 x Ger1 x GB, Italy, USA, Pol|
|4 x Ned2 x Ger(plus TTT, Speclulu)||Marianne Vos||
|2 x Ned, Ger, Italy1 x USA, Swe, NZ, Bel|
|5 x Ned1 x Bel||Marianne Vos||
|6 x Ned1 x Swe, Aus, Can, Italy|
|6 x Netherlands1 x Germany||Marianne Vos||
|5 x Netherlands,3 x Ger, 2 x Swe|
Now, I know I’m geeky about cycling, but I find that so interesting. What I think is happening is that riders from other countries have been learning about how to race Dutch-style – it’s especially nice that Evie Stevens won this year, because two years ago she wrote about how she used to feel about these races:
Constant sideway winds, torrential cold rain, 1000 exceedingly tall women all fighting me for position 999, a million tricky corners, roads too small for cars, road furniture jumping out at me left and right, the sight of the 999 tall women stretched out in front of me and the winning break disappearing into the cold midst, me adding as much value to the team’s performance as a rain jacket on a sunny day …this horrifying vision used to pop into my brain when I thought of racing in Holland. It is true, I used to suffer from Dutch Anxiety.
I love that blog! Every time I think of it, it makes me grin!
So what will the Dutch need to do? Is the Holland Ladies Tour turning into the International Ladies Tour? Do they need more rain and wind, more cobbles? Or will we find the Dutch riders getting revenge? I suppose, with Vos winning three Giros, maybe they’re already stealing the Italian races…. Or maybe we’ll see the Dutch women getting revenge next year, with 7 of them getting into breaks at kilometre 15, echeloning the peloton into submission, and attacking even more than normal? I love it, I can’t wait!
Update! I know, I know, there was also no Kirsten Wild, or Lucinda Brand in the Boels Tour, and it was weirdly un-windy this year – and I’m not being 100% serious about the Dutch riders losing the ability to win Dutch races – I’m just interested in the profile of who does well in this race, and enjoying myself immensely! Anyway, onwards to….