The MTB season has started, and Lourdes was action-filled, not just because of the amazing racing (and it WAS amazing), but also because of the truly epic weather, as they arrived in snow that cleared up over the first few days, and then the elite men were hit with an incredible storm to ride though during the finals, that left a surprise winner.
On the women’s side, despite the fact that the UCI have reduced the number of women eligible to race, the skill levels just keep going up and up and up, and it was a dramatic race – could Rachel Atherton keep up her unbeaten run of wins, or would this be the time a rival knocks her off her throne?
You can watch the full race replay on Red Bull TV, but that’s just the tip of the media iceberg. Scroll down for tons more videos, amazing photo galleries, interviews and more.
Highlights from the UCI, Red Bull Bike, Shimano and Vital MTB
The MTB circus continues to Switzerland, and the Lenzerheide round of the MTB World Cup – both Downhill and Cross Country this week – and I’ve got videos, media and photos from the women’s races to share with you!
Let’s do it chronologically…
Full race replay, and highlights, both on Red Bull Bike. And UCI highlights:
We may have had the Cross Country MTB World Championships last week, but the World Cup is still in full flight. This weekend it’s XCo AND downhill, and as always, we can watch live, thanks to Red Bull TV:
Information on the race website, and follow on twitter via the #UCIMTBWC hashtag
As always, there’s some great pre-race media from the Downhill…
I’ll edit more pre-race media in as I see it – and of course, I’ll put a post of race media after the weekend.
12th June 2016
Last week it was the sunshine of Fort William, this week it’s raining in Austria for Round 4 of the 2016 Downhill MTB World Cup, in Leogang.
As always, the media has always begun, and you can watch Claudio Caluori’s even-more-hardcore-than-normal chain-free run on the very wet course on Red Bull Bike, and more
- Qualifications video on Red Bull Bike – and if you scroll down in there, you’ll find Rach Atherton’s GoPro from her run. Slideshow from Vital MTB and photo-essay from Dirt and Pinkbike. Trek (Athertony) video:
There’ll be tons more media every day – I’ll look for daily videos on Red Bull Bike, and photo galleries and reports on Dirt MTB, Vital MTB and PinkBike. More information, too, on the race website.
And then, of course, the finals are streamed live on Red Bull TV on Sunday 12th June, from 14:30 Euro CEST/ 1:30pm UK BST/ 10:30pm Aussie AEST/ 8:30am USA EDT. Follow the race on the #UCIMTBWC hashtag.
If you can’t wait, check out my collections of media and video from 2013 and 2014. I’ll edit more information in as I see it before the race.
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.
Let’s start with the full race replay, thanks to Red Bull Bike – and their 5 min race highlights video too. More short highlights from the UCI:
Sunday 5th June 2016
Get ready for an amazing Sunday of women’s bike racing! We’ve got iconic courses in downhill MTB and road, and a brand-new Belgian Classic, and it’s going to be wonderful. I’ll tell you how to watch them all live, in chronological order…
I love Belgian races and their multiple names! This is Round 6 of the Lotto Cycling Cup, a series of tough races around the country, and even they call it about 3 different names! It’s a looping course, pretty much flat, two 29k laps, 6 6.9km laps and then one of 4km, and it’ll include riders like Marianne Vos and Jolien D’hoore, and I’m really excited about the Lotto Cup’s steaming! This will be on RTV.be here, from 15:00 CEST/ 2pm BST/ 11am AEST/ 9am EDT – and you can also follow via the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter and the #KVLLC hashtag. Draft startlist on Cycling Fever.
This is going to be the most amazing race. Downhill is always full of adrenaline, in breath-taking surroundings, with fantastic fans – and for us at home, there’s always tons of media.
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…
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: