Videos from the 2015 Scheldecross and Namur CX World Cup

It’s been a fantastic weekend of cyclocross, with two very different courses, and two races that played out differently, but were fantastic to watch.  December CX is fantastic!  And what made it better is how easy it was to watch – even if we didn’t see the races live.  I’ve got videos, interviews and photos, but before I start, I want to show you something fun – the wonderful Renaat Schotte, who works for Belgian TV channel Sporza, has been sharing the viewing figures for the women’s races.  These are just the figures from Sporza, so it’s not even all of Belgium, and of course doesn’t include the pirate streams….

How great is that?  And this is just the first year Sporza has been showing women’s racing!

So, on with the videos… I’m focusing on the women, but if you want to see the men’s races too, the same YouTube accounts have videos of them, too.

bpost bank trofee #4 – Scheldecross

Highlights, and full race replay

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An amazing weekend of Cyclocross – the 2015 Scheldecross and Namur, LIVE!

The cyclocross season is heading towards one of the biggest weeks of the year – between Christmas and New Year is Holy Week, with so many amazing races.  But this weekend is just as exciting for me – two of my all-time favourite races, and we can watch the women race LIVE! as well as the men!

Saturday 19th December 2015:  bpost bank trofee #4, Scheldecross, Antwerp

I’ve had a soft spot for the Scheldecross, ever since the Schelde flooded one year and riders were racing perilously close to the rising waters, but the course is always fun to watch, with off-camber sand sections, long, straight runs and twisty turny areas.

This year, Sporza is streaming the women’s races live, and some of them haven’t been geo-restricted – check the Sporza Scheldecross Matchcenter on the day, and the same stream on the bpost page that goes up on the day of each race, or via this link.  If that doesn’t work for you, look for streams in the usual places (for example, this stream works for me).

The women race at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT, 8:45am North American EDT and 11:45pm Aussie AEDT) and the men 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.

The bpost season rankings are done on timings, and the rankings-so-far are here.  The startlist and lots more information will be on the bpost Scheldecross portal (“renners” = riders, “vrouwen” = women).

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Sunday 20th December: Cyclocross World Cup #4, Namur

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This week’s racing videos – Essen & Namur cyclocross, and Aussie track

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.

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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:

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Watch the 2014 Namur Cyclocross World Cup, Live!

In the deep midwinter….  Yes, the CX season ramps up, with races on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and this weekend we have another one of those iconic World Cups – Namur.  This race takes place all over the citadel, the forested hill that rises above the river and the town, and it’s steep, one for the riders with MTB skills, who can climb and enjoyt the technical descents.  It’s the first race back for Marianne Vos (and maybe Pauline Ferrand-Prévot‘s chance to win her first CX World Cup?) and yes, we can watch live!

Here’s the stream for the women – Sunday 21st December, 2014, 13:30 European CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am USA EST; 11:30pm Aussie AEDT)

The men’s race will stream here on the UCI Youtube, starting at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 2am AEDT) and there’ll be streams in the usual places too.  If you can’t watch the UCI stream, try something like Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK.

Tons of information at the Namur website, and more on the UCI CX WC portal – and you can follow the women of ‘cross as they prepare for it, with my twitter list.

If you’re excited by the December cyclocross mayhem, you can check out what else is on in midwinter with gs’ handy cyclocross calendar – and here’s my guide to watching the non-World Cup races.  Mull some wine, chuck some logs on the fire (erm, turn up the central heating?) and enjoy the best Belgian festive traditions of muddy carnage and extreme bike suffering!

How to watch the holiday cyclocross, even if you missed it – incuding CX World Cups Namur and Heusden-Zolder

This weekend it’s the start of one of the biggest and most important periods in the European cyclocross season, and I’m here to tell you how to watch them!

As always, to find out more about each of the races, head to tgsgirl’s CX calendar on Podium Café, which will give you an idea about which are the ones you might want to bookmark – and I’ve got more details on how to watch European CX in an earlier post.  All men’s races start at 15:00 CET (2pm UK, 9am USA EST, 6am USA PST and 1am Aus AEDT) although the streams tend to start anywhere between half an hour and 10 minutes before that.  I’ll add in links to any women’s race videos here after the races – and if you want to chat to me about the races, I’m on twitter as @_pigeons_ and will be in livethreads on Podium Café (look for them when the races are on)

Saturday 21st December – GP Rouwmoer Essen (bpost bank trofee #4)

The bpost bank trofee races are the hardest to follow for non-Belgians, both for the men’s and women’s races.  Look for streams of the men’s race in the usual places – if you want highlights of the women’s race, check out Sporza’s Essen match center, which will also provide live updates and graphics all the way through the men’s race and tons of video clips after, and their videozone after the race, but don’t hold your breath….

UPDATE!  Here’s the full video of the Belgian tv coverage, with a minute or two of the women at the start (starting around the 2:30 mark)

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Sunday 22nd December – World Cup Namur (UCI CX World Cup #4)

This is one of the best races on the calendar for me – and here’s how gs described it in her Podium Café calendar:

The closest cyclocross comes to mountainbike is the Namur World Cup. It’s around the citadel of Namur, and races around the citadel rarely disappoint. It’s like a magical place of really good pure cycling. The inclines on the hills of WC Namur are very steep, both going up and coming down. They’re also very technical, so to win a supercombo of skill and power will be required. Amongst the highlights of the season for me, this one.

Plus, because it’s a World Cup, we see the return to CX of Marianne Vos, as part of her campaign to win her 7th Cyclocross World Championships title – she’s only got the World Cups on her calendar over the mid-winter period, and it’ll be her first race back since her operation, so she’ll likely be starting far back on the grid…..  how will she do? Luckily, we’ll get to watch her race!

Because it’s a World Cup, both the women’s and men’s races will be streamed live on the UCI’s youtube and then archived in full in the same place, after the race is over:

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