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.
Highlights, and full race replay
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.
So I know you want some videos of the awesome women’s racing that was on this weekend – two TOUGH cyclocross races, some track, and some photos from the road.
First of all, Koksijde CX World Cup. UCI highlights:
and the full race replay is here (if it’s restricted, try it with Hola set to the UK). Sanne Cant‘s sixth win in a row, and her first ever World Cup!
I love the photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk – and there are photos by Kristof Ramon on CyclocrossRider, and more on CX Magazine’s site. But that was just the first cyclocross race of the weekend…
It’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
Holy shit kids, it’s been a weird week! Cycling news has trailed off a little bit with the conclusion of worlds and whatnot. Sarah and I were talking earlier in the week about what we’d talk about on this week’s podcast and she said “Dan, should we do our end of season wrap-up?” and I was all glib and overly-confident “Pssshhhht, there’s no need to rush into that Sarah, we’ve got HEAPS to talk about.”
And then we got to time to get ready to record tonight’s podcast and it turned out that (this is painful for me to admit) I made a mistake.
You see, dear friends, what I took from our conversation was “We’re going to talk about our end of season wrap-up and highlights”. What Sarah took from the conversation was my assurance that we could do that NEXT week.
Sorry Sarah, and sorry friends. It’s ALL MY FAULT.
Here, to help you cope until next week when we wrap-up the season, is a list of most excellent links of stuff from the last week:
Road World Cup
- We enjoyed this video from the UCI, talking with Michael Anderson, one of the managers of the Open de Suede Vårgårda World Cups, on what goes into organising the races (so many women’s race are run by volunteers, we really recommend emailing them the ones you liked this year, to say thanks for all their work. If you loved Vårgårda, here are their contact details)
Well it’s been a couple of weeks since we last talked and there’s a bit to catch up on. To start with, we enter into a huge, sprawling discussion of the value of track racing while reviewing the Glasgow Track World Cup and then after that we get a little sandy as we talk Koksijde cyclocross. Of course there’s a whole bunch of swearing and bad jokes mixed in as well. Enjoy. (52.17MIN / 50.64MB)
And you can grab it from iTunes here.
Things we talked about this week:
- The Glasgow Track World Cup – here are some very short video highlights:
All the results can be found on the Tissot Timing site – and lots more information on the Glasgow TWC website
- Track sprint star Kristina Vogel‘s website and twitter – she’s really friendly, as well as being an excellent rider – follow her!
- Photos of the ridiculously muddy Asper-Gavere Superprestige Cyclocross by Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos – I love Balint’s CX photos, they’re fantastic – check them out on his website – and more photos of the race on Cyclingnews
- And to follow women’s CX races as they’re happening, follow Balint on twitter at @Cyclephotos – and photographer Bart Hazen and Sporza producer Andre Meganck as well – they all tweet in-race updates
- And we didn’t talk about this, Amber Pierce wrote a piece on Money versus Ethics, her response to the argument that women’s cycling should be saved from the evils of too much money – click through and read it!