Media from the 2016 Para-cycling Track Championships

Last week it was the 2016 Paracycling Track World Championships in Montechiari, and there were do many moments of great racing, making me really look forward to the Rio Paralympics (although I’ll always mourn the fact we won’t have women’s tandem sprint there because just wow!).  There was about an hour and a half of TV/streams on RAI Sport 2 every night, with some sessions streamed live, and while that hasn’t turned up online, there was more media from the racing – race reports, photo, and a little bit of video.  If you find more you liked, please do share, in the comments here, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it all in.

Lets start with the results – they’re all here on the they’re all here on the UCI results page.  And here’s a gallery of photos on the UCI website.  This post focuses on the women, but the same links will include things about the men- and check out Jody Cundy’s YouTube for videos of his races.  There’s a nice video from the UCI about the 500m/Kilo, with Jamie Whitmore, Joe Berenyi and Alistair Donohoe:

Day 1

Race report from the UCI, Cycling Australia, British Cycling (with video interviews), Cycling Canada, USA Paralympics and BBC report on the Brits.

Photo albums from British Cycling and Cycling Australia.

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WATCH & follow the 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships LIVE

17th-20th March 2016

Sometimes I really struggle whether to go with a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” approach to talking about cycling – especially when it comes to Para-cycling.  In the plus column, hooray, there’s a Track World Championships, which hasn’t always been the given you’d imagine in would be (and this one’s even in an indoor velodrome, which wasn’t always the case).  And the racing is always incredible, the riders fantastic, and my very favourite discipline is tandem sprint, WOW the bike skills on display there!

But it’s always disappointing there’s still no  Tissot Timing, live timing and results, unlike all the other UCI disciplines  UPDATE!  Although there will be results added to RSS Timing, where you can also sign up to have results emailed to you.  And we haven’t heard if there’ll be highlights clips from the races on the UCI YouTube,  afterlast year there was UCI livestreaming of 1 day at Apeldoorn Track Worlds

UPDATE!  It’s definitely MORE than half-full this year!  This year there looks like some live TV coverage on RAI Sport 2 every day! The RAI TV schedules tend to change a lot, so it’s worth double checking every day (scroll down the TV guide to RAI Sport 2, and look for Ciclismo su Pista: Camp. Mondiali Paralimpici 2016), but as of Tuesday Friday, the coverage looks like this:

  • Thurs 17th March, 18:45 – 20:10 Euro CET (from 5:45pm UK GMT; 1:45pm USA EDT; 4:45am Aus AEDT Fri)
  • Friday 18th March, 20:00-21:30 CET (from 7pm GMT; 3pm EDT, 6am Sat AEDT)  UPDATE!  On Friday it now says 23:00 CET (from 10pm GMT; 6pm EDT, 9am Sat AEDT)
  • Saturday 19th March, UCI says it’ll be LIVE between 15:00-16:00 CET (2-3pm GMT, 10-11am EST, 1-2am AEDT); but RAI journos are saying only highlights 22:00-23:10 CET (from 9pm GMT; 5pm EDT; 8am Sun AEDT) – so we’ll have to wait & see!  Try both?
  • Sunday 20th March, 16:30-17:45 CET (from 3:30pm GMT, 11:30pm EDT; 2:30am AEDT)

Check out which races will be shown when through the competition programme (tandem sprints are on Sunday).  This is very exciting!  The RAI Sport 2 livestream is here, though you may need a VPN set to Italy to see it, and there looks like there’s an alternative stream here. (If these disappear from the schedule, please don’t hate me – and if that does happen, check RAI Sport 1 before getting worried!)

There’s also a team out there for BBC Sport, so look out for clips featuring riders on the BBC Disability Sport pages, and also from Channel 4 Paralympics, who have features up on their site already, as well as the usual excellent videos from Cycling Australia.  If you find more places featuring the Champs, please do share, & I’ll edit them in.

We can follow the rest of the competition, including the afternoon sessions on twitter, and look out for video clips and highlights, like this one from the Dutch Federation, of their team training:

The racing will be fantastic, and it’s especially important in a Paralympic year, so it’ll give us an idea of how our favourite riders and teams are going.  And there are always brilliant photos, tweets and blogs from riders, so let’s celebrate them all!

How to follow live

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Podcast 2015 Episode 21 – Everything Means Troll in Norwegian

Podcast logoG’day team! This week Sarah and Dan actually aren’t rushing around between different job things and have time to talk about the Prudential Ride London (where Sarah commentated!), Sparkassen Giro, the Para-cycling World Cup and MTB World Cup. There’s also discussion of wolves and trolls! Don’t forget to check further down the page for HEAPS of videos from the week. (50:41 MIN / 48.66 MB)


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Things we talked about

This week’s racing

2015 Para-cycling Road World Championships

Photos on the race website, and on British Cycling’s flickrFull results.  Lots of race reports from the UCICycling Australia, USA Paralympics, Dutch Federation, British Cycling,, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Canada, Paralympics New Zealand facebook,  and German Para-cycling facebook,

Aussie tricyclist Carol Cook’s great blogs about her ITT win and her road race – and Cook’s video interview with H1 handcyclist Emilie Miller, on her first ever Para Worlds.  Video highlights about the New Zealand team, and from the UCI, including a profile of Megan Fisher (there’s another profile video here, of Alex Zenardi)


Prudential Ride London GP

Video highlights from BBC Sport (may be geo-restricted) and EurosportBarbara Guarischi talks about winning with her team

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Watch & follow this weekend’s live racing: Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup, Para-cycling Road World Champs, Ride London GP and Sparkassen Giro

I love this time of year – it’s when we get all kinds of live women’s cycling, and it makes me very happy.  This weekend we’ve got three live races to watch – the Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, and the Prudential Ride London GP, a crit in the heart of London that passes Buckingham Palace.  And as well as that, we can follow the 2015 Para-Cycling Road World Championships.  Do you feel spoiled?  I do!  Here’s how to watch the MTB and crit live, and how to follow the Paracycling, and the Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup as they happen.

Prudential Ride London GP, 1st August 2015

The race is part of the Olympic legacy weekend of racing, and while I’m sad the women don’t get to ride the Olympic road race course like the men (& sportif riders do), it’s an excellent event.  The race starts at 6pm UK BST (19:00 Euro CEST, 1pm North American EDT, 3am Aussie AEDT) and it’ll be shown and streamed live – I recommend watching Rochelle Gilmore commentating on BBC2 from 6pm – and you can watch online here if you’re in the UK…. while I’m doing something super-scary, commentating my first official race, with Hugh Porter, for the international feed, which I think is on Eurosport and British Eurosport, Eurosport Asia and SKY NZ.  Aaargh!

The course is the same finish as the Olympic road race, down the Mall, then round St James’ Park.  If you happen to come to the race, come and hang out with some women’s cycling fans from twitter afterwards, in the ICA Café on the Mall.

There’s tons of information on the website, including the start list, and you can follow the #RideLondon hashtag on twitter.


Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup, 31st July – 2nd August

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Podcast 2015 Episode 20 – Summer Classic

Podcast logoIt’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of  a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)


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*Not an actual guarantee, definition of summer may vary, results may vary.

We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson

Recent racing

La Course by Le Tour de France

All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.


2015 BMX World Championships

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Videos and more from the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships

We were so lucky this year, we had the entire final session from the 2015 Para-cycling Track Worlds streamed for us….

…but there’s a lot more that came out.  Read on for photos, videos and results

Here’s Day 1 & Day 2 from the Dutch team’s perspective


All the results are on the UCI website, photos are on the Apeldoorn competition website, and I’ve found some reports from the different days.  I’m posting the women’s videos, but you can see all the videos of the men’s races over on this great youtube.

Day 1

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The Alex Green interview transcript

Last month I podcast-interviewed Alexandra Green, the young Australian Para-cyclist who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and who has never come home from a Track World Cup without a medal.  We talked about what that was like, the mental gear-switch she had to make to go from being “able bodied with a limp” to being a disabled athlete, her work as the youngest board member of the Cerebal Palsy Alliance, being part of the Aussie Para-cycling team and much more.  You can listen to the interview over here, but I’ve transcribed it too, for people who prefer to read their interviews.


You’re in middle of the Paralympic cycle, getting ready to aim for Rio.  How does that feel?

Alex: Yeah, two years to go, so it’s all ramping up from now.  Time has gone very quickly from London – it’s been a blur, there’s been no downtime really, and suddenly it’s two years and I’ll blink and it’ll be one year, and I’ll blink again and we’ll be there – hopefully! Hopefully I’ll be there! It’s going and it’s gone and it’s a whirlwind and there’s barely time to breathe.

Like most of the Paracyclists, you’re riding on the road and on the track – and you’ve only been riding since 2010, so when you won your bronze medal in the London Games, that was after two years of racing. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into cycling?

It’s a weird kind of thing. I grew up being told I don’t have a disability, just get on with it, so I spent my teenage years just being an able-bodied person with a limp, and then one day in 2007, I was watching a documentary about this girl trying to make the Para-equestrian team for Beijing, and it got me thinking, is my Cerebal Palsy enough to qualify me to go to a Paralympics?  And I googled the Australian Paralympic Committee, they had a talent search day, I went, I was eligible, and I got into rowing, because I lived by the water and I loved the water, and I’d always wanted to learn to row.

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