I was going to make a mega-post, but really, there’s so much content coming out of the 2015 Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, in Vallnord, Andorra, that I’m going to have to split my post into (at least!) two. So this post covers Days 1 to 4, including the Cross Country MTB Eliminator and Relay finals, the Trials quarter- and semi-finals, and the Junior and u23 Cross Country finals. It’s been fantastic racing, and it’s not going to stop – here’s a reminder of how to watch the elite women’s and men’s Cross Country and Downhill Finals on 5th and 6th September, with the rest of the race schedule and how to follow everything else…
Here’s Claudio Caluori’s helmetcam preview of the course. They had an unfortunate power cut, so the full race replay video has a LONG period of nothing in it – the races start again after the gap at 1:37:15:
The finals start from 3:30:41 (watch here) or you can just watch the UCI women’s highlights & Vallnord’s Day 1 highlights, with some (men’s) Trials and the XCE
The GP de Plouay-Bretagne is always one of the best races on the calendar, and the 2015 edition didn’t disappoint – NON-stop attacking, non-stop action, and we have a LOT of videos to watch!
Here’s the full last 50 kilometres on the UCI youtube – click through and watch, it’s glorious! And here’s the highlights – from the UCI and from Wiggle Honda.
Results and photos below, and I’ll add more videos as I see them – anything you see and like, leave me a comment, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll add them in
Look, let’s just be honest about it all shall we? This week Dan’s up early and has to rush off to work, while Sarah’s up late at night and trying to get ready to head to the Tour of Norway. At the same time, there’s the Tour of Utah, a whole bunch of MTB racing and the Route de France to discuss. Will Sarah and Dan have enough time to cover everything? Well, yes, but you should still listen, there’s some really good jokes. (45:50 MIN / 44.01 MB)
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This week’s racing
Videos, photos and more from the Tour of Utah, Windham MTB World Cup and the European Junior and u23 Road Championships in this post.
This week’s news and things
Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
It’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
La Course by Le Tour de France
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships
It’s been an incredible week of racing at the Giro Rosa with so many riders from different teams and countries winning stages and tearing up the road. There have been world firsts and there have been all kinds of tactics deployed on the road. It’s everything you could want in a truly Grand Tour, it’s been so good that Sarah even invented a new description! Some riders have been flying, some have cool scars (seriously). And the best is yet to come as we still have several stages that could seriously shake up the GC and potentially change the outcome of the race. Join us as we talk about it all. (1:18:35 MIN / 75.45 MB)
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Things to read and watch:
Sarah’s been collating all the race video and cool social media, blog posts, etc that she can find. She’s also been doing interviews and QandAs with riders. Here’s the full list of all the news there is, stage by stage.
Also, here’s Sarah’s guide on how to follow the race (remember there’s some really exciting stages to come!).
Sarah and Dan quickly catch up on the big weekend of the national championships before getting stuck into a good long look at the Giro Rosa. We’ve had the prologue and first stage but there’s a week of epic racing to come! Join us for all the discussion of teams, profiles, stages and excitement. (56:16 MIN / 54.02 MB)
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View all the videos from the big national championships weekend in Sarah’s post here.
Get the full rundown on everything Giro Rosa in this post here. And all the videos from the prologue here.
I’m behind right now, but if you want to catch up with who won what at this year’s Road Champs from around Europe and further afield, here are some videos…
Videos from Sporza – 20 mins highlights and post-race interview with winner Jolien D’hoore (scroll down) and a tiny Wiggle Honda video