Videos from the 2016 National Road Championships

This year’s Road Cycling National Champs weekend were the usual mix of predictable and completely un-guessable, which I love.  Check out the race report collection on Ella Cycling Tips – and here’s a little collection of videos and results – and of course, if you have more that I’ve missed, please do let me know, either in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.  In alphabetical order…

Belgium

Video highlights on Sporza – and this made me grin:

Little video interview with winner Kaat Hannes, after the race. Race report on Lensworld-Zannata’s website, and full results from the Road Race and ITT.

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Canada

The Road Race was won by Annie Foreman-Mackey

Video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and Leah Kirchmann in third. Elite women’s results and U23 and Junior women.

In the ITT, it was Foreman-Mackey’s The Cyclery-Opus team-mate Tara Whitten, back from really nasty head and neck injuries:

Full results from the elite women, and the U23  and junior women’s ITTs.

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Guest post! Aida Nuño wins her fifth Spanish Cyclocross Championships

Marcos Marín, aka @MiCiclismo, is one of the fantastic women’s cycling internet detectives, finding fantastic content on twitter, and writing about the sport, and especially Spanish cycling, on El Pelotón.  He very kindly wrote a guest post to tell us how the 2016 Spanish Cyclocross Championships unfolded. Make sure you follow him!

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Fifth title for Aida Nuño at the Spanish CX Championships

Photo © RFEC, via El Pelotón

Her name is well-known by anyone who follows the international cyclo-cross season. In 2014, supported by the MMR-Spiuk CX Team, she started racing the whole UCI World Cup calendar and got two top-15 places, in Valkenburg and Milton-Keynes. So far this season, apart from her two UCI victories in two C2 races in Spain, her best result had been the 12th place at the Namur World Cup. She is, of course, Aida Nuño, and this morning she would chase her fifth Spanish elite National Championship. And she got it after an impressive, solo win, in which she took the lead of the race as soon as it started.

All the female riders competed at the same race, including the elite, under-23, junior and youth categories, but with separate starts. Among the elites, Aida Nuño attacked in the first lap and only two riders could follow her pace: Alicia and Lucía González. After a lap some seconds behind her little sister, Lucía joined Alicia by the beginning of the second lap, but when that happened, Aida Nuño already had 17 seconds on the pair.

There was no further story to tell, as Nuño kept increasing her gap on Lucía González, who had left Alicia behind. Eventually, the silver medal was for Lucía and the bronze for Alicia, who also got a red-and-yellow jersey as she was the first under-23 rider of the day. Alba Teruel and Eider Merino completed the under-23 podium.

“I knew I was strong for this race but as I’ve been racing cyclo-cross for many years, I know anything can happen on a race day. But everything has turned out well, opening a gap on the first lap,” Nuño said in the Spanish Federation’s report after her fifth title.

In the junior category we could see a nice struggle between two riders: a pure CX rider, the Galician Irene Trabazo, who has been competing in Belgium and the Netherlands over the Christmas period; and a mountain biker, the Catalan Magda Duran, who often races in the UCI Junior Series XCO races. Both Irene and Magda were together all the race, but in the last lap the rider from Catalonia attacked and the Galician was not able to follow her pace due to a crash. Now Magda Duran is the current Spanish junior champion in cross country and cyclo-cross. The bronze medal went to Sofía Rodríguez.

“The circuit was very similar to MTB races, so it was great for my strengths. Irene [Trabazo] had a crash and that’s when I took advantage of the situation and I attacked. This victory is even more special than my MTB victories, because I wasn’t thinking in winning the Championship, so it’s been a surprise for me,” said Duran.

Meanwhile, in the youth category (15-16 years old), the Basque team achieved a ‘1-2’ in the podium thanks to Luisa Ibarrola’s solo victory and Saioa Gil’s silver medal — who wasn’t able to repeat the victory she got last year. Sara Yusto, from Castile and León, got the bronze.

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More photos from the race, and report in Spanish, on El Pelotón

Videos from various 2015 National Cyclocross Championships

This weekend was all ‘cross all the time (well…  except in the USA, where mud?  Roots?  Local politics? stopped the Nationals…) and because I love you, here’s what video I’ve found – with how to watch that postponed American Champs live.  UPDATE!  Now with videos from the British and German champs…

Belgium

Video of the u23 men and the elite women

And here’s a post-race video interview with the winner (again) Sanne Cant (click on the box with the triangle at the bottom)

Short highlights clip that’s geo-restricted to Belgium on het Nieuwsblad’s site (want to watch?  See below).  Race report and results on Cyclingnews; Report and photos on Cyclocrossrider.com.

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France

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Videos from the 2014 National Road Cycling Championships

After the various Individual Time Trials (and you can see all the video I’ve found from those) it was time for a huge number of women’s Road Race Nationals….  If you find videos I’ve missed, as always, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter!

The prize for the most accessible road race goes to France, where the fantastic France 3 showed the women’s road race live – such luxury!  The coverage is available for a week, on Pluzz (if you can’t see that in non-France countries, try watching with Hola or Tunnelbear).  Big thanks to the wonderful Clo, who runs the Velonova women’s cycling site, who found this.  And here’s (an unebeddable) clip from Cyclism’Actu, with the finish and post-race comments from the incredible Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – and another one here:

More Cyclism’Actu post-race interview video with Ferrand-Prévot, with 2nd placed Mélodie LeSueur and Fanny Riberot in 3rd.

That was the first road race victory for Rabobank-Liv, and over in the Netherlands, it was all about that team.  Here’s a collection of videos and audios from NOS Sport (UPDATE!  See ConfusedSpider telling us about the interview in the comments!)  and more video from RaboSportTV

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Videos from the women’s 2014 National ITT Championships

It’s that time of year again – National Championships weekend!   We’ve started off with a clutch of Individual Time Trial Championships, and here are the videos we’ve found.  We kicked off with the Netherlands, and such a hard-fought battle there….  Here’s video following Rabobank-Liv, with preparation, gorgeous riding shots, Marianne Vos and DS Koos Moerenhout talking about the race, and Annemiek van Vleuten talking about her win (even if you don’t understand Dutch, listen to the happiness in her voice!)

More video from NOS  and a happy audio interview with Van Vleuten

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