How to watch European cyclocross – with videos from this weekend

It’s that time of year again, when there are at least two cyclocross races every weekend at the highest European level, and it can get a bit bewildering, trying to follow it all.  So I’m here to tell you how I follow the women’s races, and just as importantly, which ones I prioritise.

I first got into the muddy, brilliant, exciting, insane sport of cyclcocross because of Caroline, aka tgsgirl.  We used to hang out on the BBC 606 cycling forum, and gs’ passion for it made me HAVE to watch it to see what it’s all about. One of the great things gs does is write a cyclocross calendar on Podium Café, with really funny descriptions of each race that I base my viewing choices around (I mean, the races start at 2pm, I can’t spend EVERY weekend day glued to the laptop!).  So I always check in with that to decide what to watch.  The races I’m going to do my best not to miss this year are the Koksijde World Cup on 23rd November (the one on the sand-dunes), Scheldecross on 7th December (off-camber fun, and I always hope the Schelde will flood), the Namur World Cup on 22nd December (steep and technical, on the beautiful Namur citadel) and of course, the World Championships on 1st February 2014.

But how will I watch it?

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Videos from the women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2013

2 videos from the women’s Tour of Flanders – the 3rd round of the women’s Road World Cup – and I’ll add more in as I see them later.

Firstly, 7.5 minutes highlights on Sporza, in Dutch – please click through and show Sporza we love seeing women’s cycling.

Next, 3.5 minutes in English, on the UCI youtube (there’ll be 15 minutes more in a few weeks’ time):

EDIT AGAIN!  And here’s the video with 12 mins each from Flanders and Flèche Wallonne, narrated by David Harmon, in English:

The NOS video on this page may be geo-restricted to the Netherlands – this post-race interview with Vos isn’t, but it’s in Dutch.  There are studio interviews in Dutch too, with Vos, Van Dijk and Johansson on Sporza.

I love this photo of the finish-line (so much passion!) and there will be photos on the race report, and on Cyclingnews.

EDIT! I’ve written a race report for Total Women’s Cycling, and would love it if you clicked through and read it!

Here are the full results – come back later for more!