The MTB season has started, and Lourdes was action-filled, not just because of the amazing racing (and it WAS amazing), but also because of the truly epic weather, as they arrived in snow that cleared up over the first few days, and then the elite men were hit with an incredible storm to ride though during the finals, that left a surprise winner.
On the women’s side, despite the fact that the UCI have reduced the number of women eligible to race, the skill levels just keep going up and up and up, and it was a dramatic race – could Rachel Atherton keep up her unbeaten run of wins, or would this be the time a rival knocks her off her throne?
You can watch the full race replay on Red Bull TV, but that’s just the tip of the media iceberg. Scroll down for tons more videos, amazing photo galleries, interviews and more.
Highlights from the UCI, Red Bull Bike, Shimano and Vital MTB
Tahnée Seagrave is the latest young British downhill MTB talent, the 2013 Junior DH World Champion who finished her first elite season on the World Champs podium, winning bronze last year in Hafjell. She’s got huge dreams for the 2015 season, but she’s also got big plans off the bike for the first DH World Cup at Fort William (6th & 7th June).
Tahnée is an ambassador for UK breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel, and Fort William will be the location for her competition, #Copparide, where lucky winners will get a limited edition race bike, the kit she’s races Fort Bill in, and a huge pile of MTB goodies.
So how do you enter? There 5,000 #Copparide wristbands, costing £5 each and every purchase gets an entry into the prize draw, with prizes able to be shipped anywhere in the world. Buy and enter here!
And if you want to support them in different ways, the #Copparide t-shirts will be on sale soon, with all proceeds going to Coppafeel – keep an eye on the FMD Racing online shop, and at the World Cup. If you’re there in person, hashtag your photos #Copparide, and you could win a camera. All the details of the competition, the charity and more are here on FMD Racing’s #Copparide webpage.
Brace yourself, there’s a LOT here! The Eliminator stuff is over here, but for Cross Country and Downhill, read on….
Cross Country Relay
Full results and UCI report
Junior women’s cross country race report, photos and results
U23 Cross Country
Damn, I love Fort William – so beautiful, so iconic, and the racing was spectacular! Here’s some fun things I’ve found from the race coverage – videos, photos and more – starting with the UCI’s highlights
and superb highlights on Red Bull bike – godammit, I love their coverage! and of course, you can watch the replay of the full coverage of the women’s and men’s finals on Red Bull tv
This week we’re not podcasting, but we’ve had all kinds of news and videos from women’s cycling in the last week or so – so here’s a random round-up, with videos, blogs, articles and all kinds of things I’ve liked in the last week in women’s cycling – road, crits, MTB, BMX, breakfast tacos, how to cool down a laptop and more!
This week’s racing
No video yet, but Emma Johansson won, for the second year in a row. She was racing with the Swedish National Team, but still has a race report on the ORICA-AIS website, and there’s a race report from Hitec too. Full results on the race website.
GP Comune di Cornaredo
UPDATE! Another video, from Wiggle Honda
Race report on Tiffany Cromwell’s website – Results on CyclingFever
Delray Beach Twilight
The first round of the USA Crits, the Delray Beach Twilight, was livestreamed, and you can watch the full race video – the women start around 2:30:00 – or just the women’s highlights
It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)
To subscribe through the store of iTunes for free, click here.
Things we talked about included
DRENTHE WEEK! We love springtime in the Netherlands!
If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog. Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.
This week was the 2013 Mountain bike World Championships, in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa – and as anyone who follows MTB can imagine, there are a TON of videos around, including the entire coverage from the Eliminator, Cross Country and Downhill. Here are some videos and links to photos and reports… Hopefully there’ll be more highlights videos later, I’ll edit them in as I see them.