The final big Downhill MTB race of 2016 was a huge one – the 2016 World Championships. And because this is MTB, we have a ton of videos, photos and excellent media for you. I’ll be editing in more as I see it, but wow, there’s a lot already, including the Junior women and the 2016 Four Cross Worlds.
It was a really tough course – very steep, very technical, full of deep dust, treacherous holes and Let’s start with the Full race replay on Red Bull TV.
Want to see that from Atherton’s perspective, on her GoPro? I know you do!
The last major Downhill of 2016! I’m so sad the season is over – but at least we can watch live. And if you, like me, missed the Four Cross World Champs, I’ve got video of that below.
It’s just MTB and 4X in Val di Sole, as the Cross Country was earlier in the summer – and I love Red Bull Bike, it’s live
Elite women’s and men’s Downhill Finals: Sunday 11th September, 12:30 Euro CEST (11:30am UK BST; 8:30pm Aussie AEST; 6:30am North American EDT
Want some pre-race Downhill media? There’s always a lot!
Claudio Caluori’s course preview:
There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.
On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia. In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole. And over in Kazakhstan it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it. Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!
Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…
The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course. You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:
I’ve mentioned these in our podcast post, but damn, because there’s so much to watch – 2 different races every day! – so here’s a timetable. This must be what it feels like to be in the Netherlands or Italy!
I know you already know this, but timezones…
BST=UK, CEST=mainland Europe, EDT USA Eastern, PDT=USA Pacific, AEST=Australian New South Wales etc. I’ll do timezones in that order, too
This week’s episode starts with Sarah claiming that she will beat me in an episode long bicker-fest. Cast your votes in the comments! (or don’t) Following that Sarah and I wrap up the Emakumeen Bira stage-by-stage and along the way Sarah makes a very bold prediction about who will win the Giro Rosa. She challenges me to come up with my prediction and then proceeds to pick it apart (in the nicest possible way). We also recap the Tulsa Tough racing in Oklahoma, the London Nocturne racing and the Woking race in the UK. Then Sarah goes on a massive love-fest for all things Downhill MTB which results in me begging her to promise that she will never, ever actually try downhill mountain biking, for her own safety and that of innocent bystanders and wildlife anywhere near the mountain at that time. I even go to the trouble of asking Swordpanda to illustrate why Sarah shouldn’t do it. (Spoiler alert: results below!) We also talk about Sarah’s new art project and how you can help to make beautiful art, and I briefly mention a great interview with Tracey Gaudry on the Australian cycling chat show, Cycling Central. Another jam-packed full of awesome episode waiting for you to press play. (1:19:09 MIN / MB)
UPDATE: We’ve also had confirmation from Twitter that Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin will be on this week’s episode of Cycling Central, so Aussie fans make sure to watch it and we’ll point you towards the interviews when they’re available online.
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Sarah’s racing round-up on Total Women’s Cycling
The Emakumeen Bira
- Video from the start of Stage 1