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takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,652
edited February 2012 in Pro race
Can we start a thread here for this winter's cyclocross season? There doesn't seem to be anywhere else on the site to talk about it, and it's really piqued my interest.

What are the big races, and where can one watch them on the internets?
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  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    If you ask about Great Britain then go to the British Cycling site. (BCF)
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • Try this site for live coverage...

    http://www.cyclingfans.com/

    And also note that this year's World Champs are in Koksijde, which isn't very far away at all. I'm gonna go for the weekend!

    http://www.koksijde2012.be/cyclocross.html
  • Koksijde's the absolute heart of Belgian cycling country isn't it?

    It appears there's a big race tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get a chance to watch.
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,280
    There's three big series of races to watch, all of which have 8 races:

    1. The UCI World Cup
    2. Superprestige
    3. GvA (Gazet van Antwerpen)

    Tomorrow's race is a Superprestige race, at Zonhoven which, if memory serves, has a large sandy section.

    As always, www.cyclingfans.com seems to have links to streams for most of the races.
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    deejay wrote:
    If you ask about Great Britain then go to the British Cycling site. (BCF)
    Sorry I thought you wanted to be out there in the Cold and the Wind.
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
  • Well. I watched it today and was highly impressed, start to finish, although the best part was the advert for "Superprestige hits", an album of songs from the races.

    The sheer number of people too, they pay a few quid to be there don't they?
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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    There was some huge crowds at Zonhoven todays plus some great crashes! There's plenty of deep sand around here so it was particularly impressive watching the riders plough their way through the stuff and Albert simply ride off the front.
    Koppenberg Cross on Tuesday is another big event.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Also good to see Nikki Harris get second in the women's event, even if alot of the big names weren't riding.
  • Why do this...

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    When you can do this!

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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,026
    Another feed source is
    http://sports-livez.com/
    Superprestige looked a pretty good race today but only managed to see a few minutes.
  • durhamwaspdurhamwasp Posts: 1,234
    Went to watch the North East Cyclocross Series Event 7 in Durham City today, cracking stuff. Seemed really beginner friendly too - quite a few newbies taking part for the fun of it, with the serious contenders fighting it out at the front. Might have a bash myself!
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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,408
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    That is top class. How many laps do you think he managed that for? :lol:
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  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Old Dirk gets everywhere..

    Exergy USGP Derby in the states..

    Exergy-USGP-Derby-City-Cup-Sunday-24-660x440.jpg

    And this, I cant quite understand why the chick on the left is flapping a $20 at em..

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  • greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 7,224
    edited November 2011
    prawny wrote:
    That is top class. How many laps do you think he managed that for? :lol:

    2?

    http://www.sporza.be/permalink/1.1152634
  • Doobz wrote:
    And this, I cant quite understand why the chick on the left is flapping a $20 at em..

    Exergy-USGP-Derby-City-Cup-Sunday-23-660x440.jpg

    From watching this video, it's "Dollargrabbing"

    http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozon ... /1.1133635

    If you fast forward to 32 mins in, the riders grab the cash as they ride round.
  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Niels Albert injured after collision on training

    http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail ... 111115_149
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  • Kevin Pauwels pipped Stybar to the post in Hasselt, his third win out of three in the GvA trophy.

    Superprestige in Gavere for the hard nuts tomorrow
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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,026
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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Pauwels is winning everything, nobody appears to be able to make any challenge, as soon as he attacks the chasers start looking at each other.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
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    Mariusz Gil falls during the GP Hasselt
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  • In the video of the ditch, why do all the riders follow the same line each time? Is it so much easier than any other line? Also why do they ride so often in a line and not so often in small pack? Is it simply due to slipstreaming and difficulty round the tight corners?
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  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    In the video of the ditch, why do all the riders follow the same line each time? Is it so much easier than any other line? Also why do they ride so often in a line and not so often in small pack? Is it simply due to slipstreaming and difficulty round the tight corners?

    It can be a bit like motor racing where they follow the racing line - best route for cornering, but also in motor racing if you go off the racing line you pick up dust, debris etc.... In cross if you go off the usual racing line the course can be bumpy, rutted and have more debris as it's not been smoothed out by the riders in front. On some courses the racing line becomes a bit tram line like, making it difficult actually get out onto another line.
  • Thanks.
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  • Gadret is good at the cyclo. Been present in the places this season.

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    Seems like FdJ like to do this a lot too for training.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • Contador is the Greatest
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    Superprestige Zonhoven 2011: women’s race highlights | VT4

    http://www.vt4.be/videos/zonhoven-samenvatting-vrouwen

    1. Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash), 2. Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), 3. Sabrina Stultiens (Brainwash)
    Contador is the Greatest
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... MUyPHi_3Uo

    Women Race’s | Cyclo-cross Nacht van Woerden 2011 (by CyclingHD)

    Night-time cyclocross!

    1. Daphny van den Brand, 2. Helen Wyman, 3. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 469
    Pity Eurosport won't cover it....

    This might be a silly question, and I think I know the answer - Why don't we (UK) have a World Cup round??......
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