It has been said that road is dead, but apparently someone forgot to tell a lot of U.S. cyclocross stars this summer. Last weekend alone we saw Emma White shine at Road Nats and Denzel Stephenson, Lane Maher and Ross Ellwood star at ToAD.
This Fourth of July weekend, the road action continues in Louisville, KY with U.S. Criterium Nationals on Sunday. With the obvious exception of cyclocross, criteriums may be the most spectator-friendly form of biking and with the talent heading to Louisville, Crit Nats are guaranteed to provide some early Fourth of July fireworks.
I know crits can get a bad rap from cyclocross folks, but I have been checking out some of the crit live streams this year, and I have to say, they are not only exciting but also incredibly interesting from a tactical standpoint.
Mountain bike fans can also satisfy their viewing urge by tuning in to watch the Vallnord, Andorra stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday morning.
Since multi-disciplinarity is in for 2017, the best of the best can do the mountain-crit viewing double and then get a cyclocross ride in during the day for the trifecta.
U.S. Criterium Nationals – Louisville, KY
Location: Downtown Louisville, KY
Course: 1.5km, eight-corner circuit
Race Times: Men’s U23 – 2pm EDT; Amateur Men’s – 3:30pm EDT; Pro Women’s – 4:45pm EDT; Pro Men’s – 6:15pm EDT
Who to Watch For:
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup – Vallnord, Andorra
Location: La Massana Bike Park
Course: 4km circuit
Race Times: Sunday, July 2; Women’s Elite – 6am EDT; Men’s Elite – 8:30am EDT
Who to Watch For:
Mathieu van der Poel
The U23 races are not broadcast, but Evie Richards is leading the Women’s U23 overall and Hannah Finchamp will be making the start for the Clif Pro Team. If you are unable to watch on Sunday, tune in to Rumors & Rumblings next week for a full rundown of what went down in Louisville.