Commonwealth Games mountain biking today from 11:30am

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XC mountain biking at the 2022 Commonwealth Games is happening today. The men’s race is at 11:30am. The women’s race is at 2:30pm 2.00pm.

The event is taking place at Cannock Chase, which was chosen due to its proximity to the nominal city host of the games (Birmingham).

The course and the venue layout can be seen below.

Course overview
Main arena layout

As with pretty much everything taking place at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, you should be able to watch the mountain bike racing on the BBC iPlayer’s specific Commonwealth Games section.

Who’s racing? I’ll be honest with you. It’s proven to be quite hard to find out!

From what I can make out, the confirmed British Isles racers include: Evie Richards (Eng), Harry Birchill (Eng), Joseph Blackmore (Eng), Isla Short (Sco), Charlie Aldridge (Sco), Cameron Orr (N.I.) and Chris McGlinchey (N.I.). I couldn’t see anyone from Wales competing in the mountain bike events but could be wrong!

Please comment below if you know of anyone not listed above.

In terms of more internationally flung racers, unfortunately Anton Cooper has had to pull out due to Covid.

Mountain biking has been part of the Commonwealth Games since 2002 (remember Manchester?). The podium at the last Games looked like this:

Women’s

  1. Annie Last (Eng)
  2. Evie Richards (Eng)
  3. Haley Smith (Can)

Men’s

  1. Same Gaze (N.Z.)
  2. Anton Cooper (N.Z.)
  3. Alan Hatherly (S.A.)

birmingham2022.com/sports/mountain-biking

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  • This topic has 55 replies, 35 voices, and was last updated 3 days ago by si77.
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  • Commonwealth Games mountain biking today from 11:30am
  • Premier Icon tenfoot
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    Think the women’s race starts at 2.

    Details at

    https://www.birmingham2022.com/schedule/day-by-day

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Well I live 5 minutes from the Chase and you seem to have more info on the route and spectator areas than I’ve managed to get – thanks for posting.

    Premier Icon DrP
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    I wonder if it’ll be like the SSUK 2013 (also held at Cannock) whereby they have a boozy drink and pork scrtchings every lap???

    DrP

    Premier Icon notsospeedydaz
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    It’s a shame they didn’t make it clear from when tickets were first applied for it was only for the start/finish area the rest of the course was free
    Wonder how many people failed at in the ballot so made other plans

    Premier Icon Yak
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    8 women racers?! Might as well get a load of handy youth and juniors in there for the experience, and maybe a shot at bronze.

    Men’s race only has 26 listed starters too…. pah.

    Anyway… Richards and Gaze.

    Premier Icon ShawConvert
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    8 women racers?! Might as well get a load of handy youth and juniors in there for the experience, and maybe a shot at bronze.

    Men’s race only has 26 listed starters too…. pah.

    Anyway… Richards and Gaze.

    So 25% of the woman’s field (2 out of 8) comes from the mtb mecca of Jersey – an island of 100K people. England (56 million), have one. Remind me again why the commonwealth games have any sporting relevance? Sack it off imo.

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    Evie Richards is making a comeback from injury.
    her, Isla Short, Sam Gaze and Dan McConnell are the only 4* I recognise as being consistent World cup performers… but why have they not gone to Snowshoe and MSA?

    *and Anton Cooper too, but he has covid and wont be starting.

    Premier Icon tenfoot
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    Shame Bec McConnell has (understandably) bigger fish to fry.

    Premier Icon bollard
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    Thought it was going to be live on bbc ? red button etc nothing found yet ?

    Premier Icon Yak
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    On the iplayer.

    Premier Icon Lunge
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    It’s definitely on the iPlayer as I’m currently watching it.

    Premier Icon bollard
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    got it , i thought i could get it on the pc through the site nill results.

    Premier Icon Simon Farrington
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    It’s definitely on the iPlayer as I’m currently watching it.

    Me too…and I just want to know what bikes they are riding 😉

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Fair play to the organisers of the race for managing to make Cathkin Braes look challenging

    Premier Icon sam_underhill
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    Hopefully they’ll keep the extra rock features they’ve added for the games.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    I can’t go today as I’m looking after a grandson with a temperature but if I was there I’d be at the bit of the course that crosses BigJohn’s.

    Premier Icon kevog
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    Rear suspension on most of those bikes appears remarkably ineffective for some reason… 😉

    Premier Icon wipperman95
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    I remember reading that Canada didn’t bother sending any MTB-ers, but did send road/track cyclists. Same for Wales, though I dont know of any decent Welsh XC racers.

    I also suspect Evie would normally be riding the World Cups, but as she’s coming back from injury and illness, this is probably a better fit for her future programme. I think Sam Gaze is in a similar situation.

    And don’t start me on Rochelle Gilmore as the expert summariser; can’t the BBC find any MTB experts?

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    And don’t start me on Rochelle Gilmore as the expert summariser;

    “She’s such a strong rider” x 47 being kept in the bag for the women’s race

    Premier Icon ShawConvert
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    “She’s such a strong rider” x 47 being kept in the bag for the women’s race

    Well, with only 8 riders in the race, at least she will have 39 left to use on future occasions.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Well, with only 8 riders in the race, at least she will have 39 left to use on future occasions.

    I had no idea that there were only 8 riders in the women’s race, that pretty disappointing. Don’t worry though Rochelle managed about 20 “She’s such a strong rider” each for Jolanda Neff and Pauline Prevot at the Olympics

    Premier Icon phiiiiil
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    Hopefully they’ll keep the extra rock features they’ve added for the games.

    Apparently not… Chase Trails have said they’re not in the right place to keep them safely.

    Premier Icon reeksy
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    Wow. Remove those rocks and it would barely be worth having a gravel bike for the track they’re on.

    Premier Icon andydt82
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    Looks like a pretty old school XC course, I’m surprised they haven’t been able to make it a bit more technical considering what some of the World Cup stages are like nowadays.

    Premier Icon reeksy
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    Not a patch on the last Commonwealth Games track

    Premier Icon tenfoot
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    Decent race for bronze

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Or the Olympic one at oh-so-hilly Essex.

    Premier Icon Martinhuutch
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    Wow. Remove those rocks and it would barely be worth having a gravel bike for the track they’re on.

    The braking bumps will sort out the elite riders, though.

    Premier Icon seriousrikk
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    Bronze was an incredible race.

    With so much of cannock to choose from, I am quite suprised with how simple the course was.

    What I’m more disappointed by is how few people they had in the arena. I know I was in the ‘lottery’ for tickets and didn’t get any – there were more folks when I went to Peaty’s DH!!

    Premier Icon tenfoot
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    There does seem to be a lot of space

    Premier Icon phiiiiil
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    The braking bumps will sort out the elite riders, though.

    Pah, never mind the braking bumps, remember the PEBBLES!

    It’s a miracle they all survived.

    Premier Icon Houns
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    Shame it’s dry and not slightly damp so they’d have to contend with the pebbles of doom

    Premier Icon john_l
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    Shame half the women’s field is missing in the US.

    GO ISLA!

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    Not much of a “race” really is it. What a hard thing to commentate on. Even Warner couldn’t make this exciting!

    Premier Icon copa
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    Rear suspension on most of those bikes appears remarkably ineffective for some reason… 😉

    I was thinking that. Surely a lighter hardtail is more efficient on a mild course like that.

    Premier Icon twonks
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    The arena was a bit of a disappointment but around the course it was packed.

    Just come away from there before the rush after watching bits and riding. Not seen any tv yet but it certainly didn’t look too tame 10 foot from the trails.

    Those from lesser know mtb countries were struggling in places and a few fell off going over the stegosaurus rocks (taken the wrong way so downhill slightly).

    Spose it’s all relative as the riders were mostly on the edge of exhaustion all the time. Of course they’re trained for it etc but it must make obstacles a bit harder than most riders out cruising on a 150mm+ gnar machine.

    Premier Icon Adam
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    Even Warner couldn’t make this exciting!

    They’re even having to keep showing replays of dropper posts!

    Premier Icon riddoch
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    And don’t start me on Rochelle Gilmore as the expert summariser; can’t the BBC find any MTB experts?

    apparently the BBC haven’t used their own commentators but are just using the world feed, Ned Boulting has been commenting on other sports for the world feed as well. He seemed quite surprised as to why the BBC was using him on his podcast.

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    They’re even having to keep showing replays of dropper posts!

    A what post?! 😆

    Premier Icon Houns
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    Some good tunes playing

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