Real uk road racing cycling on tv tonight
That Durham course is always really tough, it caused absolute carnage last year, in fact it was so confusing with all the lapped riders that the wrong team was initially announced as the winners. 😳
Tour Series is great, I went to 2 rounds last year and it’s nice to see crit racing back on TV. Probably get to Stoke and Oldham this year.Posted 6 years agogoslowSubscriber
I watched the racing in Durham. The course was short enough (1.5km) and the race long enough (80 minutes) to have a leisurely stroll right around the course. Similar to mountain biking the TV coverage doesn’t really show how steep the descent into the very tight corner before the cobbled climb is.Posted 6 years ago
We can’t test ourselves on the course as it goes the wrong way along one way streets.
I then watched the race on TV so I could find out what happened.
Round 2 from an incredibly windy Aberystwyth is on ITV4 tonight.
Does anyone know how many laps they actually did?
Total distance, average speed??
Durham isn’t a traditional crit circuit (it’s way hillier than most crits) and team tactics came into play quite a bit with the Team Managers telling the leading group to slow down and wait for the main bunch so the average speed was quite low, about 24mph. Think they did about 28 laps of racing which at 1.4km per lap is 40km, it was just over an hour so 24mph is about right.
Flat crits at that pro-rider level will be averaging closer to 28-29mph, they really are properly brutal, it’s an exercise in technical perfection.Posted 6 years agomtbmattMember
Aberystwyth round is on ITV4 at 8pm tonight. It was a good nights racing. Much less demanding circuit than Durham, but the wind caused havoc and a few crashes as a result.
Looked like some fast and furious racing from start to finish, so should be good to watch on TV.Posted 6 years ago
Couple of decent shots Becky, they concentrated more on Motorpoint though – short interviews with Hannah Walker and Hannah Barnes. It’ll be on ITV Player later.
Good race at Peterborough, blisteringly quick. Lets hope the weather stays good for the rest of the series.Posted 6 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I always thought a “Crit Race” was where a bunch of rich road riders turned up at a specified meeting point and spent an allocated amount of time Criticizing each others chosen team lycra, road bike and chainring size.
Turns out it stands for Criterium Race, and its not that interesting.Posted 6 years ago
I went to the Stoke-on-Trent round tonight, was good fun. Great crowds, good atmosphere all round the course. The racing was really fast, the looks on the faces of the riders said it all, proper grimaces as they fought the headwind on the back straight. 1.2km circuit and they were lapping about every 90-100 seconds! Average speed of about 27mph.
On TV tomorrow night at 8pm on ITV4. I had a chat with Ned Boulting, the ITV4 anchorman as well, nice bloke. He was telling some funny stories from the Tour of California.Posted 6 years ago
As above, on ITV tonight Thursday 20.00, and tomorrow early morning and on the ITV player.
A really fast ride, and a big crash near the town hall i think, riders came limping back in various states of agony, and a few broken bikes.
Some utube vid up latter, along with some pictures.
Oh and its at OLDHAM tomorrow night 7.00pm start.Posted 6 years agocpSubscriber
brilliant, thanks for the heads up – particularly the reference to itv player, will have a bit of a catchup 🙂Posted 6 years ago
Oldham tonight was a great race, one of the toughest courses I’ve seen. Tight right hander from a screaming descent right into a long drag of a climb to the start/finish which caught out a couple of riders who went skidding off into the crash mats. Should look good on TV tomorrow night.
Oh and I had a nice meal in the VIP bit too. Just thought I’d mention that. 🙂Posted 6 years ago
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