How to watch the 2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships this weekend

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The world’s top cyclo-cross riders are heading to the Czech Republic this weekend to compete at the 2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, at the circuit in Tabor. Expect technical racing, in cold but dry conditions for most of the weekend – with light rain forecast for Sunday and winds picking up during the course of the weekend. Pack your bobble hats if you’re heading to watch in person!

For those staying home in the UK, some of the racing should be free to view via the BBC.

2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Schedule, and how to watch in the UK:

Fri 2nd February

  • Team relay 11.30am – Live stream on Youtube

Sat 3rd February

  • Junior Women 10am – Live stream on Eurosport
  • U23 Men 11.30am – Live stream on Eurosport
  • Elite Women 1.30pm – Live stream on BBC iPlayer and Eurosport

Sun 4th February

  • Junior Men 10am – Live stream on Eurosport
  • U23 Women 11.20am – Live stream on Eurosport
  • Elite Men 1.30pm – Live on BBC Red Button and Eurosport

Depending on Geo-blocking, you may also be able to watch event via the event website, here, or on the UCI’s YouTube channel. It’s not yet published which races will be available in which territories on YouTube.

Alfie Amey, Credit: SWPix

For UK fans, there will be 11 British riders to watch out for:

Elite men

  • Cam Mason
  • Thomas Mein

Elite women

  • Anna Kay

Under-23 men

  • Dan Barnes
  • Corran Carrick-Anderson

Under-23 women

  • Zoe Backstedt

Junior men

  • Oscar Amey
  • Alfie Amey

Junior women

  • Cat Ferguson
  • Imogen Wolff
  • Alice Colling
Anna Kay, Credit: SWPix

Here’s British Cycling’s team announcement, plus their goals for the event:

BEST OF BRITISH CYCLO-CROSS RIDERS SELECTED FOR 2024 UCI CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

British Cycling can today announce the talented Great Britain Cycling Team cyclo-cross riders heading to the Czech Republic to compete at the 2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, from Friday 2 – Sunday 4 February.

The 11-strong team will compete on the well-known technical cyclo-cross circuit in Tabor to contest the world titles across three days of racing.

Cameron Mason will contest the elite men’s category after his breakthrough year in the sport, becoming the first ever British man to stand on the podium at the European Championships, winning the silver medal in November 2023. After defending his national title in January ‘24, he will be looking to round out his season with another strong performance. Thomas Mein, winner of the National Trophy Series who has had three top 15 world cup finishes this season, will join Mason in the elite men’s competition.

Anna Kay will be the solo representative in the elite women’s category after a positive season that has seen her achieve her first ever elite national title, as well as a raft of top-10 and podium finishes across the international season.

In the under-23 women, Zoe Backstedt will take to the start line with hopes of equalling or bettering last year’s silver medal, having already proven her dominance in this category by taking the 2023 European title as well as securing two world cup podium finishes in the elite category.

Following a strong-showing of results at national level, as well two top 15 finishes internationally, Dan Barnes will race for the under-23 men and will be joined by national champion Corran Carrick-Anderson.

After a powerful and dominant performance that saw her take the national title by four minutes, and a season that has included two world cup wins, Cat Ferguson will contest the junior women’s title. She will be joined by Imogen Wolff who has taken second and third place on the world cup podium this year, and national championship silver medallist and world championship debutant Alice Colling.

On the junior men’s side, brothers Oscar and Alfie Amey are gearing up to race at the worlds after powerful rides at the recent national championships saw them finish first and third respectively. This event will also mark Oscar’s cyclo-cross world championships debut.

Matt Ellis, Great Britain Cycling Team Cyclo-cross Co-ordinator said:

“Our British riders have had an incredible year, with some fantastic results including Zoe Backstedt’s win and Cam Mason’s second place finish at the European Championships earlier in the season. These performances and many others across the squad fill me with a lot of confidence as the riders get the chance to show what they can deliver on the world stage.

“We have such a range of experience across the squad, from riders looking to add another world championship medal to their collection, to riders attending their first world championships who will take massive learnings from this experience and have the potential to become the stars of the future.

“I’m really proud that we have the strength and depth across the programme to take 11 riders to a world championships, it’s a credit to the talent teams and coaching staff that support these riders to become the best in their sport and I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out in racing.”

The British team, who won a silver medal in the first ever cyclo-cross mixed relay world championship race last year, will compete again with the full line up selected closer to the event.


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  • How to watch the 2024 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships this weekend
  • snotrag
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    Camerooney just pipped in a photo in the Team Relay. France win, GB 2nd. He looks good for the Mens race.

    wipperman95
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    Beaten by a junior – I didn’t see that happening. Had about 5 secs to make up…….

    edhornby
    Full Member

    good to see stuff on the red button / iplayer, lets hope they are both good races

    If this is going to be the thread for discussion etc do we need to make it a no-spoilers title please?

    wipperman95
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    Another French win ahead of the British rider in the women’s junior race; Cat looked stronger but not as good technically, which we’ve seen most of the season the tougher courses, Namur for example. The course today looks harder than yesterday with lap times slower.

    Men’s U23 coming up, and no medal chances for the British riders, who aren’t up to it at World level; after Tom & Cam it’s pretty threadbare…..

    Will likely be a battle between Del Grosso, Michels & Verstrynge.

    john_l
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    Well that was dull/impressive in equal measures!

    Klunk
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    that wasn’t sport it was a procession 🙁

    fatmax
    Full Member

    He’s just too far ahead of the others…made for dull viewing

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    Even MvdP looked bored!

    It’s getting weird, can’t be good for the sport to have one guy (ok, three guys on a good day) just so far ahead of the rest.

    What happened to Cam Mason? ☹️

    scaredypants
    Full Member

    What happened to Cam Mason?

    Shit start – like quite a few.  I think somebody probably slipped a pedal or something in front of them

    Garry_Lager
    Full Member

    Not the most engaging world champs tbh. Having two massively dominant man and woman elite riders is one thing, but felt the course routing / conditions didn’t help at all. It told few stories. Relay race was genuinely the most exciting event I watched.

    Overall the season has probably featured the strongest display of cyclocross riding ever seen. Wasn’t the most exciting racing, but vdP in his physical prime is something to behold. We might not see it again very often, but I think he has said that De Vlaeminck’s record on 7 is on his radar.

    mashr
    Full Member

    I think somebody probably slipped a pedal or something in front of them

    One of the Dutch riders on the front row – haven’t seen a replay but looked at first like he’d started in completely the wrong gear.

    No WvA (and maybe Pidcock) killed the race. Looked like 100m of effort followed by a Sunday gravel bimble for him – surprised he wasn’t wearing a flannel shirt

    kilo
    Full Member

    No WvA (and maybe Pidcock) killed the race.

    Helen Wyman said in commentary that MvdP decided to go full gas at the start of the Cx season as he knew his two biggest threats weren’t going to be at the worlds and he could therefore burn a few candles early, so he was obviously expecting a fairly easy day!

    13thfloormonk
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    No WvA (and maybe Pidcock) killed the race. Looked like 100m of effort followed by a Sunday gravel bimble for him – surprised he wasn’t wearing a flannel shirt

    As a WvA fanboi it pains me to say it, but I doubt his or Pidcock’s presence would have changed the outcome (although I guess a heavy/non-technical course favours Wva?).

    Will be interested to see if WvA’s strategy of backing off for CX season in favour of the Classics pays off, I hope so but I just can’t see it. Any reason why MvdP can’t just continue his dominance?

    crossed
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    It’s getting weird, can’t be good for the sport to have one guy (ok, three guys on a good day) just so far ahead of the rest.

    Isn’t that just what happened when Sven Nys was in his prime though? He pretty much dominated the sport for years.

    mashr
    Full Member

    As a WvA fanboi it pains me to say it, but I doubt his or Pidcock’s presence would have changed the outcome (although I guess a heavy/non-technical course favours Wva?).

    Possibly not, but we would’ve got at least 1 interesting lap out of it

    masterdabber
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    It’s really just a local derby between Holland and Belgium with the occasional outside interloper getting a look in.

    Garry_Lager
    Full Member

    Isn’t that just what happened when Sven Nys was in his prime though? He pretty much dominated the sport for years.

    Nys’ prime was before I followed the sport, but for a couple of years in the 00s it looked like no one could touch him. 2 world champs in 20 years suggests it wasn’t at the same level of dominance as vdP. Like if he had an off-day Nys would be beatable, but this year’s vdP could spend Sat night on the ale and still win on Sunday.

    I don’t think Nys was known for blowing the race up from the gun – or if anyone was capable of doing that at world level pre-WvA and vdP. He’d be more like a rider who was exceptionally technical and would be the strongest on the last two laps.

    Niels Albert and Stybar had some celebrated battles with Nys, but they’re a lot younger – Nys was declining as they were coming up. Will eventually happen to vdP but whether that rider is around right now as a junior IDK – the Danish lad Philipsen is a multi-discipline talent (world junior XCO and road race champ last year) and came 5th at the weekend, but off a light calendar afaict.

    LS
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    Nys rode 40+ races a season and was dominant overall due to his consistency, but ‘only’ won the worlds twice because others (Vervecken, Stybar, Albert for example) would really peak for it whereas he didn’t.

    He wasn’t unbeatable-bar-own-error in the way that VdP has become.

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