What to expect on day six of the Championships
The excitement is reaching fever pitch after five amazing days of events. Here's what's coming up on day six.
This unique event, the first of its kind and the biggest cycling event in history, began on Thursday 3 August and continues until Sunday 13 August, and features riders from over 130 countries in 13 championships, with over 200 rainbow jerseys to be awarded throughout the Championships.
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It’s day six and we’ve reached the middle point of proceedings of what has been a truly engrossing championships. Two new disciplines enter the fray, while there’s load of free-to-attend action if you’re in Glasgow.
Events to Watch
BMX FREESTYLE FLATLAND
The BMX Freestyle Park rainbow jerseys might have been sewn up on Glasgow Green but the on-bike acrobatics continue courtesy of BMX Flatland.
If you’ve never heard of the sport before, here’s a quick explainer. Imagine parkour combined with breakdancing, but on a bike and you’re halfway there. Riders compete in 2-3 minute rounds to show the very best of their artistic and athletic abilities, where balance, stability and control are critical in equal measures.
The whole championship is a free-to-attend event and kicks off with men’s elite and women’s elite qualifications from 3pm.
The third day of events at the Glasgow BMX Centre sees the continuation of the BMX Racing: Challenge series. Today, it’s the turn of the girl's 20” (12, 13, 14) and boy's 20” (12, 13, 14, 15) on the 400m course from 10:15am.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY
After Sunday’s marathon efforts, it’s now time for the shortest Mountain Bike Cross-Country discipline – the Cross-country Short Track (XCC).
Taking place on a 0.9km loop in Glentress Forest, the fast and furious racing tends to be a lot closer than its longer, Olympic-distance cousin. While the finals aren’t until Thursday, there will be practice sessions for the men’s elite and women’s elite field to familiarise themselves with the tough course.
Road races settled for all but the women’s elite field, it’s the turn of the aerodynamically optimised time trialists. First up is the team time trial mixed relay – a relatively new discipline that was first run in 2019. Squads of six (three women, three men) are pitted against a lap of the 20.15km city centre course. The men go first and the women can only go when the second man reaches them, with the team’s final time the moment the second woman crosses the finish line.
TRACK AND PARA-CYCLING TRACK
The penultimate day in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome sees 8 rainbow jerseys on the line in the track and para-cycling track.
The morning session is dominated by the sprint qualifiers, with the women’s elite and mixed team (B and C categories) sprint and the men’s elite 1km time trial taking place on the boards.
In the evening, there’s plenty for the home fans to get excited about, with British hopes in the mixed team sprint (B and C categories), women’s elite points race and men’s elite madison. It will also see the start of the men’s elite keirin competition and conclusion of the men’s elite 1km time trial.
Athletes to watch
The first qualifying heats of the BMX Freestyle Flatland will see the best in the world take to the Glasgow Green park course. All eyes will be on the French contingent in the women’s competition as reigning champion Aude Cassagne goes up against the Seigneur twins. In the men’s, expect Japan’s Moto Sasaki to go toe-to-toe (or rather wheel-to-wheel) with Matthias Dandois (France).
In the Road mixed relay team trial, reigning champions Switzerland will face tough competition from last year’s runners-ups Italy. Great Britain’s squad (featuring Georgi Pfeiffer and Dan Bigham) meanwhile could spring some surprises.
Finally, in the Track and Para-cycling Track, Great Britain has favourites in almost all of the finals on the boards. Kadeena Cox, Jaco van Gass and Jody Cundy have already bagged their own rainbow jerseys during the championship but will be looking to add another in the mixed C team sprint. Reigning world champion Neah Evans is targeting another women’s elite points race win, while Ethan Hayter and Oliver Wood will be hoping to go one better and turn their silver into gold in the men’s elite madison.
Where can you watch it?
The Championships is reaching an unprecedented number of nations with global broadcast partners showing all the action from Scotland every day – check out the maps below to find out how to watch, wherever you are.
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