With the recent addition of two new team members and a season full of racing ahead we thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know the PaceUp Media team and share the races we’re most looking forward to this year.
With some classic choices and some more left field options we hope this will not only give you an insight into the makeup of the team but might even give you a new favourite to watch over the summer!
Tom – World Road Race Championships
My favourite race of the summer this year has got to be the World Road Race Championships in Flanders. It’s not every year that I get excited about the Worlds, with Yorkshire being an exception, but with the racing heading to Flanders and a typical Classics style parcours on the cards where the dominance of certain trade teams will be thrown out the window should (hopefully!) lead to one hell of a weekend of both men’s and women’s racing. Just need to get dispensation in early to be able to watch the action during my honeymoon!
Alice – The Women’s Tour
My favourite ‘summer’ race (despite starting in October this year) would have to be the Women’s Tour, the most globally recognised event of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. It’s not a million miles away from home and the racing is always incredibly exciting, being dominated from both World Tour riders and hugely talented British teams.
It’s fantastic to see the greater exposure and attention to women’s cycling over the past couple of years, and this event certainly inspires everyone to get out on their bikes. Oh and just to cheekily add another mention, it would have to be the historic arrival of the hotly anticipated Women’s Paris-Roubaix in October… everybody is talking about it.
Sam – Cranxworx Pump Track Challenge
Positioning itself as a festival of MTB as much as a top flight competition, Crankworx’s unique format not only gets the best out of the athletes involved but also offers maximum entertainment for spectators whilst also serving as a potent reminder that riding bikes should remain fun, even if you are Nicholi Rogatkin throwing in an insanely precise Cork 1080 in the Slopestyle competition.
The Crankworx Pump Track Challenge is a prime example of this, with competitors competing in a purpose-built dirt track bowl laced with rollers, doubles and berms and with their bike’s chain removed. Each run lasts a handful of seconds, with riders going head to head in an elimination format, all making for a highly charged viewing experience. Where it really stands out from other sports competitions is that riders willingly cheer on their ‘opponents’ and there’s a tangible sense of camaraderie. This, inevitably, is adopted by the crowd and online audiences, all of whom are there for the atmosphere and good vibes as much, if not more, than the electrifying competition.
Ben – The Tour de France
The Tour de France will always be my favourite race and therefore the one I’ll be looking forward to this year. While it might seem like the easy choice to make, I’ve been to watch the race twice and the atmosphere is infectious.
I’ll be keen to see if the dominance of INEOS will return or if JUMBO will continue to rise and take the overall after coming agonisingly close last year. Personally I’ll be hoping my favourite rider Julian Alaphilippe will be able to finally cross the line in yellow in Paris.
Image Credit Michael Blann
Chris – Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships
I love a good road race but you just cannot beat the excitement of the DH World Champs. The competition really starts in the weeks before as riders showcase the custom painted frames that have become synonymous with the Worlds weekend. Once you’ve finished drooling over the bikes on show then the excitement truly begins.
Historically it has been held at the end of the season giving the racing a real ‘now or never’ feel, while this year’s edition will be sandwiched in between other World Cup races hopefully the fact it’s hosted at one of the most technical courses on the circuit at Val Di Sole in Italy will mean riders will still have to go all out in pursuit of those rainbow stripes.
While the French have absolutely dominated the World Cup scene over the last few years, one of my favourite riders Laurie Greenland won here in 2019 so he’s my hot tip!