How to stream the 2021 Belgian national cyclocross championship

January 08, 2021

How to stream the 2021 Belgian national cyclocross championship

The 2021 Belgian cyclocross national championship is Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Meulebeke, beginning at 13:45pm (Europe) or 07:45am USA Eastern time.

This race is not being carried by paid providers like GCN Race Pass or FloBikes, but with a little luck, Americans can still stream it to follow the action using these instructions.

How to stream 2021 Belgian cyclocross national championships:  

    1. Visit https://www.vrt.be/vrtnu/livestream/ (VRT means "Vlaamse Radio-en Televisieomroep" - Belgian public television)
    2. This website is in Dutch and serves the Flemish-speaking portion of Belgium. If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you can use it to make a reasonable translation to English to help you navigate. 
    3. VRT streaming only works in Belgium, so you'll need to A: use a VPN to spoof your location, then B: enter a street address in Belgium to register when prompted (any address in Belgium should do)
    4. Enjoy the stream

OR

    1. Visit https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/direct_cyclisme-les-courses-completes?lid=161368#/category/9
    2. As above, RTBF is also public television, but serves the French-speaking portion of the population.
    3. Use a VPN and/or address in Belgium to access the stream. 

This race will feature top men's contenders like Wout van Aert, Toon Aerts, Michael Vanthourenhout, and Eli Iserbyt chasing the rights to wear the Belgian national champ jersey for the next year. On the women's side, Sanne Cant seeks an amazing 12th consecutive title.

You should expect the audio to be in Flemish or French (depending on the website you accessed), but the on-screen titles and graphics can help you follow along, and it's a great way to improve your vocabulary! Here's a list of some of the terms you can expect to hear around a 'cross race

In case you were wondering, "Meulebeke" is pronounced "mull-uh-bake-uh". You can listen to a native Dutch speaker pronounce it here if you're curious: https://forvo.com/word/meulebeke/

2021 Belgian cyclocross national championship course map

 



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