Hi team, this week Sarah and Dan round up all that’s fit to know about Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, including the best of social media, blogs and videos. We also get excited about upcoming races and salute our friend Jens’ love of Dutch Style Racing. There’s some great photos and videos from around the traps, including some excellent pieces from the track world championships, some downhill mountain bike and (Sarah’s favourite) some bikecam footage. Listen now for all the insanity and more Dutch Style Racing than you can poke a stick at. (1:03:59 MIN / 61.43 MB)
To stream the best drinking game of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s racing
Video highlights from WTV | Focus and Sporza. Photos on Velofocus and on Ella Cycling Tips and their race report from Lizzie Williams. Sarah’s race report and full results on Cyclingnews. And here’s the race day from Wiggle Honda‘s perspective:
What were the Wiggle riders who weren’t racing doing?
Wow, what a packed Saturday! The Omloop het Nieuwsblad is the first race of the European road cycling season, and the first of the Spring Classics (cobbles! sharp climbs! crowds of fans! appalling weather!) – and at the same time, Dame Sarah Storey is the first woman to attempt the Hour Record under the UCI’s latest set of rules. Let’s start with the best news – you can watch that LIVE!
She’s attempting it at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London, as part of the Revolution Series on Saturday 28th February and the stream starts at 2:50pm GMT (15:50 Europe CET; 1:50 in the morning Australian AEDT; 9:50am North American EST). Read more about her attempt here, and if you want to watch the rest of the Revolution afterwards, it’ll stream live on Youtube.
Dame Sarah Storey is the most incredible Paralympian, who started off swimming before ear infections took her out of the pool and onto the bike. She was 3rd in last year’s able-bodied ITT National Championships, and she races on the UK roads with the team she and her husband Barney run, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International. There are a ton of articles out there about her this week – start with the BBC’s video and the Guardian, and of course, check out her site and follow her twitter and her team twitter. UPDATE! And Roadcc have a video too – and check out her bike on Road Cycling UK.
So you’ve heard a lot about the amazing and incredible sport of women’s cycling, but you’re just not sure how to get started on your journey to become the world’s greatest fan. That’s ok because Sarah and Dan have got your back! This week Sarah and Dan provide an intro to women’s cycling for newcomers to the sport, explaining how races work, how they’re different to men’s races and then also go into an overview of the main teams to watch, along with an overview of the 2015 races and season. It’s the perfect primer to get you started for an exciting year of racing. Already an expert? That’s cool too, because now you’ve got the perfect tool to share with your friends so they will know what the hell you’re talking about all year! (1:15:02 MIN / 71.53 MB)
To stream the best seasoned podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Stuff we talked about
You can view the full list of women’s registered UCI teams for 2015 here (you’ll need to change the ‘Category’ dropdown menu to UCI Women’s Teams). You can click on the name of each team to see the list of riders and learn more about them.
If you need some help spotting which team is which on the road, Sarah’s compiled some handy posts over at Podium Cafe. You can even vote for your favourite kit! Here’s the main UCI team post and here’s the post for the best of the rest.
If you’d like to take a look at the full 2015 race calendar, then this is the link for you!
Lastly, Sarah does a huge amount of work promoting women’s cycling, races and riders. Sarah’s proudly supported by a number of generous folks via her Patreon page. Thank you to all the contributors, you’re fantastic!
The 2015 Track World Championships are very important, as we’re definitely in the zone for preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and riders need the points to qualify. This year the competition runs from 18th-22nd February, in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France. And as well as the fabulous racing, we should get some really great coverage, including, for the first time ever, on-bike camera action…
I’ll tell you all about how to watch the racing, and when it’s not being streamed, how to follow all the action, as well as how to find more background information on riders, teams and more.
So, how can we watch live?
Start with the UCI’s official tv guide, which tells you if there’ll be live tv or streaming in your country and when. If you don’t have tv, you should be able to see the UCI’s own feeds of the evening sessions – click the links to get to the UCI youtube live pages, which will also be the place to see the full replays.
- Day 1, Wednesday 18th February, from 20:00 Euro CET (7pm UK GMT; 2pm USA EST; 6am Thursday Australian AEDT)
- Day 2, Thursday 19th, from 19:00 CET (6pm GMT; 1pm EST; 5am Fri AEDT)
- Day 3, Friday 20th, from 19:00 CET (6pm GMT; 1pm EST; 5am Sat AEDT)
- Day 4, Saturday 21st, from 19:00 CET (6pm GMT; 1pm EST; 5am Sun AEDT)
- Day 5, Sunday 22nd, from 14:00 CET (1pm GMT; 8am EST; midnight AEDT)
I do love my traditions, and one of them is running an early season voting thread to see which of the women’s top-tier pro team kits people like best. This is what people thought last year, and I’ve just launched the 2015 peloton version here on Podium Café - click through and vote! UPDATE! And by popular demand, the voting post for the “best of the rest”! The posts are full of photos and videos of team launches and the kits in action, and the comments section has more kits people love (or don’t!) – but what if you want to wear some of the top tier 2015 women’s cycling team kits? Well, here’s the simple guide to what’s available and how to buy it. Obviously it’s not all the teams, but if more teams open shops, I’ll definitely let you know.
No team shop yet, but if you want this kit, they say it’ll be available soon – maybe sign up to their newsletter so you’ll see as soon as it’s up.
They’re a UCI team for the the first time this year, and while their first batch of pre-order kits have already sold out, they’ll be re-opening the ordering in March. If you want a closer look, check out the jersey and bibshorts on Milltag.
Hi everybody and welcome to 2015! It’s kind of the season but not really the season which means it’s the pre-season, and pre-season means we’re talking about Ladies Tour of Qatar. Of course, we’re never satisfied with just one subject so we’re also talking about Cyclocross worlds, Para-cycling and all the crazy, funny, awesome blogs and videos and things we’ve seen about the place in the last couple of weeks. (1:09:31 MIN / 66.73 MB)
To stream the pre-season hilarity click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about
We didn’t talk about this, but we liked it – Evie Stevens in the velodrome with Specialized:
That was a weird edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar… no Kirsten Wild, and more importantly, no wind on some days, and only headwinds on others, but we did have some classic Qatar action. Here are the videos, blogs, photos and links I’ve found….
Wind-free Qatar? Really? At least we have the full video:
Gracie Elvin‘s PoV: