It’s been a HUGE week of racing and we try our best to get through all the details in a timely fashion. It’s quite the mission as we cover road racing, para-cycling and mountain biking in the Netherlands, Mexico and South Africa. Plus lots more! Seriously, we’ve got videos, blogs, articles and UCI issues to talk about!!! It’s a huge podcast but it’s so fucking good! Also, Dan has an opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition and name a baby. To find out more about this baby naming business and how you can help, listen below. ALSO – there was literally not enough time to talk about everything this week, so make sure to check all the links and videos below as well! (1:26:58 MIN / 83.49 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news, links, videos and stuff
Sarah’s got a race report, with links to stage videos, photos, blogs etc, on Podium Café. Huge thanks to the EWT team who gave us superb ways to follow the race – if you loved it to, please thank them on twitter or on facebook!
I really love track cycling, so I was super-excited that there was a Track Para-cycling World Championships this year, especially after I saw so many of the athletes competing at the Newport Para-Cycling Cup last year. I’ve also been angry about this, because Newport was the first UCI-level track race for the para-cyclists since before the 2012 Paralympics, but sometimes you have to focus on the positives. And it looked really good – two days before the Worlds started in Aguascalientes, in Mexico, on the UCI Worlds portal there was a u-stream link to live coverage from 2012, and an empty link to “live broadcast”. It looked really hopeful, and I was delighted – if there’s one thing I want more of in my life, it’s tandem sprinting and track racing.
Then the competition started, and the “live broadcast” link disappeared, and I meditated on managing expectations, and took solace in the fact that the riders were saying there were cameras in the Aguascalientes velodrome, and that there were going to be daily highlights on the UCI youtube, as there have been for the able-bodied Track World Cups… and then hope started to fade, as day after day, nothing was added, and today, three days after the competition is over, this is what’s on the UCI youtube (screenshot taken 9:15pm, 16th April 2014)
On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live! So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.
I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes, you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees. I’m such a child!
I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it. You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Read more…
There are only 2 UCI-level women’s races in the USA, and the first one is on Friday, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. This is only the second year the North Carolina race has been held, so it’s great that it’s taking the step up – and especially so because we can watch it live! The race is part of a two-day festival of cycling – with the women’s UCI race and a men’s National Racing Calendar race on Friday, and then on Saturday, the 4th round of the USA Crits series for women and men. And best of all? We can watch them both live, and if we miss them live, the stream becomes an archive straight away
Friday 18th April, Women’s Road Race
The course is 8 laps of an 11km circuit with a climb that gets up to 10% – 91km in total, and here’s the Velofocus preview for more information. The race will start at 9:30am USA EDT (6:30am USA PST; 2:30pm UK BST; 15:30 Euro CEST; 11:30pm Aus AEST) (press play to see a count-down for easy conversion to your timezone)
I haven’t had a Shirt Week post in ages, but the sun’s out and it makes want to ride, and in three weeks the women’s pro peloton will be arriving in the UK to race the Women’s Tour – so surely now’s the perfect time to buy some team kit to show your support for all these amazing teams! I’m going to split these into a couple of posts because there’s so much to cover, but if I miss anything off, let me know.
Starting with the European pro teams, and in alphabetical order….
You might have seen Vera Koedooder escaping in Stage 3a of last week’s Energiewacht Tour, to win the stage solo and take over the GC lead, and thought “that’s a great jersey”. If you did, you’re in luck, because you can buy it in their fan shop, which sells everything from posters and keyrings right through to a race bike! Prices are all in Swiss francs, but they’re a very friendly team, so you can ask any questions on their twitter, and I’m sure they’ll get back to you.
We’ve seen a LOT of Boels so far this spring, with Ellen van Dijk winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Lizzie Armitstead winning the Ronde van Drenthe and being on the podium of the other two World Cups – and if you’d like to show your support, their team shop is divided into three parts – team kit (for women and men), packages of stuff and goodies including bidons, caps, fan cards. You really can buy everything there, and there’s something for every budget. Have a nice browse – and next time you turn up at a race you can be wearing their bandana, so they’ll know you’re a fan!
Pietermaritzburg was such a great way to start the 2014 MTB World Cup – superb racing, hot and dusty, rock gardens and hard courses. Here’s all the video – and the amazing photos – from the downhill and cross country women’s races – and please, as always, share anything you find in the comments and on twitter.
Here’s the full replay of the downhill finals – the 10 fastest qualifying women and the 30 fastest men.
Here’s the 26-minute video from round 3 of the 2014 Road World Cup – the women’s Tour of Flanders! Commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ant McCrossan, with lots of rider interviews before and after the race.