Following the weekend’s live racing – the 2015 Gracia-Orlová, Tour of the Gila and Festival Elsy Jacobs
So it’s a busy, busy weekend for top tier women’s cycling, with 3 UCI-level races. And here’s how you follow them:
- Silver City Tour of the Gila, USA, 29th April – 3rd May. Follow their twitter and the #TouroftheGila hashtag, watch videos on their Youtube and more information on their website.
- Gracia-Orlová, Czech Republic, 30th April – 3rd May. Velocio-SRAM are live-tweeting from the race, and using the #GraciaOrlova hashtag. Reports on their site, and photos on Bell x one‘s. Preview by Velofocus and info on the race website.
- Festival Elsy Jacobs, Luxembourg, 1st-3rd May. Use the #ElsyJacobs hashtag, and follow my live-tweeting list below. Lots of info on their website, and preview by Velofocus.
If you want a one-stop-shop for all three, I’ve updated my twitter list with everyone I can find who’s live-tweeting from the races, with photos and more. Hopefully they’ll all be hashtagging like crazy so it should be relatively easy to follow – and I’ll put links to any videos I find into Monday’s podcast post.
I’ve got a collection of videos and photos from the 2015 Flèche Wallonne World Cup, but today there are two more: 26 minutes from the UCI, and the latest from my very favourite women’s cycling video maker, ORICA AIS rider Valentina Scandolara
Hi team, this week we discuss the extreme weather in Australia, whether it’s a good idea for Dan to let Sarah control his life (it’s most assuredly not) and we also talk about bike racing. Races we cover include the Fleche Wallone World Cup along with Omloop van Borsele, the Joe Martin Stage Race and BMX, MTB and some bonus outrage. There’s also a hint of murder… basically it’s the best podcast we’ve recorded this week (probably).
To stream the climbiest podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
All the videos and photos we’ve found from Flèche Wallonne are over here – and here’s that Ella Cycling Tips combined photo gallery and rider quotes post. Interesting tweet from Pauline Ferrand Prévot.
Photo galleries from the Junior Stage race, elite ITT and elite road race, and finish line videos from the elite women’s road race and juniors Stage 1 and Stage 2 on the race website. Photos on the ORICA AIS race report, and Velofocus has galleries up from the elite ITT and Road Race. All the results for the elite women and junior women.
BMX Supercross Manchester
Oh Flèche, how I wish I could watch you live on tv because this course is so gorgeous, and the Mur de Huy…. But we have the next best thing, videos and photos!
For Dutch people only, here are the NOS video highlights. And for everyone, the UCI’s short highlights film and then the 26 minute video
Round 4 of the 2015 Road World Cup, and we’re back in Belgium for one of the most stunning climbs in cycling, the Mur de Huy. Now, like the Ronde van Vlaanderen, we don’t get to see this race live, but I can help you follow it as it happens.
We start in Huy on Wednesday 22nd April at 11:40 CEST (10:40am UK BST; 5:40am N American EDT; 7:40pm Aussie AEST) and the race hits the Mur for the first time between 13:15 and 13:26 CEST and finishes there between 14:56 and 15:18 CEST. In some years the live men’s coverage (which you’ll find on sites like these) has cut live to show the women’s finish, but while I’ll be ecstatic about that, please don’t hold your breath. There could be highlights of the women after the men finish, but again, this isn’t guaranteed.
So, for live updates, we turn to twitter. I have a list of all the accounts that tweet from races, and this will auto–update, so you can find out what’s happening, and there’s a race twitter I’ve included on that, which I hope will give us women’s race information. I’m expecting a live thread on Podium Café too. There will be video highlights on the UCI Youtube, with a short clip appearing within 24 hours, and a 26 min show within a week or so. And of course I’ll put up a post with any videos I find here, like I did for last year’s race.
You can find lots of information on the race website, including all the route details, and the startlist, and there’s the usual great preview on Velofocus, a preview & discussion thread on VeloRooms, and a preview on the UCI website. And if you want to know about what it’s like to race, I interviewed 2010 winner Emma Pooley about it last year (listen or read it) and Sharon Laws this year (listen here). And for what it’s like to experience as a fan, my photos, interviews and report from the Hitec team car at the 2013 race, over on Podium Café.
Not enough for you? Well, here’s an extra treat from the wonderful Valentina Scandolara her video diary from the last World Cup round, the Ronde van Vlaanderen
Sharon Laws is a fascinating rider, one of those who gave up a good career to race bikes, and she’s had more than her share of adventures since then. Last year she was racing in the USA with UnitedHealthcare, but she’s back in Europe for 2015 after signing for the reinvigorated super–team Bigla, although her season got off to a bad start when she broke her collarbone in the Tour of Qatar.
She told me about all that, and more, and previews Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne World Cup, with a great take on what it’s like to ride the Mur de Huy. (25:06 mins, 39.1mb)
Listen to the podcast interview here (Right click, save-as to download)
You can follow Sharon on her twitter, and find out more about her on Bigla team rider profile – and of course, follow the Bigla twitter too. And you can read my previous interviews with Sharon from 2011 and from 2013 on Podium Café, and an audio interview with her from the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour.
The women’s Flèche Wallonne Road World Cup won’t have a live stream, but there will be highlights videos on the UCI youtube and maybe some highlights on the men’s race coverage. I’ll follow the race live with my twitter list, which is the nearest thing to a feed, and I have more ways to follow the race in my guide. You can find out more about the course, startlist, history and more on the race website, and on Velofocus’ preview.
Oh my goodness, MTB is BACK! You know how much I love Downhill, right? Here’s the collection of things I’ve found so far from the first World Cup of the season…
The full World Cup replay is over here on Red Bull tv – starting with the women, then going on to the men. And here are the UCI highlights
Want more videos? You’re in luck!