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26 mins video from the 2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

It’s video time!  Here’s the long highlights from last weekend’s Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup.

If you want more, the full race, team edits, and all the videos from the rest of the week’s MTB, track, TTT and road racing, on 4 continents, are over here – and don’t forget, we can watch the last round of the 2015 women’s road cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay tomorrow, 29th August – here’s how.

Watch the 2015 GP de Plouay World Cup LIVE!

August 26, 2015 2 comments

It’s the last round of the 2015 women’s Road Cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, on 29th August – and we can watch the last part of it live!

This is always a really exciting race, and part of a fantastic four day festival of cycling, the 4 Jours de PlouayThe route is 4 circuits of a 26.9 circuit (in red) and then a final run of 13.9k, the same course without the northern loop – 121.5k in total.  You can read more about the course on Velofocus’ 2014 preview, as it’s the same.    There’s a provisional startlist on the website, but that’s likely to change.

The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST; 7:40am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) but the tv starts later on France 3 (stream here, geo-restricted) and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30 BST, 9:30am EST, 11:30pm AEDT) and international Eurosport (not British)…  and best yet for non-French people, on the UCI website – here’s the stream!

If THIS is blocked for you, or you want to watch the French stream, try Tunnelbear or another VPN solution (paying for Witopia is my recommendation) – if you use Tunnelbear, set yourself to somewhere like the UK, & then turn the TB off as soon as the stream starts, to save your allocation (use at your own risk of course)

To follow the first part of the race until the tv starts, I recommend twitter.  The 4 Jours has a twitter here, and of course I’ve updated my live race tweeting list.  The official hashag is for other updates too.  The festival also has a great facebook, and they’ll put up videos on their Plouay TV page too.

Want more?  Previews from ORICA-AIS and on Velorooms, and here’s what happened last year.   Of course I’ll be back after the race with links to videos, photos, articles and more, so if you see anything you like, leave me a comment or ping me on twitter.

SO much racing video – 2015 Vårgårda, Val di Sole MTB, 4X, Sam Miranda, USA Pro & Junior Track Worlds

August 24, 2015 4 comments

There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.

On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia.  In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole.  And over in Kazakhstan  it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it.  Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!

Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…

2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course.  You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:

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2015 Crescent Vårgårda – TTT videos & how to watch the Road Race World Cup LIVE!

On Sunday 23rd August it’s the Crescent Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup, and we can watch it live!  I’ll tell you how, and also fill you in on the videos from yesterday’s Team Time Trial World Cup.

First of all, the TTT….  this has been dominated pretty consistently by Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM for the past few years…  as every TTT has… but would their run continue?  Watch and find out!

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Sarah interviews… Anne-Marije Rook

August 22, 2015 2 comments

Podcast interview logoThis year following women’s cycling has got easier and more fun with the launch of Ella, the Cycling Tips women’s cycling site. Anne-Marije Rook is one of their two editors, Dutch journalist who races and rides around her home in Seattle.

We talked about how she got involved with the site, how it’s grown, challenges and goals, and of course her plans for the future.  Of course our conversation took in a lot more, including the state of women’s cycling and what we love about it, and all kinds of things about the sport.

Listen to the podcast here (right-click, save-as to download)

You can get free automated updates via the iTunes store here or via our RSS feed here.

Ella Cycling Tips is online here, and you can follow their twitter too – and find out more about Anne-Marije on her website, twitter and instagram.

Watch the 2015 Ladies Tour of Norway LIVE!

It’s been a wonderful year for live women’s racing, and after Energiewacht Tour in Spring, we now have our second stage race that is streaming live, no geo-restrictions.

The Ladies Tour of Norway may only have been raced for the first time last year, but it burst onto the scene with excellent social media, great video and a really fun, hard race.  This year’s racing starts today with a city crit in Halden, then 15th-16th August is the stage race, and we’ll all be able to watch the last hour of each day!

The broadcasting timetable is here – all times are in European CEST (so UK BST +1, North American EST +6, and Aussie AEST – 8 (so when the stream starts at 16:15 CEST, that’s 3:15pm BST, 10:15am EST and 00:15 AEST).  It’ll be streamed on Procycling.no (possibly Norway only) and the UCI website., and on the race youtube too.

If you want to follow the action until the streams start, of course there’s twitter!  The race twitter is one of the best, and the official hashtag is #LToN2015.   I’ve updated my live-tweeter list, and I’ll be out there too, thanks to team Hitec Products, tweeting as @_pigeons_Feminin Magazine will be there too for some great in-depth coverage.

There’s tons more information on the race website, and previews on Velofocus and Velorooms – hope you love this one, it’s very special.

This week’s race videos – Tour of Utah, European Champs, Windham MTB World Cup

August 10, 2015 1 comment

It’s been a great week for women’s races, with so much live racing – I feel spoiled! We’ve got videos, photos & more from the women’s Tour, the European Junior and u23 Road Championships, and the Windham cross country and downhill MTB World Cup.  In chronological order…

Tour of Utah

Press conference videos with Allie Dragoo, Kendall Ryan and Sam & Skylar Schneider.

Stage 1

Final kilometres below – and the full stage video here

We’ve never seen a race report like Amy Cutler’s:

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