I’ll be hunting out video from La Course – the women’s Champs Elysées race on the final stage of the Tour de France, but until then, check this out – video from the camera on Marianne Vos‘ bike. Look at that Rabo-Liv lead-out train in the beginning, and then how she stole a ride from Specialized-lululemon‘s Lisa Brennauer!
Here’s what’s coming up next in live women’s road cycling:
- Commonwealth Games – 31st July the ITT and 3rd August the Road Race. I’ve got the full guide to watching the races here – but there should be streams, hopefully.
- Sparkassen Giro, 3rd August – the 5th round of the Road World Cup – it’s not live but we can follow on twitter, and there’ll be a 20min UCI videos from the race within a week.
- Prudential Ride London, 9th August – women’s crit race, Armitstead v Vos on the Mall in London, shown live on the BBC, so there should be streams too.
- Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups – the team time trial World Cup on 22nd August won’t be live, but the World Cup road race on 24th August will be streamed by Swedish tv, so hopefully we can watch it live, because it’s a hilly lap race, can be won in all sorts of ways.
- GP de Plouay, 30th August – the final round of the Road World Cup, and it’s usually streamed live by French tv – always a superb race.
- Road World Championships, 21st-27th September, there are almost always some streams.
That’s what we should see live – there should be lots of videos in the intervening races too – I love the CyclingFever calendar for their great information, and Velofocus for race previews. I’ll be putting posts up about how to watch the road and the MTB live nearer each race – here’s the section for that – and you can see videos I find from the races with the video tag. And for more advice on how to follow women’s racing as it happens, here’s a guide I wrote.
On Sunday 27th July it’ll be one of the most talked-about women’s races of the year, and probably the easiest race to watch live since the 2012 Olympic Games – La Course by le Tour de France.
The race is up and down the Champs Elysées, 89km, 13 laps of the 6.85 kilometre course, on the cobbles, with 2 corners at one end:
Velofocus has a race previous with streetview of the route.
It starts at 12:50 French time, CEST (11:50am UK BST; 8:50pm Aus AEST, 6:50am USA EST, 3:50am USA PST) and is due to finish around 2 hours later. It will be shown live on a huge range of tv stations worldwide – 153 countries covered – and you can find the broadcasters at the bottom of the La Course page – or in this graphic:
The BMX World Champs are on this week in Rotterdam – and one of the great things about these Champs is they have races for tons of age groups, from 5 years old – and the elite finals will be streamed live on 27th July, on Red Bull tv and on the UCI youtube, and archived in the same places afterwards
The stream will start at 14:20 CEST (1:20pm UK BST, 8:20am USA EST and 10:20pm Aus AEST) (click through for a countdown to when it starts in your timezone) – and if you know anything about Dan and me, you’ll know we’ll be cheering for Caroline Buchanan to win again! More info on the race website., facebook and follow their twitter, where they’ll be adding all the results of the other competitions as they happen – and here’s the competition promo:
The Commonwealth Games are something that are pretty specific, but if you’re not a Commonwealth country, Glasgow 2014 will still be a lot of fun to watch – and it’s live cycling, which is always great, especially for track fans, despite the lack of parity, and I’ll tell you how to watch it. Aschwin Kruders of WielerVideo asked Lizzie Armitstead and Gracie Elvin to explain the Games
I can’t believe this year’s race is over – such pangs of withdrawal symptoms, but wow, what a race to finish on. First of all you need to read the blogs about the early parts of the stage, from Chloe Hosking, and from Tiffany Cromwell on CyclingTips – and then you MUST read Marijn de Vries’ blog on the Madonna del Ghisallo climb, it’s such an evocative piece. (Although they all three give away the ending :-) )Now you can watch the videos. If you want, you can read my race report on Podium Café, but the hour-long highlights have pretty much the entire of the Ghisallo climb:
The penultimate stage of the race, and the biggest mountain stage this year – just what we like! And it was action all the way up that climb, and a return to a competition we haven’t seen since 2010…. so who WOULD be crowned the best climber in the peloton?
My race report is over on Podium Café, and I have a Q&A with 2 of the major players, but I’ll put that below the videos so it’s not a spoiler….. Here’s the race highlights, with interviews (including Mara Abbott and Emma Pooley in English)
and here’s the hour of tv coverage, including most of that final climb
It started with a 13km neutralised descent, & if you think that sounds easy, you should read Marijn de Vries’ blog about it. You should read that anyway, she’s great, and then read the other two blogs from the stage – Tiffany Cromwell on CyclingTips and Chloe Hosking on Cyclingnews (I especially liked her analogy about teasing her dog!)
I wrote a bit of a race report on Podium Café, but here are all the videos I like, and more photos and such – starting with the Rabobank-Liv highlights, describing the stage before, showing some action, and interviews afterwards.
and the full half-hour highlights
If you’ve ever asked the question “what would Marianne Vos look like if she was made of Lego?”, the Velocast boys have exactly the t-shirt for you! I’m not sure there’s anything more I can say about this, I’m laughing too much – but I love it! If you do too, click through and you can order one for yourself and Vos- and Lego-lovers everywhere.