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Podcast 2015 Episode 16 – Giro Rosa 1

July 4, 2015 1 comment

Podcast logoSarah and Dan quickly catch up on the big weekend of the national championships before getting stuck into a good long look at the Giro Rosa. We’ve had the prologue and first stage but there’s a week of epic racing to come! Join us for all the discussion of teams, profiles, stages and excitement. (56:16 MIN / 54.02 MB)

To stream the rosiest of rosa podcasts this week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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Support Sarah via her Patreon page here!

View all the videos from the big national championships weekend in Sarah’s post here.

Get the full rundown on everything Giro Rosa in this post here. And all the videos from the prologue here.

Videos from the 2015 women’s cycling road championships

July 4, 2015 1 comment

I’m behind right now, but if you want to catch up with who won what at this year’s Road Champs from around Europe and further afield, here are some videos…

Belgium

Videos from Sporza – 20 mins highlights and post-race interview with winner Jolien D’hoore (scroll down) and a tiny Wiggle Honda video

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Canada

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Videos & more from the 2015 Giro Rosa prologue

July 4, 2015 1 comment

The race has begun!  A 2km evening prologue in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Missed it?  I’m here to help, with videos, photos, articles & more

Short race highlights

Hour-long highlights

and the full results are here.

There’s more!

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How to follow the 2015 Giro Rosa live, & watch the highlights

July 1, 2015 6 comments

There’s only one Grand Tour for women, only one race allowed to run for over a week, and only one race that really gets into the Italian mountains, and it’s almost time….  are you ready for the Giro Rosa?

The race starts with a 2km evening prologue on Friday 3rd July in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and finishes with a Queen Stage from Verbania to San Domenico on Sunday 12th.

UPDATE!  The team presentation on Thursday 2nd July will be streamed on livestream from 19:00 Euro CEST (6pm UK BST, 1pm North American EDT, 4am Aussie AEDT) – and maybe more from the first 2 stages in Slovenia will be shown there too?    UPDATE!  There’s not, but if you missed the team presentation, it’s still there at that link.   I saw that via Yolanda Álvarez, thank you!

The prologue will be streamed live, at 19:30 Euro CEST (6:30pm UK BST, 1:30pm North American EDT, 4:30am Saturday Australian AEDT)

UPDATE!  While the prologue was scheduled to be live, as of today (Friday) it’s off the schedule again, and we’ll get highlights only, at 22:35 Euro CEST (9:35pm UK BST; 4:35pm North American EDT, 6:35am Saturday Aussie AEDT) on Italian tv station RAI Sport 2 (different link here), which is geo-restricted, but you can watch with your favourite VPN solution (you can use something like Tunnelbear set to Italy, or buy a VPN like WiTopia for just $5.99 a month).  Many apologies if you, like me, were looking forward to seeing it live, but the moral of the story is keep a very close eye on the schedules….

Then, the rest of the race has hour-long highlights every day on RAI Sport 2.  The times change, so check out the RAI TV guide (scroll down to RAI Sport 2 on the left hand side) – times are in CEST, so BST +1, EDT + 6, AEDT -8 .  The videos tend to appear on Youtube, and there are usually short highlights on the Giro Rosa’s youtube – and I’ll put up daily posts with all the videos I find, if you want to catch up, and put them into my 2015 Giro Rosa playlist (here’s the one I made last year).

Follow live

If you want to follow the racing action live, there are various ways to do it.

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Sarah interviews… Guy Elliott, on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour

June 24, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoYou might have already listened to my podcast talking about my experiences working on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour, one of the biggest women’s cycling events of the year – and we’re still on the same theme, because I’ve also interviewed Guy Elliott, who works for SweetSpot as one of the race controllers.  We talked about the highs and lows of this year’s race, how it compared to last year, and Guy answered questions sourced from twitter as well.  I probably laugh too much, and we definitely get confused about which breakaway was on which stage (sorry Stage 1 escapees!) but in our defense, we’re still in that post-Tour giddy zone!

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

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If you want to follow Guy on twitter, he’s here – and you can find out more about SweetSpot, who run the race, on their website, youtube and instagram.  Of course, make sure you follow the Aviva Women’s Tour on their website, twitter, and like them on facebook (can we get them to over 5,000 likes?).  Want to show their sponsors that women’s cycling has an audience?  Click on the Aviva Women’s Tour partner page, and click through to each of their sponsors (buy some Soreen malt loaf, Adnam’s beer, or even a Skoda car, you won’t regret it!).

And I’ll link you to all the videos etc very soon, but in the meantime, here are the race’s own highlights, and the hour-long programmes from ITV cycling (available for around 3 weeks)

Podcast Episode 15 – The Aviva Women’s Tour

June 22, 2015 4 comments

Podcast logoSarah’s been off at the Aviva Women’s Tour and had an amazing week at the race. She catches Dan up on all the shenanigans and goings on. We also talk quickly about a bunch of other races that were on including Buka Europeans Champs, Giro Del Trentino and the interesting story of Carmen Small racing with the men at the North Star GP in Minneapolis. (1:17:02 MIN / 73.97 MB) WARNING: If you’re new to our podcast, do note that it’s a sweary podcast about women’s cycling. ;)

To stream the episode in all its glory, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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Stuff we talked about

One of the best images from the Aviva Women’s Tour:

Sarah in her office this week (photo by the wonderful Balint Hamvas)

In my office by Balint Hamvas

And a nice intro video (Sarah’s preparing a whole post of videos, never fear!):

How to follow the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour LIVE

June 16, 2015 5 comments

It’s that time of year again – the biggest women’s bike race in the UK, and one of the biggest in the world, the Aviva Women’s Tour, which last year was the Friends Life Women’s Tour. I have to admit a massive bias about this race, because once again I’m working on it, running the live twitter and online updates – but trust me, it’s marvellous.  5 stages, from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st June 2015.  There’s no live tv, but there’s an hour of highlights every night at 8pm BST (21:00 Euro CEST; 3pm North American EST; 5am Aussie AEDT) on ITV4, streamed here in the UK, via filmon.com elsewhere, and there are likely to be streams on places like CyclingFans, and you need to watch this, if only because Marianne Vos is one of the commentators!  It’ll be shown on other tv channels too – check out the tv guide for more. If you want to follow the race action as it happens, I’ll be tweeting from the @thewomenstour account, and there’ll be a live ticker on the race website, where you can find everything about the race.  My audio interviews are going up on my soundcloud too, and you can find a ton of interesting things about the race on the #AvivaWT2015 twitter hashtag.  There’s a lot of video and links around about this race – I know you’ll love it as much as I will!

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