Hello everyone! This week Sarah and Dan tackle the most intense deconstruction of three paragraphs you’re likely to hear all week. As dull as that sounds, it’s guaranteed to be better than your high school poetry assessment, so there’s that! In racing news, we recap the action from Cholet-Pays de Loire and take a quick look ahead at an exciting weekend of Trofeo Binda and Gent – Wevelgem. Of course, there’s a lot more to the episode than just that, but telling you any more now would defeat the purpose of listening to it, so get excited and press play! (1:10:56 MIN / 68.10 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Last week’s racing
I posted a lot of videos, photos and links from the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe, and now we have the long highlights video from the UCI, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore & Ant McCrossan
I’m down a rabbit-hole of MTB videos, and loving every moment!
First, it’s the Absa Cape Epic, the most crazy-beautiful-tough, and yes, EPIC! South African MTB stage race. There are tons of videos on the race Youtube, including this one of Kathrin Stirnemann descending, and these ones focusing on the women’s race from Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 but my favourite video so far is this one on the Specialized Youtube, following Annika Langvad and Ariane Kleinhans as they talk about picking up a time penalty in Stage 2 and then fighting back in Stage 3.
In the Downhill world, the Athertons are training in Malaga, and there’s this gorgeous video on Red Bull Bike, with Rachel Atherton talking about helmetcam (my favourite thing) and tons of helmetcam shots. Love it! And if you want to see what they’ll be riding this year, Dirt MTB looks at the new 2015 GT Fury (love that colour, Rach!)
Something else I saw on Pinkbike, and it’s so appropriate… first, a film following the building of a MAXX Fat Bike (guess the colour) and then this lovely film, including ice fishing, outdoor cooking, snow riding and a beer sponsor…. typical Bavarian life! It all looks like so much fun…. and this, people, is why I love MTB!
So much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe. Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.
(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)
As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)
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This week’s racing
So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!
So many videos from the Ronde van Drenthe! Read my race report on Cyclingnews, and then you can either choose the short UCI highlights, or the full last hour of the race before watching everything else.
The 2015 Road World Cup starts on Saturday 14th March, at the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe – it’s always a brilliant race, with cobbles that Annemiek van Vleuten described as more like rocks just shoved off a truck, narrow roads, lots of windy stretches, and everything that means a rider needs to have a tactical brain and strong team as much as she does good legs, if she wants to win. Don’t believe me? Watch the videos from last year, and 2013, and 2012 and 2011… And guess what? This year it’ll be streamed live on NOS.nl and RTV Drenthe, so we can all watch it!
So, how to watch, and when?
The race starts at 11:40 Euro CET (10:40am UK GMT; 9:40pm Australian AEDT; 5:40am North American CET), the livestream will start at 13:15 CET (12:15pm GMT; 11:15pm AEDT; 7:15am EST) and the race is due to finish roughly between 14:48 and 15:07 CET. The stream is open wherever you are – click here for the pop-out window. My advice is open your window early, because in previous years, when it was shown on L1, the demand overloaded the servers, so late arrivals missed out.
UPDATE! And for Dutchies, it’ll also be shown and streamed on NOS.nl – oh my goodness, two streams? Luxury! If you love this too, tell RTV Drenthe, NOS and the race organisers how much you appreciate it, through all the links :-)
But while the tv’s fabulous, read on for more ways to follow the action, and to get to know the race.
How to follow the race before the stream starts
So my plan for the day was to come home, eat supper, write a post about how to watch the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup live on Saturday 14th March, and then finish transcribing my interview with last year’s Drentse Acht winner Chantal Blaak. And of course I wanted to find out what happened in the Drentse 8 today… and then kubrabenelli showed me the video of the sprint, and I just can’t…
You can also see it here, on RTV Drenthe’s website. A break of 8 had got away, they were powering into the final sprint, and then, at 50m to go, a spectator reaches out and brings down Loren Rowney. It would be shocking if it was a pure accident, but it is really worrying, because as pretty much everyone has pointed out on twitter, he’s facing Loren, and it almost looks like he’s grabbing for her handlebars. I can’t quite believe Loren got away with “only” a broken collarbone because crashing at that speed is so, so dangerous.
The Ronde van Drenthe organisers are rightly shocked, and rightly starting to investigate. There’s nothing they could have done, no one expects this kind of thing at a race. Massive good healing vibes for Loren, I’m gutted for her – and also for Giorgia Bronzini, the winner, and Vale Scandolara and Annemiek van Vleuten, who rounded out the podium, who had their superb racing overshadowed by some total arsehole. If it’s not deliberate, it’s unutterably stupid. I always have a phobia at races that I’d hurt a rider, so how someone can be so careless is so strange to me. It’s so depressing that this is what will be remembered about this exciting race.
If you want to know how to watch the World Cup live, it’ll be streamed on RTV Drenthe from 13:15 Euro CET (12:15 UK GMT; 7:15am N American Eastern EST; 11:15pm Aussie AEDT) – here’s their pop-up streaming window. There’s tons more information on the race site, and a preview on Velofocus.
I’ll put up a proper post tomorrow Here’s my post on how to watch live, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe’s twitter account. Here’s hoping everything else goes as smoothly as possible.
UPDATE! Kubra Benelli sent me another video from a different angle, and if anything it looks even more intentional from here
UPDATE! And while that was very depressing, to see what the Drenthe races are really about, check out the 9:36 min highlights video – bloody hell, what a breakaway group! Love that it seems like Vale Scandolara was trying to attack from the group!