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Cyclocross! Koksijde videos & Flandriencross bpost bank trophee live!

November 26, 2015 Leave a comment

It really is fantastic that we’re getting so much women’s cyclocross live – two of the three big seasons, streamed pretty much everywhere (sorry USA – check out my solutions here), and the next up is round 3 of the 2015-6 bpost bank trofee, the KwadrO Flandriencross in Hamme on Sunday 28th November 2015.  As you can guess from the name, we’re in Flanders, still, and the course is usually muddy, with woodland sections, and a part that seems to go right through the beer tent!  Ah, cyclocross!

The women’s race starts at 13:45 European CET (12:45pm UK GMT; 7:45am USA EST; 11:45pm Aussie AEDT), and the men’s race starts at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 1am AEDT), and the Sporza livestreams is un-restricted, via their race matchcenter, or you can watch another stream on the bpost page that goes up on the day of each race is available pretty much everywhere, or via this link.  If that doesn’t work for you, try the usual placesStartlists are here (women = vrouwen) and there are more ways to follow the racing on my guide.

If you can’t wait for Sunday, you can always re-live last weekend’s racing, starting with the Soudal Classic in Hasselt…

Here are the short highlights video, and the interview with the winner, Sanne Cant (Flemish).

But that was just the start! Then there was the fantastic, CX-iconic sand-dune race, Koksijde!  Here are the highlights, and the full race replay:

Want more? Sporza highlights, the Voxwomen highlights, photos on Cyclingnews and VeloNews, and my favourite CX media, always – Balint Hamvas’ photos on

How to watch the 2015 Koksijde Cyclocross World Cup LIVE!

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

There aren’t official ‘Monuments’ of cyclocross, like there are in road racing, but pretty much every fan agrees Koksijde is one of the biggest races of the season.  It’s on sand dunes on a military base next to the North Sea (& next to a WWI cemetery) and it’s SO hard… and we get to watch it live!

The races are on Sunday 22nd November 2015, and they’ll be streamed on Belgian station Sporza (try their Koksijde Match Center), which may or may not be geo-restricted, and on the UCI youtube with English commentary, free most places (USA people can’t see it because Cycling TV have bought the rights, and have a pay-for stream).  The women’s race starts at 13:30 European CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am USA EST; 11:30pm Aussie AEDT) and the UCI stream is here, and the men’s race starts at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 1am AEDT) and the men’s UCI stream is here. If you can’t watch live, the races will be archived at those links straight after.

If you click through to those streams now, you can see if they’ll be restricted in your area – if they are, there’ll be streams in the usual places – and here’s more advice on how to watch and follow CX live (get a VPN!).

To get you in the mood before the race starts, check out the race website, including the course map, twitter and facebook.  The startlist, with numbers, will be here, I’ve got a twitter list of cyclocross women,  so you can see how they’re preparing, and Helen Wyman will be taking over the UCI women’s cycling instagram for the weekend, so follow that too!

Great articles about cycling, equality, infrastructure and more

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

I am always interested in the wider debates about how to get more people cycling, in the UK, because that’s where I’m based, and elsewhere.  I’m especially interested in how these are framed – my work history includes a lot of work on areas of deprivation, increasing equality and so on, so I’m especially interested in work that looks at the way issues of gender, ethnicity and diversity intersect, as well as poverty/wealth.  So I love the work of Dr Rachel Aldred, a Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster who, among other things, has set up the Near Miss Project which is pretty self explanatory.

Her latest piece on her site is ‘Culture, Equity and Cycling Infrastructure‘, and it has so much information about how different groups using cycling in different ways, and issues that need to be tackled at all kinds of levels.  I especially appreciate the fact she places infrastructure at the heart of it all, because that chimes with my own personal experiences.  I was going to pull out some quotes out to illustrate it, but really, you should click through and read it all, it packs a lot of interconnected information in, with a really engaging mix of academic and personal background.


Coming from a different direction is one of my favourite cycling bloggers, Lindsay Barlow, whose piece ‘Let’s talk about bike-ism: You don’t get to judge me for my Lycra‘ has a serendipitous link to Aldred’s article through the conversations about cycling stigma and infrastructure.  Lindsay talks about her frustrations at the negativity and judgement both from non-cyclists and media and from within parts of the cycling community, and I love her very personal framing.  There’s anger there, especially talking about the death of a member of her cycling community, but it’s that kind of anger that can be a catalyst for change, and that’s really important.


Of course you can follow both of these writers on twitter at @RachelAldred and @TourdeLindsayB.  And if you, like me, are interested in women’s participation in cycling, or women and sport in general, some more things, which you have probably seen already, but they’re worth repeating:



As always, if you’ve seen more links on these topics that you’d like to share, please do tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll put up another post of them.

Guest post – Peter van der Veen explains Olympic qualification

November 4, 2015 3 comments

One of my very favourite of the online women’s cycling fans is Peter van der Veen, who I’m sure a lot of you know from his twitter, and from all the work he does over on Cycling Fever.  Here he explains the qualification system for the women’s road cycling in Rio 2016.


You might have heard riders and media talking about 2015 being a pre-Olympic year and thus very important in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. But whereas it for some riders it is more a matter of having a good season and a forming a good basis for the Olympics most other riders are more concerned with getting there in the first place!

As you might know there will be a Individual Time Trial and a Road Race in Rio. Qualification goes by nation meaning a nation gets a spot and can select the rider they want. So Linda Villumsen who is the current world champ ITT can miss the Olympics if New Zealand selectors decide not to select her. This can be convenient in case of injuries so they can appoint a different rider or in a situation like Marianne Vos who currently does not contribute to The Netherlands spot on the ranking but can get a spot on the road team in favour of one of the riders who scored a lot of points, say Kirsten Wild.

The qualification rules for Rio are at times difficult to understand but even more difficult is see where a nation or rider is in the qualification process. First I will focus on the rules. Every ITT rider also needs to ride the RR or at least be on the startlist, and this can be problematic for certain nations, but more on that later.

Qualification for the road race can be done in several ways

Read more…

Podcast 2015 Episode 32 – All Hallows Season

October 31, 2015 1 comment

Podcast logoBOO! (Did we scare you? Ok. What if we said “Pat McQuaid is behind you!”? That’s better, welcome to Halloween!). Let’s get on with the podcast.

2015 was such a great year for women’s cycling and so we take a look back at our favourite races and moments from the year. We also take a bit of time to look at the lowlights and to sum up our view of the impact of 2015 on women’s cycling overall. Also, Sarah plays a trick on Dan and also Dan laughs so hard he loses the ability to swear. (1:03:55 MIN / 61.38 MB)

To stream the spookiest women’s cycling podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

You can also get automated updates via our iTunes listing here or via our RSS feed here.

Your best?

Tell us about your highlights for 2015 in the comments below or on twitter. We’d love to reminisce about anything we’ve missed!

Podcast 2015 Episode 31 – Transference

October 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Podcast logoWell team, there’s been a heap of confirmed signings along with some really interesting rumours as we head into the transfer season. In addition, there’s a bit of racing to catch up on and all sorts of cool and interesting things from around the web. Settle in and enjoy! (1:05:26 MIN / 62.94 MB)

To stream the most transferred podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download)

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

Things we talked about this week

We talked about transfers a lot – and we recommend the Cycling Fever transfer list for keeping up to date with what’s been announced, including rumours.  Big thanks as always to Peter van der Veen for all the work he does helping us keep up to date with all the women’s cycling news.

Last week’s racing

The Giro dell’Emilia

Full results and race reports from Wiggle Honda and Bigla.


bpost bank trofee #1, Ronse – GP Mario de Clercq

Read more…

Podcast 2015 Episode 30 – Nice Ones Shaped Like Swans and Stuff

October 9, 2015 Leave a comment

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowTeam – you would not believe how crazy busy Sarah’s been this past week as she’s romped happily through spreadsheet hell. It’s not normal. Seriously. She’s been comparing the calendar for the 2016 Women’s World Tour with the racing we actually had in 2015 (and to what we saw in previous years). Then she’s broken it down by type of races and and which continents/countries races are in and all so you can get an accurate and complete sense of whether 2016 is going to be a net gain or not! It’s an impressive amount of information about the number of races, the type of races and number of race days we get to see. Also, Dan swears a lot from very early on, which can be horrifying/impressive depending on your mood and outlook on life. Anyway, listen in and find out everything you need to know! (1:17:07 MIN / 74.04 MB)

To stream the most thoroughly calendar-focused podcast of your life, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

You can of course get automated updates via iTunes here or via our RSS feed here.

Handy Links to Enhance Your Listening Experience

Sarah’s done up an amazing series of posts that explain all of the calendar stuff in detail and have handy copies of the spreadsheets and nice images etc. So visit these posts to get all the additional info you could possibly need:

  1. The Women’s UCI Cycling Calendar Terminology – explaining the types of races and demystifying the whole thing
  2. Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 – the first breakdown of how many actual races we got this year and what’s predicted for next year
  3. 2016 Shape of the season – how many races clash, what parts of the world are visited at different times of the year and more
  4. How the Women’s Cycling Calendar has changed over time – looking way, way back to see how women’s racing has changed since 2006.

Things We Mentioned You May Want to Click On

Here’s the Q&A with UCI President Brian Cookson where he discusses the Women’s World Tour.

Also, from what we can gather, Hanna Solovey may well have been suffering under an unhealthy influence from her coach. Here’s the original article in which she speaks about it and here’s a translation via VeloRooms. As Sarah mentioned on the podcast, while we’ve complained about the manner in which Solovey has been able to come back from her ban with ease and little scrutiny and been critical of testing and so on, neither of us has held anything against her as a person. We’ve long suspected that a rider who was caught doping so young had to be encouraged and possibly even coerced into doing so and if true, these allegations simply make an already incredibly sad story even more disappointing.

BUT dear friends, we’d never leave you on such a depressing note so here’s…

How to Watch Women’s Cyclocross Live

Sarah’s neatly collected all the info for you in this post on how to watch live women’s cyclocross this season.

And Don’t Forget, Upcoming Racing

Giro dell’Emilia, 10th October

Bpost Bank Trofee Ronse Cyclocross, 11th October

Chrono des Nations ITT, 18th October


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