The final race of the year…. Worlds! Or to be more polite about it – the Ponferrada 2014 Road Cycling World Championships. The road race 7 laps of a course with 2 climbs and that killer descent (“Killer” is not necessarily an exaggeration – not sure what I think about a descent with men with danger flags, and a Red Cross tent at the bottom). So much talent, and so many strong riders. I asked some of them what they thought about the course before the race, so had an idea about the course, but what was the race like? There are tons of videos and galleries and tweets – if I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay
One of the things I like best about the road cycling World Championships is seeing the junior riders race, the stars of the future. We have some great junior day races and stage races here in Europe, and I’ve been following the Italian junior races on the fantastic BiciTV – and we get to see a bit of the USA and Aussie juniors on their domestic circuit, but this is the only time all year that all the countries come together, and we see who’s doing well. It’s also so exiting for the riders. They’re aged between 16 and 18, and have given up so much their friends are doing, and this is their first chance to see if that’s all been worthwhile.
The big story was whether young Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen could become only the third woman to win two Junior World Championships back-to-back (the other two were Brits Nicole Cooke and Lucy Garner, and we all know what Cooke went on to do!). Last year she wasn’t the strongest, but she was the cleverest, and earlier this year she won the hilly Trofeo da Moreno, the junior equivalent of the Trofeo Binda World Cup (videos here) – but then she broke her collarbone, and she’s only just back from that…. and there was so much talent on the road….
Here’s the highlights of the Ponferrada 2014 junior women’s race, and the full race coverage, with more media below
It’s been a week of worldly indulgences and this week’s podcast is no exception, hell we’re barely a minute into things before Dan’s invoking our theoretical lawyers and claiming indemnities! Anyway, this week we recap the women’s trade team TTT, the junior women’s ITT, the Elite women’s ITT (where Dan rather belligerently changed the results and history to suit his preferred view of the race – also Sarah sounds her “Smugness Alert”) AND we preview the Road Race! Also there’s some complicated polemica-y stuff which is important but hard to talk about, so of course we discuss that. We also talk about how sometimes these harder stories don’t get reported much in the press, possibly because they’re so complex and there’s a lot of stuff you can’t explain easily or quickly. On top of all of that we have the latest transfer news and the week wouldn’t possibly be complete without a bonus survey, so we’ve put that in too! (1:17:42 MIN / 74.6 MB)
To stream the smuggest podcast about time trials you’re likely to hear today, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s links and videos
All the videos from…
Sarah especially loves this one – Lisa Brennauer‘s response on realising she’s won
Here’s that VeloNews report about Solovey, which we found bizarre.
Looking ahead to the Road Race on Saturday, here’s who Cyclingnews think we should watch out for
Such a dramatic Individual Time Trial at this year’s Ponferrada 2014 World Cycling Championships! Really interesting – and of course, there are tons of videos – starting with the UCI Highlights and full race replay
**We’ve now closed the survey – thankyou so much to everyone who completed and shared it!**
Hey team! You know that Sarah and I are big fans of all things women’s cycling and we’re always interested in new and interesting ways to improve the sport from any perspective. We’re working on a couple of (sorta secret, sorta early-days) projects and thought now would be a perfect time to get more info from you.
On that note, welcome to our first ever World’s Best Women’s Cycling Survey (guaranteed to make you sexier*!).
It’s not too long and should take under 15 minutes to complete. If you can spare the time we’d love your input and help in better understanding what you watch and read, and what you want to see more of. Thanks in advance, you’re looking pretty sexy already**.
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I always really, really love the Junior races at the Road World Championships, getting to see who the stars of the future might be. And in the Individual Time Trial, the future looks green and gold, Australian all the way! Here are some videos: