Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
Some videos from the women’s Omloop: two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza. All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters. Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!
and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.
Now that the season’s started, you might be wondering how to follow the international women’s bike races. The bad news is there isn’t much shown on live tv – but I’m being all glass-half-full, and have some ways that really help me enjoy the races, and follow the action as it happens.
My first stop is twitter, and there are four people I follow religiously. Richie Steege is the Boels-Dolmans mechanic, and in between looking after his riders, he tweets race updates. He’s fantastic, and I always say Boels should pay him double, he’s a super-star! Karl Lima is another star – the manager of Hitec Products, he has great information too. Bart Hazen is a photographer and the social media manager for Wiggle Honda, and often updates us from the roadside – and CJ Farquharson has been photographing the peloton for years, and runs the womenscycling.net site, which is always my first point of call for finding out what happened after races.
There are various other people who update less regularly, and I’ve put all of these accounts into a twitter list, which updates automatically during the races. This changes a lot, because I add accounts that tweet races (eg the race account etc) and anyone I find updating from that particular race. I try to only have people at or getting unique information from the race, so it stays as simple as possible, and you don’t have to have a twitter account to use it (though you may need to refresh it yourself)
Last week I put up a post with the videos and links from Days 1 and 2 at the Track Cycling World Champs, and now here are the final three days, with even more amazing racing – the spectacular Points race, the Omnium, Sprint, Individual Pursuit and Keirin. There’ll be videos and links to photos and results, so read on…
The first medal from Friday was the Individual Pursuit, and in the bronze, two riders who raced each other through the Juniors – Amy Cure, who rides on the road for Lotto Belisol, and Ganna Solovey (who then had a steroid ban at aged 19). Guess who I wanted to win?
It’s been a a great couple of days from the Track World Champs in Cali, with all kinds of action – and it’s been strangely affected by the weather. Track riders are usually in these very tightly controlled environments, with perfect heat and humidity, but the Cali velodrome has a roof, but no walls, so there have been issues with wind that riders will never usually have to deal with.
I’ve got a collection of videos and links from the women’s scratch race, team sprint, team pursuit and 500m – and remember, if you want to watch the next three days live, here’s my guide.
I’m starting with my favourite race so far, and the first medal race of Worlds, the women’s scratch:
This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series. There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)
There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.
It’s pretty crazy, but bike races in Europe have major prize differentiations between women and men – and it runs across different kinds of racing. Last week there was a great “first” – the Koppenbergcross became the first European C1 cyclocross race to offer equal prizes, and it’s especially interesting because the money behind it – just €5,000! – was put up by Twenty20 Cycling, a 2-shop bike company based in Baltimore USA. So political, I love it, the fact it takes a USA bike shop to bring this step towards equality to Europe!
Kona rider Helen Wyman has been instrumental in making this happen, and I interviewed her last week on Podium Café about the process, the politics, and why it means so much more than just money. More things you might like to read about this include:
- The Koppenbergcross’ announcement
- The press release on Twenty20′s website
- Helen’s announcement on her site and her blog about her thoughts on her own site.
Here’s hoping that other cyclocross races follow suit – and the road races with women’s and men’s editions, like Flèche Wallonne, Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Ronde van Vlaanderen step up too.
Update! Here’s this week’s GCN News video, with Helen talking about all this
This week it’s the culmination of the 2013/14 track season – and if you want to watch it, here’s how you can do it! Firstly, it might be on tv in your area – have a look at the UCI’s tv guide for local times and channels. It’s on all over the place – for example, in the UK on the BBC (maybe streamed here) and in Australia on SBS. But if it’s not showing in your country, then you can watch on the UCI youtube.
There are live streams for each of the evening sessions – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5, that should also be archived as soon as the races are over, if you can’t watch live. If there’s tv in your area, those will be geo-restricted, but you can unlock that by adding Hola or Tunnelbear, setting yourself to somewhere like Spain or Sweden, and you should be able to see them. The times of the broadcast are on the bottom of the UCI tv guide, or if you can see the streams, they have a count-down clock until the broadcast starts.
Cali is 5 hours behind GMT (UK), 6 hours behind European CET – it’s the same timezone as USA EST and 3 hours ahead of USA PST – and 11 hours behind Australian AEST. So the evening sessions that start at 18:30 local time are 11:30pm UK, 00:30 CET, 6:30pm USA EST, 3:30pm USA PST and 10:30am the next day Aus AEST.
If you miss watching it live, you can also see individual races on the UCI website very soon after the races are over.
So, that’s watching it live – how else can we follow it, especially the morning sessions we can’t see?
It’s that time of year again, as the season is nearly upon us, and a whole crop of Directeur Sportif games. There are loads of them out there, but I have my favourite – Podium Café’s FSA DS. There’s a men’s and a women’s side, and as you can imagine, I love the women’s cycling one the best.
It’s a simple premise – you have up to 150 points to spend on 15 riders, and apart from the fact you can’t spend more than 100 points on riders in the 20+ categories, that’s the entire of the rules. if you want to pick riders from all one country, or all one real team, or whose names begin with E you can – it’s all up to you. People play this who follow women’s cycling obsessively, or who don’t know anything about the peloton and are using this as a great way to learn – there’s no pressure, it’s just for fun!
It’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
Here we go – fast and furious sprinting in the desert! The traditional pro women’s peloton season opener as they put down their markers for the Spring Classics – and it’s streamed live, so we can all follow the race.
The Ladies Tour of Qatar is 4 stages from 4th to 7th February 2014. If you have beIN Sports on your cable package – including in the USA – there’s a stream that seems to start at 12:00 GMT on Tuesday 4th (on Channel 12) – and if you’re in the right countries you might be able to see it on the BeIN stream. Have a look at the tv schedule for each day for the times (in UK times).
BUT! If that doesn’t work for you, never fear, the internet is here!