Round 2 of the 2014 Mountainbike World Cup is in Australia, 24th-27th April – and of course we can watch it all live, on Redbull tv!
- Women’s & men’s Eliminator, 25th April – 4:15pm Aus AET (7:15am UK BST; 08:15 Euro CEST; 2:15am USA EST; 11pm Thursday USA PST)
- Women’s & men’s Downhill, 26th April – 2:15pm AET, (5:15am BST; 06:15 CEST; 00:15 EST; 9:15pm Friday PST)
- Women’s cross county, 27th April – 11:20am AET (2:20am BST; 03:30 CEST; 9:15pm EST & 6:15pm Saturday USA)
- Men’s cross country, 27th April – 1:50pm AET, (4:50am BST; 05:50 CEST; 11:50pm EST & 8:50pm PST Saturday USA)
If you want to check the timezones, click through to each link, and you’ll see a countdown to the start of the streams – and if that’s the wrong time of day for you, don’t worry, the coverage is archived there as soon as the race is over.
There’ll be a ton of information, photos and videos in the days leading up to the races, through the practice and qualifications – I will be looking on Red Bull Bike, Dirt Magazine and Pinkbike, as well as the race website and facebook – and you can follow the race twitter and Cairns2014 hashtag for more information. Start with this fantastic helmetcam run, as Claudio Caluori previews the downhill course.
In her continuing series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah sits down with Emma Pooley to discuss her reduced year last year, which included marathons, triathlons and finishing her PhD studies. They also cover what her plans are for the season ahead. Emma Pooley is one of the most interesting riders in the peloton, the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and 2008 Olympic ITT silver medallist. She’s also won some of the biggest races in the women’s calendar, including the Tour de l’Aude Grand Tour, and World Cups including the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Flèche Wallonne and the GP de Plouay, combining climbing skills with suicide attacks. She and Sarah discussed her work campaigning for women’s cycling and Amnesty International, getting through her PhD, running marathons in snowstorms, what she feels about her new team, Lotto-Belisol – and of course, coming back in time for the 4th Road World Cup, Flèche Wallonne…. (38:43 MIN / 37.18 MB)
Stream the Pooley-est of all interviews by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
It’s also available as a transcript, on Podium Café – part 1, on finishing her PhD, running marathons in the snow, campaigning for women’s cycling, and supporting Amnesty International – and part 2, previewing the Flèche Wallonne and the Friends Life Women’s Tour.
- Follow Emma through her season on her twitter, and through Lotto-Belisol‘s twitter and website.
- There’s another recent interview with her on the BBC website, where she talks about her future in triathlon, and you should definitely read it!
- More about the Le Tour Entier campaign and manifesto – and about the Half the Road documentary, including details of how you can get to see it.
- Amnesty International has portals for different countries – go in through their main international page, and see how you can help them. It’s not just about giving money – signing their petitions and writing letters really helps them out. Have a look at their activism centre (that’s the international one – this is the British one – and here’s more information about their AmnesTea campaign).
- Flèche Wallonne is on Wednesday 23rd April – guide to following it “live”
- The Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain, 7th-11th May
La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, Road World Cup #4, 23rd April 2014
If you ever listen to our women’s cycling podcast, you can imagine Dan cursing right now, because traditionally the Flèche Wallonne doesn’t give us much. Yes, I know, it’s run by the ASO, so very well-funded. And yes, I know there are fixed cameras all the way up the Mur de Huy, so it should be easy – and maybe you’ve been, and seen the women’s race key points beamed live onto the big screens – or maybe you remember from a few years ago, when the tv broadcasters used to cut to the women on the Mur each time, because of course watching anyone race hell-for-leather up the Mur is more interesting than watching the men reel back the inevitable doomed break on the back-end of the course…. but the sad fact is, the last few years haven’t been good for us Mur-lovers.
That’s a long way of saying don’t get your hopes up for live tv or any live streams. I will continue to wish for live coverage of the women’s final Mur run in the middle of the men’s coverage, and maybe highlights of the women’s after the men’s, but I am managing my expectations – and there ARE ways to follow live and see the action afterwards, and I’ll tell you all about that after I re-live last year’s race (starting at 12:39)
So far in Shirt Week, I’ve shown you how to buy team kit and stuff from the pro teams in Europe and in the USA, so now it’s time to look closer to home, and at the UK peloton. And there’s something to celebrate here! In just a few weeks, the pro peloton will be right here for the Women’s Tour (of Britain) – now the Friends Life Women’s Tour, as the insurance company has come on board as the race’s title sponsor. And if you want to support the race, you can buy race jerseys and t-shirts from the ProVision Women’s Tour store. This has a ton of things to buy for women & men, including the replica leader’s jersey (delivered after the race!), mountains jersey and Leukaemia & Lymphona Research Best Yougn Rider jersey (they’re the official charity partner of the Tour). If jerseys aren’t your thing, there are loads of t-shirts, from patriotic to the race logo to just bikey – have a look! And if you want to know more about how this race happened, read this VeloUK interview with race organiser Guy Elliott
There’ll be one UK domestic team in the race – the fantastic, marvellous lovely Matrix-Vulpine. I love them for their racing, but also their support for the wider British women’s cycling community – especially through their twitter and the Neutral Service section of their website.
They’re sponsored by trendy cycling brand Vulpine, so of course their kit has a lovely design! You can buy women’s & men’s jersey, bib shorts, gilet, arm- and leg-warmers in the Milltag team shop. I asked on twitter for reviews of this – here’s what team fans have to say:
@_pigeons_ high quality, brilliant fit, even in larger sizes (note that it is “race cut”) Looks great. Arm and leg grippers work well.comfy
— Caroline Stewart (@swordpanda) April 17, 2014
(Vulpine have a 25% discount offer on their women’s clothing until 30th April – use the code TheNewCycling at the online checkout – just be aware they have a limited size range…)
So what about the rest of the UK peloton? These are some more jerseys you can buy, and if I miss any out, please do let me know!
I really love track cycling, so I was super-excited that there was a Track Para-cycling World Championships this year, especially after I saw so many of the athletes competing at the Newport Para-Cycling Cup last year. I’ve also been angry about this, because Newport was the first UCI-level track race for the para-cyclists since before the 2012 Paralympics, but sometimes you have to focus on the positives. And it looked really good – two days before the Worlds started in Aguascalientes, in Mexico, on the UCI Worlds portal there was a u-stream link to live coverage from 2012, and an empty link to “live broadcast”. It looked really hopeful, and I was delighted – if there’s one thing I want more of in my life, it’s tandem sprinting and track racing.
Then the competition started, and the “live broadcast” link disappeared, and I meditated on managing expectations, and took solace in the fact that the riders were saying there were cameras in the Aguascalientes velodrome, and that there were going to be daily highlights on the UCI youtube, as there have been for the able-bodied Track World Cups… and then hope started to fade, as day after day, nothing was added, and today, three days after the competition is over, this is what’s on the UCI youtube (screenshot taken 9:15pm, 16th April 2014)
On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live! So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.
I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes, you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees. I’m such a child!
I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it. You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Read more…
There are only 2 UCI-level women’s races in the USA, and the first one is on Friday, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. This is only the second year the North Carolina race has been held, so it’s great that it’s taking the step up – and especially so because we can watch it live! The race is part of a two-day festival of cycling – with the women’s UCI race and a men’s National Racing Calendar race on Friday, and then on Saturday, the 4th round of the USA Crits series for women and men. And best of all? We can watch them both live, and if we miss them live, the stream becomes an archive straight away
Friday 18th April, Women’s Road Race
The course is 8 laps of an 11km circuit with a climb that gets up to 10% – 91km in total, and here’s the Velofocus preview for more information. The race will start at 9:30am USA EDT (6:30am USA PST; 2:30pm UK BST; 15:30 Euro CEST; 11:30pm Aus AEST) (press play to see a count-down for easy conversion to your timezone)
I haven’t had a Shirt Week post in ages, but the sun’s out and it makes want to ride, and in three weeks the women’s pro peloton will be arriving in the UK to race the Women’s Tour – so surely now’s the perfect time to buy some team kit to show your support for all these amazing teams! I’m going to split these into a couple of posts because there’s so much to cover, but if I miss anything off, let me know.
Starting with the European pro teams, and in alphabetical order….
You might have seen Vera Koedooder escaping in Stage 3a of last week’s Energiewacht Tour, to win the stage solo and take over the GC lead, and thought “that’s a great jersey”. If you did, you’re in luck, because you can buy it in their fan shop, which sells everything from posters and keyrings right through to a race bike! Prices are all in Swiss francs, but they’re a very friendly team, so you can ask any questions on their twitter, and I’m sure they’ll get back to you.
We’ve seen a LOT of Boels so far this spring, with Ellen van Dijk winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Lizzie Armitstead winning the Ronde van Drenthe and being on the podium of the other two World Cups – and if you’d like to show your support, their team shop is divided into three parts – team kit (for women and men), packages of stuff and goodies including bidons, caps, fan cards. You really can buy everything there, and there’s something for every budget. Have a nice browse – and next time you turn up at a race you can be wearing their bandana, so they’ll know you’re a fan!
Pietermaritzburg was such a great way to start the 2014 MTB World Cup – superb racing, hot and dusty, rock gardens and hard courses. Here’s all the video – and the amazing photos – from the downhill and cross country women’s races – and please, as always, share anything you find in the comments and on twitter.
Here’s the full replay of the downhill finals – the 10 fastest qualifying women and the 30 fastest men.
Here’s the 26-minute video from round 3 of the 2014 Road World Cup – the women’s Tour of Flanders! Commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ant McCrossan, with lots of rider interviews before and after the race.