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How to watch the Cauberg stage of the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour, LIVE!

September 3, 2015 Leave a comment

The Boels Rental Ladies Tour (aka the Holland Ladies Tour) is always a fantastic race, with 5 flat (or mostly flat) stages that are usually all attacking with lots of Dutch-style tactics and wind, followed by the final stage 6 that’s a wonderfully hilly and hard stage, all around the (legendary) Cauberg and Valkenburg region.  And that final stage is live!

The local Dutch TV station, L1, is showing the race on Sunday 5th September, from 14:00 Euro CEST (1pm UK BST; 11pm Aussie AEST; 6am North American EDT).  And we can watch from all over the world, here, or on their general un-restricted livestream – it’ll be in Dutch, commentated by Marianne Vos, who should know all about this race, having won the race four times, and the World Road Championships on the Valkenburg hills in 2012.  The stream will start with highlights of the race so far, before going into the stage, which starts at 13:00 CEST, live.

If you can’t wait, and want to follow the rest of the race as it happens, including the early part of the stage, there have been tons of updates on the race twitter and on the #BRLT2015 twitter hashtag (or via my live race tweeting list).  There are daily race reports and tons more information, including results so far, and all the Stage 6 information, on the race website.

Want to see what it looks like? There are great photo galleries on Velofocus’ site (eg Stage 1 and Stage 2), and video interviews and finish-line shots on the Boels Rental Ladies Tour Youtube (videos made by the fabulous Aschwin Kruders) and on Felix Matthis’ Youtube (you should all be following Felix, he’s an excellent journalist – here’s his twitter).  On top of that, Nettie Edmondson has daily diaries on Ella Cycling Tips, so you can read about the race through her eyes.  And if that’s not enough, here’s the highlights of last year’s race, with lots of rider interviews:

Of course, I’ll be talking about the race on twitter – and if you have any questions before then, ask me there, or leave me a comment below.

Podcast 2015 Episode 25 – Sarah Loves a Premature Celebration

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Podcast logoG’day team, this week we catch up on the last World Cup race in Plouay! We also find out how the rest of the Trophee d’Or went and we discuss a bunch of news and announcements from teams, riders and the UCI. There’s a heap of great videos down below and a lot of exciting stuff. Sit back, crack a cold one and ignore the other commuters on the bus/train, and enjoy! (1:00:51 MIN / 58.43 MB)

To stream the last World Cup podcast ever click here (right-click, save-as to download)!

You can also get free updates from the iTunes store or via our RSS feed.

Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Trophée d’Or

Videos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, which we talked about last week.

Stage 4 – with a premature celebration! Photos and results,

Stage 5 photos and results, and the final General Classification results.

GP de Plouay Road World Cup

All the videos and race reports etc are over here – this was one of the very best races of the season, WOW!

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Other things we saw this week

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Videos & more from the 2015 GP de Plouay World Cup

August 30, 2015 5 comments

The GP de Plouay-Bretagne is always one of the best races on the calendar, and the 2015 edition didn’t disappoint – NON-stop attacking, non-stop action, and we have a LOT of videos to watch!

Here’s the full last 50 kilometres on the UCI youtube – click through and watch, it’s glorious!  And here’s the highlights – from the UCI and from Wiggle Honda.

Results and photos below, and I’ll add more videos as I see them – anything you see and like, leave me a comment, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll add them in

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Watch the 2015 GP de Plouay World Cup LIVE!

August 26, 2015 2 comments

It’s the last round of the 2015 women’s Road Cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, on 29th August – and we can watch the last part of it live!

This is always a really exciting race, and part of a fantastic four day festival of cycling, the 4 Jours de PlouayThe route is 4 circuits of a 26.9 circuit (in red) and then a final run of 13.9k, the same course without the northern loop – 121.5k in total.  You can read more about the course on Velofocus’ 2014 preview, as it’s the same.    There’s a provisional startlist on the website, but that’s likely to change.

The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST; 7:40am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) but the tv starts later on France 3 (stream here, geo-restricted) and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30 BST, 9:30am EST, 11:30pm AEDT) and international Eurosport (not British)…  and best yet for non-French people, on the UCI website – here’s the stream!

If THIS is blocked for you, or you want to watch the French stream, try Tunnelbear or another VPN solution (paying for Witopia is my recommendation) – if you use Tunnelbear, set yourself to somewhere like the UK, & then turn the TB off as soon as the stream starts, to save your allocation (use at your own risk of course)

To follow the first part of the race until the tv starts, I recommend twitter.  The 4 Jours has a twitter here, and of course I’ve updated my live race tweeting list.  The official hashag is for other updates too.  The festival also has a great facebook, and they’ll put up videos on their Plouay TV page too.

Want more?  Previews from ORICA-AIS and on Velorooms, and here’s what happened last year.   Of course I’ll be back after the race with links to videos, photos, articles and more, so if you see anything you like, leave me a comment or ping me on twitter.

Podcast 2015 Episode 24 – How to Spell Cynical

August 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Podcast logoG’day team! After our [insert choice of adjectives here] attempts at commentating live on Sunday we thought it was high time to catch you up on the rest of the wonderful world of women’s cycling. It’s been a huge week of racing and so we try to cover it all. There were 4 different world cups on over the past week. Vårgårda hosted the road disciplines while there was also MTB and 4Cross. Junior track worlds and more! (1:17:38 MIN / 74.54 MB)

To stream the cuppiest podcast (except for the Cups Podcast) ever recorded, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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

Things we talked about this week

We covered a LOT of racing – and you can see all the videos from the (deep breath) Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race World Cups, the Val di Sole cross country and downhill MTB World Cups, 4 Cross and Junior Track World Championships, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley and the USA Pro Challenge in this lovingly curated post Sarah put together, along with results, photos, links and more.

We also talked about Amy Pieters leaving Liv-Plantur, and Stefan Wyman revealing how much it will cost to run Matrix Procycling next year, including implications of the new Women’s World Tour (if you missed that, we talked about it in last week’s podcast, with links in the post).   Want more Matrix?  Here’s a rider Q&A video by VoxWomen.

We didn’t talk about the Women’s Tour of New Zealand stopping again, but it’s over here.

Upcoming Racing

The Trophée d’Or is on right now until 26th August – here’s their website.

2015 GP de Plouay World Cup, France, 29th August – this will be streamed live, here on the UCI Youtube.  The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 7:30am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) and the stream & TV coverage on France 3 and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30pm BST; 9:30am EST; 11:30pm AEDT) – here’s my full guide to following the race.

2015 MTB and Trials World Championships, Andorra, 1st-6th September – these will be streamed live, as always, on Red Bull tv – watch the women’s & men’s Downhill finals on 5th, and the women’s Cross Country on the 6th, via these links, and we’ll tell you about the other races and content nearer the time.

Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Netherlands, 1st-6th September – follow their twitter!

Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September

Lotto Belgium Tour, 8th-11th September – check out their launch video and follow their twitter!

Giro della Toscana, Italy, 11th-13th September

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 13th September

Chrono Champenois ITT, France, 13th September

SO much racing video – 2015 Vårgårda, Val di Sole MTB, 4X, Sam Miranda, USA Pro & Junior Track Worlds

August 24, 2015 4 comments

There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.

On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia.  In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole.  And over in Kazakhstan  it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it.  Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!

Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…

2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course.  You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:

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2015 Crescent Vårgårda – TTT videos & how to watch the Road Race World Cup LIVE!

On Sunday 23rd August it’s the Crescent Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup, and we can watch it live!  I’ll tell you how, and also fill you in on the videos from yesterday’s Team Time Trial World Cup.

First of all, the TTT….  this has been dominated pretty consistently by Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM for the past few years…  as every TTT has… but would their run continue?  Watch and find out!

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