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 Plouay. The 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!
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. There seem to be a couple of hashtags floating about, so I’ll update nearer the time with the one the race settles on. 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.
G’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)
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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.
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.
Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September
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
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…
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:
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!
Hi everyone! Did you know that Sarah went to Norway? She survived the trolls, swam in a fjord and invaded Sweden; it was a busy weekend for her. Also there was a bike race there! In addition, we finish recapping the Route de France and then talk excitedly about some new developments from the UCI for 2016. And to top it all off we invent a new game called “But what does it mean for the Olympics?” – the first edition is all about Team USA. (1:20:03 MIN / 76.86 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
The 350 Crit highlights
It’s been a wonderful year for live women’s racing, and after Energiewacht Tour in Spring, we now have our second stage race that is streaming live, no geo-restrictions.
The Ladies Tour of Norway may only have been raced for the first time last year, but it burst onto the scene with excellent social media, great video and a really fun, hard race. This year’s racing starts today with a city crit in Halden, then 15th-16th August is the stage race, and we’ll all be able to watch the last hour of each day!
The broadcasting timetable is here – all times are in European CEST (so UK BST +1, North American EST +6, and Aussie AEST – 8 (so when the stream starts at 16:15 CEST, that’s 3:15pm BST, 10:15am EST and 00:15 AEST). It’ll be streamed on Procycling.no (possibly Norway only) and the UCI website., and on the race youtube too.
If you want to follow the action until the streams start, of course there’s twitter! The race twitter is one of the best, and the official hashtag is #LToN2015. I’ve updated my live-tweeter list, and I’ll be out there too, thanks to team Hitec Products, tweeting as @_pigeons_. Feminin Magazine will be there too for some great in-depth coverage.