It’s Worlds time! It’s so tempting to point to global warming for why we’ve had a lack of snow and ice races in recent seasons, but with Worlds in Tábor, the Czech Republic, we’re going to have at least one frozen Worlds. And hooray for the UCI, because of their sterling job of promoting CX, we’ll get to see the racing live! I’ll tell you how to watch it, and point you at interesting resources. There’s bad and good news about that – lots of tv, but not necessarily live… but you know me, I’ll always find you ways round that!
Let’s start with Eva Lechner‘s course preview
Here’s the Worlds programme:
- Saturday 31st January, 11:00 European CET (10am UK GMT; 5am USA EST; 9pm Aus AEDT): Junior Men – live UCI stream
- Saturday 31st January, 14:00 CET (1pm GMT; 8am EST; midnight AEDT): Elite women – live UCI stream
- Sunday 1st February, 11:00 CET: U23 Men – live UCI stream
- Sunday 1st February, 14:00 CET: Elite Men – live UCI stream
If you click through and it says the stream is blocked, check out the UCI’s tv guide, because you might be able to watch it live locally.
It was a successful day for both Italian riders at Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under as action moved back onto the road. A tough 71km course from Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide whittled the peloton down to 9 riders at the finish as Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) won the bunch sprint. The group contained race leader Valentina Scandolara (Orica AIS) who finished with the same time to make sure she retained the Blue Leader’s Jersey and put herself in an excellent position to take the GC after tomorrow’s final crit.
Our friends Nikki and Gethin are out in Adelaide, and sending us daily reports from the women’s Tour Down Under. Thank you so much! I’ll be adding any videos of the day’s stage to the bottom of the post as I find them.
Action moved to the 2km long city centre Crit course in Rymill Park, central Adelaide for Stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour. The women were sharing the stage with the People’s Choice Classic – the traditional curtain raiser for the men’s event which followed on immediately afterwards, so benefited from much bigger crowds than at Stage 1 yesterday.
It was another great day for Orica AIS as Mellisa Hoskins beat out Kimberly Wells of High 5 Dream Team. The bunch sprint meant that Valentina Scandolara retained the leader’s jersey that she gained in an attack-fest Stage 1.
Today saw Stage One of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under take place – a 59km road stage from Woodside on the outskirts of Adelaide to Murray Bridge, in true Aussie plain talking style, a town with a bridge over the Murray river!
The 2014/5 Track World Cup season is only three rounds long, and finishes this weekend in Cali, Colombia, running from 16th-18th January 2015. It’s the last chance this season to get the points to get to Worlds, and it counts towards Olympic qualification, so it should be fast and furious racing. There’ll be some limited live coverage, on Sunday, so I’m here to tell you how to watch that, and how I’ll be following it live-ish, the rest of the time.
First, television. Here’s the UCI’s broadcast schedule, including streaming – and here’s their live feed for Sunday 18th January:
This will start at 4pm local COT time (same as USA EST; 9pm UK GMT; 20:00 European CET; 1pm USA PST; 8am Monday Australian AEDT) – it will be a mix of live streaming and highlights from the previous days’ racing.
It’s still road racing time in Australia, and we’re so lucky, our good friends Nikki and Gethin are down at the Tour Down Under, blogging for us – here’s their race preview! Come back for more throughout the race, follow them on twitter and on their travel blog.
We’re away travelling at the moment and more by luck than judgement we find ourselves in Australia at the height of their road racing season. At this time of year, most of Australia’s best riders are home from Europe & join the domestic riders for a number of events either side of the Aussie nationals – held last week in Ballarat, Victoria (a couple of hours from Melbourne). We’d already blogged for Neutral Service about the Bay Crits in Melbourne, then we were delighted to discover that the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide is also running a 4 stage women’s race alongside the UCI-rated men’s event. We’d already thought about going over and combining the men’s race with a couple of days indulging our inner wine-ponce in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The women’s race sealed the deal, so here we are in Adelaide….
Valentina Scandolara is a huge fan favourite because of her love of attacks, and her friendly personality, online and in races. Continuing the recent Australian theme on the blog, she’s come from a block of training in Brazil to join her ORICA-AIS team-mates – cheering them on as they rode the Bay Crits and the National Road Championships before racing with them in the Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar. We talked about what being on ORICA’s been like, going from being “a wild animal in the city” to re-learning some cycling basics, how it felt when heart problems forced her out of the 2014 Road World Championships, the difference between winning Worlds medals as a junior and elite, and a whole lot more, including why she is so vocal about riders not being paid, and where she goes wrong in the Army…
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Find out more about Vale through her twitter, and facebook, and through the Vale Scandolara fan club site – and read her profile on the ORICA-AIS site. Vale and her team-mate Amanda Spratt did some daily Q&As with me during last year’s Giro Rosa, and you can read them on Podium Café: pre-Giro; after Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; and Stage 5.
Here are the videos from the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships, where Vale won silver, the Bay Crits, where her team-mate Gracie Elvin won Stage 2 with Loes Gunnewijk second, and Vale’s win in the 2014 Giro del Trentino:
and talking after the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, and coming second in the 2014 Italian National Road Championships
Vale’s first races of 2015 will be the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20th January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January, and then the Ladies Tour of Qatar, 3rd-6th February 2015. Make sure you’re cheering for her online and in real life!
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