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.
If you follow this blog, you know I get VERY excited about MTB, especially the downhill, so I’m ridiculously happy that the MTB World Cup season has started. The first round, in Pietermaritzburg, runs from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April, and as always, we can watch live on Red Bull’s streams and enjoy the ton of gorgeous photos, videos and stuff that comes alongside a World Cup. I’ll tell you all about that in a moment, but first, here’s a trailer…
We wrap up the Ronde van Vlaanderen, talk about the Redlands Classic in the US (and how it’s not that fucking hard to provide some race footage!). We review a lot of blogs and videos we’ve seen through the week including ride blogs from Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson, and a great video from Matrix Vulpine. There’s also a great video from Caroline Buchanan and some more blogs from Anika Todd, Accidento Bizarro and a completely left-field shout-out to our mate Laura Moo. We quickly glance ahead to Energiewacht Tour and wonder where in the world the Tour of Thailand is (we’re pretty sure it’s in Thailand actually, but haven’t been able to confirm this online). Enjoy! (1:04:07 MIN / 61.55 MB)
To stream the amazingest Ronde van Podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s women’s cycling links
We really loved Accidento Bizarro’s blog on how harassment can be just like riding a bike – it’s a great analogy, and she always write really well, you should definitely read it.
This week’s racing
What does Marianne Vos do when she isn’t racing? Support the team, of course!
Round 3 of the Road World Cup, one of the most exciting, most iconic races out there…. Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders!
If you’re in the USA, you might not be able to see this – we don’t know why, we’re assuming the UCI has sold the rights to someone, and it’s really frustrating. But Hola and Tunnelbear can help – set yourself to the UK.
The Road World Cup has been really exciting, with two fantastic races, the Ronde van Drenthe and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. And it’s been a lot of fun watching them, with over an hour of Drenthe shown live, and an hour of Italian highlights from Binda (want highlights videos? Drenthe and Binda).
BUT! While round 3, the Ronde van Vlaanderen aka the Women’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday 6th April is one of the most anticipated races of the year, which pretty much all the peloton dream of winning, don’t get your hopes up about watching it live. If we’re lucky, the coverage of the men’s race will include women’s race highlights – if we’re really lucky they’ll cut to the finish-line live for us – and there should be the usual video highlights after the race (short clip within a day and 26 mins within a week on the UCI youtube, other clips from Belgian tv stations). There are other ways to follow it live, though, and I’ll tell you about that after these videos. First, a course recon video from Rabobank-Liv: