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Shirt week – how to look like the peloton 1 – Euro teams

April 15, 2014 2 comments

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….

Bigla

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.

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Boels-Dolmans

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!

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Videos & stuff from the 2014 Pietermaritzburg MTB World Cup

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.

Downhill

Here’s the full replay of the downhill finals – the 10 fastest qualifying women and the 30 fastest men.

I love the Orpheus Productions dh videos, and now they’re making them for Red Bull Bike – here’s their film from the finals, with some great moments and rider interviews.

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The UCI video from the Ronde van Vlaanderen World Cup

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 want more from RvV, I’ve got a post-race reports full of videos and photos and blogs on Podium Café, or just the videos and links right here.

2014 MTB World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg – watch it live!

April 10, 2014 2 comments

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…

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Follow the 2014 Para-cycling Track World Championships

April 9, 2014 19 comments

This is going to be an incredible competition – the Para-cycling Track World Championships, in Aguascalientes, Mexico – 10th-13th April 2014.  Track is always great racing, and the Aguascalientes velodrome is very fast indeed, and at altitude to boot – and given there are so very few chances for the para-cyclists to race on the track, they always bring it, and hard, with every opportunity they get.

Here’s the UCI’s portal, which includes the schedule, startlists and results – and it looks like there could be live streaming from there UPDATE! although the Ustream window and what looked like it would be a link to live streaming have disappeared from the page now…  and apparently there’ll be video highlights on the UCI youtube at the end of each session – I’ll update with details as soon as I know more.  And here’s the race website.

UPDATE! BBC Sport are there and filming, so there might be some British-focused media coming out – try their cycling or para-sport pages.  And their journalist David McDaid will be tweeting updates from the competition (again, this could be Brit-focused)

UPDATE again!  Thanks Cecilia Mayberry for finding the Aguascalientes Sports Institute facebook, with lots of reports and photos

I’ve made  a twitter list of cyclists racing the Worlds, and I’m updating it all the time – there are some fantastic tweets, photos and media coming out from the riders, so follow them all!  Here’s the Cycling Australia twitter list of their riders too.

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How to watch the 2014 Energiewacht Tour

April 8, 2014 3 comments

The Energiewacht Tour is always a special race for me.  It’s the first European stage race of the season, and the organisers always put on an excellent show, helping us to follow the race as it happens on their fantastic social media, and with tv highlights every day that are streamed without restrictions.  This year the elite race is 6 stages over 5 days, from 9th to 13th April, and the junior women’s race is 3 stages, 11th-13th.

It’s definitely Dutch racing – a flat course, but with road furniture, sections of cobbles and wind all the way, and to win, riders and teams have to have superb tactical skills as well as strength and speed.  Here are the highlights from last year, to give you an idea of what to expect, and after that I’ll tell you how to follow the race.

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Podcast 2014 Episode 11 – Ronde van Amazing

April 8, 2014 4 comments

Podcast logoWe 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).

To subscribe in the iTunes store, go here.

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.

And once you’ve read that – read this!  Chloe Hosking‘s profile of all-round superstar, bike genius and our heroine, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

This week’s racing

Ronde van Vlaanderen

What does Marianne Vos do when she isn’t racing?  Support the team, of course!

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Videos (& more!) from the 2014 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

April 7, 2014 5 comments

Round 3 of the Road World Cup, one of the most exciting, most iconic races out there…. Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders!

Here’s my report on Podium Café, and for videos, 10 minutes on Sporza (click through and show them we love it when they do this!) and 7 minutes from the UCI:

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UCI video from the 2014 Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Here’s 26 minutes video from last weekend’s Trofeo Alfredo Binda.  If you want more, lots more videos from the race – and my race report on Podium Café, with tons of links

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.

How to follow the 2014 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

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:

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