Watch the 2017 Ladies Tour of Norway LIVE!

17th-20th August 2017

Norway is beautiful, and of course getting to race here is a great taster of what will happen at the World Championships – although we’re down in the south-east for the Ladies Tour of Norway.

It’s a lovely race, and the fourth year is part of the Women’s WorldTour – and the last parts of the road race stages are live too!

In Norway, it will be broadcast on mainstream TV, and for North America it’s streamed on FloCycling – but for everyone else, we can watch live on the UCI YouTube – here are the links:

  • Stage 1, Friday 18th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm UK BST; 10:40am USA EST; 00:40 Aus AEST)
  • Stage 2, Saturday 19th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm BST; 10:40am EST; 00:40 AEST)
  • Stage 3, Sunday 20th August, from 13:30 CEST (12:30am BST, 7:30am EST, 9:30pm AEST)

Of course, the Prologue isn’t streamed, and you can find the full programme, in European CEST, here.  We can follow all the race on twitter, with the #LToN17 and #UCIWWT hashtags, and with the race twitter too.

There’s lots of information on the excellent race website, as well as on their instagram and youtube – and find out how the Moberg family are behind this race!

Podcast 2017 Episode 26 – A Finn for the Finish

This week we cover the results from Sweden with the Vargarda Team Time Trial, and the Road Race. We also have an interesting diversion into how the calendar shift of this race has changed the way it’s raced and the results. Ella CyclingTips this week had a really interesting interview with Leah Thorvilson, the Canyon-SRAM rider who was the winner of last year’s Zwift Academy. We discuss that interview and the broader impact of Zwift Academy on the sport, especially interesting as the second year of the program is due to start in September. As always, lots more fun, laughter and Australian weather updates included! (47:28 MIN / 43.50 MB)

You can sign up for automated updates via our RSS feed here, or via the iTunes store here.

 

Watch the 2017 Crescent Vårgårda Road Race live

13th August 2017

The Women’s Cycling Road WorldTour is in Scandinavia, this time in Sweden, and we can watch the Crescent Vårgårda WorldTour live in full!

The race starts at 09:35 Euro CEST (8:30am UK BST, 5:35pm Aussie AEST/03:35am EDT) and it’s live in full on Swedish TV station SVT1 & SVT Play (people outside Sweden may need a VPN to access).  Then, an hour into the race, from 10:30 CEST/9:30am UK BST, it’s live on the Eurosport Player and on Eurosport 2 in some countries including UK, with more TV here.   You can also look for streams here, here and here.

I love this race, especially with the new gravel sections.  You can also follow on twitter with the #VargardaWWT and #UCIWWT hashtags, and of course the race twitter.

More info on the race site, including startlist, and here’s the Team Time Trial highlights:

Podcast 2017 Episode 25 – There’s No Rest for the Wonderful

This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)

You can also sign up for automated updates via our RSS feed here or via the iTunes store here.

Watch the 2017 Prudential Ride London Classique LIVE!

Saturday 29th July 2017

The WorldTour moves on, and Round 14 is just for the sprinters, a short 66km race on a 5.5km circuit taking in some of the top tourist attractions of London.

This is the biggest money race on the women’s road calendar – a total prize pot of €100,000, with €10,000 for the winner, and €1,000 for the first rider across the line at each of the 3 intermediate sprints plus an extra €3,000 for the overall sprint competition winner.

But best of all, the whole thing is live on TV!

It starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 CEST; midday USA EDY and 2am Aussie AEST) and the first hour is on the BBC Sport website, on this page (or via the BBC Sport Cycling page), and “web-enabled red button” – then the last 45 minutes will be live on BBC 2.  You can also see BBC2 on Filmon, and there could be streams here, here or here.

There is some information on the race website, but frustratingly, not that much, so I’m using the Cycling Fever startlist.

If you can’t watch live, it should be updated on the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, with updates from the UCI WWT and Ride London twitter accounts – and of course you can ask me anything in the comments below, or on twitter.

Podcast 2017 Episode 24 – Do Better and Be Better

This week we follow up on the second race from La Course by Le Tour de France; the chase held on the weekend with the top 19 riders from the Col d’Izoard stage raced it out on the streets of Marseille. We talk through the excitement and also the issues that this new format of race revealed. There’s positives and negatives, we take our time with both and also explore ways that we think the format could be improved for the future. (53:56 MIN / 49.39 MB)

You can sign up for automated updates via our RSS feed here, or via the iTunes store here.

THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT

Here’s a handy link to the Cycling contacts on the ASO’s website (we note in particular the Marketing and Creation of New Events email addresses).

 

Podcast 2017 Episode 23 – The Humblebrag Episode

Look, we do understand that not all weeks can be huge weeks of racing, but honestly this week was definitely a HUGE week of racing. We had stage racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We also had the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour in East Germany. With races suiting different types of riders and different types of racing there was no shortage of surprises and feats of phenomenal prowess to be impressed by. All of that before we get into the high mountains for the Col d’Izoard and La Course by Le Tour de France. We also quickly cover some Canadian racing and talk about a couple of other news items from the week. (1:03:46 MIN / 58.39 MB)

You can get automated updates via our RSS feed here, or via the iTunes store here.

Don’t forget to watch the thing (not a stage two) – La Course Race! Details here.

Continue reading