Videos, photos and more from the 2016 GP de Plouay

The penultimate round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the last of the WorldTour Classics, the GP Plouay has always been a fantastic race, with really great media, and 2016 lived up to expectations – with a surprise winner to boot!  I’ll edit more in as I see them – please do share anything else you find, in the comments, or on twitter.

UCI Highlights:

Full stream replay:

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Watch the 2016 Women’s WorldTour GP Plouay live

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 10.25.20Saturday 27th August 2016

The GP Plouay is the penultimate race in the UCI Women’s WorldTour – and we know it well, as it used to be the final World Cup of the year.  It’s always exciting, with a tough circuit, especially the grinding climb of the Côte du Ty Marrec, and some gorgeous scenery.

Megan Guarnier had already won the WorldTour, even before the Vårgårda races, so this race won’t change anything there – but it’s always a fantastic, beautiful race in its own right – and we get to watch parts of it live!

The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST/7:40am North American EDT/9:40pm Aussie AEST) and the TV coverage starts at 15:15 CEST (2:15 BST/9:15am/11:15pm AEST) – it’s being shown & streamed in French on French FranceTV, and in English on the Eurosport player to subscribers only.  Of course, you will be able to see the French stream via VPN (INRNG explains VPNs here) and there may be streams on sites like these.

Before the TV starts, we can follow on twitter as usual, using the #GPPlouay hashtag, or following the race twitter – and I’ll be updating my usual list of people tweeting from the race too. UPDATE:  though I should warn you, most of the course is in gorgeous forested countryside that has no mobile phone signal at all, so it’s lucky we get streaming of this one!

I’ll post links to streams on twitter, if you can’t find them.

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The race is 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit (the one in red), then one loop of 13.9km (blue), and there are previews of the race by last year’s winner Lizzie Armitstead on Boels-Dolmans’ website,   on Ella Cycling Tips and Road & Mud. The startlist is here, and there’s more information in the roadbook and on the race website.

If you want to re-live why we love this race, check out the video from previous years: Marianne Vos winning 2013, 2014‘s solo win by Lucinda Brand;   2015, won by Lizzie Armitstead from a small group.

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Podcast 2016 Episode 27 – It DID Come Down To a Sprint Finish!

August 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoThis week Sarah makes a foolish promise as we try to cover all of the rest of the 2016 Olympic racing and the various other races that took place since we last spoke. There’s the Olympic time trial, the track racing, the bmx, the mtb along with the Route de France, the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Open de Suede Vargarda. It’s a huge amount of racing and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff in there too. Brace yourselves for all the results that are fit to print (i.e. podcast). (1:23:21 MIN / 76.32 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included…

Photos from the Olympic MTB, on Pinkbike.  Highlights of the MTB, and of Mariana Pajón winning the BMX:

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Crescent Vårgårda World Tour

The Team Time Trial

The Crescent Vårgårda Road Race

Want to see the full race coverage? It’s here – Part 1 and Part 2

And highlights:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 26 – The Olympic Road Race Time Trial Potato

August 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoThis week we do a full recap of the excitement and drama that was the 2016 Olympic Women’s Road Race in Rio. From the amazing efforts of Trixi Worrack, Marianne Vos, Ellen van Dijk, Mara Abbott and so many more, to the terrifying crash that changed the entire picture of the race we talk through each moment that lead to the final result. We also take some time to talk through the coming Individual Time Trial, who the top contenders are and who our favourites are likely to be. We include a couple of dark horse picks as well. It’s all Olympics this week, in all its glory. (1:32:05 MIN / 84.31 MB)

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Because the Olympics are tough like this, we can’t find unrestricted videos of the race – it is what it is, hopefully highlights and the full race turns up on the Olympic YouTube at some point, like the London 2012 one did.  If you want highlights, check with your local Olympic broadcaster, and we have found these (they may be geo-restricted, but there are ways round that):

"Tre caffè, grazie!" – I tried hard to write a serious text but I couldn't. Too many things going through my mind! #Rio2016

A photo posted by Elisa Longo Borghini (@elisalongob) on

It’s onwards to the ITT, Track, BMX and MTB – Sarah’s guide on how to watch and follow all the women’s cycling is here.

 

How to watch the 2016 women’s Olympic cycling, live

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 22.09.44Are you as excited as I am?  It’s Rio 2016, the Olympic Games, and it’s full of women’s cycling!

Here’s the timings for the races.  Rio is in the BRST timezone, 4 hours behind UK BST, 5 hours behind Euro CEST, 13 hours behind Aussie AEST (ouch) and 1 hour ahead of North American EDT

Women’s Road Race, Sunday 7th August – 1:15-4:20ish BRST (starts 5:15pm BST, 18:15 CEST, 2:15am AEST, 12:15pm EDT).  There’s a preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and the startlist will be here on the day, or use CyclingFever’s.

Women’s Individual Time Trial, Wednesday 10th August – 8:30am BRST (starts 12:30pm BST, 13:30 CEST, 5:30pm AEST, 7:30am EDT).  SO SORRY, THE TIME I PUT U BEFORE HAS CHANGED!  This is right now! The startlist will be here on the day, and hopefully we’ll see split times there too.  More startlist options on CyclingFever, or on my twitter.

If you can’t watch, or want commentary on the road races, follow #CyclingRoad on twitter.

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Track, 11th-16th August – startlists will be via that link – the #CyclingTrack hashtag is how to follow on twitter.

  • Thursday 11th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – the women’s race in this session is the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRST
  • Friday 12th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST), and the women’s racing is the Team Sprint, with the Qualifying and Round 1, and the Finals from 6pm BRST (10pm BST, 23:00 CEST, 5pm EDT and 7am Sat AEST)
  • Saturday 13th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

The women’s races  the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRSTand the women’s race is the Keirin – finals from 5:27pm BRST (9:27pm BST, 22:27 CEST, 4:27 EDT and 6:27am Sunday AEST)

  • Sunday 14th:  Morning Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – includes Women’s Sprint qualifying and 1/16 finals, and Team Pursuit Round 1, and the Finals at 4:53pm BRST (8:53pm BST, 21:53 CEST, 3:53pm EDT, 5:53am Monday AEST)
  • Monday 15th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes women’s sprint racing and the first three omnium rounds.  Omnium scratch from 11am BRST (3pm BST, 16:00 CEST, 10am EDT, midnight AEST) and my favourite round of the Omnium, the Elimination from 6:17 BRST (10:17pm BST, 23:17 CEST, 5:17pm EDT and 7:17am Tuesday AEST)

  • Tuesday 16th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes the end of the women’s sprint and omnium.   Omnium final round, the Points race, from 5pm BRST (9pm BST, 22:00 CEST, 4pm EDT, 6am Weds AEST) and the Sprint finals from 5:45 BRST.

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Women’s BMX – course preview here, startlists will be here – follow the #CyclingBMX hashtag on twitter

  • Seeding Run, Wednesday 17th August, 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST)
  • Main event Friday 18th August – session starts with the Women’s semi-finals 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST) and women’s finals from 3pm BRST (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 2pm EDT, 4am Saturday AEST)

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Cross Country MTB, Saturday 20th August, 12:30-3:15pm BRST (from 5:30 BST, 18:30 CEST, 11:30am EDT, 2:30am AEST) Startlists will be here. #CyclingMountainBike is the clumsy twitter hashtag.

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I’m watching these on the BBC (they have special Olympic TV channels, which you can find here, and there’ll be web feeds from this page) but if you don’t have good TV in your country, you should be able to find streams on streaming sites like this, this and this.   And if you want to use a VPN solution to your favourite country’s streaming, INRNG explains more here.

If you have any questions – and the sport, especially if you’re new to the women’s racing, ask in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll try to help.  Of course, I’ll pull together videos, after the events

Dan and I podcast-previewed the Road Race, and you can listen to that here.

Podcast 2016 Episode 25 – The Tropical Classic

August 3, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoThis week we recap the Prudential Ride London Classique 2016, and Sarah shares her experiences with live commentating at the race. We then move into a full preview and breakdown of the 2016 Olympic Road Race, the teams, the riders and the course. We run down our list of favourites and riders to watch, and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of them. We also talk about one of the bigger news stores of the week which could simply be called Whereabouts in the World is Lizzie? But all is not lost because your intrepid podcasters manage to find a silver lining even there. (1:24:05 MIN / 76.9 MB)

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We talked about Lizzie Armitstead’s missed tests, and there’s more info on the UKAD statement, on INRNG and the Telegraph – but we hadn’t seen her own statement at that point, which answers most of Sarah’s  remaining questions (we still want to see the CAS decision!)

Don’t Forget

Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:

Watch the 2016 Prudential Ride London Classique Live!

July 29, 2016 2 comments

Round 13 of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour is the Prudential Ride London Classique (formerly the Grand Prix), on Saturday 30th July – and it’ll be live!

Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square.  I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack.  It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed.  And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.

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The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC on BBC from 6pm, and their online coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs and  their Cycling Portal too.  I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed, which  I think will be on the BBC feed.  There’s also coverage.  And  it’ll also be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm.  If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).

If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here.  I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.

The startlist is here, and the course info here.  There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here.  There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park.  If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet🙂

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