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Videos from this weekend’s women’s racing

There were a whole load of races this weekend – here’s some video from road racing in Europe and MTB in the Czech Republic – and hopefully someone will find the video of the amazing racing in the USA!

On Friday, it was the Boels Rentals Hills Classic, aka Holland Hills – all around the hills of the Valkenberg region, including the Cauberg.  This one is a hard race – last year Marianne Vos broke her collarbone in a fall here.

With a nice interview about the race with winner Ashleigh Moolman.  This is her first big Euro win, and following on from her 3rd place in the Flèche Wallonne, she has to be a favourite for the Giro Rosa.

Race report, results and photos on womenscycling.net


On Saturday it was Marianne Vos‘ home-town race, the 7-Dorpenomloop van Aalburg.  And guess what happens when vos has an extra-strong incentive to win?

Photos and full results on on womenscycling.net – and ORICA-AIS race report


Then on Sunday, it was another hard race – Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, part of the Lotto Cycling Cup series.  Yes, *that* Geraardsbergen as in the cobbled hills of Flanders.

Here’s a little bit of video, focusing on the Vos fan club, with a little bit of race footage.  Thanks Confusedspider!

EDIT!  Here’s another little video, from the marvellous Motomedia team:

Photos, report and full results on womencycling.net – and race report on Emma Johansson’s win, with photos, on ORICA-AIS

EDIT!  And if you understand Dutch, here’s a half-hour programme on women’s cycling from Sunday, with interviews with Vos and Johansson, and footage from Gooik.  Have a look!


In the Czech Republic, it was the second round of the Cross Country MTB World Cup, Nove Mesto.  You can watch the women’s and men’s Eliminators and the women’s XCo race, all thanks to the marvellous Red Bull tv.  As ever, there’s great commentary and fast racing.  I really, really love how Red Bull works with MTB, it’s a fabulous model, and I’d love to see it extended to the women’s road race.

Report & results on the XCO, and photos – and report on the Eliminator and photos – on Cyclingnews


Finally, I haven’t seen any archived footage of it yet, but I absolutely loved watching the USA National Championships ITT and Road Race on Tour Tracker.  That set-up is brilliant, and having double Olympic ITT champion Kristin Armstrong commentate was fabulous.  She did a brilliant job of explaining women’s cycling, and the USA scene in particular, and was full of great stories about the riders.  It was marvellous to be able to see the races from start to finish – a real luxury.  The ITT was won by Carmen Small by  just one second over Kristin McGrath, with Alison Powers in third (You can read Small’s post-race comments on the Specialized-lululemon website) – and the road race was non-stop explosions, with a super-strong final attack by Jade Wilcoxson winning the race, and her Optum p/b Kelly Benefits team-mate Lauren Hall racing a very canny race, to finish second just ahead of NOW & Novartis for MSAlison PowersI’m really hoping these will turn up online, because DAMN, that was scintillating racing!

EDIT! The races are re-playable on the Tour Tracker – apparently if you click the race, you’ll be able to replay each one.  Ignore the “race not available”, you just need to wait for a while – maybe a long while – but after the coloured lines, it WILL appear!  I really recommend this!


If you have any other videos you’ve seen, add them to the comments, and I’ll put them into the next podcast post.  And watch out this week, for the Philadelphia Classic on 2nd June – more fantastic racing, USA-style!

  1. May 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Here is Ashleigh’s ride from Friday, for those interested. http://app.strava.com/activities/56633708

    • Sarah Connolly
      May 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      oooh, thanks!

      • May 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        She is also kicking my arse on the Box Hill segment

      • Sarah Connolly
        May 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        That made me laugh out loud! Poor Box Hill Strava-ites, I bet the Olympic prep destroyed dreams of KoM forever!

  2. May 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    All good videos! Great that Emma finally got over on Sunday, and took the “GC” for the 3 weekend-races. They should make these a formal “stage race” and in a sense it looks like they have…

    The latest on Giro Rosa (jerseys unveiled, plus financial trouble for a Spanish team that might disqualify them if they do not raise the funds needed to attend): http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/14664/Giro-Rosa-presents-jerseys-and-sponsors-for-2013-race.aspx

    • Sarah Connolly
      May 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Ha, maybe we should start making our own stage races, out of these weekends of races? GCs riders don’t even know they’re riding for! 😀

      • May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Yeah… where did Emma get that yellow jersey from anyway..? 😛

      • Sarah Connolly
        May 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Heee! Sadly, there’s a prosaic answer – even though it isn’t on the drop-down menu of the Lotto Cycling Cup, it’s there on the contest page. Damn! Not an Unofficial Unsanctioned Stage Race!

        Hey, are you on twitter? If you are, you should (and that’s the plural you, to anyone reading!) follow me (I’m @_pigeons_) and let me know, so we can chat through races in real life! (of course, I completely understand there are non-twits out there….)

      • May 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Not on Twitter (I’m still living in the electronic Middle Ages with my little cellphone) – not yet anyway – but I am on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbyraybassface

      • Sarah Connolly
        May 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Ha! I am the same as you but with a really crappy fb! As in, I log in to play Words With Friends and that’s it!

  3. Sarah Connolly
    May 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I’m editing this in, but if you speak Dutch, check out this half-hour women’s cycling show, with interviews with Vos, Johansson and more, and footage of Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik:

    • May 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Nice… the entire Vos clan is there!

  4. May 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Sarah Connolly :
    That made me laugh out loud! Poor Box Hill Strava-ites, I bet the Olympic prep destroyed dreams of KoM forever!

    She probably has about 20 years on me too. No, way too many pros and semi-pros live round here for Box Hill ever to be more than an EPO induced dream – including GCNs Dan Lloyd.

  1. June 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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