On Sunday it’s the re-born Liberty Classic – aka the Philadelphia Classic, now called the Parx Casino Philly Classic – the only women’s race in the USA with a UCI ranking this year. This is great news, because the race, which has been going since 1994, was at one point cancelled for 2013 – but it’s come back bigger and better, with equal prize money for the men’s and women’s races – the winner of each gets a staggering $30,000, which is huge money for women’s cycling (winners of World Cups get a couple of thousand Euros, if they’re lucky) – and apparently it’ll also be streamed live!
The big fact you need to know about this one is that in the 2009 race, the women and men used to be on the course at the same time, and the women’s peloton caught the men’s, and as they passed them, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg told the men they were pussies, and should ride faster! No chance of that happening this year as the races are separated, but it’s always entertaining!
Now, as with all promises of women’s races being shown live, don’t get your hopes up too much! It might be live coverage, or it might just be fixed cameras etc. But here are the details:
Sunday 2nd June 2013, 8:30am USA Eastern/1:30pm UK/14:30 European time/10:30pm Sydney, Aus
For all the information on the race, check out the race website – and they’ve got a fantastic twitter, @PhillyCycling, which apparently will be live-tweeting the action. In the past, although it always includes a climb of the thigh-biting Manayunk Wall, it’s been completely dominated by sprinters, especially Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (check out the history on CQ or CyclingFever) – Teute won it five times, and fellow-German Petra Rossner won it 7 times – and it’s never been won by a rider from the USA, ever. This year? Well, it’s five laps of this course, which has been changed so it now ends on the Wall itself, making it perfect for climbers – and the teams are pretty much all USA-based, so everything could change….
For proper race previews, read the one by John Cyclopunk on Les Déesses de la Route, and this one (which includes the men’s) on VeloRooms – and if you want to chat through the race, we’ll have a livethread on Podium Café.
Huge thanks, as always, to BassFace, who told me about the livestream – make sure you check out his music website!