On Sunday 30th March it’s the second round of the Road World Cup, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Just as Round 1, the Ronde van Drenthe, was a typically Dutch race, Binda is very Italian. We’re in Varese in northern Italy, and it’s all about the hills, as you’ll see from last year’s highlights (Binda starts at 12:45)
So how can we watch it? Well, there’s no live-stream, but there will be an hour of tv highlights on Sunday night, and I’m here to tell you how to follow it live… read on!
How to watch on tv
There will be short highlights of the race on the UCI youtube – they say it will be up a few hours after the race is over, but don’t hold them to that, it’s great if it’s out the next day – and there will be 26 minutes of video within a week of the race too.
The hour of highlights in Italian will be on RAI Sport 2 on 30th March
at 22:40 CEST (9:40pm UK BST; and remember the clocks will have changed in Europe, so it’ll be 4:40pm USA EDT; 1pm USA PDT; and 7:40am Monday morning Australian AEDT) – AT 22:00 CEST (9pm UK BST; 4pm USA EST; 1pm USA PDT; 7am Monday morning Aus AEDT) this will be shown on the RAI 2 stream, click through to see if you can see it (if you can’t, try with the usual Hola and Tunnelbear, and look to the usual places for streams)
(UPDATE! Here’a a stream!)
(This is written on Wednesday, and tv guides can change, so I would recommend checking the RAI Sport 2 schedule on Sunday itself if you want to watch the Italian show)
UPDATE! Or possibly 21:00! The race organisers are saying 21:00, but as of Thursday it’s still 22:40 on the RAI Sport 2 schedule – UPDATE! as you can tell, this changed again
How to follow live
The race starts at 13:30 CEST and is due to finish at around 16:45 CEST, and while there’s no livestreaming, but we can follow the race live, thanks to twitter. The race twitter, @TrofeoBinda, is fantastic, and I’ve put all the accounts that should be updating live into my women’s live tweeting list, so click on that and you can follow those, and any more I add on the day. And make sure you follow the #TrBinda hashtag – and use it if you’re tweeting updates!
Some of those accounts include the people who’ll be tweeting from team cars: the official UCI account @UCIwomencycling, and the marvellous team mechanics – Richie Steege from Boels-Dolmans and Sem Versteeg from Rabo-Liv. And I’ll be watching two Italian twitter accounts who are fantastic for giving us information about Italian women’s cycling – Cicloweb and Il Pedale Rosa.
There may be Italian radio coverage, and in previous years, the fantastic Italian cycling journalist (and former cyclist) Giulia de Maio has been giving live ticker updates on Tuttobici – check them on the day, their live updates should appear on the front page. I’ll update with the precise links here and on my twitter and they happen – and we have a live-ish thread on Podium Café where people always post everything they find in the comments.
The 124km course is a bit different this year to previous editions, and I’d say a bit harder than before. It starts in Laverno Mombello on Lake Maggiore, with a relatively flat 30km before the first major climb at Granitola, up onto the plateau. The race then heads back to cross the finish-line in Cittiglio, and ends with four laps of the usual finishing circuit, with the climb at Orino always being a major feature both on the way up and on the technical descent. The finishing line is uphill, and it can be won in so many ways – solo, duel, small groups, it’s a fabulous course! Add to that the fact that the spring weather in this part of the world is often rainy, and it’s a tough, tough race
I always love the ORICA-AIS race previews, but this one is special – a round-table Q&A with the team all about it. You should definitely click and read.
Jens wrote about the race on Podium Café, and I really recommend you read it, because he writes about the clash between Binda and Gent-Wevelgem, and the upcoming races, too.
There’s the usual great preview on Velofocus from the technical point of view – and there’s a ton of information on the Trofeo Binda website, in Italian and in English, and more on their facebook. I’ll update this with everything else I find before the race – and of course, I’ll post the videos after the race too.
Other races on Sunday
Before the World Cup, there’s the Trofeo Binda Junior Girls’ Race, and that’s a great place to sport young stars of the future. It’s 62.3km, the same starting run-in as the elite women, then four laps of the same smaller loop. Can you imagine how fantastic it must be for the juniors to be racing on the same roads as the superstars? The race twitter should give information about that as well
And while the climbers and riders with ambitions for the World Cup series win are in Italy, the sprinters will be over in Belgium, where it’s the women’s Gent-Wevelgem. There’s no live tv from there, but there might be clips of the finish-line on the men’s tv coverage. We can but hope! Of course Velofocus has a preview, look on the website and CyclingFever for a startlist, and my twitter list will have people updating from there too – although it looks like just Karl Lima for now. If there’s any video, I’ll put it up here as soon as I see it.