The 2015 Road World Cup starts on Saturday 14th March, at the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe – it’s always a brilliant race, with cobbles that Annemiek van Vleuten described as more like rocks just shoved off a truck, narrow roads, lots of windy stretches, and everything that means a rider needs to have a tactical brain and strong team as much as she does good legs, if she wants to win. Don’t believe me? Watch the videos from last year, and 2013, and 2012 and 2011… And guess what? This year it’ll be streamed live on NOS.nl and RTV Drenthe, so we can all watch it!
So, how to watch, and when?
The race starts at 11:40 Euro CET (10:40am UK GMT; 9:40pm Australian AEDT; 5:40am North American CET), the livestream will start at 13:15 CET (12:15pm GMT; 11:15pm AEDT; 7:15am EST) and the race is due to finish roughly between 14:48 and 15:07 CET. The stream is open wherever you are – click here for the pop-out window. My advice is open your window early, because in previous years, when it was shown on L1, the demand overloaded the servers, so late arrivals missed out.
UPDATE! And for Dutchies, it’ll also be shown and streamed on NOS.nl – oh my goodness, two streams? Luxury! If you love this too, tell RTV Drenthe, NOS and the race organisers how much you appreciate it, through all the links 🙂
But while the tv’s fabulous, read on for more ways to follow the action, and to get to know the race.
How to follow the race before the stream starts
There are so many reasons the Drenthe organisers are some of my favourites in the sport, and one of them is how easy they make it to follow the race, with a liveticker, facebook, instagram and a superb twitter. THANK YOU RONDE VAN DRENTHE! So while the third women’s race of the weekend, Sunday’s Novilon Eurocup won’t be live on TV, you can follow in really well. And as always, I’ve updated my list of twitterati who are live at the race, so you can get the updates from the team car and more, and I’ll be talking through the race on the Podium Café livethread.
How to find out more about the race
The website has the route, the timings and the startlists, and there are some great previews out there – like Velofocus‘, and Velocio-SRAM‘s. I talked to Boels Dolmans rider Chantal Blaak about the race earlier in the week, and you can listen to that here, and read a partial transcript over on Podium Café.
There’s bound to be more, so I’ll edit things in as I see them – and as always, please do let me know here or on twitter if you see fun things. If you have any questions, before or during the race, just ask. I love this race, and if I can help new fans enjoy it more… well, there’s nothing I want more 🙂