Oh August! Three live women’s cycling races to watch this week – in the USA, the Tour of Utah stage race and the Windham MTB World Cup, and in Tartu, Estonia, the European Junior & u23 Road Championships. And we can watch ALL of them live! I’ll tell you all about how, but first, if you have a couple of few pounds/dollars/Euros, can you think about sending them here?
British cyclist Hannah Walker (you might remember her from this Adidas #MyGirls tv campaign) and her Team WNT rode the Ride London 100 on Sunday to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Hannah put her cycling career to one side this spring to donate her bone marrow to her brother, Tom, who has Aplastic Anaemia. It didn’t work, and Tom’s still having treatment, and Hannah and her team are raising money to support the charity, who work to promote donations. You can read more about Hannah and Tom here, how you can help the Anthony Nolan Trust, and if you can, please do give to Hannah’s Just Giving Campaign.
On with the racing.
It’s a tough, hilly race for men and women, and there are 3 ways to watch. It’s on the Tour Tracker, all over the world, and they’re juggling the women’s and men’s races together, which is great. If you’re in the USA you can watch on Fox Sports live or on highlights – the tv timings are here. And of course there’s twitter – the hashtag for the women’s race is #TOUWE, and Giro Jenny is giving great live updates. The race is taking place in North American MDT, and Stage 2, on Tuesday 4th August, starts at 11:30am MDT (1:30pm N American EDT; 6:30pm UK BST; 3:30am Aussie AEST) and runs until 12:45. There’s lots of information on the race website. The men’s race runs to 9th August.
This is such a great competition, and really interesting for the future. While all the other continents have their Conti Champs for elite riders, in Europe it’s only u23 and juniors – and the winner of the women’s u23 Road Race gets an automatic extra entry to the Road World Championships. And if you want to spot stars of the future, here’s your place – check out the names in the list of previous winners!
All races will be streamed live on the UEC website – streaming will begin 10 mins before the start of each race, and it could also be streamed on the race site. But here’s the programme – the women’s u23 ITT is 12:30-13:30 and the juniors at 15:00-16:00 both on Thursday 6th; the road races are on Saturday 8th, the junior women 09:30-11:30 and the u23s 15:00-16:15. Exact rider start times are here. All timings are in EEST, which is 1 hour ahead of Euro CEST, 2 ahead of UK BST, 7 hours ahead of N American EDT and 7 hours behind Aussie AEDT.
There’s lots of information on the race website and the European Cycling Union’s competition portal. You can follow the competition live on twitter with the #EuroRoad15 hashtag, and the UEC Cycling account. Startlists are here, and the routes here.
Just one week after Mont-Sainte-Anne (watch the videos here!) the MTBers head south to New York State, and another tough round. Like always, we’ll have tons of media every day, with videos and galleries of the Downhill trackwalk, practice and qualifying, and video previews of the Downhill and Cross Country courses – I always start with Red Bull Bike and Dirt MTB for great content, although of course there’s always great content on the race website.
And if you want more info about the cross country track, here’s Lea Davison’s video preview.
And then, the elite finals are streamed live via these links:
- Women’s & Men’s Downhill Finals, Saturday 8th August, 2:30pm N American EDT (7:30pm UK BST, 20:30 Euro CEST, 4:30am Aussie AEDT)
- Women’s Cross Country, Sunday 9th August, 11am EDT (4pm BST, 17:00 CEST, 1am AEDT)
- Men’s Cross Country, Sunday 9th August, 2pm EDT (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 4am AEDT)
and for Americans, there’s more tv on Universal Sports.
If THAT’s not enough, here’s the trailer – and videos from last here are here.
If I’ve missed anything, please do let me know in the comments, or on twitter – and of course, I’ll collect all the videos and photos I see from the races here on the blog.