The first Stage Race of 2017 is about to start – the Santos Women’s Tour. It runs from 14-17th January 2017, and is part of the Australian summer season. It’s two Crits, and two road races, alongside the men’s Tour Down Under.
Now, the bad news is that there’ll be no livestreaming of the race. Yes, it’s depressing, and it’s partly because the race has a different organisation to the men’s race. It’s really interesting to see how, after 2016 had a real increase of the numbers of women’s races being streamed, fans are less willing to accept “it is what it is” as a reason for no streaming – and rightly so.
But we can follow it live, via twitter. The hashtag is #TDUwomens (which feels wrong, but is the one the race is using) and the race has two accounts, @TourDownUnder, and @SantosTDU_Live for live updates. Hopefully there’ll also be updates from Cycling Australia, the Summer of Cycling account, and I always love the way Jessi Braverman live-tweets races.
The race is in South Australia, in the ACDT timezone – half an hour behind Aussie AEDT, 10.5 hours ahead of UK GMT, 9.5 hours ahead of European CET and 15.5 hours ahead of North American EST.
- Stage 1, Saturday 14th January, 11am ACDT (11:30am AEDT, 00:30am GMT, 01:30 CET, 7:30pm 13th EST)
- Stage 2 Crit, 15th January, 5:45pm ACDT (6:15pm AEDT, 7:15am GMT, 08:15 CET, 2:15am EST)
- Stage 3, 16th January, 11am ACDT (11:30am AEDT, 00:30am GMT, 01:30 CET, 7:30pm 13th EST)
- Stage 4 Crit, 17th January, 6:30pm ACDT (7pm AEDT, 8am GMT, 09:00 CET, 3am EST)
You can find information on the race on the race website, including the startlist and a preview. I also love the preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and there are more previews on VeloRooms and Road & Mud, and team-specific previews by ORICA-Scott and Wiggle High5.
Wiggle also have video previews, and will doubtless have lots of in-race video highlights too, on their YouTube, and I’ll also be looking for team video highlights from the ORICA-Scott YT and Canyon-SRAM on Rapha Films. I’ll be looking for race highlights videos from SBS Cycling Central, Cycling Australia and on the TDU YouTube who some good pre-race videos – and because this is Australia, there’s the usual riders-with-wildlife fun to enjoy.
I’ll put up a collection of race media here after the race, and I’ll be adding it to my Women’s Cycling Tumblr and on my twitter as I find it – if you have more tips to watch, let me know here, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.