We’re in the middle of the Ardennes week which means there’s heaps of racing and heaps of climbs around. This week Sarah and Dan talk through how Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne both unfolded (they were amazing!), and what this might mean for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. There’s also time to catch up on some of the main results from the recent Track World Championships, and to find out a bit more about Lizzie Deignan’s new book “Steadfast” which is out now. Of course there’s plenty more in the podcast and even more in the post! (1:12:03 MIN / 65.98 MB)
This week’s collection of women’s cycling links and news
This week’s racing
2017 Track World Championships
Videos from some of the individual races:
- Women’s Team Sprint final for gold and race for bronze
- Scratch race
- Keirin final for gold, and for 7-12th
- Individual Pursuit gold final and race for bronze
- Team Pursuit race for gold, and race for bronze
Cycling Australia has a lot of videos from Worlds on their YouTube, including about Ashlee Ankudinoff’s Individual Pursuit silver, the women’s Team Sprint silver and Team Pursuit silver, and the Madison bronze. And here’s a UCI clip talking to Sarah Lee, aka Lee Wai Sze, the Hong Kong sprinter who won Sprint bronze
- Teach gallery on PinkBike
- Practice Day 1 on the EWS flickr
- Practice Day 1 on the EWS flickr and Pinkbike
- Race Day on the EWS flickr and Pinkbike
Two domestic races – the Trofeo Villa de Noja in Spain, and the Tour of the Wolds in the UK
More things we’ve seen recently
If you want more women’s cycling podcastery, the 3rd episode of the Cycling Jerseys podcast features Matrix Procycling riders Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker and team boss Stefan Wyman – listen over here.
Lizzie Deignan (née Armistead) has been on a press tour about her book, Steadfast, which is out today. She’s been on a press tour, which has been a bit confusing, if you want to know what she thinks of British Cycling, as her interviews seem to contradict her book – but that could also be that the press tend to bring things down to very simple yes/no ideas. So she doesn’t think British Cycling are inherently sexist or bullying (eg this Express piece, her twitter statement) but she does think they treated her badly (her book, this Guardian interview, which lead to this piece on sexism in sport). Anyway, if you want to know more about her book, read Feargal McKay‘s review of it, over on Podium Café. We love McKay’s reviews – check them all out while you’re there.
The Olympics Youtube has a great profile of Rwandan cyclist Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu, and the work of Team Africa Rising in developing women’s racing in Africa.
inCycle TV continue their great series of rider profiles, based loosely around the Women’s WorldTour – check out Lotte Kopecky talking about how she balances track and road, and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on coming back from injury:
There’s also an interview with Moolman-Pasio on Ella Cycling Tips.
The race formerly known as the Friends Life and Aviva Women’s Tour will be the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2017 – read more.
Rouleur asks a question we all want to know the answer to: Why is there no women’s Paris-Roubaix?
Australian BMX superstar Caroline Buchanan makes year-long films about her life. Here’s Part 1 for 2017, with her adventures in New Zealand
Voting for the UK Women’s Sports Trust 2017 #BeAGameChanger awards for all kinds of great women’s sports categories, from ambassadors to sponsors to media to grassroots action, is open until 30th April – check out the finalists and vote here.
You know how much Sarah likes MTB videos
Just in case you missed it, Rochelle Gilmore’s production company made a Behind The Scenes of the women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, including Sarah commentating! Please do give it a watch
- Tour of the Gila, 19-23rd April, USA, UCI 2.2. Follow via the Tour of the Gila twitter, #Gila2017 hashtag, daily reports and photos on the race website, and videos on their YouTube.
- Sea Otter Classic, 20-23rd April, USA. MTB and off-road fun, in a fantastic race. Start off with their twitter, instagram and the #SeaOtterClassic hashtag.
- EPZ Borsele ITT, Netherlands, 21st April – not UCI, but because it’s important to the Dutch, it usually has a strong field, though less strong this year. Guide to following live.
- Junior EPZ Omloop van Borsele, 21st-23rd April, Netherlands, Junior Nations Cup #4 – awesome junior race – here’s how to follow it live.
- EPZ Omloop van Borsele, 22nd April, Netherlands – here’s how to follow live.
- USA Crits Speed Week, 22nd-30th April – 6 races over 8 days, and three of them live! Check out the livestreams for the Spartanburg Crit on 28th, Athens Crit on 29th, and Hennessy Crit on 30th. Follow on the race twitter and with #USACrits.
- Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 23rd April, Belgium, WorldTour #8 – this won’t be live, here’s how to follow it as it happens.
- GP de la Liberazione PINK, 23rd April, Italy, UCI 1.2
- Vuelta Femenina Internacional a Costa Rica, 26-30th April, UCI 2.2
- Gracia-Orlová, 27-30th April, Czech Republic, UCI 2.2.
- Festival Elsy Jacobs, 28-30th April, Luxembourg, UCI 2.1 – this will be streamed live, come back nearer the time for how to watch
- Tour de Yorkshire, 29th April, Great Britain, UCI 1.1 – this will be streamed live, come back nearer the time for how to watch
- 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup #1, Lourdes, 29-30th April, France – there will be tons of race media, and the races will be streamed live on Red Bull Bike, and if you’re in the UK, shown on the Bike Channel.
- Tour of ChongMing Island, 5-7th May, China, WorldTour #9. This was live last year, and I’ll put up links about this year nearer the time
- Lotto Cycling Cup #3, Trofee Maarten Wynants, 7th May, Belgium, UCI 1.1. Check out the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter for more information.