Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes. Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more. And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.
We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week. Of course I recommend it!
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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links
I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling. Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen. It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video). It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!
This week’s racing
Videos, media and more from:
Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:
Race reports and galleries:
- Prologue from Cervélo Bigla and Boels-Dolmans, and their Vélofocus gallery
- Stage 1 from Boels-Dolmans and their galleries from Vélofocus, and Cervélo-Bigla
- Stage 2 from Boels-Dolmans and their galleries from Vélofocus and Cor Vos, and Cervélo-Bigla
Six fast and furious crits in eight days – and three of them were streamed live! Re-live the livestreams here (you may need to add an email address, but it doesn’t need to be yours… You’ll also need to fast-forward to find the elite women’s races, as there’s a lot more racing in those streams
- Round 4, Spartanburg – full replay
- Round 5, Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Crit – full replay
- Round 6, Hennessy Historic Roswell Crit – full replay
Full results of each of the races via the Speed Week website.
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Other things we saw this week
While I was in London, I was on the Wheel Suckers podcast with London Bike Kitchen director Jenni Gwiadowski, and Look Mum No Hands‘ Alex Davis, trying to persuade Jenni to love the women’s TdY, and talking about the vexed issue of podium girls. Listen to that here, and please do sign up to their excellent podcast, on Soundcloud or iTunes.
The Woman’s Hour programme talked about saddle sore, and if you want to know more, read Emily Chappell‘s piece on it on Casquette – and order the latest FREE! edition of Casquette, or pick one up in these UK locations.
Two great videos featuring one of our top favourites, BMX superstar Caroline Buchanan. I really liked the video of her jumping the Nitro Circus Mega Ramp, but even more, I loved the video of her being coached through it, admitting how scared she was – and then doing it anyway! Aamazing!
Video interview with Australian tricyclist Carole Cooke
Australian track star Melissa Hoskins has announced her retirement
How do riders pack for long-haul trips to races? Wiggle High5 riders on getting to China for the Tour of ChongMing Island
Three articles on Ella Cycling Tips:
- Interview with Coryn Rivera on her European success
- Q&A with Zipp engineer Tess Denning – women and tech and cycling!
- An anonymous response to that SHEcret Pro column, which included a part about lesbian, gay and bisexual riders in the peloton – and I completely agree with this paragraph
Two films from Rapha: riding in Boulder with the first ever female Olympic road cycling champion, Connie Carpenter, and riding in San Francisco
Two films about cycling and New York City by Street Films. Talking to Amsterdam’s Cycling Mayor, Anna Luten, including on whether NYC have a cycling mayor too, and 2017 Earth Day, when Broadway was closed to cars.
You all know how much I love MTB media…
Riding the Aosta Valley in the Alps – a video that’s as much about the ancient history of the area as it is about the riding
Dirt Magazine’s long film, A Bigger Slice of the British Pie, featuring all kinds of stars of British MTB riding their favourite and local trails
This month the Cross Country MTB World Cup starts. Here’s a profile of one of the stars, Olympic MTB champion Jenny Rissveds
- Redlands Classic, 3rd-7th May, USA. Follow live with the @RedlandsClassic twitter and #RedlandsClassic hashtag, and stage finishes streamed live on their facebook
- 2017 Women’s WorldTour #9, Tour of ChongMing Island, 5-7th May, China, WorldTour #9. Here’s how to watch live. Preview on Road & Mud.
- 2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal, 6-7th May, the Netherlands. More information on the race website, and livestreams on BMX Live TV – the preview show on Friday 5th, Round 1 on Saturday 6th and Round 2 on Sunday 7th.
- Lotto Cycling Cup #3, Trofee Maarten Wynants, 7th May, Belgium, UCI 1.1. Check out the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter for more information.
- Tour Series #1, Redditch, 9th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4.
- Tour of Zhoushan Island 1, 10-12th May, China, UCI 2.1
- Tour Series #2, Stoke on Trent, 11th May, UK – follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4.
- 2017 Women’s WorldTour #10, Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, 11-14th May, USA. Follow on the #UCIWWT hashtag and with the race twitter. I’ll put up more information nearer the time.
- Tour Series #3, Northwich, 12th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Maniago, 12-14th May, Italy – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg aka the Marianne Vos Classic, 13th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- 2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #2, Heusden-Zolder, 13-14th May, the Netherlands – this will be streamed live on BMX Live TV, with more information on the race website.
- Lotto Cycling Cup #4, Dwars door de Westhoek, 14th May, Belgium, UCI 1.1. Check out the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter for more information.
- Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, 16th May, Spain, UCI 1.2. Follow on the race twitter.
- Tour Series #4, Wembley Park, 16th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, 17th-21st May, Spain, UCI 2.1. The last stage will be streamed live, maybe with daily highlights too and I’ll tell you how to watch nearer the time. Follow the excellent race twitter and the #Bira hashtag (that also has lots of photos of beer in it!).
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #2, Ostend, 18th-21st May, Belgium – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Tour Series #5, Croydon, 18th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Cross Country MTB World Cup #1, Nové Město na Moravě, 19th-21st May, Czech Republic. The women’s finals will be streamed live on Red Bull TV on 20th May and on the BIKE Channel in the UK, and I’ll put up more media nearer the time
- 2017 Trials World Cup #1, Aalter, 19th-21st May, Belgium
- Chrono de Gatineau ITT, 19th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter and #ChronoGatineau
- GP de Gatineau Road Race, 20th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter
- Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta, 20th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- Tour Series #6, Bath, 20th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn, 21st May, Switzerland UCI 1.2
To keep up with the road racing that will be shown live in 2017, bookmark my collection of races we can watch this year.
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