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Women’s cycling round-up – a podcast post without the podcast!

Dan’s sick this week, and could barely speak, let alone podcast, but there’s still been lots of racing, news and interesting *stuff* from the last week in the sport…. Here are all the links we would have talked about this week!

Last week’s racing

2016 Enduro World Series #3, Wicklow

Videos:  Pre-race, track previewone-minute and longer highlights, and photo galleries on the EWS website and PinkBike, from practice and racingFull results

16 year old Leah Maunsell won the u21 competition – here’s a video profile of her, from Kona:


Amgen Tour of California

We’ve had Stage 1, and here are the long highlights

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Follow the 2016 Amgen Tour of California

WWT19th-22nd May 2016

Round 8 of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and it’s another stage race, this time in the USA – the Amgen Tour of California.  While the race ran last year, this is a very different beast – with the women’s stages running alongside the men’s on the same days, so benefiting from the same promotion and hopefully crowds, with some serious racing.

This year it’s four stages:

  • Stage 1 hilly Lake Tahoe Road Race, 19th May from 10:50am USA PDT (1:50pm USA EDT; 6:50pm UK BST; 19:50 Euro CEST; 3:50am Aussie AEST)
  • Stage 2 Folsom Team Time Trial, 20th May, from 10:30 PDT (1:30pm EDT; 6:30pm BST; 19:30 CEST; 3:30am AEDT)
  • Stage 3 Santa Rosa rolling Road Race, 21st May from 9:15am PDT (12:15 EDT; 5:15pm BST; 18:15 CEST; 2:15am AEDT)
  • Stage 4 Sacramento Crit, 22nd May, from 11:40am PDT (2:40pm EDT; 7:40pm BST; 20:40 CEST; 4:40am AEST)

While the men’s race has live streaming, the women’s doesn’t – but it does have coverage, including the usual great graphics and GPS info, on the Tour Tracker women’s race page, updated by the wonderful Clara Beard, and apps for Android and Apple.

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Follow & watch the 2016 Matrix GP at the Tour Series

I’ve got a lot of love for the Tour Series UK city centre crits.  They’re always really fun, spectator-friendly courses, short enough to be able to walk round and get 100 different viewpoints, with racing that’s fast and furious. As you’d expect from SweetSpot, who run the Aviva Women’s Tour and the men’s Tour of Britain, they’re always organised so well, with tons to see and do alongside the racing – and if you can’t make them in person, they have hour-long highlights on ITV4 the day after the race, from 7pm/19:00 UK BST (20:00 Euro CEST; 2pm USA EDT; 4am Aussie AEST), which will stay up for a month on the ITV4 Hub.

While the men’s teams have 10 rounds in under a month, the women have 6, the Matrix Fitness GP series, at these venues:

One of the best ways to support women’s cycling is to turn up and cheer, showing the sponsors, tv companies and teams that oh yes, there IS an audience, and we want to see more!  So if there’s one near you, head over, you won’t regret it!

The Aberystwyth round on 27th May might only have a men’s Tour Series, but it’s part of the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival, and there are tons of crits, including a women’s race that day (you can still enter!) so although it won’t be on the TV highlights, it’s still worth going for a fantastic weekend.

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Video! Women’s World Tour #7, the Tour of ChongMing Island

WWTRound 7 of the 2016 Women’s World Tour was the first to leave Europe – and the first stage race of the Tour, which was always going to be interesting.  The Tour of ChongMing Island is a flat one, for sprinters – and after all the big teams turning out for each of the Classics, the dynamics change, as traditionally there have always been big name teams and riders that have missed out China from their schedule.  This is for a range of reasons – cost, for the small teams; sponsor priorities, for others; and everything from riders not wanting to risk food contamination, to the timing of the race, where a lot of top riders are taking a break right now, to recover from the Classics and look ahead to big season targets like the Giro and the Olympics.

Some people wish all teams were mandated to race all World Tour races, as a result, but I really disagree.  I’ve loved the Classics season, but I also loved how, when stage racing started, the peloton has split, and there are opportunities for more riders and teams to shine – and ChongMing demonstrated this, although it does make me question the meaning of the World Tour – it’s not the best races in the world, but again, I don’t think that’s necessarily bad, especially as the new series format gave us significant media from the race, for the first time ever – in the past we’ve had to rely on Wiggle High5 for any visuals, with the maximum ever being short stage clips.

So without further ado, on to the racing!  Photos on the UCI website, and more photos on a Chinese news site  – and coming up, highlights, full race replay and Wiggle High5 team videos, in that order, with results and more from each of the three stages…

Stage 1, 139.8km

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Podcast 2016, Episode 15- In Real Life

Podcast logoIt’s been four years in the making but this week’s podcast is possibly the most special of them all so far for the simple reason that for the very first time Sarah and Dan are recording in real life, together in the same room. Is this the episode in which someone is murdered? Is this the episode in which bickering and fighting ends the whole project? Or do we simply discuss the Tour de Yorkshire, GP Elsy Jacobs, Gracia Orlova, the forthcoming para-cycling and a bunch of cool cycling events? The only way to find out is to press play and enjoy the ride! (1:00:53 MIN / 00.0MB)

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Things we talked about this week included…

This week’s racing

The Asda Tour de Yorkshire

Make sure you all follow the wonderful Matt Stephens, Eurosport commentator extraordinaire!

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Watch & follow the 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg

6-8th May 2016

The first of three rounds of the Para-cycling Road World Cup starts this weekend, in South Africa – and it’s hugely important for Paralympic qualification, not to mention full of the usual awesome athletes – and we get to watch some of it live!

The race information is over here on the race page, which the routes, and everything else you’ll need in one spot, and the startlists and results will be be on the UCI website, as is the overall entry list.  Sadly no Tissot livetiming though.

I always follow live with the #Paracycling2016 hashtag, and the South African Cycling Fed usually does excellent twitter updates on @CyclingSA – and the UCI have their dedicated cycling twitter too.

The competition schedule is here, and all timings are in SAST – that’s the same as European CEST, 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.

Here are those livestreams – they last all day, but in the past they’ve been full of brilliant commentary and interviews between the races – the links take you to the specific streams.

  • Saturday 7th May, Timetrials – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST) – and the full start-times
  • Sunday 8th May, Road Races – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST)

For information about specific riders, and to follow a country’s progress, I’ve got a twitter list for Para-cyclists and team accounts which I’m adding to all the time, and teams to watch on twitter include Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA Paracycling twitter.  Photos will be going up n Cycling South Africa’s competition facebook album.

There are various National Federations’ Paracycling portals, including Cycling Australia, the Dutch Federation, Cycling Ireland, Italian Federation, Cycling Canada, Netherlands para-cycling portal, USA Cycling  and USA Paralympics news pageBritish Cycling’s news pages (if you want more British news, keep an eye on the BBC Disability Sport pages too) and Paralympics New Zealand’s facebook, and the German team facebook.

I’m always looking for more sources of Para-cycling information, so if you have places you love, please do share, either in the comments, or on twitter – I’ll add things to my women’s cycling tumblr as I see them, and make a post-race post here too.

How to follow the 2016 Tour of ChongMing Island

6-8th May 2016

This is a short one.  Of course I understand that the social media situation is different in China than in most other countries, so it’s harder to follow a race in China than in Europe, or Argentina, or Thailand, or Qatar, and so on, but it’s that incongruous situation where we’re at the UCI Women’s World Tour #7, the Tour of ChongMing Island, and we’re not going to get to follow it so easily.

Now, there is a livestream that will show 1.5 hours of racing each day, from Chinese channel CCT5, and there are other streams into that from outside China – BUT my Mac virus guard isn’t letting me get to those pages, as it says there’s malware so I’m obviously not pushing that – but Your Mileage May Vary, make your own choices!  The links to the streams are at the bottom of the Road & Mud preview, which has all the other information (In brief?  It’s pancake flat, it’ll be sprinty, and very hard for escapes to get away).  There’s another preview on Ella Cycling Tips.

We can pick up some other live information through the #ChongMing hashtag on twitter, and of course the #UCIWWT – and Vélofocus is out there, taking photos, so follow him too.  As always, the best startlist is Cycling Fever’s – and remember, ChongMing is UTC +8 (UK BST +7, Euro CEST +6, USA EDT +12, Australian AEST -1) so if the livestream starts at 14:00 local time, that’s 6am BST, 07:00 CEST, 1am EDT and 3pm AEST).  I guess we’ll find out more after the finish!



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