We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee. We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it? Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!
I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay:
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out. Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing. I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident! And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:
Peter van der Veen is one of my favourite commentators on women’s cycling – you should all be following him on twitter, and be checking into Cycling Fever for excellent stats and information about women’s racing.
On Monday 3rd October the organisation behind the Amstel Gold Race (AGR) announced a women’s race on the same day as the men and most likely it will also be included in the Women’s World Tour. Raced on the same day as the men’s race, it will no doubt be a great addition to the WWT with its challenging hilly course. Big crowds and with many media already there, it can be expected to get a lot of attention including TV coverage. It sounds like a success story, but if one looks beyond the actual race, one might see a downside to the story.
But first an introduction to the race. The race is not completely new, not only has there been 3 editions in 2001, 2002, 2003. There is also a race in May called the Boels Rental Hills Classic which is in the same area although it has not the same parcours.
Over the past years, a lot of people have lobbied for a women AGR, reasoning was that while the Dutch riders dominated the women’s cycling, they did not have a real platform to show their skills. As the Amstel Gold Race is considered the 6th Monument and the pinnacle of Dutch cycling, it draws a lot of media attention. However race organiser Leo van Vliet always made excuses not to have the race.
The most used excuses were logistics: it is difficult to have the same on the same day as the course uses a lot of climbs the same time; and economically, not profitable.
When asked by cyclist Marijn de Vries why there was no women AGR in 2015 Van Vliet replied women could race the sportive on Saturday implying that female cyclist were all amateurs.
The 2016 Road World Championships have moved from the trade team Team Time Trial, and into the national team events, starting with the Individual Time Trials. Two women’s races, over two days – here’s my collection of videos, photos and media from the Juniors and then the Elites. As always, I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you see fun things I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay
Highlights and full race replay (may be geo-restricted)
It’s Road Worlds! Later than usual, but the cycling season has been weird this year, with the combination of the Olympic Games, and the Road Worlds in Doha, Qatar, they’ve been pushed back to try to make sure they’re not TOO hot. Here’s my guide to watching and following the races live. We should be able to watch some every race..
The UCI have already said that because the temperatures are likely to be very high, the races may be cut short, to protect the riders, so the information is about the original plan. Click through the links to get to the course information…
- Women’s Team Time Trial, Sunday 9th October, 2:10pm AST (12:10pm UK BST; 13:10 Euro CEST; 7:10am USA EDT; 10:10pm Aussie AEDT)
- Men’s Team Time Trial, 9th October, 3:20pm AST (1:20pm BST, 14:20 CEST, 8:20am EDT, 11:20pm AEDT)
- Junior Women’s Individual Time Trial, Monday 10th October, 9:30am AST (7:30am BST, 08:30 CEST, 2:30am EDT, 5:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream here, which looks un-restricted in a lot of places
- U23 Men’s ITT, 10th October, 11:30am AST (9:30am BST, 10:30 CEST, 4:30am EDT, 7:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream here, which look un-restricted in a lot of places
- Junior Men’s ITT, Tuesday 11th October, 9am AST (7am BST, 08:o0 CEST, 2am EDT, 5pm AEDT) – UCI stream here (un-restricted in most places)
- Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial, 11th October, 1:15pm AST (11:15am BST, 12:15 CEST, 6:15am EDT, 9:15pm AEDT) – UCI stream here
- Elite Men’s ITT, 12th October, 1:45pm AST (11:45am BST, 12:45 CEST, 6:45am EDT, 9:45pm AEDT) – UCI stream here
- U23 Men’s Road Race, Thursday 13th October, 12pm AST (10am BST, 11:00 CEST, 5am EDT, 8pm AEDT) – UCI stream (seems unrestricted)
- Junior Women’s Road Race, Friday 14th October, 8:30am (6:30am BST, 07:30 CEST, 1:30am EDT, 4:40pm AEDT) – UCI stream, un-restricted
- Junior Men’s Road Race, 14th October, 1:15pm AST (11:15am BST, 12:15 CEST, 6:15am EDT, 9:15pm AEDT) – UCI stream, mostly unrestricted
- Elite Women’s Road Race, Saturday 15th October, 12:45pm AST (10:45am BST, 11:45 CEST, 5:45am EDT, 8:45pm AEDT) – UCI stream
- Elite Men’s Road Race, Sunday 16th October, 10:30am AST (8:30am BST, 09:30 CEST, 3:30am EDT, 6:30pm AEDT) – UCI stream
If you miss the races live, those streams will have the full races archived after they’re over.
So, how can we watch?
One of the best things about my time following women’s cycling is how much more there is to watch – and that’s most obvious in the cyclocross. When I started out, I’d be happy for tiny scraps of highlights video, and if they got over 5 mins long, I was delighted. Now we can see almost all of the women’s races live, with most of races in the three major series, and lots of the stand-alone ones too. So it’s time for my annual guide to watching and following CX. It’s focused on the women’s CX, as that’s what I do, but the same information applies to the men too, and I’ll talk about European ‘cross, before a bit about the USA. I’m going to start with a mini intro to the sport, before I get onto how to find and watch the streaming – and of course, the ways into streams for people who find the CX geo-restricted in their countries, and then a little guide to what races I think are the priorities, for CX newbies.
What is cyclocross, and why should I care?
Saturday 24th September 2016
We’ve had the first round of the 2016/7 Telenet Cyclocross World Cup, CrossVegas (and if you missed it, you can watch the replay of the women’s race and the men’s race, interview with winner Sophie de Boer, and check out Balint Hamvas’ gorgeous photos) and almost immediately we’re crossing the USA to Iowa City for Round 2, Jingle Cross, the first time this race has been a World Cup.
The World Cup is part of a HUGE festival of cyclocross, with over 60 races for a whole ton of categories and courses, fireworks, music, partying and tons more – and you can find the full schedule here. But the World Cups are the most important ones, and they’re on Saturday 24th September:
- The women’s race is at 3:30pm CDT (4:30pm USA EDT; 9:30pm UK BST; 22:30 Euro CEST; 6:30am Aussie AEST) – UCI livestream here
- The men race at 5pm CDT (6pm EDT; 11pm BST; 00:00 CEST; 8am AEST) – UCI livestream here
The UCI’s TV guide is here, and the women’s and men’s races will be live on Play TV and RTBF in Belgium, and on TV channels in the Czech Republic, Denmark, USA.
For the rest of us, we can watch the races live on the UCI YouTube Channel, and if you miss it, the race will be archived for you at the same links – here’s the women’s race: