Podcast 2017 Episode 30 – You Just Danned The Ending

This week it’s been a week of trials, time trials! World Championship Time Trials! We talk through what happened in Bergen with the Team Time Trial and then both the Junior and Elite Women’s Individual Time Trials. There are some spectacular results and the racing has been absolutely top notch. We talk through the start of Cyclocross season, and how the American races have gone thus far. There’s a bunch of other topics we get through quickly before taking a look ahead at the road race and the scenarios we’re hoping to see play out on the road. (1:17:41 MIN / 71.14 MB)

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Watch the 2017 Road Cycling World Championships!

17th-23rd September 2017

It’s that time of year again – Road World Championships, and this time we’re in Bergen, in Norway.   I’m here to tell you how to watch the women’s races, and follow them online.

I love World Championships, and Norway is so stunning.  The racing should be hilly, and hard, and most of it will be live somewhere at least – here’s the UCI TV guide, and it will all be shown on the UCI youtube.  If some things are shown in your region but not everything, you should be able to access that, but you may need a VPN (try setting it to Canada), though there should be streams on sites like this one and this one.

Norway is in the European timezone, CEST, so 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT, and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.

Those Youtube livestreams should stay there after the races are over, if you miss them, and there’ll be highlights on the UCI Youtube, as well as on the TV channel websites that are showing the races.

All startlists and results will be on the Tissot Timing site, either on the UCI page and on Tissot’s own above, and the entry lists and results are on the UCI site.

Tissot means we’ll have livetiming, which will be great for the time trials, and may include lap information on the road races.

If you want to follow live on twitter, the Bergen2017 account is excellent, and I’m guessing the UCI women’s cycling twitter may update us about their races?  The hashtag is #Bergen2017, and I’ll update my live racing list with people who are at the race.

You can also follow the race instagram, facebook and snapchat as Bergen 2017, and their website is fantastic.  Check out the full programme, with a ton of amazing-looking events.  And there is also a lot more information, including all the rules, on the UCI Worlds portal.

Enjoy!  I’ll be on twitter all week, if you have any questions – or ask me in the comments below.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Podcast 2017 Episode 29 – Inverse Cobbles

This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 MB)

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Watch the 2017 Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta LIVE

10th September 2017

The Women’s WorldTour has pretty much ended already, with Anna van der Breggen having sewn up the overall title, and most of the big names turning their eyes to the World Championships next week.  But while Bergen Worlds is hilly, there’s still 1 more chance for the sprinters.

The Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta is a 90km race on the same 5.8km circuit around iconic Madrid as the past 2 years – no technical sections, and an incline rather than a hill, but it’ll hurt on laps 10-15 for sure!

The race starts from 14:15 Euro CEST (1:15pm UK BST, 8:15am USA EDT, 10:15pm Aus AEST) and it’s live on Eurosport and Teledeporte in Spain (you can watch Teledeporte via a VPN) and on Eurosport in the UK, and on the Eurosport Player, and Sporza in Belgium (you can VPN there too).  There should be streams in different places – try here or just google.

You can also follow with the #MadridChallenge hashtag on twitter.

The race information is on the website, including startlist (though I’ve been using CyclingFever’s) and the route details.

Podcast 2017 Episode 28 – More Direct and More Devious

This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)

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Follow the 2017 Boels Rental Ladies Tour live

29th August – 3rd September 2017

It’s the final stage race of the 2017 Women’s World Tour, and the final big Dutch race of the season – the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  Expect killer tactics, with attacking every day, and a surprisingly hilly race for such a flat country.  It’s in the south and central area of the Netherlands.

It starts with a 4.3km Prologue, then Stage 2 starts flat, with hills at the end; Stage 3 is an 18km ITTwith some technical parts to the course; Stage 4 looks great for breakaways, mostly flat but with some small inclines; Stage 5 starts in a valley and finishes with Classics-style loops; and the final stage is really tough, 159km up and down all day.

We can’t see this one live, but there’ll be twitter updates and daily video highlights from the race youtube and from the UCI.  I’ll be there tweeting from the race account, and we can follow on the #BLT2017 hashtag.

Tuesday’s Prologue and the Thursday’s ITT will both have live-timing, on Cyclingonline.info.

The Netherlands is in European CEST: 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of USA EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.  So when the Prologue on Tuesday 29th starts at 14:30 CEST, that’s 1:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT and 10:30pm AEST.

Lots of information about the route, and videos of previous years on the race website, and provisional startlist here – and here are the highlights from last year, when Chantal Blaak won her first ever stage race.  Tons more videos on the YouTube!

Podcast 2017 Episode 27 – Polemica On Toast

This week Sarah and Dan talk through the polemica and outrage of Dan’s whisky choices. Also discussed is each of the stages from this year’s Ladies Tour of Norway, including a bit of race-related polemica. Then there’s a look ahead to the Boels Rental Tour next week and the implications of current races for Worlds which is coming up quickly indeed now. We also wax rhapsodical about the GP Plouay which is on live tomorrow! And there’s an interesting bit of news from around the place with retirements and some fascinating new projects from retired riders. Beware, the swearing abounds this week. (46:38 MIN / 42.72 MB)

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