Watch the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France LIVE!

Thursday 20th July

Saturday 22nd July

After the stage races, the Women’s WorldTour is back to day races, and not exactly a Classic, more of a hill climb, with La Course by Le Tour de France – and on Saturday, a Pursuit day for the winners of the WWT race, which is a whole new format.

The WorldTour race is on Thursday, and it starts at 10:00 European CEST (9am UK BST, 4am North American EDT and 6pm Australian AEST). It will be a fantastic showcase for the climbers, a short 67km run up the famous Col d’Izoard, before the men take it on later that day.

The top 20 finishers, or all those within 5 minutes, depending which number is smaller, will race the Pursuit, on the men’s TdF ITT course, on Saturday.  This will start at 13:00 CEST (midday UK BST, 7am EDT, 9pm AEST).  This doesn’t have any UCI points, but will be interesting as it’s a new format, with the riders starting at the same time intervals they finished on Izoard – so if a rider finished 1:30 behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, she starts the Pursuit 1:30 after AvV – and the first rider across the finish line wins.  You can find the startlist here:

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How to follow the 2017 Giro Rosa live, and watch the highlights

30th June – 9th July 2017

It’s the biggest women’s cycling race of the year, the only Grand Tour equivalent on the calendar, and while there are no live streams, we can still follow the action as it happens!  Here’s my guide, with information and previews – and after every stage, I’ll be putting up a post of all the videos, photos and race reports I can find, so come back throughout the race!

Find out about the race

As always, start with the race website, with the usual caveat that the profiles can be somewhat misleading.  Basically, the profiles make each stage look much easier than it is, so mentally adjust the left axis!

Dan and I podcast-previewed the race, and there are more previews on Ella Cycling Tips, Road & Mud and various articles on Cyclingnews’ women’s portal.

The startlist is on the race website, but I use the Cycling Fever one, as it’s generally more accurate.  The best place for results is the FICR website, which will also update the ITT live.

The race takes place in European CEST timezone – that’s 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST – so Stage 1 starting at 16:45 is 3:45pm BST, 10:45am EDT and 00:45 AEST; and Stage 4 starting at 12:10 CEST is 11:10am BST, 6:10am EDT and 10:10pm AEST. For full timings of each stage, go to the relevant stage page, and scroll down to where it says timetable.

Follow the race live

There is no live feed, so we live on twitter, and in recent years, the race twitter hasn’t started tweeting until late in each stage.  But!  The UCI Women’s WorldTour twitter should be updating, we can follow the #GiroRosa hashtag, and I have a twitter list which includes accounts livetweeting from the race, which is the easiest one-stop-shop I’ve found.

The Stage 5 ITT will hopefully have livetiming on FICR – their Giro page is here and their livetiming page here.

Watch the highlights

Every day there’ll be 20 minute highlights of each stage during the Tour de France highlights on Italian TV station RAI 3, and there will also be highlights repeated on the RAI Sport channel too.  The RAI programme guide is here, but it shifts a lot, so check it every day.  You can watch RAI3 and  other RAI channels here, if you’re in Italy, or have a VPN – or there are streams, if you google “RAI 3 stream”, for example, this one, but I recommend having an adblock on, and of course, not clicking into ad windows.

These highlights also appear on YouTube, the race also puts daily highlights videos on their facebook  and sometimes on their YouTube and there will be daily clips on the UCI YouTube too.  As I say, I’ll pull together all the clips I can find for daily catch-up packages.

Win prizes!

London bike café chain Look Mum No Hands! are running another of their #RiderResults competitions, where every day, I’ll pick a rider for them, and if you tweet Look Mum! before 5k to go in each stage, with where you think she’ll finish the stage, you could win prizes from the Look Mum! shop.  Check out their twitter and my twitter for the daily riders, and I’ll also put each rider into my daily video posts.

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If all that makes you hungry for more Giro, check out what happened last year – the 2015 edition is under this tag, and the 2014 edition of the race here.   Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing.

Podcast 2017 Episode 18 – and how to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

This week marks the beginning of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, the United Kingdom’s best known (only) women’s UCI stage race. We run through a full preview of each stage, the riders that are likely to do well and the teams who have very clearly come prepared for this year’s contest. Following that we also take a quick look at the recent downhill mountain bike event at Fort William, with a bit of a surprise result. (52.14 MIN / 47.77 MB)

You can subscribe for automatic updates via our RSS feed here or via the iTunes store here.

How to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, 7-11th June 2017

The race stage information is on the excellent race website, including the start times.  The UK is in he BST timezone, one hour behind European CEST and 9 hours behind Australian AEST, and 5 hours ahead of USA EDT.  So if a stage starts at 11am BST, that’s 12:00 CEST, 8pm AEST and 6am EDT.

Follow me on twitter to see the things I like from the race, and my own updates – and I’ll put up daily posts here with stage video, media and more, including each #RiderResults rider…. which reminds me…

Join in the Look Mum No Hands! daily #RiderResults game

Every day, excellent London cycling café chain Look Mum No Hands! will be offering prizes in their #RiderResults competition.  I’ll be picking a rider for every stage, and telling you a bit more about them, and you need to tell Look Mum where you think they’ll place in that particular stage, on their fantastic twitter, with the #RiderResults hashtag – if you’re right and they pick your name out of their hat, you’ll win something great from their shop (which you should check out, there are gorgeous things).  The cutoff point is 5km to go in each stage.

For Stage 1, I’m picking Marianne Vos, who has the most interesting race history.  In the first year, she won 3 stages and the overall GC; in 2015, she couldn’t race as she was having injury issues, but presented the TV highlights (I interviewed her about that here); then last year, she “only” won one stage and came 4th in the GC.

This year she had a great cyclocross mini-season, winning the first race of the year on New Year’s Day, and coming second in the most thrilling World Championships we’ve ever seen – but her Spring Classics were disappointing to her, and her best result was 7th in Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour race, as she was injured again. She was especially disappointed to miss two of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week races, especially Amstel Gold.  She seems to be feeling better in May, winning a couple of smaller day races, and then winning Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik in a classic, exhilarating Vos style.  But is she back?

In her time, she’s won, well…..practically everything!  Olympic golds on the track and road, and 13 World Championships across road, track and CX.  But more than that, she lives for cycling, and loves it passionately.  She has run her own team for years – this year as WM3 Procycling – and the scariest thing about her is that as good as she is at winning, she’ll also work her heart out for her team-mates as well, as in the Rio Olympics.

Fans are desperate to see her back on top – but is she?  Where do YOU think she’ll finish Stage 1?

Find out more about Marianne on her website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

 

 

 

Follow and watch the 2017 Tour Series

9-29th May 2017

The Tour Series is the British summer series of races that’s intensive, adrenaline-filled and fantastic to watch, whether in real life or on the highlights.  There are ten races for the men, and eight of them alos have Matrix Fitness GP races for women in three weeks, from Motherwell in Scotland down to Bath in the South-West of England.

If you’re new to crits, they’re very fast races, LOTS of laps of very short courses – the race length is decided by number of laps to fit into the hour, rather than by distance, so on a cold, windy and rainy day, it will be a shorter distance than on a sunnier, calm day – but they always race for the same amount of time.

Crits are very spectator-friendly, as you get to see the riders pass over and over and over again,  and can easily walk the whole course and see them from different angles, and still get back to the finish, where there’s a commentator explaining it all.  On top of that, the Tour Series put on entertainment and stalls, including lots to eat and drink alongside the racing, so they’re really fun afternoon/evenings for everyone, whether you’re a hardcore fan or a complete newbie.  I really recommend getting to one of the rounds, if you’re near one.  I’ll be in Bath on 20th May, and if you want to hang out, leave me a comment or tweet me, and we can watch together!

There’s more on crit racing on wikipedia, and more about how the Tour Series specifically works on their website.

TV and social media

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Live women’s racing – watch the 2017 Tour of Chong Ming Island, Papendal BMX Supercross World Cup Live and follow the Redlands Classic

Two women’s cycling races to watch live, and one to follow!

The Tour of Chong Ming Island, 5-7th May

This is the ninth round of the Women’s WorldTour, and the first to leave Europe.  Three stages on ChongMing Island, in the Yangtze River, connected to Shanghai by tunnel and bridge.  It’s definitely one for the sprinters, completely flat, and with the Island being 80km long and 18km wide, there’s not much variety in the course – but the nature reserves on the island make it really interesting to watch.

It’s live on Chinese TV station CCTV5, with streams popping up, posted by ProCyclingStats and Peter van der Veen, but be aware, my virus guards won’t let me into the streams because of malware.

You can also get very occasional updates on twitter, with the results and a couple of photos, on the UCI WorldTour twitter, and the #UCIWWT and #ChongMingIsland hashtags.   I can’t find a website with timings on it, but the UCI twitter is helpfully posting things like start times and route maps.  There will be daily highlights on the UCI YouTube as well, like this, from Stage 1, and on the Wiggle High5 YouTube.

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2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal

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Watch live women’s cycling this weekend! 2017 Festival Elsy Jacobs, Tour de Yorkshire, some USA Crits – AND the Lourdes Downhill MTB World Cup!

It has to be said, that the coverage we got from the Ardennes Week wasn’t the greatest, with such exciting racing that was effectively invisible.  But this weekend, all that changes – there are SEVEN separate races streamed live, and we can watch them all.  Strap in, and I’ll tell you how to watch the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, and three separate rounds of Speed Week, the opening salvo of the USA Crits series.  UPDATE!  And I can’t believe I forgot, but there’s also the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup, in Lourdes, which will be incredible, as well as live!

Before I start, however, this may be the best piece of race social media this year, if not ever…  I love it!

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Festival Elsy Jacobs, 28-30th April 2017

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Follow the 2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Omloop van Borsele live

It’s the last full Spring Classics weekend, and it goes out with a bang!  There’s the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, but before that, the EPZ Omloop van Borsele: a cobbley sprinters’ Classic, with an ITT for the elite women, and a three-stage Junior women’s race, the last round of the UCI’s Nations Cup.

Of course, Liège is the biggest race, but sadly we can’t expect a livestream.  We can hope for highlights to be shown in the men’s race coverage, and a Periscope view of the finishline, but I’ll tell you how we can follow the race live… But first, Borsele.

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