This week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)
Stuff We Talked About
It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.
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.
This week we talk about all of the worlds time-trialling in Doha. The heat in Qatar showed up in full force and played havoc with the Team Time Trial. There was plenty of riders suffering from heatstroke and heat related stress which was deeply concerning. We also talk about how this impacted on the results. There’s the Junior and Elite women’s Individual Time Trials to discuss as well, with some interesting and surprising results there. Although fortunately with less dramatic heat. We catch up on the latest cyclocross and mountainbike news and round the episode out with a bit of gossip. (1:23:00 MIN / 75.99 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
- How to watch & follow the Road Races
- Videos & links from the Team Time Trial
- Videos & links from the Junior & Elite Individual Time Trials
- Our podcast preview of the Road Race
Sarah’s guide to watching and following the 2016/7 Cyclocross
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.