The first Stage Race of 2017 is about to start – the Santos Women’s Tour. It runs from 14-17th January 2017, and is part of the Australian summer season. It’s two Crits, and two road races, alongside the men’s Tour Down Under.
Now, the bad news is that there’ll be no livestreaming of the race. Yes, it’s depressing, and it’s partly because the race has a different organisation to the men’s race. It’s really interesting to see how, after 2016 had a real increase of the numbers of women’s races being streamed, fans are less willing to accept “it is what it is” as a reason for no streaming – and rightly so.
But we can follow it live, via twitter. The hashtag is #TDUwomens (which feels wrong, but is the one the race is using) and the race has two accounts, @TourDownUnder, and @SantosTDU_Live for live updates. Hopefully there’ll also be updates from Cycling Australia, the Summer of Cycling account, and I always love the way Jessi Braverman live-tweets races.
The race is in South Australia, in the ACDT timezone – half an hour behind Aussie AEDT, 10.5 hours ahead of UK GMT, 9.5 hours ahead of European CET and 15.5 hours ahead of North American EST.
- Stage 1, Saturday 14th January, 11am ACDT (11:30am AEDT, 00:30am GMT, 01:30 CET, 7:30pm 13th EST)
- Stage 2 Crit, 15th January, 5:45pm ACDT (6:15pm AEDT, 7:15am GMT, 08:15 CET, 2:15am EST)
- Stage 3, 16th January, 11am ACDT (11:30am AEDT, 00:30am GMT, 01:30 CET, 7:30pm 13th EST)
- Stage 4 Crit, 17th January, 6:30pm ACDT (7pm AEDT, 8am GMT, 09:00 CET, 3am EST)
You can find information on the race on the race website, including the startlist and a preview. I also love the preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and there are more previews on VeloRooms and Road & Mud, and team-specific previews by ORICA-Scott and Wiggle High5.
Wiggle also have video previews, and will doubtless have lots of in-race video highlights too, on their YouTube, and I’ll also be looking for team video highlights from the ORICA-Scott YT and Canyon-SRAM on Rapha Films. I’ll be looking for race highlights videos from SBS Cycling Central, Cycling Australia and on the TDU YouTube who some good pre-race videos – and because this is Australia, there’s the usual riders-with-wildlife fun to enjoy.
I’ll put up a collection of race media here after the race, and I’ll be adding it to my Women’s Cycling Tumblr and on my twitter as I find it – if you have more tips to watch, let me know here, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
The National Cyclocross Championships have moved to January, and it was a fantastic weekend for live women’s cycling, with the Dutch Champs having the women as the Main Event, so we could flip from live Belgium to live Netherlands women, before heading to the USA. Such an amazing luxurious day of race after race!
I’ve said it a lot this season, but wow, things have changed so much, so quickly, in terms of cyclocross broadcasting for women. Just a few years ago, I felt lucky to see highlights of the women’s World Champs, and 5 minutes of a race was a luxury, but now I can watch all three major series without going near a dodgy stream – AND most races on my actual TV too! CX is now the cycling discipline that is most accessible, in terms of watching women’s racing, and everyone who’s worked on that should be so proud, especially the people at Sporza. It’s glorious!
Of course there are still some countries that could do with improvement, but this weekend demonstrates why – and that it’s completely possible to provide more than 2 minutes highlights. Strap in for some great videos, photos and media – and of course, if there are any that I’ve missed, please do tell me, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
As always, it’s the Dutch Cyclocross Championships that has the biggest field in terms of most riders who could win, with a current and former World Champion lining up. But from the first lap, there was one rider head-and-shoulders above the rest…
(If anyone can find the full replay anywhere, please do let me know – I love that it was all live!)
It’s the first week of 2017 and we’re already knees deep in a whole bunch of racing, it’s been fantastic! Dan anoints another honorary Australian and we celebrate the joys of the diversity of Orica Scott tactics. There’s a new Australian national criterium champion and there’s a HUGE amount of changes in the 2017 UCI Racing Calendar to discuss. There’s also some cyclocross, some Vos and some other goss to cover. It’s a big and exciting start to the new year. (1:30:25 MIN / 84.77 MB)
Things we talked about this week included…
Sarah’s posts on the 2017 women’s road calendar:
- Part 1: How the 2016 Road Calendar changed between publication and racing – and how 2016 compares to 2017
- Part 2: How many races we’ve lost in 2017, and how that fits into patterns over time
- Part 3: Where the change have happened
This week’s racing
I’ve been looking at the 2017 women’s road cycling calendar – in Part 1 of this series, I looked at how 2017 compares to 2016 (and how the 2016 calendar changed between) publication and racing, and in Part 2, I looked at how 2017 fits into the patterns of numbers of races over time. Now, I’m going to look at where the changes have happened, and the implications for the women’s calendar as a whole.
So here’s how the races have changed since 2006. I used 2006 as my base year, the first time I started this research, as it was the first full year of races logged on CQ Ranking, but it’s useful as it includes three Olympic years, and as you can see, there’s been an upward trend on most continents, but there tends to be a large increase in the Olympic year, then a reduction the following year, and a slow climb to the next Olympic year.
Happy New Year! And as always, the brand new year starts with a bang, with the adrenaline-fuelled Bay Crits in Melbourne, Australia, and in Belgium, the penultimate round of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy, the women’s races at the DVV Trophee cyclocross series. It’s always a great way to start the year, and I’m here to tell you how to watch them.
The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classics, 1st-3rd January 2017
I am in the middle of having a look at the UCI women’s road calendar for 2017, and one of the things I like to do is to look at each year in the context of recent history. I think it’s important to see what the trends are, and what things mean for the calendar. In Part 1 of this year’s work, I looked at the chaos of the 2016 road calendar, and how many changes there were between the calendar being published in October 2016, and what was actually raced. As well as that, I looked at how the 2017 is different to 2016. – and this time I’m going to put that in the context of research I’ve already done.
I started this in 2011, and took 2006 as my “base” year, because that’s when CQ Ranking started their comprehensive records, and it seemed as good a place as any. This gives us patterns to look at – and I have to say, at first glance, the numbers are depressing. Here’s how the number of women’s road races in 2017 compares to previous years:
But within cycling, it’s not just about the number of races, because that can be misleading: the Giro Rosa, 10 days long, provides more racing than 6 days races, for example. So I also look at this in terms of racing days:
For the last six years, on and off, I’ve been doing some research and analysis of the women’s cycling road calendar. I started this in the first place because I wanted to really understand the impact of losing and gaining races because I hadn’t seen it anywhere else; and because I work visually, I ended up with lots of colour-coordinated charts and spreadsheets. You can find the earlier posts in the Podium Café series, and then the posts from last year under the women’s road calendar tag on this website.
Now, I usually do this when the UCI announces the coming year’s calendar, around the Road World Champs, but this year, I couldn’t face it, and saved it up until a newsworthy time – which turned out to be a good move. The thing that stopped me doing it is that it changes so much in the months between the announcement and when the races actually take place.
We see this every year – new races that are announced that never run (I’m thinking of the Syrian races, which were included in the calendar for years, even though the war made it perfectly clear they’d never happen, as the most egregious examples, but every year there are more), ones that move around the calendar between initial announcement, and the “pop-up” races that are given UCI status so late in the year that of course most big teams, who have to set their racing schedules in the summer, can’t get there. If you want examples, check out my posts about the 2016 season: the initial announcement in October, changes between October and December, and then more changes by February.
And now it’s time for my annual look at the difference between was was initially on the calendar for 2016, and what was actually raced – and then I’ll look ahead to what we know about 2016. Prepare for the colour coding!
How did the 2016 calendar change between original publication and racing?
To have a closer look, click on each image, or you can open the PDF version.