Podcast 2015 Episode 24 – How to Spell Cynical

Podcast logoG’day team! After our [insert choice of adjectives here] attempts at commentating live on Sunday we thought it was high time to catch you up on the rest of the wonderful world of women’s cycling. It’s been a huge week of racing and so we try to cover it all. There were 4 different world cups on over the past week. Vårgårda hosted the road disciplines while there was also MTB and 4Cross. Junior track worlds and more! (1:17:38 MIN / 74.54 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

We covered a LOT of racing – and you can see all the videos from the (deep breath) Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race World Cups, the Val di Sole cross country and downhill MTB World Cups, 4 Cross and Junior Track World Championships, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley and the USA Pro Challenge in this lovingly curated post Sarah put together, along with results, photos, links and more.

We also talked about Amy Pieters leaving Liv-Plantur, and Stefan Wyman revealing how much it will cost to run Matrix Procycling next year, including implications of the new Women’s World Tour (if you missed that, we talked about it in last week’s podcast, with links in the post).   Want more Matrix?  Here’s a rider Q&A video by VoxWomen.

We didn’t talk about the Women’s Tour of New Zealand stopping again, but it’s over here.

Upcoming Racing

The Trophée d’Or is on right now until 26th August – here’s their website.

2015 GP de Plouay World Cup, France, 29th August – this will be streamed live, here on the UCI Youtube.  The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 7:30am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) and the stream & TV coverage on France 3 and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30pm BST; 9:30am EST; 11:30pm AEDT) – here’s my full guide to following the race.

2015 MTB and Trials World Championships, Andorra, 1st-6th September – these will be streamed live, as always, on Red Bull tv – watch the women’s & men’s Downhill finals on 5th, and the women’s Cross Country on the 6th, via these links, and we’ll tell you about the other races and content nearer the time.

Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Netherlands, 1st-6th September – follow their twitter!

Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September

Lotto Belgium Tour, 8th-11th September – check out their launch video and follow their twitter!

Giro della Toscana, Italy, 11th-13th September

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 13th September

Chrono Champenois ITT, France, 13th September

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SO much racing video – 2015 Vårgårda, Val di Sole MTB, 4X, Sam Miranda, USA Pro & Junior Track Worlds

There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.

On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia.  In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole.  And over in Kazakhstan  it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it.  Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!

Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…

2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course.  You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:

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Podcast 2015 Episode 22 – The Race to Work

Podcast logoLook, let’s just be honest about it all shall we? This week Dan’s up early and has to rush off to work, while Sarah’s up late at night and trying to get ready to head to the Tour of Norway. At the same time, there’s the Tour of Utah, a whole bunch of MTB racing and the Route de France to discuss. Will Sarah and Dan have enough time to cover everything? Well, yes, but you should still listen, there’s some really good jokes. (45:50 MIN / 44.01 MB)

 

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This week’s racing

Videos, photos and more from the Tour of Utah, Windham MTB World Cup and the European Junior and u23 Road Championships in this post.

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This week’s news and things

Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

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This week’s race videos – Tour of Utah, European Champs, Windham MTB World Cup

It’s been a great week for women’s races, with so much live racing – I feel spoiled! We’ve got videos, photos & more from the women’s Tour, the European Junior and u23 Road Championships, and the Windham cross country and downhill MTB World Cup.  In chronological order…

Tour of Utah

Press conference videos with Allie Dragoo, Kendall Ryan and Sam & Skylar Schneider.

Stage 1

Final kilometres below – and the full stage video here

We’ve never seen a race report like Amy Cutler’s:

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Watch LIVE women’s racing: Tour of Utah, u23 European Championships & Windham MTB World Cup

Oh August!  Three live women’s cycling races to watch this week – in the USA, the Tour of Utah stage race and the Windham MTB World Cup, and in Tartu, Estonia, the European Junior & u23 Road Championships.  And we can watch ALL of them live!  I’ll tell you all about how, but first, if you have a couple of few pounds/dollars/Euros, can you think about sending them here?

British cyclist Hannah Walker (you might remember her from this Adidas #MyGirls tv campaign) and her Team WNT rode the Ride London 100 on Sunday to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust.  Hannah put her cycling career to one side this spring to donate her bone marrow to her brother, Tom, who has Aplastic Anaemia.  It didn’t work, and Tom’s still having treatment, and Hannah and her team are raising money to support the charity, who work to promote donations.  You can read more about Hannah and Tom here, how you can help the Anthony Nolan Trust, and if you can, please do give to Hannah’s Just Giving Campaign.

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On with the racing.

Tour of Utah, 3rd-4th August

It’s a tough, hilly race for men and women, and there are 3 ways to watch.  It’s on the Tour Tracker, all over the world, and they’re juggling the women’s and men’s races together, which is great.  If you’re in the USA you can watch on Fox Sports live or on highlights – the tv timings are here.  And of course there’s twitter – the hashtag for the women’s race is #TOUWE, and Giro Jenny is giving great live updates. The race is taking place in North American MDT, and Stage 2, on Tuesday 4th August, starts at 11:30am MDT (1:30pm N American EDT; 6:30pm UK BST; 3:30am Aussie AEST) and runs until 12:45.  There’s lots of information on the race website.   The men’s race runs to 9th August.

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2015 European Junior & u23 Road Championships, 6th-9th August

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Watch & follow this weekend’s live racing: Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup, Para-cycling Road World Champs, Ride London GP and Sparkassen Giro

I love this time of year – it’s when we get all kinds of live women’s cycling, and it makes me very happy.  This weekend we’ve got three live races to watch – the Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, and the Prudential Ride London GP, a crit in the heart of London that passes Buckingham Palace.  And as well as that, we can follow the 2015 Para-Cycling Road World Championships.  Do you feel spoiled?  I do!  Here’s how to watch the MTB and crit live, and how to follow the Paracycling, and the Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup as they happen.

Prudential Ride London GP, 1st August 2015

The race is part of the Olympic legacy weekend of racing, and while I’m sad the women don’t get to ride the Olympic road race course like the men (& sportif riders do), it’s an excellent event.  The race starts at 6pm UK BST (19:00 Euro CEST, 1pm North American EDT, 3am Aussie AEDT) and it’ll be shown and streamed live – I recommend watching Rochelle Gilmore commentating on BBC2 from 6pm – and you can watch online here if you’re in the UK…. while I’m doing something super-scary, commentating my first official race, with Hugh Porter, for the international feed, which I think is on Eurosport and British Eurosport, Eurosport Asia and SKY NZ.  Aaargh!

The course is the same finish as the Olympic road race, down the Mall, then round St James’ Park.  If you happen to come to the race, come and hang out with some women’s cycling fans from twitter afterwards, in the ICA Café on the Mall.

There’s tons of information on the website, including the start list, and you can follow the #RideLondon hashtag on twitter.

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Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup, 31st July – 2nd August

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Two LIVE cycling World Cups this weekend – the 2015 Fort William downhill MTB & Philadelphia Classic on the road

Sunday 7th June is going to be fantastic for women’s cycling fans, with two explosive, beautiful races, at the highest level of road and downhill MTB – the Fort William DH World Cup in Scotland, and in the USA, round 6 of the 2015 women’s road World Cup, the Philadelphia Classic, and best of all?  They’re LIVE!

Fort William MTB World Cup, 6-7 May 2015

The elite finals are on Sunday 7th, and the wonderful Red Bull Bike are streaming the women’s and men’s races here on Red Bull TV, from 2.30pm UK BST (15:30 Euro CEST, 9:30am N American EDT; 11:3opm Australian AEST).  If you’re new to MTB, it’s the perfect introduction, Rob Warner‘s commentary combines an encyclopaedic (& first hand!) knowledge with infectious enthusiasm for the sport, it’s very easy to pick up and in the most fantastic scenery.   If you miss it live, you can watch the archive there too, and there are lots of ways to follow the action of the practice and qualifications too.

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