Watch and follow the 2017 Cali Track World Cup

17th-19th February 2017

The third round of the 2016-7 Tissot Track World Cup is in Cali, Colombia – we can follow the action live, and even watch some of it.

The UCI will have a livestream on Sunday 19th February that will be a mix of live racing, and highlights of the previous days’ – I think it will start at 15:30 COT (3:30pm USA EDT; 8:30pm UK GMT; European 21:30 CET; 7:30 Monday AEST).  Head to the UCI YouTube or the UCI’s website for that, and for any highlights clips from the racing that might go up before then.

UPDATE!  Here’s the stream:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 3 – Cry Jens and Let Slip the Bikes of War

Podcast logoIt’s only been a week, but so much has happened! This week we catch up on the final stage and the overall results at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, all the cyclocross action and Aussie track nationals. There’s an impending hour record attempt, and some discussion of “fractal nerdery”. We also talk about some amazing media we’ve seen, including some really interesting pieces about mental health. We take a look ahead at the racing starting in late February and early March, and take a sneak peek at what may be an incredible year of live race viewing! (1:03:43 MIN / 58.3 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Two things we saw recently about how cycling can help with mental health and overcoming traumas. Meg Valliant wrote a piece on Liv Cycling about how BMX helped her recover from Post-Partum Depression, and  Traharn Chidley is featured in this SealSkinz‘s #IAmEndurance video, talking about how MTB and fell-running helped her overcome domestic abuse – read more of her story (and get support if you need it) here. We saw this via conversations with Adele Mitchell and Chris Garrison about women’s cycling, media and advertising.

This week’s racing

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Australian Adventures! Sarah interviews Valentina Scandolara

Podcast interview logoVale Scandolara is a fan favourite for her exciting racing, and for her friendly and positive personality, and given she’s such a sunny person, it only seems right that she’s escaped the European winter to race in the Australian Summer of Cycling.  She told me how Italian bike clothing company Alé enabled her to set up her own team for the Bay Crits, what it felt like being in that final break in the 2015 Road World Championships and to nearly make it, and about her plans for 2016, with her new team Cylance.  This includes a bonus extra chat with Vale’s Bay Crits team-mate Julie Leth, who’s back from injury, finally, and just became officially Australian, having won the Aussie Madison Championships with Nettie Edmondson.

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Make sure you follow Vale on her adventures with her twitter and instagram, and keep an eye on her YouTube for the very best rider-made videos out there.  And for more Vale, Read her Q&As after she came second on Giro Rosa Stage 3, listen to my longer interview with her from last January.   Vale’s 2016 team is Cylance – make sure you check out  their website, and follow their instagram and twitter too.

Follow Julie Leth on her twitter and instagram, and find out more about her team, Hitec Products, on their website.

Watch Vale win Bay Crits Stage 3, and talk about it after the stage:

Catch up with all the news, photos and action from the Bay Crits so far on the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic website, and video highlights on SBS Cycling Central – and follow the last two stages with the #BayCrits hashtag, and via the @SummerOfCycling twitter, who’ll also be keeping us updated on the Santos Women’s Tour.  There’s a lot more information about the Aussie January races in this podcast with Monique Hanley.

Vale went on to win Stage 3, and you can see photos here.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 30 – Nice Ones Shaped Like Swans and Stuff

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowTeam – you would not believe how crazy busy Sarah’s been this past week as she’s romped happily through spreadsheet hell. It’s not normal. Seriously. She’s been comparing the calendar for the 2016 Women’s World Tour with the racing we actually had in 2015 (and to what we saw in previous years). Then she’s broken it down by type of races and and which continents/countries races are in and all so you can get an accurate and complete sense of whether 2016 is going to be a net gain or not! It’s an impressive amount of information about the number of races, the type of races and number of race days we get to see. Also, Dan swears a lot from very early on, which can be horrifying/impressive depending on your mood and outlook on life. Anyway, listen in and find out everything you need to know! (1:17:07 MIN / 74.04 MB)

 

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Handy Links to Enhance Your Listening Experience

Sarah’s done up an amazing series of posts that explain all of the calendar stuff in detail and have handy copies of the spreadsheets and nice images etc. So visit these posts to get all the additional info you could possibly need:

  1. The Women’s UCI Cycling Calendar Terminology – explaining the types of races and demystifying the whole thing
  2. Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 – the first breakdown of how many actual races we got this year and what’s predicted for next year
  3. 2016 Shape of the season – how many races clash, what parts of the world are visited at different times of the year and more
  4. How the Women’s Cycling Calendar has changed over time – looking way, way back to see how women’s racing has changed since 2006.

Things We Mentioned You May Want to Click On

Here’s the Q&A with UCI President Brian Cookson where he discusses the Women’s World Tour.

Also, from what we can gather, Hanna Solovey may well have been suffering under an unhealthy influence from her coach. Here’s the original article in which she speaks about it and here’s a translation via VeloRooms. As Sarah mentioned on the podcast, while we’ve complained about the manner in which Solovey has been able to come back from her ban with ease and little scrutiny and been critical of testing and so on, neither of us has held anything against her as a person. We’ve long suspected that a rider who was caught doping so young had to be encouraged and possibly even coerced into doing so and if true, these allegations simply make an already incredibly sad story even more disappointing.

BUT dear friends, we’d never leave you on such a depressing note so here’s…

How to Watch Women’s Cyclocross Live

Sarah’s neatly collected all the info for you in this post on how to watch live women’s cyclocross this season.

And Don’t Forget, Upcoming Racing

Giro dell’Emilia, 10th October

Bpost Bank Trofee Ronse Cyclocross, 11th October

Chrono des Nations ITT, 18th October