It’s the first women’s Amstel Gold Race since 2004 – and the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week. 121km, with 17 climbs, including four times up the Cauberg, the last just over a kilometre from the finish. Everything suggested it was going to be a fantastic race, and the peloton didn’t disappoint.
If you missed the race, or want to re-live it, I’ve collected videos, photos, race reports, results and more. As always, I’ll edit more things in as I see them, and I’d love it if you could send things my way, via the comments below, or on twitter.
Let’s start with videos. Highlights and post-win reactions on NOS.nl (please watch, if you can, so they get the stats). More highlights, and the first podium ceremony, on Sporza. And for Australians (or those with a VPN set to Aus…) here’s the full 43 minute coverage from SBS Cycling Central.
The UCI highlights, final 13km (French commentary, and weirdly a splash image from… the 2008 World Championships) and full 45 minutes coverage with no commentary.
Hey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!
Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?
So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)
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And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.
There were so, so many fantastic racing moments this season, and it was especially exciting as we got more live racing, and long highlights, than ever before. In chronological order…
The final round of the first ever Women’s WorldTour – the short, “crit-like” Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. It’s all giant roads, so hard to escape on, but you know the peloton tried and tried… could it work?
11th September 2016
It’s the final round of the first ever 2016 Women’s WorldTour – the Madrid Challenge, which gives the women a little bit of a chance to ride La Vuelta, sprinting in Madrid. It’s the third of the “Crit-like” races, after La Course by le Tour de France, and the Ride London Classique (click the inks for videos), and just like those, it’s much shorter than a normal road race. No one can topple Megan Guarnier as the first ever WorldTour winner, but it’ll still be hard fought, and give us the last sprint race before the world Championships.
The race starts at 14:45 Euro CEST (1:45pm UK BST; 10:45pm Aussie AEST; 8:45am North American EDT), and it’s all live on Eurosport in the UK, Spain, and most European countries. If you don’t have TV where you are, find a stream here, here or here.
If you can’t watch live, follow on twitter with #MadridChallenge and #UCIWWT
It’s 15 laps of this 5.8km course, and the roads are all very wide, so those U-turns aren’t as technical as London. There’s a bit of a drag down to Gran Vía, then back up again, but it’s not a technical course at all. You can find the timings for the race, and a startlist that doesn’t look especially convincing, on the very basic race website.
I’m saying it now, my favourite to win is Kirsten Wild, but check out what Ella Cycling Tips think too!
The penultimate round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the last of the WorldTour Classics, the GP Plouay has always been a fantastic race, with really great media, and 2016 lived up to expectations – with a surprise winner to boot! I’ll edit more in as I see them – please do share anything else you find, in the comments, or on twitter.
Full stream replay:
Round 13 of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour is the Prudential Ride London Classique (formerly the Grand Prix), on Saturday 30th July – and it’ll be live!
Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack. It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed. And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.
The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC on BBC from 6pm, and their online coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs and their Cycling Portal too. I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed, which I think will be on the BBC feed. There’s also coverage. And it’ll also be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm. If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).
If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here. I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.
The startlist is here, and the course info here. There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here. There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park. If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet 🙂
I’ve had migraines all week, so haven’t been able to put a guide up earlier, so here’s a brief one.
La Course by Le Tour de France , the women’s race at the final stage of the Tour de France, is on Sunday 24th July 2016, and starts at 13:15 Euro CEST (12:15 UK BST; 7:15am EDT; 9:15pm AEST) – it’s about 2 hours long, and most TV seems to start between 13:45 and 14:00 CEST. You can find the broadcasters in your are by going to the race website and hitting the broadcasters tab at the bottom to see where it’s shown in your area (eg Eurosport and ITV4 in the UK) – and the usual livestream websites (here, here, here) will have feeds for you.
Follow the race before it starts with the La Course twitter and the #LaCourse hashtag. It’s a bit of a frustrating race, because of course the route is iconic – up and down the Champs Elysées, with the 2 sharp corners into and out of the underpass under the Jardins de Tuileries – but it’s a weird distance, 89km, so it’s not a Crit, with all the adrenaline-fuelled action they give us, but not a proper road race. Luckily the women’s peloton make the most of being in front of international cameras, and will race the hell out of it regardless! There are some big names missing because of Rio, but the startlist is here.
What happened in the previous two years? Videos and more from 2014 and 2015.