We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links
We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.
This week’s racing
Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem
Video highlights on WTV Focus
Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,
Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,
This week we catch up on all the attacks (so many attacks!) from Trofeo Moreno and Trofeo Binda last weekend. You know racing is intense when top riders are gunning it on the front just to settle down the sheer number of attacks! The Dwars Door Vlaanderen started while we were recording, so we give that a moment’s consideration and also take a look ahead at Gent-Wevelgem on this weekend. There’s a heap of cool media and some epic races including the ABSA Cape Epic and the Indian-Pacific Wheel Race; and of course heaps more! (1:21:45 MIN / 74.85 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links round-up
It’s Mothers’ Day this weekend in the UK, so if there’s a cycling-loving mum in your life, check out the Shopping section of the site for things we’ve seen and liked – how about a 2017 WorldTour team kit, or presents that help pro women cyclists, or everyday women’s cycling? Yes, I know, you might not have ordered in time, but you can always order something and give her a card saying something’s on the way!
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno.
With her great results in Binda and elsewhere, Elisa Longo Borghini moved to No. 1 in the UCI rankings. Read how she got there, on the Wiggle High5 website.
There is a LOT of great media on the race website, and tons more videos on the race YouTube – and all the results can be found here.
19-26 March 2017
I try to avoid the word “epic”, as it’s so over-used in cycling… but this time, it’s warranted!
The Absa Cape Epic is an 8-stage MTB race in South Africa, contested by teams of two riders in three categories: women’s and men’s teams, mixed pairs, Masters and Grand Masters. The race is 691km in total, with 15,400m of climbing, in some of the most incredible landscapes. Riders sleep in tent villages, provided for them, and have to contend with extreme conditions. It’s glorious, and it’s especially great for fans of women’s cycling, because it’s exactly the same course for the women as for the men, and really shows up anyone who think women are physically lesser. You can check out the route video, and on the website. And the race is so supportive of women – they say they were the first major cycling race to offer equal prize money for the women and men.
We can follow the race live, and watch on the race livestream, as well as watch on TV! You can find where and when it will be shown on TV here, and the details of the livestream timing here. The stream will be on the race homepage, and live timings are in South African SAST, which is 1 hour ahead of European CET, 2 hours ahead of UK GMT, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT, and 9 hours behind Australian AEDT – so a 9am start would be 08:00 CET, 7am GMT, 3am EDT and 6pm AEDT. If you missed the stream live, you can also watch replays of each day on the race livestream and catch up on all the action.
Look, 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.
This week’s news and things
Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and Dan tackle the most intense deconstruction of three paragraphs you’re likely to hear all week. As dull as that sounds, it’s guaranteed to be better than your high school poetry assessment, so there’s that! In racing news, we recap the action from Cholet-Pays de Loire and take a quick look ahead at an exciting weekend of Trofeo Binda and Gent – Wevelgem. Of course, there’s a lot more to the episode than just that, but telling you any more now would defeat the purpose of listening to it, so get excited and press play! (1:10:56 MIN / 68.10 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Last week’s racing
Full results, and race report on the Wiggle Honda website.
This week we discuss Trofeo Binda, Gent Wevelgem, the ABSA Cape Epic and racing in El Salvador, plus a whole heap of blogs. It’s been a great week for blogs, seriously. We’ve got rider race reports from Tiffany Cromwell and Chloe Hosking as well as very thoughtful blogs from Bridie O’Donnell and Anika Todd. There’s so many things to enjoy, including some great interviews from our friend Clara Beard, especially the one about the Saddle Sore book. We also have a look ahead to Flanders!!! It’s a great variety of topics with heaps of laughter and mayhem. Settle in and enjoy! (1:19:09 MIN / 75.98 MB)
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Last week’s women’s cycling news
We’re starting with something very close to a lot of women’s, erm, hearts….
Our friend Clara Beard interviewed Molly Hurfurd about Molly’s book Saddle Sore – a whole book about women’s genitalia and cycling. Read the interview on Girl Bike Love, and then find out more on the Saddle Sore website. Buy the e-book, for you or for the women in your life!
Clara also interviewed Rachel Heal, on DSing for United Healthcare – and being the first ever woman to DS at Milan-Sanremo. Read the Q&A, it’s really interesting.
Last week’s races
Epic? You’d better believe it’s epic! The Absa Cape Epic is an 8-stage marathon MTB races for teams of two riders, with competitions for women, men and mixed teams. It takes place in the extraordinary landscapes of South Africa, and it’s this stunning, brutal race that takes my breath away every year. We’ve had the prologue and Stage 1 already – it runs until 30th March. And this year they have equal prize money for women! Here’s the preview of the women’s race
Every day there’s live streaming of each stage on the race website (fixed point cameras and commentary of the whole race), and on livestream, where they have lots of highlights from previous days you can watch again, if you don’t get up early enough to watch live. And there’s a ticker (select which group of riders you want to track underneath the map), photos on their facebook, lots of videos on their youtube and of course a race twitter. If you’re in South Africa, or can see the channel, there are daily highlights on SuperSport.
I love this race, anyone who finishes is a tough, tough rider – watch and find out who’ll win.