Follow the 2016 Amgen Tour of California

WWT19th-22nd May 2016

Round 8 of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and it’s another stage race, this time in the USA – the Amgen Tour of California.  While the race ran last year, this is a very different beast – with the women’s stages running alongside the men’s on the same days, so benefiting from the same promotion and hopefully crowds, with some serious racing.

This year it’s four stages:

  • Stage 1 hilly Lake Tahoe Road Race, 19th May from 10:50am USA PDT (1:50pm USA EDT; 6:50pm UK BST; 19:50 Euro CEST; 3:50am Aussie AEST)
  • Stage 2 Folsom Team Time Trial, 20th May, from 10:30 PDT (1:30pm EDT; 6:30pm BST; 19:30 CEST; 3:30am AEDT)
  • Stage 3 Santa Rosa rolling Road Race, 21st May from 9:15am PDT (12:15 EDT; 5:15pm BST; 18:15 CEST; 2:15am AEDT)
  • Stage 4 Sacramento Crit, 22nd May, from 11:40am PDT (2:40pm EDT; 7:40pm BST; 20:40 CEST; 4:40am AEST)

While the men’s race has live streaming, the women’s doesn’t – but it does have coverage, including the usual great graphics and GPS info, on the Tour Tracker women’s race page, updated by the wonderful Clara Beard, and apps for Android and Apple.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 12 – Sarah Offends Yet Another Continent

Podcast logoIt’s an awesome episode this week as we discuss We talk ChongMing Island Tour and World Cup, Tour of California, Venezuela and European racing. It’s big! We also play a fantastic game called “How many continents can Sarah offend in one podcast?” Place your bets now and press play to find out if you’re right! Also, at some point Dan uses the word “apace” (true story)! (1:17:55 MIN / 74.82 MB)

To stream the most continental podcast of the day, click here (click through to download).

 

You can also get free updates via the iTunes store here or via our RSS feed here.

This week’s racing

Tour of ChongMing Island Stage Race

Videos from each of the stages by Wiggle Honda

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Last week’s women’s cycling links – a podcast post without the podcast

No podcast this week, as Dan and I needed a break, but there was still a lot of racing, so here’s a round up of women’s cycling videos, blogs and links from the last week in road, BMX, MTB, a bit of track, and a surprising look at what a rider gets up to in her spare time….!

This week’s racing

TONS of video from this week!

The Women’s Tour of California

The first videos are little highlights, the second are 30 minutes long

Ella Cycling Tips race report – and highlights:

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How to follow the 2015 women’s Amgen Tour of California, LIVE!

8th-10th May 2015

So this year women’s cycling fans have got what we’ve wanted – a proper women’s Tour of California.  Yes, it precedes the men’s race, and yes, it’s not same-day-same-course, but it’s a great step, and fantastic that it’s part of the North American UCI season, and we can follow it!

No live tv, but VoxWomen will be out there making videos and covering the race, so follow their youtube and twitterHere’s their video preview of Stage 1 UPDATE! and Stage 2.  And there’s be tv highlights on NBC on 14th May – here’s the tv schedule for the men’s and women’s races.

So while there’s no video, we’ll have live updates from the fabulous Clara Beard on Tour Tracker.  Search for Tour Tracker Amgen Tour of California in the Apple/Android etc app store, or find them on the Tour Tracker AToC site.

UPDATE!  Lovely twitterer Stephen Jayanathan has been Periscope-ing the finishes, so follow his twitter for the nearest thing to live video!

And of course there’s twitter.  The AToC has a twitter, and they’re using the #AmgenToC10th hashtag for the men’s race UPDATE! and they’re livetweeting from #AmgenToCwomen for the women, though it seems like everyone else has just made up their own #, so it might be easier to use my twitter list.  Watch out especially for the Velocio-SRAM twitter, as Tiffany Cromwell‘s live-tweeting too!

For more information about the race, there’s the women’s race portal of the website, with race guidestartlist and all the links to their social media – especially their Youtube, for highlights.  And of course Velofocus has a preview.  Make sure you check out the post-race wrap-ups from Cycling Tips Ella.

California time is North American PDT, so 3 hours behind EDT, 8 hours behind British BST, 9 hours behind Euro CEST and 17 hours behind Australian time.  So when Stage 1 starts at 11am PST on Friday 8th May, that’s 2pm EST, 7pm BST, 20:00 CEST and 4am on Saturday AEST (the stage is 4 hours long).  Of course, I’ll post any videos of the racing after it’s over, and if you have more links to share, please put them in the comments.

they still have that “invitational” ITT that has inexplicably got UCI

Why does the UCI get away with treating women’s cycling so badly?

This week has been frustrating for women’s cycling.  There have been three big stories that demonstrate the difficulties the sport is in – but you’d never know that, from looking at the cycling media

Last Sunday was the Tour of ChongMing Island World Cup, where the result was decided not by great racing, but by a human error, when the last corner wasn’t marked, taking the peloton off course in the last kilometres and allowing an opportunistic attacker, Tetyana Riabchenko, to win solo.  Reports differ as to exactly what happened (here’s the ORICA-AIS report) everyone describes it as an unfortunate mistake by an otherwise excellent race organiser, and of course the peloton may not have caught Riabchenko – but it’s incredibly frustrating that one of the rounds of the World Cup, one of the most prestigious competitions of the year, ends this way.

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