We’re in the middle of the Ardennes week which means there’s heaps of racing and heaps of climbs around. This week Sarah and Dan talk through how Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne both unfolded (they were amazing!), and what this might mean for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. There’s also time to catch up on some of the main results from the recent Track World Championships, and to find out a bit more about Lizzie Deignan’s new book “Steadfast” which is out now. Of course there’s plenty more in the podcast and even more in the post! (1:12:03 MIN / 65.98 MB)
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This week’s collection of women’s cycling links and news
This week’s racing
Click to see the videos, photos and media from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne.
Tour of the Gila
Full results of Stage 1, race report and photo gallery
2017 Track World Championships
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.
So this week Sarah was not only AT the Ronde van Vlaanderen but was doing the live English commentary for the race along with Rochelle Gilmore. We talk about what it was like roadside at the race and in the commentary booth before diving into all of the attacks and moves that made up the race. It was an amazing race and there are so many highlights to appreciate. (1:08:04 MIN / 62.29 MB)
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The full stream replay, and lots more videos, photos and race reports, are in Sarah’s post here.
Check out Sarah’s twitter for more of her photos from the build-up of the race…
Yesterday I wrote about 10 ways we can all help grow women’s cycling, and in it, I talked about buying or using products that support riders, teams and races. I said that I was sad that I couldn’t use Boels Rental products – but then my friend Nic replied to a tweet about the company:
It inspired me to ask my twitter followers to share things that they’ve bought, or used, because of the women’s cycling connection, and especially because companies have sponsored riders, teams and races. The replies made me so happy, I wanted to share some them with you.
They include a lot of people who’ve bought bikes and related products, but they also cover everything from people making decisions about buying a pair of socks, or choosing right up to a car, because companies sponsor the sport, and lots in between. These are just a tiny snapshot, based on who saw my two tweets asking for examples, in around 24 hours, so it’s the tiniest tip of the iceberg of demonstrating how sponsoring cycling raises awareness and changes perceptions of a brand. What’s also interesting is how many people are still using products after the sponsors left the sport – in some cases, years later.
There were so many replies that I couldn’t include them all, or this post would go on for days – but thank you so much to everyone who shared these with me. If you want to talk about this, or to share things to be included in Part 2, please leave me a comment below, or chat to me on twitter. In no particular order…
Following on from last week’s episode we round out our review of the 2016 season and talk a little more about how we think things will shape up in 2017. There’s been a fair bit of movement among the teams, with some really interesting new line ups. Can Boels Dolmans dominate again? Will they achieve the same level of winning as their astonishing 2016? Will some other team step up to challenge their dominance? What will Marianne Vos’ new team look like? And how will other teams find their feet? We discuss all of this and more, including the important new investigation from the Dutch federation. There’s lots to cover, just in time to round out the year! (Also, Dan wants to note that yes, he’s given this Part 2 episode a different title from Part 1 because he’s a lovable rogue who enjoys breaking conventions so you’ll just have to deal with it). (1:07:55 MIN / 62.19 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
DVV Trofee Azencross Loenhout, 29th December 2016 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, (the Bay Crits!) 1st-3rd January 2017, Australia
DVV Trofee GP Sven Nys, Baal, 1st January 2017 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
How to watch the cyclocross
This week we talk about all of the worlds time-trialling in Doha. The heat in Qatar showed up in full force and played havoc with the Team Time Trial. There was plenty of riders suffering from heatstroke and heat related stress which was deeply concerning. We also talk about how this impacted on the results. There’s the Junior and Elite women’s Individual Time Trials to discuss as well, with some interesting and surprising results there. Although fortunately with less dramatic heat. We catch up on the latest cyclocross and mountainbike news and round the episode out with a bit of gossip. (1:23:00 MIN / 75.99 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
Sarah’s guide to watching and following the 2016/7 Cyclocross
Gorgeous photos by Balint Hamvas
The first race of the 2016 Road World Championships in Doha was the women’s Team Time Trial – here’s my collection of videos, race reports, tweets I liked and more media.
Highlights and full race replay (may be geo-restricted)