This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)
29th August – 3rd September 2017
It’s the final stage race of the 2017 Women’s World Tour, and the final big Dutch race of the season – the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. Expect killer tactics, with attacking every day, and a surprisingly hilly race for such a flat country. It’s in the south and central area of the Netherlands.
It starts with a 4.3km Prologue, then Stage 2 starts flat, with hills at the end; Stage 3 is an 18km ITTwith some technical parts to the course; Stage 4 looks great for breakaways, mostly flat but with some small inclines; Stage 5 starts in a valley and finishes with Classics-style loops; and the final stage is really tough, 159km up and down all day.
We can’t see this one live, but there’ll be twitter updates and daily video highlights from the race youtube and from the UCI. I’ll be there tweeting from the race account, and we can follow on the #BLT2017 hashtag.
Tuesday’s Prologue and the Thursday’s ITT will both have live-timing, on Cyclingonline.info.
The Netherlands is in European CEST: 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of USA EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST. So when the Prologue on Tuesday 29th starts at 14:30 CEST, that’s 1:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT and 10:30pm AEST.
Lots of information about the route, and videos of previous years on the race website, and provisional startlist here – and here are the highlights from last year, when Chantal Blaak won her first ever stage race. Tons more videos on the YouTube!
This week we cover the huge amount of video and information coming from the Tour de l’Ardeche and contrast that with the dearth of information available from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. We take a bit of a detour through interesting team performances over the course of the year and wind up with a look ahead at worlds, the paralympics and a whole heap of forthcoming racing. It’s back to epic length podcastery this week and it is stunning! (1:18:03 MIN / 71.48 MB)
Things we talked about this week include…
Sarah’s been short-listed in the Total Women’s Cycling 2016 Awards, in the Cycling Initiatives category – she knows she can’t win, but is thrilled to be included alongside such great work! Voting closes on 12th September, make sure you vote in all categories!
This week’s racing
Trials World Championships
We know nothing about Trials, but we’re so impressed at their skills! Report on the UCI website, photos, and highlights, including the top 3 women’s rounds, and an interview with new World Champion Nina Reichenbach:
September is always so busy with tons of racing, it’s wonderful. On of this week’s road races was the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands, with most of the big teams, and that combination of classic Dutch-style racing with wind, echelons and 1000 attacks on a mostly flat course until the final stage all over the Cauberg and the other Limburg hills. There’s always a lot of video and media from the Holland Ladies Tour, and this year lived up to expectations, so grab a cuppa, and enjoy! Of course I’ll add in more as I see it, and you can share things I’ve missed in the comments
This race had fantastic social media, with tons of updates on the race twitter, including photos and videos. The race’s own videos include the finish-line, and clips of the race, as well as interviews with the winners, and you can find photo galleries for the whole race from Boels-Dolmans, Rabo-liv, and Liv-Plantur – with more stage galleries below, too.
Marijn de Vries has been one of the most interesting voices in women’s cycling, ever since she started sharing her unique journey into professional cycling at age 30. Over her six seasons in the peloton, her blogs and columns have shared the ups and downs of racing, full of fascinating insights into what it’s really like on the road. There’s been nothing like her little vignettes – and she hasn’t shied away from the dark side of the sport either, whether raising serious issues or making us laugh at how ridiculous it can be – but in everything she writes, her love for cycling has always shone through.
Now, as hip disease ends her racing career, we talked about how she got started, her best and worst memories, and much, much more – including how she’ll stay in the sport, running bike trips for women, and much more.
Listen to Marijn talk here (right click, save as to download)
This is a long one, but it’s worth it! I’ll transcribe some of it over the next week, but there’s all sorts of things to click on too.
You can follow Marijn on her website, in Dutch and in English, on her twitter, facebook, instagram and Strava – and if you’d like to go on one of the bike trips and workshops she runs, in Girona or the Netherlands, there’s more information on her site here, in Dutch, or in English.
The book Marijn wrote with Nynke de Jong, about everything women need to know about cycling, Vrouw & Fietst, is available from Dutch bookseller Bol.com, or in German as Frau & Rennrad from Amazon.de – and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!
Marijn’s blogs and articles we talked about:
Alright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing:
Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:
- Days 1-4 (Eliminator, Relay, Trials Junior & u23 Cross Country)
- The elite cross country and downhill finals – great videos there, but Sarah especially loves the GoPro from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5. Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:
We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!
Last week was jam packed with amazing women’s cycling, and in the Netherlands it was the last Dutch race of the year – four tough sprinty stages, and ITT and then the final stage all over the glorious Valkenburg hills… all with the Dutch weather making the racing hard, and the peloton making it even harder with 1000 attacks. I’ve got videos, photos, results and more, so read on…
First the whole-race highlights – but there’s LOTS more from each stage too