This year’s Road Cycling National Champs weekend were the usual mix of predictable and completely un-guessable, which I love. Check out the race report collection on Ella Cycling Tips – and here’s a little collection of videos and results – and of course, if you have more that I’ve missed, please do let me know, either in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in. In alphabetical order…
Video highlights on Sporza – and this made me grin:
Little video interview with winner Kaat Hannes, after the race. Race report on Lensworld-Zannata’s website, and full results from the Road Race and ITT.
The Road Race was won by Annie Foreman-Mackey
Video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and Leah Kirchmann in third. Elite women’s results and U23 and Junior women.
In the ITT, it was Foreman-Mackey’s The Cyclery-Opus team-mate Tara Whitten, back from really nasty head and neck injuries:
Full results from the elite women, and the U23 and junior women’s ITTs.
After the various Individual Time Trials (and you can see all the video I’ve found from those) it was time for a huge number of women’s Road Race Nationals…. If you find videos I’ve missed, as always, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter!
The prize for the most accessible road race goes to France, where the fantastic France 3 showed the women’s road race live – such luxury! The coverage is available for a week, on Pluzz (if you can’t see that in non-France countries, try watching with Hola or Tunnelbear). Big thanks to the wonderful Clo, who runs the Velonova women’s cycling site, who found this. And here’s (an unebeddable) clip from Cyclism’Actu, with the finish and post-race comments from the incredible Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – and another one here:
More Cyclism’Actu post-race interview video with Ferrand-Prévot, with 2nd placed Mélodie LeSueur and Fanny Riberot in 3rd.
That was the first road race victory for Rabobank-Liv, and over in the Netherlands, it was all about that team. Here’s a collection of videos and audios from NOS Sport (UPDATE! See ConfusedSpider telling us about the interview in the comments!) and more video from RaboSportTV
It’s that time of year again – National Championships weekend! We’ve started off with a clutch of Individual Time Trial Championships, and here are the videos we’ve found. We kicked off with the Netherlands, and such a hard-fought battle there…. Here’s video following Rabobank-Liv, with preparation, gorgeous riding shots, Marianne Vos and DS Koos Moerenhout talking about the race, and Annemiek van Vleuten talking about her win (even if you don’t understand Dutch, listen to the happiness in her voice!)
More video from NOS and a happy audio interview with Van Vleuten
Anika Todd has one of those stories that people daydream about on long rides. She started riding casually with her then-boyfriend, joined the Tripleshot cycling club in Vancouver, who noticed she was pretty strong, and encouraged her to start racing. She did so well that the club raised the money to send her to the Canadian National Championships…. where she came 7th in the road race and 2nd in the Time Trial – and she hadn’t even been racing for a year! Team Tibco spotted her and signed her up, and now she’s a pro!
It’s not just her great story – it’s how she tells it, on her fantastic blog that’s given us a real insight into what the Spring Classics are like. She popped by to tell Sarah about experiencing the European Spring, elbowing Kirsten Wild aside, having a day riding with Marianne Vos, and much more – including whether she still enjoys cycling! (34:45 MIN / 33.36 MB)
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Anika’s team, Tibco, can be followed on their website and twitter. Their mechanic, Eric Maresjo, is one of the trio of superstars who combine fixing bikes and dealing with race crises with tweeting live updates from the action – follow him too!
Our favourite Anika blogs (but you should read them all!)
Anika’s been supported by the Tripleshot Cycling Club – if you’re anywhere near Vancouver, you should definitely join them, they sound lovely. You can also go to her sponsor page and click through to their sites – and tell them you appreciate them supporting women’s cycling!
We talked about some of the causes Anika supports, and you can find out more about them on her website
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and I talk about the results of Le Samyn, Hageland, the Drenthe world cup series, and the coverage that goes with it – including the new commitment from the UCI to a quicker turnaround on race footage and a race highlights package with commentary from Ant McCrossan and Rochelle Gilmore. We also talk about Clara Hughes and her big ride around Canada in support of awareness for mental health issues and that Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will be joining her for some of this 12,000 kilometre, continent-spanning expedition. We also discuss how much fun it is to bicker (and how good we are at it) along with a whole lot more stuff as well!! Strap yourselves in, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the shenanigans! (59:42 MIN / 57.40 MB)
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Things we talked about this week include…
Le Samyn – full results – photos – ORICA race report & photos
Omloop van het Hageland – results – photos – ORICA report & photos
Lex Albrecht won the Tour de Murrieta
Here’s Sarah’s guide to watching the Ronde van Drenthe, which includes the UCI trailer for the Road World Cup – and her interview with Annemiek van Vleuten about the race, on Podium Café.
And here’s the UCI trailer for the MTB World Cup:
It’s been a a great couple of days from the Track World Champs in Cali, with all kinds of action – and it’s been strangely affected by the weather. Track riders are usually in these very tightly controlled environments, with perfect heat and humidity, but the Cali velodrome has a roof, but no walls, so there have been issues with wind that riders will never usually have to deal with.
I’ve got a collection of videos and links from the women’s scratch race, team sprint, team pursuit and 500m – and remember, if you want to watch the next three days live, here’s my guide.
I’m starting with my favourite race so far, and the first medal race of Worlds, the women’s scratch:
Mostly I’ve been watching the mid-winter cyclocross – so many great races and fun things, and I’ve been collecting links to videos, photos and other CX miscellany in this post (I especially love Balínt Hamvas’ race photos) as well as how to watch this week’s races – but these are some other things I’ve liked recently. If there’s anything you’ve seen that I’ve missed, please please add that to the comments, or let me know on twitter.
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is joining Maja Włoszczowska and Jolanda Neff on the Giant Pro XC Team for the 2014 cross country MTB season. Here’s a video about her