How to watch the Cauberg stage of the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour, LIVE!

The Boels Rental Ladies Tour (aka the Holland Ladies Tour) is always a fantastic race, with 5 flat (or mostly flat) stages that are usually all attacking with lots of Dutch-style tactics and wind, followed by the final stage 6 that’s a wonderfully hilly and hard stage, all around the (legendary) Cauberg and Valkenburg region.  And that final stage is live!

The local Dutch TV station, L1, is showing the race on Sunday 5th September, from 14:00 Euro CEST (1pm UK BST; 11pm Aussie AEST; 6am North American EDT).  And we can watch from all over the world, here, or on their general un-restricted livestream – it’ll be in Dutch, commentated by Marianne Vos, who should know all about this race, having won the race four times, and the World Road Championships on the Valkenburg hills in 2012.  The stream will start with highlights of the race so far, before going into the stage, which starts at 13:00 CEST, live.

If you can’t wait, and want to follow the rest of the race as it happens, including the early part of the stage, there have been tons of updates on the race twitter and on the #BRLT2015 twitter hashtag (or via my live race tweeting list).  There are daily race reports and tons more information, including results so far, and all the Stage 6 information, on the race website.

Want to see what it looks like? There are great photo galleries on Velofocus’ site (eg Stage 1 and Stage 2), and video interviews and finish-line shots on the Boels Rental Ladies Tour Youtube (videos made by the fabulous Aschwin Kruders) and on Felix Matthis’ Youtube (you should all be following Felix, he’s an excellent journalist – here’s his twitter).  On top of that, Nettie Edmondson has daily diaries on Ella Cycling Tips, so you can read about the race through her eyes.  And if that’s not enough, here’s the highlights of last year’s race, with lots of rider interviews:

Of course, I’ll be talking about the race on twitter – and if you have any questions before then, ask me there, or leave me a comment below.

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The Worlds Road Race Post-Coital Recap

Oh dear reader, sometimes you just find yourself caught up in the moment and transported away as a host of women from around the world conspire and cooperate to give you really good race. I mean really, really good race.

You may recall that I was awash in the afterglow of really good racing following the Olympics road race, and I find myself similarly disposed following this year’s world champs. So for better or worse, here are my musings and observations on one of the best one-day races of the year.

  1. The biggest distraction from how the race was won was the biggest incident on the day – Yes, I’m talking about the huge and rather nasty crash that split the race and generally stole a lot of the attention from everyone on the day. But spending a lot of time trying to dissect that is a massive distraction from how the race was really won and is also pretty fucking unproductive. The road was narrow, there were barriers, someone went down in the bunch, then the bunch went down. It happens. I’d say ‘thankfully nobody was seriously hurt’ but by now we’ve heard about riders finishing the race only to find out they’ve got broken ankles and shit like that. So you know, ouch and holy fuck that’s impressive and so on. But mostly, the crash was significant and large and messy and it happened early enough that it impacted the race but didn’t define it. Let’s move on.

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