After we had livestreaming of the first three round of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, unfortunately we won’t get much for Round 4, Gent-Wevelgem. But I’ve collected videos, photos and race reports from the WorldTour, and also some snippets from Round 2 of the Junior Nations Cup, and the U17 women’s races.
First, the WorldTour – please click on the Sporza highlights, to show that there is an audience for the sport. And here are the UCI highlights:
This week we catch up on all the attacks (so many attacks!) from Trofeo Moreno and Trofeo Binda last weekend. You know racing is intense when top riders are gunning it on the front just to settle down the sheer number of attacks! The Dwars Door Vlaanderen started while we were recording, so we give that a moment’s consideration and also take a look ahead at Gent-Wevelgem on this weekend. There’s a heap of cool media and some epic races including the ABSA Cape Epic and the Indian-Pacific Wheel Race; and of course heaps more! (1:21:45 MIN / 74.85 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links round-up
It’s Mothers’ Day this weekend in the UK, so if there’s a cycling-loving mum in your life, check out the Shopping section of the site for things we’ve seen and liked – how about a 2017 WorldTour team kit, or presents that help pro women cyclists, or everyday women’s cycling? Yes, I know, you might not have ordered in time, but you can always order something and give her a card saying something’s on the way!
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno.
With her great results in Binda and elsewhere, Elisa Longo Borghini moved to No. 1 in the UCI rankings. Read how she got there, on the Wiggle High5 website.
There is a LOT of great media on the race website, and tons more videos on the race YouTube – and all the results can be found here.
The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the longest-running race in the UCI Women’s World Tour, is always a fan favourite, but this year even better than usual, because we could watch it all live – and there are also highlights of the Trofeo da Moreno, the junior Nations Cup race that runs on the same roads before the elite women.
Binda lived up to expectations – and with a surprise winner! The 2017 Classics season have been amazing so far, and if you’re worried that it couldn’t live up to the Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe, don’t – it was another unpredictable race, despite the unseasonable sunshine!
There will be a lot more highlights to come, but as we have some good things to watch already, I’ll put this up now, and then edit more in as I see it. I’ll start with the 9 min highlights from the UCI and 45min highlights from RAI, then some explanation about the livestream, as it was definitely idiosyncratic!
When ever the women’s cycling peloton race Worlds, it’s always super-attacking, exciting, explosive racing, and Richmond 2015 was no exception, even if it wasn’t the hardest Worlds course. There’s tons of video and race reaction, whether you watched live or are just catching up.
First, the UCI highlights
More highlights videos, from the BBC (UK), Universal Sports (USA), NOS (Netherlands), Sporza (Belgium) & SBS Cycling Central (24 mins, Australia) (these may be geo-restricted). Next the last 35k:
Next, the full race replay, also from the UCI. If you’re in the UK, the full BBC race replay or their highlights programme with half an hour looking at who’s who, and at the sport, are on iPlayer until 27th October.
It’s been a great week for women’s races, with so much live racing – I feel spoiled! We’ve got videos, photos & more from the women’s Tour, the European Junior and u23 Road Championships, and the Windham cross country and downhill MTB World Cup. In chronological order…
Press conference videos with Allie Dragoo, Kendall Ryan and Sam & Skylar Schneider.
Final kilometres below – and the full stage video here
We’ve never seen a race report like Amy Cutler’s:
This week has been a great one for bikecam footage – I’m been rhapsodising about this one, put together by Red Bull Bike, of the final runs from Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter in the Leogang Downhill MTB World Cup – you can see exactly where the race was won, and really get an idea of their different styles, and I bloody love it! MTB is full of GoPro video (remember Gee Atherton’s unfortunate manly accident caught on camera?) and I love the pre-World Cup track previews Red Bull Bike put together – eg Claudio Caluori’s Fort William preview, and Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould’s Cross Country trackwalk and Jenny Rissved’s preview of the Eliminator course at Nove Mesto.
And it’s not just MTB, we also had some great helmetcam from the Berlin BMX Supercross World Cup – videos from Brooke Crain (including her crash), and from Felicia Stancil (with great jumping shadows) and former World Champ Mariana Pajon (including the moment Caroline Buchanan passed her, and celebrated her win:
and from the road, with Alison Powers leading out Coryn Rivera to win Stage 4 of the North Star Grand Prix
Now, I don’t understand why the UCI banned on-bike cameras in the first place. Remember these AA Drink-Leontien.nl videos, from 2011? Marijn de Vries‘ crash in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and Lucinda Brand (I think) in the uphill attacks and descending through the pack in the Giro Donne – wow!
This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series. There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)
There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.