Podcast 2017, Episode 15 – the octuplets

If last week was the treble, with three big races, this week it was octuplets!

Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes.  Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more.  And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.

We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week.  Of course I recommend it!

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling.  Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen.   It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video).  It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and more from:

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The Festival Elsy Jacobs

Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:

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Videos and media from the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire

It was a fantastic weekend of women’s racing, with 8 or 9 different race streams, but the biggest was the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the huge crowds and non-stop action from the gun.  What had looked like a sprinters’ course on the race profile turned out to be FAR tougher, with only one categorised climb, but barely any actual flat – and of course the peloton made it even harder, which is why it was so good to be able to see it right from the start.

If you missed it, or want to re-live the glory, I’m here to help, with lots of videos, photos, and more media.

The FULL ITV4 STREAM and HIGHLIGHTS, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ned Boulting, are on the ITV Hub, if you’re in the UK or have a VPN.  Now, these often only run for 30 days, so it might disappear after 28th April, but if you come after that, keep reading!

If you’re in the USA, or via VPN, you can watch the full coverage, 30 minute highlights, short highlights and rider reactions all on Cycling TV, but this may be pay-per-view.  I think this is commentated by Iris Slappendel and Anthony McCrossan.

The race’s own mini-highlights:

And there’s more!

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Podcast 2017 Episode 11 – Because Sprinters Don’t Win Flanders

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…

 

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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017 – videos, media and more

Oh Flanders!  Yesterday was one of the biggest days of the women’s cycling calendar, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and I still can’t believe I got to commentate it!  I have always wanted to watch it live, of course, and last year we came so close – but this year I saw the last 40km from the commentary box on the finish-line at Oudenaarde, so I could be biased when I say this was a hugely thrilling edition – but really, this had so much drama, fantastic racing, and a really interesting tactical decision I think we’ll be talking about for ages.

Here’s the full replay, with commentary from Rochelle Gilmore and me.  You can’t watch it from Belgium, I’m afraid, and you may need to be logged into facebook – but if you can, please give it the hits – not because it’s me, but because it’s the official stream, and demonstrating the audience really makes a difference.

There’s also an unofficial video here, for people not in Belgium/without facebook.

Dan and I podcasted about what it was like commentating the race, with photos I took on my twitter.

UCI highlights

Sporza’s official highlights (please do click for the stats) and another highlights:

There’ll be more videos to come, which I’ll edit in (and please do share anything else you see, in the comments below or on my twitter) and I have a load of great photo galleries and race reports – I definitely recommend reading these because the post-race quotes are great.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 10 – Cobbles and Stones

We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling news and links

We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.

This week’s racing

Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem

Dwars door de Vlaanderen

Video highlights on WTV Focus

Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,

Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,

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2017 Gent-Wevelgem – videos, media and more

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:

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Podcast 2017 Episode 9 – Spare a Moment To Do Some Good

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.

The Absa Cape Epic

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.

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