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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Watch live women’s cycling this weekend! 2017 Festival Elsy Jacobs, Tour de Yorkshire, some USA Crits – AND the Lourdes Downhill MTB World Cup!

It has to be said, that the coverage we got from the Ardennes Week wasn’t the greatest, with such exciting racing that was effectively invisible.  But this weekend, all that changes – there are SEVEN separate races streamed live, and we can watch them all.  Strap in, and I’ll tell you how to watch the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, and three separate rounds of Speed Week, the opening salvo of the USA Crits series.  UPDATE!  And I can’t believe I forgot, but there’s also the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup, in Lourdes, which will be incredible, as well as live!

Before I start, however, this may be the best piece of race social media this year, if not ever…  I love it!

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Festival Elsy Jacobs, 28-30th April 2017

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The 2017 Santos Women’s Tour (Down Under!) – videos, media, results and more

We’ve just finished the first race on the 2017 UCI women’s cycling road race calendar, the Santos Women’s Tour at the Tour Down Under.  Two crits, a long and a short road race, and a huge field of amazing riders.  The official hour of highlights will be out on 5th February, but luckily for us, there were teams out at the race making highlights films, photo galleries, race reports, and lots of tweets.

Here’s my collection of race media – and as always, please do let me know if I’ve missed anything, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.

The awesome Chicks Who Ride Bikes made illicit (fantastic!) live roadside videos every day, and you can find those on their Facebook – check them all out.  Photo galleries fr

Stage 1 – the longer road race

(Tiny) highlights from the race:

Team videos from ORICA-Scott, Rapha Films for Canyon-SRAM, and Wiggle High5

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The first races of 2017: GP Sven Nys and the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classics

Happy New Year!  And as always, the brand new year starts with a bang, with the adrenaline-fuelled Bay Crits in Melbourne, Australia, and in Belgium, the penultimate round of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy, the women’s races at the DVV Trophee cyclocross series.  It’s always a great way to start the year, and I’m here to tell you how to watch them.

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classics, 1st-3rd January 2017

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Follow & watch the 2016 Matrix GP at the Tour Series

I’ve got a lot of love for the Tour Series UK city centre crits.  They’re always really fun, spectator-friendly courses, short enough to be able to walk round and get 100 different viewpoints, with racing that’s fast and furious. As you’d expect from SweetSpot, who run the Aviva Women’s Tour and the men’s Tour of Britain, they’re always organised so well, with tons to see and do alongside the racing – and if you can’t make them in person, they have hour-long highlights on ITV4 the day after the race, from 7pm/19:00 UK BST (20:00 Euro CEST; 2pm USA EDT; 4am Aussie AEST), which will stay up for a month on the ITV4 Hub.

While the men’s teams have 10 rounds in under a month, the women have 6, the Matrix Fitness GP series, at these venues:

One of the best ways to support women’s cycling is to turn up and cheer, showing the sponsors, tv companies and teams that oh yes, there IS an audience, and we want to see more!  So if there’s one near you, head over, you won’t regret it!

The Aberystwyth round on 27th May might only have a men’s Tour Series, but it’s part of the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival, and there are tons of crits, including a women’s race that day (you can still enter!) so although it won’t be on the TV highlights, it’s still worth going for a fantastic weekend.

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2016 Bay Crits – videos, photos & more

It’s not just the cyclocross riders who celebrate the New Year with hardcore racing – down in Australia, the road peloton rub their hands with glee and hit the Bay Crits hard.  The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic is four stages of crits, from hotdog to wicked-tough climbing circuits, and it kicks off the Aussie Summer of Cycling in a big way.  Videos and photos and more

Stage 1 – Ritchie Boulevard, Geelong

Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (these may only last for a month or so, but please watch these ones if you can), and the same video is here:

and video from the High5 Dream Team:

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This weekend’s LIVE women’s racing – Glencoe Grand Prix, Winston-Salem Classic Crit & Road Race, and the Albstadt MTB World Cup

It’s lovely, this time of year, with so much live women’s cycling, and this weekend we have FOUR live women’s races – a crit, a road race, and a cross country MTB World Cup.  And this is how we can watch them….

USA Crits #2, Glencoe Grand Prix, 30th May

The cycling scene in the USA is well known for innovative live streaming, and one of the conditions of joining the USA Crits series is broadcasting the race on the internet.  The women start at 4:15pm N American CDT (5:15pm EST, 10:15pm UK BST, 23:15 Euro CEST, 7:15 am Monday Aus AEST), but there are tons more races featured on the livestream, including men’s Cat 2/3 and elite, AND women’s CAT 3/4 – the stream’s over here, there’s more information, including the schedule, on the race website, and here’s how to watch the rest of the USA Crits.

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Winstom-Salem Classic Crit & UCI Road Race, 30th-31st May

You wait for one USA live race, and two come along at the same time…  In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it’s a weekend of racing festivities, and for the women, a crit on Saturday and the UCI-ranked road race on Sunday – and both will be streamed live on Cyclingnews AND on livestream!

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