Our friends at VeloVoices are preparing their end of year voting and asked Sarah to help them come up with a short list of nominees in a whole raft of categories, from Rider of the Year to Best Race Finish of the Year to Breakout Performance of the Year (and a whole bunch more). Of course, to make it challenging the inimitable @kittyfondue told Sarah she needed to keep it to a list of 5 finalists per category.
Sarah dutifully stuck to that requirement (and simply invented new categories when she needed to go over 😉 – no really) and so here we are with the first instalment where we discuss our nominees for Rider of the Year, including a couple of honourable mentions and a couple of riders we considered, but ultimately couldn’t include. We review their seasons, the highs, the lows and the reasons for and against. Will our top pick be the same as yours? (1:01:11 MIN / 56.02 MB)
Part 2, with all the other categories (Best race finish, Unsung heroes, Breakthrough riders and Step-up riders) can be heard and read here
Rider of the year
This is probably the most open competition in years, with all kinds of riders taking steps up, or consolidating their positions. But some have stood head and shoulders above the rest. In chronological order of their achievements….
We’re eventually going to see all the Olympic bike races put up on the Olympics Youtube, but until then, here’s what we can watch from the Rio 2016 women’s cycling – road race, ITT, track, BMX and MTB, with various other bits and pieces I’ve found.
If you want to compare and contrast what happened in Rio with previous Olympics, head to the Olympic Channel, where you can search by sport, and under the Rio 2016 videos, you’ll find highlights from previous years too.
A lot of the Olympic media is geo-restricted to countries (INRNG tells you more about restrictions, and how to see things despite them), so if there’s more you want to see, do try searching with your country’s broadcaster – I’ve added the BBC links because I can see them all from the UK, but hopefully you can find them in your country too. If there’s anything you especially enjoyed, please do tell me, and I’ll edit it in.
We kicked off with the Road Race, which was dramatic, in so many different ways – Dan and I talked about it in our post-race podcast. Highlights on the Olympic Channel, and on the Olympic YT:
Anna van der Breggen talks about it in this InCycle TV interview:
Full results, and more Road race media:
This week we do a full recap of the excitement and drama that was the 2016 Olympic Women’s Road Race in Rio. From the amazing efforts of Trixi Worrack, Marianne Vos, Ellen van Dijk, Mara Abbott and so many more, to the terrifying crash that changed the entire picture of the race we talk through each moment that lead to the final result. We also take some time to talk through the coming Individual Time Trial, who the top contenders are and who our favourites are likely to be. We include a couple of dark horse picks as well. It’s all Olympics this week, in all its glory. (1:32:05 MIN / 84.31 MB)
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Because the Olympics are tough like this, we can’t find unrestricted videos of the race – it is what it is, hopefully highlights and the full race turns up on the Olympic YouTube at some point, like the London 2012 one did. If you want highlights, check with your local Olympic broadcaster, and we have found these (they may be geo-restricted, but there are ways round that):
- NOS (Dutch) Van der Breggen interview – and more clips at the bottom of the page, including highlights, medal ceremony, post-medals interview, responses from Vos and Van Dijk, Vos playing domestique, and clip about the awful Van Vleuten crash (it’s traumatic)
- BBC Brit-focused report, with the final kilometre highlights
- Sporza’s clips from Belgium: Highlights and Van der Breggen’s post-race response (may not be restricted) – and more videos down the side of the page, includinghighlights, Van der Breggen talking about Johansson, post-race responses from Kopecky and Vekemans,
- SBS Video with reactions from the Australians
- More clips in Ella Cycling Tips‘ post-race piece
It’s onwards to the ITT, Track, BMX and MTB – Sarah’s guide on how to watch and follow all the women’s cycling is here.
This week we recap the Prudential Ride London Classique 2016, and Sarah shares her experiences with live commentating at the race. We then move into a full preview and breakdown of the 2016 Olympic Road Race, the teams, the riders and the course. We run down our list of favourites and riders to watch, and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of them. We also talk about one of the bigger news stores of the week which could simply be called Whereabouts in the World is Lizzie? But all is not lost because your intrepid podcasters manage to find a silver lining even there. (1:24:05 MIN / 76.9 MB)
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We talked about Lizzie Armitstead’s missed tests, and there’s more info on the UKAD statement, on INRNG and the Telegraph – but we hadn’t seen her own statement at that point, which answers most of Sarah’s remaining questions (we still want to see the CAS decision!)
Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:
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.
This week we’re back (well, specifically Dan’s back after being sick last week) with a whole American stage race to cover! The Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered by SRAM stage race in California was held over the last weekend and we recap each stage along with some analysis of the implications for the growth of the race and US racing overall. We talk about the latest para-cycling news (Hint: The Paralympics are going to be super exciting!)and we also cover the latest round of the MTB World Cup and lots more. (1:07:44 MIN / 62.02 MB)
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This week we catch up on the Basque races with Durango Durango, and all the stages of Emakumeen Bira. There’s a couple of Dutch races blown (pun intended) apart and then there’s Dan’s annual rant about the race that we should be able to see live but can’t (oh Flèche Wallonne, we’re still not going to buy you a beer). But Sarah maintains her resolution to see the half-full part of the glass and we prove that as we look ahead to the MTB action in Cairns and all the racing in the week ahead. It’s a huge episode packed full of great highlights, amazing races and really interesting results. Enjoy! (1:23:33 MIN / 76.5 MB)
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Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Flèche Wallonne videos are collected here.
Full results down the left-hand side of the site – and so many videos and fun media! Lots of great photos in each stage report on Cyclingnews