This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)
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I’ve got an sporadic series looking at how the women’s road cycling calendar changes over time, because it’s something that really fascinates me. The bottom-line conclusions are that women’s road racing is definitely improving year-on-year, with more UCI races in more countries, and there are really positive trends. One of these has been fewer major clashes, and the return of UCI racing to Australia, which really make me happy to report.
However there are still ongoing areas for improvement, like “pop-up” races being added late to the calendar, and various changes that happen during the series that can make things really difficult for teams to plan their season (find out more about that, in my 2015 interviews with two DSs last year about this – ORICA-AIS’ Marv Barras, for the big team perspective, and Matrix Procycling’s Stefan Wyman for the small team PoV).
This year, I’ve decided to look into when the changes happen during the season as well – I wrote about what was planned for 2016 when the calendar was announced, in October, and then changes that had been made between October and December, and now the season’s up and running, I’ve taken another look – and found we’ve got both new races, and races that have disappeared since the end of 2015 (although not all of that is bad). Let’s start with some colour-coded charts – click on them to make them bigger.
Look, let’s just be honest about it all shall we? This week Dan’s up early and has to rush off to work, while Sarah’s up late at night and trying to get ready to head to the Tour of Norway. At the same time, there’s the Tour of Utah, a whole bunch of MTB racing and the Route de France to discuss. Will Sarah and Dan have enough time to cover everything? Well, yes, but you should still listen, there’s some really good jokes. (45:50 MIN / 44.01 MB)
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This week’s racing
Videos, photos and more from the Tour of Utah, Windham MTB World Cup and the European Junior and u23 Road Championships in this post.
This week’s news and things
Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
Oh August! Three live women’s cycling races to watch this week – in the USA, the Tour of Utah stage race and the Windham MTB World Cup, and in Tartu, Estonia, the European Junior & u23 Road Championships. And we can watch ALL of them live! I’ll tell you all about how, but first, if you have a couple of few pounds/dollars/Euros, can you think about sending them here?
British cyclist Hannah Walker (you might remember her from this Adidas #MyGirls tv campaign) and her Team WNT rode the Ride London 100 on Sunday to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Hannah put her cycling career to one side this spring to donate her bone marrow to her brother, Tom, who has Aplastic Anaemia. It didn’t work, and Tom’s still having treatment, and Hannah and her team are raising money to support the charity, who work to promote donations. You can read more about Hannah and Tom here, how you can help the Anthony Nolan Trust, and if you can, please do give to Hannah’s Just Giving Campaign.
On with the racing.
It’s a tough, hilly race for men and women, and there are 3 ways to watch. It’s on the Tour Tracker, all over the world, and they’re juggling the women’s and men’s races together, which is great. If you’re in the USA you can watch on Fox Sports live or on highlights – the tv timings are here. And of course there’s twitter – the hashtag for the women’s race is #TOUWE, and Giro Jenny is giving great live updates. The race is taking place in North American MDT, and Stage 2, on Tuesday 4th August, starts at 11:30am MDT (1:30pm N American EDT; 6:30pm UK BST; 3:30am Aussie AEST) and runs until 12:45. There’s lots of information on the race website. The men’s race runs to 9th August.
In 2014, Sabrina Stultiens came back from a knee injury to win both the European u23 Road and Cyclocross Championships, and she’s gone on the get her first CX World Cup podium place, coming second in the exhilarating Koksijde race, one of the Monuments of cyclocross, and winning her first big race, the Zilvermeercross in Mol. But her season’s not over yet –
on Sunday next week she races the Netherlands National Championships, before going all out for Worlds. I talked to her about all of this, her tactics for trying to beat Marianne Vos, moving from Rabobank to Liv-Plantur on the road for 2015, and the differences between racing the disciplines. (29:28 MIN / 28.28 MB)
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Edit: I got confused abut dates and thought Nationals was this weekend rather than 11th January – sorry Sabrina!
You can find out more about Sabrina on her website and facebook athlete page, and follow her on her twitter and instagram. The new website for Liv-Plantur will be up next week, which will have more information about her too.
If you want to watch the races we talked about, here’s a short clip of Sabrina winning the Zilvermeercross in Mol. and an interview with her there. There are photos of her winning the 2014 European u23 Cyclocross Championships here. – and a photo of her winning the 2014 European u23 Road Championships after Elena Cecchini celebrated too soon.
UPDATE! Since I interviewed her, Sabrina won her first race of 2015 – the Soudal Classics Leuven – here are the video highlights.
We’re lucky enough to have the full World Cups streamed – thank you so much, UCI! Here’s the highlights of Koksijde – and all the other Koksijde videos and photos are here.
Videos from last weekend’s Heusden-Zolder World Cup are here, and from Namur here.
Thank you so much to all my Patreon supporters who fund me to do these interviews – I couldn’t do it without you, and appreciate you endlessly!
It was a really full weekend, with the second Track World Cup to take place in Guadalajara this year (this one launched the 2014/15 season), and the European Cyclocross World Champs – and we have video!
A bit of video here:
and a photo slideshow of the u23 race:
and there are lots of photos – I always love Bálint Hamvas’ photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk – and there’s a photo album from all the races on the European Cycling Union website. Full results here.
It’s a little bit confusing why the 2014 European Track Championships are being held on an outdoor concrete, floodlit, 330m velodrome in Baie-Mahault in the Caribbean (in hurricane season no less!), but Guadeloupe is a province of France, and the birthplace of former sprint world champion Grégory Baugé, so…..
Anyway! It is possible to watch the evening (night time? Definitely for us in traditional-Europe) session live stream, via the French-language Canal 10 feed. Click that link when you think the racing is on, and see – I’m watching the Day 1 evening session right now. (scroll down a little bit, there are a couple of frames above it)
UPDATE! They seem to be showing the daytime sessions too! And you can change the size of the stream by changing the size of the window. It opens with the volume set to mute, turn it up in the bottom right-hand corner of the red bar.
Guadeloupe is in the same timezone as USA Eastern, so it’s 5 hours behind the UK and 6 behind European CEST (eg 6:30pm there is 11:30pm in UK and 00:30 CEST, 9:30am the next day, Aus AEDT).
The programme of events is here and startlist for women here, and there’s a live timing and results site. The European Cycling Association has a twitter account that’s great at answering questions, and they are adding photos to their gallery and of course they have a website. Any more questions? Ask in the comments, and I’m on twitter too, I can’t promise anything but I’ll do my best.