Follow the 2017 women’s Flèche Wallonne live

Wednesday 19th April 2017

2017 has been an incredible year for live women’s cycling, with more racing to watch than ever before.  In the first five rounds of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, we have had around an hour of video from Strade Bianche and Ronde van Vlaanderen, around 40 minutes from Amstel Gold, and the most from the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda.  On top of this, we’ve had the entire Healthy Ageing Tour stage race and Omloop van het Hageland day race streamed fully live, which is even more impressive as they’ve both very small race organisations.  And it seems like finally, after years of fan frustration, we’ll also get to see more of the Flèche Wallonne than every before.

Now, before you get too excited, it doesn’t look like the race will be streamed live, as the timings don’t match exactly, but we can hope.  SBS Cycling Central say their Flèche coverage will start with 50 minutes of the women, so I’m crossing my fingers that at least we will see the final sprint up the Mur de Huy, one of those perfectly Classics icons that transforms from an ordinary (albeit very steep) street in a small town into something out of legend.  It’s not just the gradient, it’s that it’s narrow, and full of twisting corners – and lined with ecstatic fans leaning over the barriers to cheer their hearts out.   Karl Lima took me to the race with his team Hitec Products took me to the race in 2013, and it’s one of the best races you can experience live, anywhere in the world.

So how do we watch?

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Podcast 2016 Episode 13 – Glass Half Full

Podcast logoThis 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)

You can get automated free updates via iTunes here or via our RSS feed here.

Things we talked about

This week’s racing

Flèche Wallonne videos are collected here.

Emakumeen Bira

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

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Videos, media and more from the 2016 Flèche Wallonne

Oh Flèche Wallonne Femmes, why do you do this to me?  5 years ago I could watch the finish live in the men’s race – even last year the UCI gave us 26 mins highlights…  It’s one of my very favourite races, it’s always got such an exciting second half, it’s MADE for TV… and this is what we got, shown in the men’s race 25 mins after the women had finished…

BUT!  “The glass is half-full” is my 2016 women’s cycling mantra, so let’s focus on the positives.  It was an amazing race, and we have some highlights, and the usual photo galleries and race reports.  As ever, I’ll edit more in as and when I see them – and please do share anything you see with me, either in the comments, or on twitter.

Let’s start with video highlights – 5m geo-restricted clip from Sporza, and NOS Sport have some clips and winner interview.  Here’s the Sporza clip mysteriously transposed to YT, and the UCI 12 minutes highlights

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Follow the 2016 Flèche Wallonne live

20th April 2016

Oh Flèche Wallonne!  It’s one of the absolute best races in the world to see in real life from the Mur de Huy, and always super-exciting.  The Flèche Wallonne Femmes course has 11 classified climbs, finishing on the iconic Mur, but between them there’s hardly any flat at all.  It’s a glorious race, the last of the Classics section of the 2016 Women’s World Tour, and every rider with serious Olympic ambitions will have her eye on this one.  I loved it anyway, and when Karl Lima of Hitec Products took me to the race in 2013 (read about my adventures!) it became one of my favourite racing days ever.  It’s wonderful… which is why it’s disappointing we can’t watch it live.  We can hope that the men’s TV coverage includes the women’s finish live (look for streams here and here) but don’t expect it to happen…  BUT!  We can still follow it, and live the excitement in real time!

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2 new videos from the 2015 Flèche Wallonne

I’ve got a collection of videos and photos from the 2015 Flèche Wallonne World Cup, but today there are two more: 26 minutes from the UCI, and the latest from my very favourite women’s cycling video maker, ORICA AIS rider Valentina Scandolara

How to follow the 2015 women’s Flèche Wallonne, live–ish

Round 4 of the 2015 Road World Cup, and we’re back in Belgium for one of the most stunning climbs in cycling, the Mur de Huy.  Now, like the Ronde van Vlaanderen, we don’t get to see this race live, but I can help you follow it as it happens.

We start in Huy on Wednesday 22nd April at 11:40 CEST (10:40am UK BST; 5:40am N American EDT; 7:40pm Aussie AEST) and the race hits the Mur for the first time between 13:15 and 13:26 CEST and finishes there between 14:56 and 15:18 CEST.  In some years the live men’s coverage (which you’ll find on sites like these) has cut live to show the women’s finish, but while I’ll be ecstatic about that, please don’t hold your breath.  There could be highlights of the women after the men finish, but again, this isn’t guaranteed.

So, for live updates, we turn to twitter.  I have a list of all the accounts that tweet from races, and this will auto–update, so you can find out what’s happening, and there’s a race twitter I’ve included on that, which I hope will give us women’s race information. I’m expecting a live thread on Podium Café too.  There will be video highlights on the UCI Youtube, with a short clip appearing within 24 hours, and a 26 min show within a week or so.  And of course I’ll put up a post with any videos I find here, like I did for last year’s race.

You can find lots of information on the race website, including all the route details, and the startlist, and there’s the usual great preview on Velofocus, a preview & discussion thread on VeloRooms, and a preview on the UCI website.  And if you want to know about what it’s like to race, I interviewed 2010 winner Emma Pooley about it last year (listen or read it) and Sharon Laws this year (listen here).  And for what it’s like to experience as a fan, my photos, interviews and report from the Hitec team car at the 2013 race, over on Podium Café.

Not enough for you?  Well, here’s an extra treat from the wonderful Valentina Scandolara  her video diary from the last World Cup round, the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 13 – Sarah interviews Emma Pooley

In her continuing series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah sits down with Emma Pooley to discuss her reduced year last year, which included marathons, triathlons and finishing her PhD studies. They also cover what her plans are for the season ahead. Emma Pooley is one of the most interesting riders in the peloton, the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and 2008 Olympic ITT silver medallist. She’s also won some of the biggest races in the women’s calendar, including the Tour de l’Aude Grand Tour, and World Cups including the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Flèche Wallonne and the GP de Plouay, combining climbing skills with suicide attacks.  She and Sarah discussed her work campaigning for women’s cycling and Amnesty International, getting through her PhD, running marathons in snowstorms, what she feels about her new team, Lotto-Belisol – and of course, coming back in time for the 4th Road World Cup,  Flèche Wallonne….  (38:43 MIN / 37.18 MB)

Stream the Pooley-est of all interviews by clicking here.

 

 

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It’s also available as a transcript, on Podium Café – part 1, on finishing her PhD, running marathons in the snow, campaigning for women’s cycling, and supporting Amnesty International – and part 2, previewing the Flèche Wallonne and the Friends Life Women’s Tour.

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