Podcast 2017 Episode 18 – and how to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

This week marks the beginning of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, the United Kingdom’s best known (only) women’s UCI stage race. We run through a full preview of each stage, the riders that are likely to do well and the teams who have very clearly come prepared for this year’s contest. Following that we also take a quick look at the recent downhill mountain bike event at Fort William, with a bit of a surprise result. (52.14 MIN / 47.77 MB)

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How to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, 7-11th June 2017

The race stage information is on the excellent race website, including the start times.  The UK is in he BST timezone, one hour behind European CEST and 9 hours behind Australian AEST, and 5 hours ahead of USA EDT.  So if a stage starts at 11am BST, that’s 12:00 CEST, 8pm AEST and 6am EDT.

Follow me on twitter to see the things I like from the race, and my own updates – and I’ll put up daily posts here with stage video, media and more, including each #RiderResults rider…. which reminds me…

Join in the Look Mum No Hands! daily #RiderResults game

Every day, excellent London cycling café chain Look Mum No Hands! will be offering prizes in their #RiderResults competition.  I’ll be picking a rider for every stage, and telling you a bit more about them, and you need to tell Look Mum where you think they’ll place in that particular stage, on their fantastic twitter, with the #RiderResults hashtag – if you’re right and they pick your name out of their hat, you’ll win something great from their shop (which you should check out, there are gorgeous things).  The cutoff point is 5km to go in each stage.

For Stage 1, I’m picking Marianne Vos, who has the most interesting race history.  In the first year, she won 3 stages and the overall GC; in 2015, she couldn’t race as she was having injury issues, but presented the TV highlights (I interviewed her about that here); then last year, she “only” won one stage and came 4th in the GC.

This year she had a great cyclocross mini-season, winning the first race of the year on New Year’s Day, and coming second in the most thrilling World Championships we’ve ever seen – but her Spring Classics were disappointing to her, and her best result was 7th in Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour race, as she was injured again. She was especially disappointed to miss two of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week races, especially Amstel Gold.  She seems to be feeling better in May, winning a couple of smaller day races, and then winning Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik in a classic, exhilarating Vos style.  But is she back?

In her time, she’s won, well…..practically everything!  Olympic golds on the track and road, and 13 World Championships across road, track and CX.  But more than that, she lives for cycling, and loves it passionately.  She has run her own team for years – this year as WM3 Procycling – and the scariest thing about her is that as good as she is at winning, she’ll also work her heart out for her team-mates as well, as in the Rio Olympics.

Fans are desperate to see her back on top – but is she?  Where do YOU think she’ll finish Stage 1?

Find out more about Marianne on her website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

 

 

 

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Podcast 2016 Episode 19 – We’re OK With That

Podcast logoThere’s been a heap of racing this week, with the focus firmly in North America. Racing from Canada with the Gatineau races and then the next race of the Women’s World Tour in the Philadelphia Classic. There’s downhill mountainbike racing in Fort William, Scotland. And of course we’ve got some classic Belgian racing to round out the portfolio! Strap yourselves in and enjoy! (1:22:26 MIN / 75.47 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Videos and media from the Keukens van Lommel Ladies Classic and Philadelphia Classic in here – Videos and media from the Fort William Downhill MTB World Cup in this post – and all three have the complete race replays, as well as highlights! If you only watch 1 video, watch this:

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Grand Prix Gatineau

Photo gallery on Canadian Cyclist Magazine – and video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and third-placed Leah Kirchmann:

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Video and media from the 2016 Fort William MTB World Cup

Round 3 of the 2016 Downhill MTB World Cup was in the uncharacteristically sunny Fort William, Scotland – an emotional day, the first World Cup since legend Steve Smith died, but riders racing their hearts out in his memory.  If you missed any of it, here’s my collection of media I’ve found, focusing on the women’s racing – and as always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll add it in.

Let’s start with the full race replay, thanks to Red Bull Bike – and their 5 min race highlights video too.  More short highlights from the UCI:

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Watch THREE women’s races live on 5th June! 2016 Zuidkempse Classic, Fort William MTB World Cup & Philadelphia Classic WorldTour

Sunday 5th June 2016

Get ready for an amazing Sunday of women’s bike racing!  We’ve got iconic courses in downhill MTB and road, and a brand-new Belgian Classic, and it’s going to be wonderful.  I’ll tell you how to watch them all live, in chronological order…

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Zuidkempse Classic – aka Keukens van Lommel Ladies Classic, aka Herselt

I love Belgian races and their multiple names! This is Round 6 of the Lotto Cycling Cup, a series of tough races around the country, and even they call it about 3 different names!   It’s a looping course, pretty much flat, two 29k laps, 6 6.9km laps and then one of 4km, and it’ll include riders like Marianne Vos and Jolien D’hoore, and I’m really excited about the Lotto Cup’s steaming!  This will be on RTV.be here, from 15:00 CEST/ 2pm BST/ 11am AEST/ 9am EDT – and you can also follow via the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter and the #KVLLC hashtag.   Draft startlist on Cycling Fever.

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Downhill MTB World Cup #3, Fort William

This is going to be the most amazing race.  Downhill is always full of adrenaline, in breath-taking surroundings, with fantastic fans – and for us at home, there’s always tons of media.

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Two LIVE cycling World Cups this weekend – the 2015 Fort William downhill MTB & Philadelphia Classic on the road

Sunday 7th June is going to be fantastic for women’s cycling fans, with two explosive, beautiful races, at the highest level of road and downhill MTB – the Fort William DH World Cup in Scotland, and in the USA, round 6 of the 2015 women’s road World Cup, the Philadelphia Classic, and best of all?  They’re LIVE!

Fort William MTB World Cup, 6-7 May 2015

The elite finals are on Sunday 7th, and the wonderful Red Bull Bike are streaming the women’s and men’s races here on Red Bull TV, from 2.30pm UK BST (15:30 Euro CEST, 9:30am N American EDT; 11:3opm Australian AEST).  If you’re new to MTB, it’s the perfect introduction, Rob Warner‘s commentary combines an encyclopaedic (& first hand!) knowledge with infectious enthusiasm for the sport, it’s very easy to pick up and in the most fantastic scenery.   If you miss it live, you can watch the archive there too, and there are lots of ways to follow the action of the practice and qualifications too.

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Shirt Week: Tahnée Seagrave’s #Copparide for breast cancer

Tahnée Seagrave is the latest young British downhill MTB talent, the 2013 Junior DH World Champion who finished her first elite season on the World Champs podium, winning bronze last year in Hafjell.  She’s got huge dreams for the 2015 season, but she’s also got big plans off the bike for the first DH World Cup at Fort William (6th & 7th June).

Tahnée is an ambassador for UK breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel, and Fort William will be the location for her competition, #Copparide, where lucky winners will get a limited edition race bike, the kit she’s races Fort Bill in, and a huge pile of MTB goodies.

So how do you enter?  There 5,000 #Copparide wristbands, costing £5 each and every purchase gets an entry into the prize draw, with prizes able to be shipped anywhere in the world.  Buy and enter here!

And if you want to support them in different ways, the #Copparide t-shirts will be on sale soon, with all proceeds going to Coppafeel – keep an eye on the FMD Racing online shop, and at the World Cup.  If you’re there in person, hashtag your photos #Copparide, and you could win a camera.  All the details of the competition, the charity and more are here on FMD Racing’s #Copparide webpage.

Videos and fun from the 2014 Fort William Downhill MTB World Cup

Damn, I love Fort William – so beautiful, so iconic, and the racing was spectacular!  Here’s some fun things I’ve found from the race coverage – videos, photos and more – starting with the UCI’s highlights

and superb highlights on Red Bull bike – godammit, I love their coverage!  and of course, you can watch the replay of the full coverage of the women’s and men’s finals on Red Bull tv

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