We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links
We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.
This week’s racing
Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem
Video highlights on WTV Focus
Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,
Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,
After we had livestreaming of the first three round of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, unfortunately we won’t get much for Round 4, Gent-Wevelgem. But I’ve collected videos, photos and race reports from the WorldTour, and also some snippets from Round 2 of the Junior Nations Cup, and the U17 women’s races.
First, the WorldTour – please click on the Sporza highlights, to show that there is an audience for the sport. And here are the UCI highlights:
This week we catch up on all the attacks (so many attacks!) from Trofeo Moreno and Trofeo Binda last weekend. You know racing is intense when top riders are gunning it on the front just to settle down the sheer number of attacks! The Dwars Door Vlaanderen started while we were recording, so we give that a moment’s consideration and also take a look ahead at Gent-Wevelgem on this weekend. There’s a heap of cool media and some epic races including the ABSA Cape Epic and the Indian-Pacific Wheel Race; and of course heaps more! (1:21:45 MIN / 74.85 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links round-up
It’s Mothers’ Day this weekend in the UK, so if there’s a cycling-loving mum in your life, check out the Shopping section of the site for things we’ve seen and liked – how about a 2017 WorldTour team kit, or presents that help pro women cyclists, or everyday women’s cycling? Yes, I know, you might not have ordered in time, but you can always order something and give her a card saying something’s on the way!
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno.
With her great results in Binda and elsewhere, Elisa Longo Borghini moved to No. 1 in the UCI rankings. Read how she got there, on the Wiggle High5 website.
There is a LOT of great media on the race website, and tons more videos on the race YouTube – and all the results can be found here.
Sunday 26th March 2017
So far, the 2017 Women’s WorldTour has been fantastic for fans, with the first three rounds, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda all being streamed live. But all good things must come to an end, and the run of live racing stops here. No stream for Gent-Wevelgem, I’m afraid. But we can still follow the race live on twitter, and hopefully there will be highlights too. I’ll tell you all about that, as well as how to follow the women’s Junior Nations Cup and U17 races as well. But first, a little bit about the race.
This week’s episode is an epic one. I’m not gonna lie, Sarah and I are ridiculously excited about the news leading up to the Ronde van Vlaanderen this weekend. It’s going to be amazing. Before we get into that though we catch up on everything Gent Wevelgem! There’s the Pajot Hills Classic, the first round of the Enduro World Series (from Chile!) some BMX and whole load of other interesting bits and pieces from around the web. We also have a new pinnacle of HTFU to present and some more great news about prizemoney (and all the ways in which that’s fantastic too)! We’ve got some great rider blogs and a heap of new videos to check out below as well! (1:08:59 MIN / 63.0 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Make sure you watch the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday.
This week’s racing
Collection of videos, photos and links.
Photo gallery on Ella Cycling Tips and on Rabo-Liv’s website – and full results.
The full videos of the season intro show, Qualifications, Time Trials and the Main Event – and the winning runs:
I have to start with a warning that we’re not going to get as much from Gent-Wevelgem as we did from the previous rounds of the 2016 Women’s World Tour, Strade Bianche, Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, BUT we still have highlights! Here’s what I’ve seen from the Elite women, and the junior women’s races as well – and of course I’ll edit in more as I find it (please do share anything you see in the comments, or on twitter too)
7.5 mins highlights from Sporza – and my English commentary that goes with it, which I made before I saw that UCI video – you can compare and contrast them and me! Start the audio first, then press play on the video when I tell you to.
(If you can’t watch the Sporza link, there’s a Robin Hood-ed YouTube link here too – but we should definitely give Sporza the clicks!)
2 more mins highlights from Focus |WTV
Sunday 27th March 2016
The 2016 Women’s World Tour charges on, with the 4th round in four weeks – and the first round in Belgium, Gent-Wevelgem. This used to run at the same time as the Trofeo Binda, so never had the full complement of stars racing it – but this year’s different. It’s World Tour, and this is a step up, and they’ve celebrated by adding two Junior Women’s races as well, and joining the brand new Junior Nations Cup. In fact there will be seven races on the same course and same day, which has to be the most impressive organisational feat on the calendar – and the race organisers have put together this great little video to show you when the different pelotons will get to key points:
The World Tour race sadly doesn’t have as many of the classic Flandrian hills of the men’s course, but it takes in the same little loop with the Kemmelberg, Monteberg and Baneberg, with the same run-up via Ieper, so the women will have the great atmosphere that only Belgian Classics can provide. Update! Have a look at those climbs in this great Wiggle High5 video:
So how can we follow the races?