Podcast 2017, Episode 15 – the octuplets

If last week was the treble, with three big races, this week it was octuplets!

Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes.  Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more.  And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.

We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week.  Of course I recommend it!

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling.  Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen.   It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video).  It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and more from:

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The Festival Elsy Jacobs

Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:

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Videos and media from the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire

It was a fantastic weekend of women’s racing, with 8 or 9 different race streams, but the biggest was the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the huge crowds and non-stop action from the gun.  What had looked like a sprinters’ course on the race profile turned out to be FAR tougher, with only one categorised climb, but barely any actual flat – and of course the peloton made it even harder, which is why it was so good to be able to see it right from the start.

If you missed it, or want to re-live the glory, I’m here to help, with lots of videos, photos, and more media.

The FULL ITV4 STREAM and HIGHLIGHTS, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ned Boulting, are on the ITV Hub, if you’re in the UK or have a VPN.  Now, these often only run for 30 days, so it might disappear after 28th April, but if you come after that, keep reading!

If you’re in the USA, or via VPN, you can watch the full coverage, 30 minute highlights, short highlights and rider reactions all on Cycling TV, but this may be pay-per-view.  I think this is commentated by Iris Slappendel and Anthony McCrossan.

The race’s own mini-highlights:

And there’s more!

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Podcast 2016 Episode 25 – The Tropical Classic

Podcast logoThis 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!)

Don’t Forget

Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:

Time for the sprinters to shine? Videos & more from Stage 8 of the 2016 Giro Rosa

It’s been a tough few days for the sprinters, with all those mountains and then a climbing ITT – but today’s Stage 8 was flat, and perfect for the sprint teams… on paper!  It ended with a small loop, and a technical finish – Felix Mattis rode the finishing run-in with a camera on his bike – watch it on facebook.

And in that typically women’s cycling style, just because it suited sprint teams on paper, doesn’t mean the peloton were going to let it play out for them.  Even though it was a very fast day, with lots of attacks that were caught, a group of nine got away before the midpoint GPM – Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5), Lex Albrecht (BePink), Małgorzata Jasińska (Alé Cipollini), Anna Ceoloni (Servetto-Footon), Ana Maria Covrig (Astana), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and maybe 1 more rider (it was that kind of live-tweeting day).

With no riders from Rabo-liv, Lotto Soudal and Boels-Dolmans, there were big names to chase…  but with no one anywhere near a threat, Boels weren’t bothered… so the group got tantalisingly close to the line, especially when Jasinska, Covrig and Ceoloni escaped with Rozanne Slik or Liv and it to less than 5k to go – could they make it all the way?

Find out in the videos, photos and other media from the stage – and I’ll be editing in more media as I see it – tweet me, or leave a comment if you find things I’ve missed.  You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.

Video highlights on the race website – and here’s what RAI gave us:

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Video: Stage 3, Giro Rosa 2016

 

Stage 3 of the 2016 Giro Rosa was flat, and as far as we could predict, looked like one for the bunch sprinters – but would the peloton let that happen?  Here’s the media we’ve got from the race…  I’ll be adding more in as I see it (please do share anything I’ve missed, in the comments, or on twitter)

Stage 3 recon video on the race facebook – and 10 mins Italian highlights from the race.

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Giro Rosa 2016 – video from the first three stages

So we have bad news about the 2016 Giro Rosa – where we’ve been used to getting around 45 mins to an hour of video from each stage, for at least the past 5 years, that’s not happening this year, and we have a lot less media from the race too.  It’s sad, but let’s be glass-half-full and enjoy what we have in terms of shorter highlights, and photos…  This is what we’ve got from the Prologue and Stages 1 and 2.  I’ll edit more in if I see it – and I’ll be putting things straight up onto my women’s cycling Tumblr as I see them, for the rest of the race.

Photo album for the whole race so far on Boels Dolmans’ website. – and tons of clips of Argentinian team Xirayas de San Luís, on the Tour Femenino de San Luís Youtube.  And here’s the Team Presentation gallery on Cyclingnews, and video:

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Prologue

Short highlights video on the race facebook.

This is the only stage so far with the long highlights, hooray for them!

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Podcast 2016 Episode 11 – I Can’t Love It Enough

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Sarah’s in The Netherlands this week for the Energiewacht Tour and so we tried some skype trickery with her phone, hopefully the sound works out for the most part. In any case, the Ronde van Vlaanderen was spectacular on Sunday and it was spectacular! We catch up on our favourite parts of the race and all of the things we loved. We also discuss the issues with the streaming and what we think that means for future races. We take a quick look at the GP Dottignies and look ahead to the racing coming up. It’s a quick one, but a good one! (55:11 MIN / 50.5 MB)

With Sarah and Dan both travelling this week for race coverage and work, we haven’t had time to do the full link roundup but you can make sure you stay current on all your women’s cycling news with these:

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