First, all my thoughts are with the family, friends, and team-mates of Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died during the men’s C4-5 road race. So tragic, and a reminder that cycling is always a dangerous sport. Articles about his death on the BBC and the Guardian – and about the tribute to Golbarnezhad at the Closing Ceremony.
While the Rio 2016 Track Para-Cycling was almost all broadcast live, so we got a LOT of video, the Paralympic Road Racing wasn’t, so there’s less here – but I’ve got you some video, photos, articles, tweets and more.
Unfortunately, a lot of the videos are geo-restricted – some of the Paralympics YouTube clips are only available in countries without their own TV (but it’s hard to tell, so click each one to check – sorry), and the individual TV stations and often videos on news sites are often geo-retricted to their countries. However, you can use VPN services like Hola or Betternet, to see them (if you don’t know about VPNs, INRNG explains them)
Please forgive that fact I’ve got a lot of British-based coverage – it’s because it’s really good, and obviously because I get to see it. I’ve got coverage from other countries when I’ve seen it, but if you’ve seen good coverage from other countries that you want to share, please do let me know, and I’ll edit it in.
First, some general links and media – the Rio 2016 Road Cycling page, including all the schedule, results, and other general information about the courses. Overall report of the whole Paralympics road cycling on the UCI’s website.
UK-based highlights on the Channel 4 Paralympics site. USA video highlights on Team USA‘s website, but it’s all forbidden from my UK-based server. There are lots of video highlights of the Australian Paralympics on the 7Two YouTube, and the New Zealand Paralympians on the Attitude Live YouTube – for example this video profile of Amanda Cameron.
Because the Rio 2016 Paralympic Road Cycling isn’t being televised, I’ve been writing about some of the women who’ll be contesting the races, because they are such fantastic athletes with great stories, with some real jaw-dropping achievements. You can read about the H4 and H5 handcyclists here, and the final installment is all about the H1-3 riders. I can absolutely guarantee you won’t be disappointed by these women!
I described handcycling a little bit in that other piece, and as a reminder, in Rio there are two combined-category Handcycling ITTs on Wednesday 14th September – H4-5 and H1-3, with 1 gold in each, while the road races are H1-4 and H5 on 15th – and the startlists and livetimings should be available via the racing schedule.
As always, I haven’t managed to get to all of the riders, so if I’ve missed any facts, or your favourites, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit the information in. And after the riders, I’ll tell you a little bit more about the courses.
So who’s competing in the H1, H2 and H3 categories?
She’s only on her fourth year handcycling, and has won two World Championships golds. Finding funding is very difficult for her, as there isn’t much funding for cycling, let alone paracycling, in South Africa, but she’s hoping to inspire other disabled South Africans to get involved in sports, and raise awareness – in in turn, funding!
She’s had an interesting life – a former fashion model, who sued a biotech company for fraudulent stem cell treatment, and seems to have won. She says her husband and children’s support is what enables her to race – and you can find out more in this Video profile, and another one here, including her talking about becoming World Champion – follow her on twitter
You can also watch her swim with sharks…
We’ve moved from the 2016 Paralympic Track Cycling to the Road, and a category we haven’t seen yet in Rio – handcyclists.
Handcycling is ridden on bikes were the riders us their hands to pedal. They can be recumbent, or riders can sit in them, depending on the categories, which run from H1-5. As with all Paralympic categories, the lower the number, the more the athlete’s disability affects their sport, so an H1 handcyclist may be a paraplegic, and have limited movement in their torso, while an H5 rider may half, for example, a missing leg, and sit in her handbike.
There are two combined-category Handcycling ITTs on Wednesday 14th September – H4-5 and H1-3, with 1 gold in each, while the road races are H1-4 and H5 on 15th – and the startlists and livetimings should be available via the racing schedule.
None of the Road races will be streamed live, so I’ll tell you a bit about some of the women riders. I haven’t managed to get to all of them, so if I’ve missed any facts, or your favourite riders, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit the information in. And after the riders, I’ll tell you a little bit more about the courses.
So who’s racing? I’ll start with the H4 and H5 handcyclists…
It’s her third Paralympics, and she’ll be looking to beat London, where she ended up with two medals – silver in the Road Race and bronze in the ITT. She has to be one of the big riders to beat as the current Time Trial World Champion. And if you want to find out about a handbiker, who better to ask questions than another handbiker? Check out this interview with her by Christiane Reppe:
This week we cover the huge amount of video and information coming from the Tour de l’Ardeche and contrast that with the dearth of information available from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. We take a bit of a detour through interesting team performances over the course of the year and wind up with a look ahead at worlds, the paralympics and a whole heap of forthcoming racing. It’s back to epic length podcastery this week and it is stunning! (1:18:03 MIN / 71.48 MB)
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Things we talked about this week include…
Sarah’s been short-listed in the Total Women’s Cycling 2016 Awards, in the Cycling Initiatives category – she knows she can’t win, but is thrilled to be included alongside such great work! Voting closes on 12th September, make sure you vote in all categories!
This week’s racing
Videos, media and results from the 2016 Vallnord MTB World Cup are in this post (with some comments about how the UCI chooses to promote MTB) ; and the 2016 Boels Rental Ladies Tour videos here.
Trials World Championships
We know nothing about Trials, but we’re so impressed at their skills! Report on the UCI website, photos, and highlights, including the top 3 women’s rounds, and an interview with new World Champion Nina Reichenbach:
This week Sarah and Dan recap the Trophee d’or and GP Plouay races along with a broader discussion about the summer block of racing and how it’s gone this year with the Olympics. Sarah manages to “dan” the results of at least one race and we also preview the impending cycling at the paralympics. We get stuck into the latest news in transfers and also talk about a couple of interesting new teams on the horizon. (52.52 MIN / 49.40 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included:
- Boels Rental Ladies Tour, 30th August-4th September, the Netherlands. Follow the race with the @ladiestour twitter account and the #BRLT16 hashtag. The final stage might be shown live on Dutch channel L1, and Sarah will update about that nearer the time.
- Tour de l’Ardèche, 1st-4th September, France. Follow live with the @TCFIA twitter, though they mostly seem to post links to their facebook, and possibly the #TCFIA hashtag.
- Vallnord MTB World Cup, 3rd-4th September, Andorra – there’ll be tons on media, and the Downhill and Cross Country Finals will be streamed here on Red Bull TV – and Sarah’s guide to watching the races, with amazing pre-race media full of beautiful mountains (sigh!)
- Lotto-Belgium Tour, 6-9th September, Belgium. Follow live on the race twitter and with the #LottoBelgiumTour hashtag.
- Downhill MTB and Trials World Championships, 6-11th September, Italy – thre’ll be tons of media, and we’ll do a guide nearer the time, but the Downhill Finals will be streamed live on 11th September, here on Red Bull TV.
- Paralympic Games Track Cycling, 8-11th September, Rio – we’ll put up a guide to watching nearer the time.
- Giro Toscana, 9-11th September, Italy
- Chrono Champenois ITT, 11th September, France – may be streamed live – if it is, Sarah will put up links nearer the time
- Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 11th September, Spain – this will be shown live, & Sarah will put up a guide to watching it nearer the time.
- Paralympic Games Road Cycling, 14-17th September, Rio – we’ll put up a guide to watching nearer the time.
The final Para-cycling Road World Cup of the year is being held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and it’s being streamed LIVE! Huge thanks to Sreamit360º for showing it.
The World Cup is on 11th-13th September and you can see the stream from Friday’s ITT day here with all the handcycling, tricycling, tandems and C1-5 road bikes.
The Day 2 stream, on Saturday 12th, runs from 6:30am-4pm BST (07:30-17:00 Euro CEST; 3:30pm-1am Aussie AEST; 1:30am-11am North American EST) and the Day 3 stream on Sunday at the same times. You can see what races will be shown when from the programme (scroll down), but it’s handcycling and tricycling on Saturday and road bikes and tandems on Sunday – and if you miss them live, those links should also be the archived coverage.
There’s more information about the competition on the race race, previews from the UCI, Cycling Australia and British Cycling, keep up to date with the action and results on the UCI World Cup portal and with the UCI Para-cycling twitter, Cycling South Africa twitter and the #Paracycling2015 hashtag. And for a rider point of view, here’s Australian Carol Cooke’s blog on winning her Tricycle ITT.
Last week I wrote about
my Christmas list present ideas for fans of women’s cycling – but I only scratched the surface, so as promised, here’s part 2, with ideas that include more books, clothes, art, jewellery and more.
Womenscycling.net has always been the best place to get race reports and photos from the professional women’s road racing scene, and I am really happy to see that there’ll be a 2013 calendar of the excellent photos by CJ Farquharson. It comes in two different sizes, is full of superb images of the best racing, teams and riders of 2012, and the ordering page couldn’t be simpler, with prices in US, American, NZ and Australian dollars, as well as Euros and pounds. And postage is included! I love this calendar, the photos are fantastic and I especially love being able to support CJ, and to say thankyou to her for her dedication and devotion to the sport, and for all the work she has done to help us enjoy the racing over the years. If you only buy one thing from this post, buy this! And follow @womenscycling on twitter and youtube – you won’t regret it!
Read on for more great gifts – and check back on Tuesday, for a whole heap of recommendations from real-life women who love to ride their bikes, and for gift ideas from companies that support women’s racing.