Look, let’s just be honest about it all shall we? This week Dan’s up early and has to rush off to work, while Sarah’s up late at night and trying to get ready to head to the Tour of Norway. At the same time, there’s the Tour of Utah, a whole bunch of MTB racing and the Route de France to discuss. Will Sarah and Dan have enough time to cover everything? Well, yes, but you should still listen, there’s some really good jokes. (45:50 MIN / 44.01 MB)
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This week’s racing
Videos, photos and more from the Tour of Utah, Windham MTB World Cup and the European Junior and u23 Road Championships in this post.
This week’s news and things
Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
Oh August! Three live women’s cycling races to watch this week – in the USA, the Tour of Utah stage race and the Windham MTB World Cup, and in Tartu, Estonia, the European Junior & u23 Road Championships. And we can watch ALL of them live! I’ll tell you all about how, but first, if you have a couple of few pounds/dollars/Euros, can you think about sending them here?
British cyclist Hannah Walker (you might remember her from this Adidas #MyGirls tv campaign) and her Team WNT rode the Ride London 100 on Sunday to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Hannah put her cycling career to one side this spring to donate her bone marrow to her brother, Tom, who has Aplastic Anaemia. It didn’t work, and Tom’s still having treatment, and Hannah and her team are raising money to support the charity, who work to promote donations. You can read more about Hannah and Tom here, how you can help the Anthony Nolan Trust, and if you can, please do give to Hannah’s Just Giving Campaign.
On with the racing.
It’s a tough, hilly race for men and women, and there are 3 ways to watch. It’s on the Tour Tracker, all over the world, and they’re juggling the women’s and men’s races together, which is great. If you’re in the USA you can watch on Fox Sports live or on highlights – the tv timings are here. And of course there’s twitter – the hashtag for the women’s race is #TOUWE, and Giro Jenny is giving great live updates. The race is taking place in North American MDT, and Stage 2, on Tuesday 4th August, starts at 11:30am MDT (1:30pm N American EDT; 6:30pm UK BST; 3:30am Aussie AEST) and runs until 12:45. There’s lots of information on the race website. The men’s race runs to 9th August.
I’ve been a fan of Stefan Wyman‘s women’s teams for years, and he’s one of those people I’ve “met” on the internet, and become a real friend. He took me to the Luxembourg races and Thüringen Rundfahrt in 2011, and, less glamourously, to Stoke on Trent, so when he asked if I’d like to be involved in the 2013 Matrix Fitness Racing Academy, I jumped at the chance. I may get a bit more hyperbolic than usual, in this, so I won’t mind if you skip to the photos!
Sometimes I see an advert that just grabs me, and says something so right, that makes me smile so much, that I think “fuck it, from now on, I’m only ever buying from you”. Yes, I know the primary goal is to make money, but bloody hell, the adidas #mygirls campaign does so much more, I can’t stop watching the ads. Here’s the cycling filmette, featuring Hannah Walker of Matrix Fitness Racing Academy and a group of young British cycling girls like Penny Rowson and Eli Thorogood of the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team. And below the jump I’ll try to be a bit more sensible about why I love these ads.