Watch the 2017 Road Cycling World Championships!

17th-23rd September 2017

It’s that time of year again – Road World Championships, and this time we’re in Bergen, in Norway.   I’m here to tell you how to watch the women’s races, and follow them online.

I love World Championships, and Norway is so stunning.  The racing should be hilly, and hard, and most of it will be live somewhere at least – here’s the UCI TV guide, and it will all be shown on the UCI youtube.  If some things are shown in your region but not everything, you should be able to access that, but you may need a VPN (try setting it to Canada), though there should be streams on sites like this one and this one.

Norway is in the European timezone, CEST, so 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT, and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.

Those Youtube livestreams should stay there after the races are over, if you miss them, and there’ll be highlights on the UCI Youtube, as well as on the TV channel websites that are showing the races.

All startlists and results will be on the Tissot Timing site, either on the UCI page and on Tissot’s own above, and the entry lists and results are on the UCI site.

Tissot means we’ll have livetiming, which will be great for the time trials, and may include lap information on the road races.

If you want to follow live on twitter, the Bergen2017 account is excellent, and I’m guessing the UCI women’s cycling twitter may update us about their races?  The hashtag is #Bergen2017, and I’ll update my live racing list with people who are at the race.

You can also follow the race instagram, facebook and snapchat as Bergen 2017, and their website is fantastic.  Check out the full programme, with a ton of amazing-looking events.  And there is also a lot more information, including all the rules, on the UCI Worlds portal.

Enjoy!  I’ll be on twitter all week, if you have any questions – or ask me in the comments below.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Watch the 2017 Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta LIVE

10th September 2017

The Women’s WorldTour has pretty much ended already, with Anna van der Breggen having sewn up the overall title, and most of the big names turning their eyes to the World Championships next week.  But while Bergen Worlds is hilly, there’s still 1 more chance for the sprinters.

The Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta is a 90km race on the same 5.8km circuit around iconic Madrid as the past 2 years – no technical sections, and an incline rather than a hill, but it’ll hurt on laps 10-15 for sure!

The race starts from 14:15 Euro CEST (1:15pm UK BST, 8:15am USA EDT, 10:15pm Aus AEST) and it’s live on Eurosport and Teledeporte in Spain (you can watch Teledeporte via a VPN) and on Eurosport in the UK, and on the Eurosport Player, and Sporza in Belgium (you can VPN there too).  There should be streams in different places – try here or just google.

You can also follow with the #MadridChallenge hashtag on twitter.

The race information is on the website, including startlist (though I’ve been using CyclingFever’s) and the route details.

Follow the 2017 Boels Rental Ladies Tour live

29th August – 3rd September 2017

It’s the final stage race of the 2017 Women’s World Tour, and the final big Dutch race of the season – the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  Expect killer tactics, with attacking every day, and a surprisingly hilly race for such a flat country.  It’s in the south and central area of the Netherlands.

It starts with a 4.3km Prologue, then Stage 2 starts flat, with hills at the end; Stage 3 is an 18km ITTwith some technical parts to the course; Stage 4 looks great for breakaways, mostly flat but with some small inclines; Stage 5 starts in a valley and finishes with Classics-style loops; and the final stage is really tough, 159km up and down all day.

We can’t see this one live, but there’ll be twitter updates and daily video highlights from the race youtube and from the UCI.  I’ll be there tweeting from the race account, and we can follow on the #BLT2017 hashtag.

Tuesday’s Prologue and the Thursday’s ITT will both have live-timing, on Cyclingonline.info.

The Netherlands is in European CEST: 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of USA EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.  So when the Prologue on Tuesday 29th starts at 14:30 CEST, that’s 1:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT and 10:30pm AEST.

Lots of information about the route, and videos of previous years on the race website, and provisional startlist here – and here are the highlights from last year, when Chantal Blaak won her first ever stage race.  Tons more videos on the YouTube!

Watch the 2017 GP de Plouay LIVE!

Saturday 26th August 2017

It’s the last big Classic of the women’s cycling season, and wow, I love this race.  It’s got one of the ugliest tough climbs in the sport, the Côte du Ty Marrec, which is this tough, grinding dual big wide road that looks pretty benign, but is tough as hell. It was the site of what’s still one of my all-time favourite cycling moments, in 2010, when Emma Pooley, after sandbagging her heart out, caught Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Judith Arndt out on that last climb, attacking up the inside right just as Vos looked over her left shoulder.  I’ll never get bored of that!

And then last year, after hundreds of attacks, catches, splits and reformations, a group of around 20 elite riders came to the line together, and definite underdog Eugenia Bujak started her sprint surprisingly – and won!  The biggest result of her career, and for her team BTC City Ljubljana.

And that’s what makes a Classic classic to me – that feeling that we’ve got no idea what will happen right up til the last moment.  Plouay, like all my favourite races, has been won every way from solo to small group to large bunch, and I love it for it.  Who could win?  Practically anyone!

Like last year, it’s 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit, and then one of 13.9km.  I have to warn you, there’s pretty much no mobile phone coverage of the northern part of the big loop, because it’s running through beautiful forests, so we don’t get many updates on twitter, BUT part of it is live on TV!

How to watch and follow

The race starts at 13:40 European CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 9:40pm Australian AEST; 7:40am North American EDT)

TV coverage will start at 15:15 CEST (2:15pm BST; 11:15pm AEST; 9:15am EDT) on France 3 TV, which you can watch here if you’re in France (or via VPN).  It’s also going to stream on the Eurosport Player, through maybe without commentary, and there could be more streams here and here – and I’ll tweet streams on the day.

To follow on twitter (with the caveat of the lack of mobile coverage on a lot of the course), the race twitter is a good one, last year’s hashtag was #GPPlouay, and of course there’s #UCIWWT too.  And I have my usual list of live-tweeters.

The provisional startlist is here, and there is the great Cycling Fever one too.  Tons more information, including about the full 4 days of Plouay cycling festival, on the race website.

Want more?  Collections of videos of Marianne Vos winning 2013, 2014‘s solo win by Lucinda Brand;   2015, won by Lizzie Deignan from a small group.

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Watch the 2017 Ladies Tour of Norway LIVE!

17th-20th August 2017

Norway is beautiful, and of course getting to race here is a great taster of what will happen at the World Championships – although we’re down in the south-east for the Ladies Tour of Norway.

It’s a lovely race, and the fourth year is part of the Women’s WorldTour – and the last parts of the road race stages are live too!

In Norway, it will be broadcast on mainstream TV, and for North America it’s streamed on FloCycling – but for everyone else, we can watch live on the UCI YouTube – here are the links:

  • Stage 1, Friday 18th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm UK BST; 10:40am USA EST; 00:40 Aus AEST)
  • Stage 2, Saturday 19th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm BST; 10:40am EST; 00:40 AEST)
  • Stage 3, Sunday 20th August, from 13:30 CEST (12:30am BST, 7:30am EST, 9:30pm AEST)

Of course, the Prologue isn’t streamed, and you can find the full programme, in European CEST, here.  We can follow all the race on twitter, with the #LToN17 and #UCIWWT hashtags, and with the race twitter too.

There’s lots of information on the excellent race website, as well as on their instagram and youtube – and find out how the Moberg family are behind this race!

Watch the 2017 Crescent Vårgårda Road Race live

13th August 2017

The Women’s Cycling Road WorldTour is in Scandinavia, this time in Sweden, and we can watch the Crescent Vårgårda WorldTour live in full!

The race starts at 09:35 Euro CEST (8:30am UK BST, 5:35pm Aussie AEST/03:35am EDT) and it’s live in full on Swedish TV station SVT1 & SVT Play (people outside Sweden may need a VPN to access).  Then, an hour into the race, from 10:30 CEST/9:30am UK BST, it’s live on the Eurosport Player and on Eurosport 2 in some countries including UK, with more TV here.   You can also look for streams here, here and here.

I love this race, especially with the new gravel sections.  You can also follow on twitter with the #VargardaWWT and #UCIWWT hashtags, and of course the race twitter.

More info on the race site, including startlist, and here’s the Team Time Trial highlights:

Watch the 2017 Prudential Ride London Classique LIVE!

Saturday 29th July 2017

The WorldTour moves on, and Round 14 is just for the sprinters, a short 66km race on a 5.5km circuit taking in some of the top tourist attractions of London.

This is the biggest money race on the women’s road calendar – a total prize pot of €100,000, with €10,000 for the winner, and €1,000 for the first rider across the line at each of the 3 intermediate sprints plus an extra €3,000 for the overall sprint competition winner.

But best of all, the whole thing is live on TV!

It starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 CEST; midday USA EDY and 2am Aussie AEST) and the first hour is on the BBC Sport website, on this page (or via the BBC Sport Cycling page), and “web-enabled red button” – then the last 45 minutes will be live on BBC 2.  You can also see BBC2 on Filmon, and there could be streams here, here or here.

There is some information on the race website, but frustratingly, not that much, so I’m using the Cycling Fever startlist.

If you can’t watch live, it should be updated on the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, with updates from the UCI WWT and Ride London twitter accounts – and of course you can ask me anything in the comments below, or on twitter.