Look, we do understand that not all weeks can be huge weeks of racing, but honestly this week was definitely a HUGE week of racing. We had stage racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We also had the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour in East Germany. With races suiting different types of riders and different types of racing there was no shortage of surprises and feats of phenomenal prowess to be impressed by. All of that before we get into the high mountains for the Col d’Izoard and La Course by Le Tour de France. We also quickly cover some Canadian racing and talk about a couple of other news items from the week. (1:03:46 MIN / 58.39 MB)
Thursday 20th July
Saturday 22nd July
After the stage races, the Women’s WorldTour is back to day races, and not exactly a Classic, more of a hill climb, with La Course by Le Tour de France – and on Saturday, a Pursuit day for the winners of the WWT race, which is a whole new format.
The WorldTour race is on Thursday, and it starts at 10:00 European CEST (9am UK BST, 4am North American EDT and 6pm Australian AEST). It will be a fantastic showcase for the climbers, a short 67km run up the famous Col d’Izoard, before the men take it on later that day.
The top 20 finishers, or all those within 5 minutes, depending which number is smaller, will race the Pursuit, on the men’s TdF ITT course, on Saturday. This will start at 13:00 CEST (midday UK BST, 7am EDT, 9pm AEST). This doesn’t have any UCI points, but will be interesting as it’s a new format, with the riders starting at the same time intervals they finished on Izoard – so if a rider finished 1:30 behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, she starts the Pursuit 1:30 after AvV – and the first rider across the finish line wins. You can find the startlist here:
It’s time for our review of the 2016 season, what the first year of the Women’s World Tour brought us and some speculation around what we can expect for 2017. There’s some really interesting things that have happened. We get into some of the bigger questions about how the WWT has (or hasn’t) changed things, and we take a bit of a look at the Zwift and Canyon project along with heaps more. In our classic style, what we planned for one podcast is now a part one, so enjoy your Christmas and we’ll be back next week with a part two! (1:03:08 MIN / 57.81 MB)
This week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)
Stuff We Talked About
It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.
We’ve had a week off due to migraination and so there’s twice as much racing to get through. We take a romp through La Course, Thuringen Rundfahrt, Tour de Pologne and the BeNe Ladies Tour, all while discussing the finer points of multi-year growth plans and the overall development of the sport. Of course, this is all a precursor to the climactic Olympic Games racing that is just around the corner, but first we preview the Prudential Ride London Classique coming up on the weekend. So many things to discuss, it’s an epic episode! (1:07:23 MIN / 61.60 MB)
UPDATE! This is very Aussie, and made us laugh..
I’ve had migraines all week, so haven’t been able to put a guide up earlier, so here’s a brief one.
La Course by Le Tour de France , the women’s race at the final stage of the Tour de France, is on Sunday 24th July 2016, and starts at 13:15 Euro CEST (12:15 UK BST; 7:15am EDT; 9:15pm AEST) – it’s about 2 hours long, and most TV seems to start between 13:45 and 14:00 CEST. You can find the broadcasters in your are by going to the race website and hitting the broadcasters tab at the bottom to see where it’s shown in your area (eg Eurosport and ITV4 in the UK) – and the usual livestream websites (here, here, here) will have feeds for you.
Follow the race before it starts with the La Course twitter and the #LaCourse hashtag. It’s a bit of a frustrating race, because of course the route is iconic – up and down the Champs Elysées, with the 2 sharp corners into and out of the underpass under the Jardins de Tuileries – but it’s a weird distance, 89km, so it’s not a Crit, with all the adrenaline-fuelled action they give us, but not a proper road race. Luckily the women’s peloton make the most of being in front of international cameras, and will race the hell out of it regardless! There are some big names missing because of Rio, but the startlist is here.
It’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)
*Not an actual guarantee, definition of summer may vary, results may vary.
We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships