Videos, media & more – the 2017 Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland

It was a great weekend of women’s cycling, with the start of the Classics season – and while there are just clips from the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, we have the FULL Omloop van het Hageland to be able to watch again.

If you see more, please do tell me in the comments below, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in – and I’m including some of the sponsors, and I’d love it in you could take 5 minutes to send some of them your thanks for supporting the women’s racing, in whatever social media/communications style suits you!

Omloop het Nieuwsblad

This is sadly the only race highlights – if you can, please click through and watch it on Sporza to show them we really want to see the racing.  Or it’s also on YT:

There are some more clips on NOS.nl – highlights, and interviews with the very happy winner Lucinda Brand, and with second-placed Chantal Blaak.

Interviews, from Wielerflits, with Band, Blaak, and third-placed Annemiek van Vleuten

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Follow & watch this weekend’s live road races: 2017 Omloop het Nieuwsblad and the Omloop van het Hageland

The Spring Classics have begun!

Yes, I AM overexcited, but I love the Classics.  They’re European day races, usually is horrible weather, that can be flat, or very hilly, but always exciting.  The Belgian Classics are known for sections of cobbles, and in the case of the first one of the season, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, full of short, sharp hills that are often cobbled too – and because of the small, narrow roads, the fight to get to the bottom of each climb first is often harder than the hills themselves.  Dan and I rhapsodised about OhN in this week’s podcast, if you want to know more

So the good news is that the second race of the weekend, the SPAR Omloop van het Hageland, on Sunday 26th February 2017, will be streamed live. The bad news is that Omloop het Nieuwsblad, on Saturday 25th February, won’t be live – BUT I’ll tell you how to follow it, and maybe get to see the finish-line live, and highlights afterwards, and how to follow all the action in real time.

Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Saturday 25th February

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Which women’s road races will be live in 2017?

I am genuinely so excited about how much more professional women’s cycling we can see these days, and how relatively fast the changes have been.  We’ve been able to watch the full women’s BMX World Cups, from qualifying up to finals, on BMX Live TV for a while now. And the full Cross Country MTB and the top Downhill finals in the Shimano MTB World Cups have been streamed on Red Bull TV for years too.  Tissot Track World Cups in the UK are shown live on TV, with a version for people who might know less about the sport on the main TV and fan-version on the Red Button, and the UCI have shown a mix of the final World Cup session live and replays of previous sessions on the UCI YouTube for a long time.  And this season, cyclocross stepped up to become easily the most visible of all the women’s cycling disciplines.

Apart from the occasional Dutch race, the UCI really started the ball rolling in CX, showing all the women’s Telenet Cyclocross World Cups on their YouTube for a few years, now – and last year Sporza showed all the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy races from the DVV Trophee, the Soudal Classics and more races, and licensed them to TV in the UK and USA, while some smaller series and USA races streamed theirs live.  Finally, for the 2016/7 season, the SuperPrestige series was shown on Belgian TV too, meaning that every major, and a whole swathe of minor races were all live.  It’s glorious!

Of course, road cycling is the hardest discipline to broadcast, logistically speaking, so it’s not surprising we get to see less of the women’s racing.  And this year it’s an unfortunate coincidence that three of the races that have been streamed live have been cancelled – the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Ladies Tour of Qatar, and the WorldTour race, the Philadelphia Classic.

But on the other hand, last year we saw a significant amount more of the racing live than ever before, and it’s got to the stage where over the summer, I can count on having being able to watch live women’s road racing on 6 consecutive weekends.  This year we’ve already had three women’s races broadcast completely live for the first time – the Mitchelton Bay Crits (videos in here), and the women’s races at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the Race Melbourne crit and the Deakin Women’s Race (videos in here), and I’m confident that we’ll continue to see more and more women’s races shown over the next few years.

So here’s my guide to which women’s road races I think we’ll be able to see live in 2017.

Of course, I’ll start with a caveat:  these are guesses, based on what we’ve seen in previous years, so please don’t take it as set in stone, as I can’t promise they’ll all be shown. And of course, more might be added, and if they are, I’ll edit them in throughout the year. I’m focusing on road races, but I’ll put a guide to Crits in the USA and UK below – and you can find my tried-and-tested ways of staying in touch with races that aren’t being shown over here.

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Road Race replays – the 2016 Philadelphia Classic and Keukens van Lommel

Wow, what a Sunday of bike racing!  THREE women’s cycling races streamed and two of them road.  I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you missed any of it – so here are videos and other media I’ve found from the race.  As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll add it in.

Philadelphia Classic

Round 9 of the Women’s WorldTour, and it’s the last of the races outside of Europe, and the end of the mini North American UCI season.

Here’s the full race replay – and the last lap – and highlights video from the UCI:

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Watch THREE women’s races live on 5th June! 2016 Zuidkempse Classic, Fort William MTB World Cup & Philadelphia Classic WorldTour

Sunday 5th June 2016

Get ready for an amazing Sunday of women’s bike racing!  We’ve got iconic courses in downhill MTB and road, and a brand-new Belgian Classic, and it’s going to be wonderful.  I’ll tell you how to watch them all live, in chronological order…

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Zuidkempse Classic – aka Keukens van Lommel Ladies Classic, aka Herselt

I love Belgian races and their multiple names! This is Round 6 of the Lotto Cycling Cup, a series of tough races around the country, and even they call it about 3 different names!   It’s a looping course, pretty much flat, two 29k laps, 6 6.9km laps and then one of 4km, and it’ll include riders like Marianne Vos and Jolien D’hoore, and I’m really excited about the Lotto Cup’s steaming!  This will be on RTV.be here, from 15:00 CEST/ 2pm BST/ 11am AEST/ 9am EDT – and you can also follow via the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter and the #KVLLC hashtag.   Draft startlist on Cycling Fever.

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Downhill MTB World Cup #3, Fort William

This is going to be the most amazing race.  Downhill is always full of adrenaline, in breath-taking surroundings, with fantastic fans – and for us at home, there’s always tons of media.

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Podcast 2016 Episode 6 – The Drama Llama

Podcast logoHi team! Even though Sarah’s been unwell this week she’s managed to return from the dead just to help catch you up on all the racing that’s been going on this week. We review the Omloops from last weekend, Le Samyn des Dames mid-week and the first two days of the Track World Championships (which have involved the presence of the Drama Llama). We also talk about a bunch of pro kits available for purchase and some really cool videos and articles from the week including several that focus on riders from ethnically diverse backgrounds, which is fantastic. As always there’s heaps to get through, so enjoy! (1:11:30 MIN / 65.4 MB)

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Things we talked about

How World Bicycle Relief is helping bikes change people’s lives:

This week’s racing

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Podcast 2015 Episode 12 – Sarah Offends Yet Another Continent

Podcast logoIt’s an awesome episode this week as we discuss We talk ChongMing Island Tour and World Cup, Tour of California, Venezuela and European racing. It’s big! We also play a fantastic game called “How many continents can Sarah offend in one podcast?” Place your bets now and press play to find out if you’re right! Also, at some point Dan uses the word “apace” (true story)! (1:17:55 MIN / 74.82 MB)

To stream the most continental podcast of the day, click here (click through to download).

 

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This week’s racing

Tour of ChongMing Island Stage Race

Videos from each of the stages by Wiggle Honda

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