This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 MB)
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.
We’re back after a small break due to illness and straight into a wealth of racing information with all of the main highlights from the Paralympics in Rio. Sarah’s collected a heap of information and as much video as possible, so do make sure to check it all out. We also have MTB worlds to cover, the Lotto Belgium Tour, The Madrid Challenge, and the Giro Toscana. In time-trial action there’s the Chronos de Champenois, and to top it all off cyclocross season is kicking off. Brace yourselves kids, this one’s a heck of a ride. (1:02:41 MIN / 57.40 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
Video collections from:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Track Cycling
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Road Cycling
- The Madrid Challenge
- Downhill & Four Cross World Championships
- Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana, Amy’s Otway Tour
We loved this video from our friend Coreen Mazzochi, who made Giro Toscana highlights videos in the collection above, but also made this backstage video diary, showing what it’s like to cover the race:
11th September 2016
It’s the final round of the first ever 2016 Women’s WorldTour – the Madrid Challenge, which gives the women a little bit of a chance to ride La Vuelta, sprinting in Madrid. It’s the third of the “Crit-like” races, after La Course by le Tour de France, and the Ride London Classique (click the inks for videos), and just like those, it’s much shorter than a normal road race. No one can topple Megan Guarnier as the first ever WorldTour winner, but it’ll still be hard fought, and give us the last sprint race before the world Championships.
The race starts at 14:45 Euro CEST (1:45pm UK BST; 10:45pm Aussie AEST; 8:45am North American EDT), and it’s all live on Eurosport in the UK, Spain, and most European countries. If you don’t have TV where you are, find a stream here, here or here.
It’s 15 laps of this 5.8km course, and the roads are all very wide, so those U-turns aren’t as technical as London. There’s a bit of a drag down to Gran Vía, then back up again, but it’s not a technical course at all. You can find the timings for the race, and a startlist that doesn’t look especially convincing, on the very basic race website.
I’m saying it now, my favourite to win is Kirsten Wild, but check out what Ella Cycling Tips think too!
It’s a huge podcast this week as there’s so much racing to cover and to look forward to! We first take a look at the Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana, Chrono Champenois, the Madrid Challenge, para-cycling and look ahead to all of the excitement of the road world championships in the USA. There’s some rum, plenty of swearing and hilarity going on as well. Sadly Dan ‘accidentally’ stopped recording just before Sarah declared herself victorious and so the episode title acknowledges his loss. (1:23:59 MIN / 80.62 MB
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and results from the Lotto Belgium Tour, Para-cycling Road World Cup #4 (Pietermaritzburg), Giro della Toscana, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling’s Hour Record and the Madrid Challenge are all collected in this post.
There was also racing in Australia, the NRS Amy’s Otway Tour (Great Ocean Road, wow!)
The final week of women’s road cycling before the Road World Cycling Championships start in Richmond, and it went out with a bang, with video from the Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana and the Madrid Challenge crit-like day race. And then we also have the final Para-cycling Road World Cup of 2015, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa AND the latest attempt on the Hour Record by Molly Shaffer Van Houweling. In chronological order…
This has a really great parcours, with something for everyone, and the race pulled in the excellent Motomedia team to give us daily video. If you only have time to watch one, make it the final 4th stage, over the hills and cobbles of Geraardsbergen, including, of course, the Muur – but really I’d settle in and watch them all…
This one was flat, but it’s Belgian-style racing, so attack! And there’s another video too, from VoxWomen