Our friends at VeloVoices are preparing their end of year voting and asked Sarah to help them come up with a short list of nominees in a whole raft of categories, from Rider of the Year to Best Race Finish of the Year to Breakout Performance of the Year (and a whole bunch more). Of course, to make it challenging the inimitable @kittyfondue told Sarah she needed to keep it to a list of 5 finalists per category.
Sarah dutifully stuck to that requirement (and simply invented new categories when she needed to go over 😉 – no really) and so here we are with the first instalment where we discuss our nominees for Rider of the Year, including a couple of honourable mentions and a couple of riders we considered, but ultimately couldn’t include. We review their seasons, the highs, the lows and the reasons for and against. Will our top pick be the same as yours? (1:01:11 MIN / 56.02 MB)
Part 2, with all the other categories (Best race finish, Unsung heroes, Breakthrough riders and Step-up riders) can be heard and read here
Rider of the year
This is probably the most open competition in years, with all kinds of riders taking steps up, or consolidating their positions. But some have stood head and shoulders above the rest. In chronological order of their achievements….
This week we do a full recap of the excitement and drama that was the 2016 Olympic Women’s Road Race in Rio. From the amazing efforts of Trixi Worrack, Marianne Vos, Ellen van Dijk, Mara Abbott and so many more, to the terrifying crash that changed the entire picture of the race we talk through each moment that lead to the final result. We also take some time to talk through the coming Individual Time Trial, who the top contenders are and who our favourites are likely to be. We include a couple of dark horse picks as well. It’s all Olympics this week, in all its glory. (1:32:05 MIN / 84.31 MB)
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Because the Olympics are tough like this, we can’t find unrestricted videos of the race – it is what it is, hopefully highlights and the full race turns up on the Olympic YouTube at some point, like the London 2012 one did. If you want highlights, check with your local Olympic broadcaster, and we have found these (they may be geo-restricted, but there are ways round that):
- NOS (Dutch) Van der Breggen interview – and more clips at the bottom of the page, including highlights, medal ceremony, post-medals interview, responses from Vos and Van Dijk, Vos playing domestique, and clip about the awful Van Vleuten crash (it’s traumatic)
- BBC Brit-focused report, with the final kilometre highlights
- Sporza’s clips from Belgium: Highlights and Van der Breggen’s post-race response (may not be restricted) – and more videos down the side of the page, includinghighlights, Van der Breggen talking about Johansson, post-race responses from Kopecky and Vekemans,
- SBS Video with reactions from the Australians
- More clips in Ella Cycling Tips‘ post-race piece
It’s onwards to the ITT, Track, BMX and MTB – Sarah’s guide on how to watch and follow all the women’s cycling is here.
This week we catch up on all of the remaining stages from the 2016 Giro Rosa including the infamous Mortirolo stage. There’s drama, there’s intrigue, there’s a few questions about what the hell actually happened. In the end though, we get a winner and a race that truly ticked all the boxes. There’s a huge amount of other things we manage to briefly mention, but as always, hit the post on our website to get all the videos and stories from the week of women’s cycling! (1:26:04 MIN / 78.81 MB)
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We didn’t get around to talking about all the other news and racing we saw this week – so in the post below, we’ve got a collections of videos, articles, news and more things we saw this week.
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos and other media from Stage 5; Stage 6; Stage 7; Stage 8; Stage 9 – and last week’s podcast, covering the first five stages (and that week’s women’s cycling news!) with the usual ton of links, is here.
We love this InCycleTV profile of Megan Guarnier talking about winning the race
Lenzerheide MTB World Cup
Sarah’s collection of videos, photos and media – and we’ve just seen the helmetcam from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Sarah really likes these race videos:
One of those famous, famous cycling climbs, the type that makes Italian cycling so loved – the centrepiece of the Queen Stage of this year’s Giro Rosa. And I do mean centre, with the climb starting 30km into the 90k stage, followed by around 15k on the lumpy plateau, then around 30k of technical descending to the finish. So it was always going to be a fascinating stage – starting off perfect for the ‘pure’ climbers, but could they gain enough time going up the Mortirolo to fend any great descenders behind them? Let’s have a look at what happened…
As always, I’ll be editing in more video, photos and reports as I see them – please do share anything I’ve missed in the comments, or tell me on twitter. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag – and listen to Dan and me talk about the first half of the race on our most recent women’s cycling podcast.
We’re halfway through the 2016 Giro Rosa and the racing has been awesome. There’s been some really interesting results and some very interesting team tactics. We break down the prologue and the first four stages in this episode and then we take a look at the mountain bike world championships and the latest news about Olympic team selections from various countries. There’s some great team announcements and there are several challenges going on in different jurisdictions as well. Grab a drink, sit back and enjoy. (1:21:40 MIN / 74.78 MB)
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Check out the links, news, and videos we saw from the last week in women’s cycling
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and reports from….
And why it takes place at the same time as the Tour de France – and how to follow the rest of the race
The 2016 Cross Country MTB World Cup
Videos, photos and other media from the XCo races – and from the Elimination and Relay
More things we saw this week
Video about the 2016 Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, last month
This year’s Giro Rosa was designed so the race all came down to the final stage, and the last, decisive San Domenico climb. Nailing-biting, ‘watching’ it on twitter, as that climb and finish are in a mobile network deadzone… but luckily we have highlights! Would Mara Abbott‘s climbing skills give her the win she was chasing, could Megan Guarnier take back the maglia rosa she had defended for most of the week, or Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio have her chance in pink – or would Anna van der Breggen be able to keep her lead and win solo, after supporting Marianne Vos’ win last year? Watch the highlights to find out! Short clip
More video, photos and links and rider reactions and full results below.
It’s been an incredible week of racing at the Giro Rosa with so many riders from different teams and countries winning stages and tearing up the road. There have been world firsts and there have been all kinds of tactics deployed on the road. It’s everything you could want in a truly Grand Tour, it’s been so good that Sarah even invented a new description! Some riders have been flying, some have cool scars (seriously). And the best is yet to come as we still have several stages that could seriously shake up the GC and potentially change the outcome of the race. Join us as we talk about it all. (1:18:35 MIN / 75.45 MB)
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Things to read and watch:
Sarah’s been collating all the race video and cool social media, blog posts, etc that she can find. She’s also been doing interviews and QandAs with riders. Here’s the full list of all the news there is, stage by stage.
Also, here’s Sarah’s guide on how to follow the race (remember there’s some really exciting stages to come!).