Olympic videos – Rio 2016

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We’re eventually going to see all the Olympic bike races put up on the Olympics Youtube, but until then, here’s what we can watch from the Rio 2016 women’s cycling – road race, ITT, track, BMX and MTB, with various other bits and pieces I’ve found.

If you want to compare and contrast what happened in Rio with previous Olympics, head to the Olympic Channel, where you can search by sport, and under the Rio 2016 videos, you’ll find highlights from previous years too.

A lot of the Olympic media is geo-restricted to countries (INRNG tells you more about restrictions, and how to see things despite them), so if there’s more you want to see, do try searching with your country’s broadcaster – I’ve added the BBC links because I can see them all from the UK, but hopefully you can find them in your country too. If there’s anything you especially enjoyed, please do tell me, and I’ll edit it in.

Road

The Road Race

We kicked off with the Road Race, which was dramatic, in so many different ways  – Dan and I talked about it in our post-race podcast.  Highlights on the Olympic Channel, and on the Olympic YT:

Anna van der Breggen talks about it in this InCycle TV interview:

Full results, and more Road race media:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 27 – It DID Come Down To a Sprint Finish!

Podcast logoThis week Sarah makes a foolish promise as we try to cover all of the rest of the 2016 Olympic racing and the various other races that took place since we last spoke. There’s the Olympic time trial, the track racing, the bmx, the mtb along with the Route de France, the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Open de Suede Vargarda. It’s a huge amount of racing and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff in there too. Brace yourselves for all the results that are fit to print (i.e. podcast). (1:23:21 MIN / 76.32 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included…

Photos from the Olympic MTB, on Pinkbike.  Highlights of the MTB, and of Mariana Pajón winning the BMX:

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Crescent Vårgårda World Tour

The Team Time Trial

The Crescent Vårgårda Road Race

Want to see the full race coverage? It’s here – Part 1 and Part 2

And highlights:

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Videos & more from the 2016 BMX World Champs and the La Bresse MTB World Cup

This weekend was very busy on the road, but off it, it was two huge competitions – the 2016 BMX World Championships, and Round 3 of the 2016 Cross Country MTB World Cup, La Bresse.  And thanks to Red Bull TV, we got to see the finals live – and have a whole swathe of videos and other media to watch.  Here’s what I loved…

La Bresse XCo MTB World Cup

Such a stunning course, and such exhilarating racing – drama right up to the end, and tons of media.  We started with this Red Bull Bike video course preview, with legend Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå‘s point of view, and had this PinkBike gallery from the practice, and then went on to the finals.  Here’s the full race replay on Red Bull TV, and the highlights from the UCI:

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Podcast 2015 Episode 26 – Sarah Counts Everything

Podcast logoAlright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing:

Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:

Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.  Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:

We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!

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News, links, videos – a podcast post without the podcast!

This week real life got on top of us, so we won’t be ‘casting this week (if you miss us, check out the ‘cast archive, to listen to things you might have missed), but we have the usual links and videos and stuff we’ve loved this week – and I wanted to have a look at some stats about the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  If you don’t know about the Tour, it’s one of those fantastic Dutch races – starting with an ITT, 3 stages of pancake-flat roads with crazy winds that are probably harder to race in than hills, and two hilly Valkenberg stages.  For more info, check out the race website, the Velofocus preview and here’s the race highlights video, with finish-line footage, and post-race interviews with all the winners (subtitled to English!)

So, Dutch racing – and I would expect Dutch riders to dominate.  OK, some big names were out (Loes Gunnewijk is still out injured, Marianne Vos pulled out halfway through as she wasn’t recovering well, Annemiek van Vleuten is training for Worlds), but look at my stats

Year

Stage winners

Overall GC

Country

Top 10 GC

2014 2 x Ned & Bel,1 x Ger & Swe Evelyn Stevens

USA

2 x USA, Ger, Italy, Pol1 x Ned & Swe

2013

3 x Ned1 x Ger, Aus, Italy(plus TTT, Speclulu) Ellen van Dijk

Ned

4 x Ned, 2 x Ger1 x GB, Italy, USA, Pol

2012

4 x Ned2 x Ger(plus TTT, Speclulu) Marianne Vos

Ned

2 x Ned, Ger, Italy1 x USA, Swe, NZ, Bel

2011

5 x Ned1 x Bel Marianne Vos

Ned

6 x Ned1 x Swe, Aus, Can, Italy

2010

6 x Netherlands1 x Germany Marianne Vos

Ned

5 x Netherlands,3 x Ger, 2 x Swe

Now, I know I’m geeky about cycling, but I find that so interesting.  What I think is happening is that riders from other countries have been learning about how to race Dutch-style – it’s especially nice that Evie Stevens won this year, because two years ago she wrote about how she used to feel about these races:

Constant sideway winds, torrential cold rain, 1000 exceedingly tall women all fighting me for position 999, a million tricky corners, roads too small for cars, road furniture jumping out at me left and right, the sight of the 999 tall women stretched out in front of me and the winning break disappearing into the cold midst, me adding as much value to the team’s performance as a rain jacket on a sunny day …this horrifying vision used to pop into my brain when I thought of racing in Holland. It is true, I used to suffer from Dutch Anxiety.

I love that blog! Every time I think of it, it makes me grin!

So what will the Dutch need to do?  Is the Holland Ladies Tour turning into the International Ladies Tour? Do they need more rain and wind, more cobbles?  Or will we find the Dutch riders getting revenge?  I suppose, with Vos winning three Giros, maybe they’re already stealing the Italian races….  Or maybe we’ll see the Dutch women getting revenge next year, with 7 of them getting into breaks at kilometre 15, echeloning the peloton into submission, and attacking even more than normal?  I love it, I can’t wait!

Update!  I know, I know, there was also no Kirsten Wild, or Lucinda Brand in the Boels Tour, and it was weirdly un-windy this year – and I’m not being 100% serious about the Dutch riders losing the ability to win Dutch races – I’m just interested in the profile of who does well in this race, and enjoying myself immensely!  Anyway, onwards to….

More things from last week’s racing

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