Why is the 2017 such an unusual year for women’s road cycling? Part 2 – more unique circumstances

I’m currently writing a mini-series about why 2017 is such an unusual year for women’s road cycling, and why it’s the first year of a new chapter for the sport – whether that turns out to be be positive or negative.  Yesterday I talked about how the 2017 Classics season is really different to 2016 and the previous years.  And I also talked about how calendar has changed, including the increase in race distances, and in Classics races, and how we’ve gone from just four World Cup Classics in eight weeks, two years ago, to eight in eight weeks.

But while the 2017 Classics have been less…. attacking… than in previous years, with surprise wins by sprinters, and a lack of early attacks in some of the races we’d expect to see more early action, it’s not as simple as saying it’s because of the longer races, and more full calendar (though I’m sure that is making a difference), because there are a few more unique circumstances that are impacting on 2017, and I want to talk about some of those.

The weather

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Podcast 2016 Episode 36 – EPIC (That’s a Technical Term)

Podcast logoHey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!

Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?

So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)

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And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.

Best race finish

There were so, so many fantastic racing moments this season, and it was especially exciting as we got more live racing, and long highlights, than ever before.  In chronological order…

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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 26 – The Olympic Road Race Time Trial Potato

Podcast logoThis 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):

"Tre caffè, grazie!" – I tried hard to write a serious text but I couldn't. Too many things going through my mind! #Rio2016

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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.

 

How to watch the 2016 women’s Olympic cycling, live

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 22.09.44Are you as excited as I am?  It’s Rio 2016, the Olympic Games, and it’s full of women’s cycling!

Here’s the timings for the races.  Rio is in the BRST timezone, 4 hours behind UK BST, 5 hours behind Euro CEST, 13 hours behind Aussie AEST (ouch) and 1 hour ahead of North American EDT

Women’s Road Race, Sunday 7th August – 1:15-4:20ish BRST (starts 5:15pm BST, 18:15 CEST, 2:15am AEST, 12:15pm EDT).  There’s a preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and the startlist will be here on the day, or use CyclingFever’s.

Women’s Individual Time Trial, Wednesday 10th August – 8:30am BRST (starts 12:30pm BST, 13:30 CEST, 5:30pm AEST, 7:30am EDT).  SO SORRY, THE TIME I PUT U BEFORE HAS CHANGED!  This is right now! The startlist will be here on the day, and hopefully we’ll see split times there too.  More startlist options on CyclingFever, or on my twitter.

If you can’t watch, or want commentary on the road races, follow #CyclingRoad on twitter.

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Track, 11th-16th August – startlists will be via that link – the #CyclingTrack hashtag is how to follow on twitter.

  • Thursday 11th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – the women’s race in this session is the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRST
  • Friday 12th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST), and the women’s racing is the Team Sprint, with the Qualifying and Round 1, and the Finals from 6pm BRST (10pm BST, 23:00 CEST, 5pm EDT and 7am Sat AEST)
  • Saturday 13th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

The women’s races  the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRSTand the women’s race is the Keirin – finals from 5:27pm BRST (9:27pm BST, 22:27 CEST, 4:27 EDT and 6:27am Sunday AEST)

  • Sunday 14th:  Morning Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – includes Women’s Sprint qualifying and 1/16 finals, and Team Pursuit Round 1, and the Finals at 4:53pm BRST (8:53pm BST, 21:53 CEST, 3:53pm EDT, 5:53am Monday AEST)
  • Monday 15th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes women’s sprint racing and the first three omnium rounds.  Omnium scratch from 11am BRST (3pm BST, 16:00 CEST, 10am EDT, midnight AEST) and my favourite round of the Omnium, the Elimination from 6:17 BRST (10:17pm BST, 23:17 CEST, 5:17pm EDT and 7:17am Tuesday AEST)

  • Tuesday 16th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes the end of the women’s sprint and omnium.   Omnium final round, the Points race, from 5pm BRST (9pm BST, 22:00 CEST, 4pm EDT, 6am Weds AEST) and the Sprint finals from 5:45 BRST.

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Women’s BMX – course preview here, startlists will be here – follow the #CyclingBMX hashtag on twitter

  • Seeding Run, Wednesday 17th August, 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST)
  • Main event Friday 18th August – session starts with the Women’s semi-finals 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST) and women’s finals from 3pm BRST (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 2pm EDT, 4am Saturday AEST)

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Cross Country MTB, Saturday 20th August, 12:30-3:15pm BRST (from 5:30 BST, 18:30 CEST, 11:30am EDT, 2:30am AEST) Startlists will be here. #CyclingMountainBike is the clumsy twitter hashtag.

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I’m watching these on the BBC (they have special Olympic TV channels, which you can find here, and there’ll be web feeds from this page) but if you don’t have good TV in your country, you should be able to find streams on streaming sites like this, this and this.   And if you want to use a VPN solution to your favourite country’s streaming, INRNG explains more here.

If you have any questions – and the sport, especially if you’re new to the women’s racing, ask in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll try to help.  Of course, I’ll pull together videos, after the events

Dan and I podcast-previewed the Road Race, and you can listen to that here.

Podcast 2016 Episode 25 – The Tropical Classic

Podcast logoThis week we recap the Prudential Ride London Classique 2016, and Sarah shares her experiences with live commentating at the race. We then move into a full preview and breakdown of the 2016 Olympic Road Race, the teams, the riders and the course. We run down our list of favourites and riders to watch, and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of them. We also talk about one of the bigger news stores of the week which could simply be called Whereabouts in the World is Lizzie? But all is not lost because your intrepid podcasters manage to find a silver lining even there. (1:24:05 MIN / 76.9 MB)

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We talked about Lizzie Armitstead’s missed tests, and there’s more info on the UKAD statement, on INRNG and the Telegraph – but we hadn’t seen her own statement at that point, which answers most of Sarah’s  remaining questions (we still want to see the CAS decision!)

Don’t Forget

Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:

Podcast 2016 Episode 22 – Love a Friday Evening Prologue

Podcast logoWe’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

Giro Rosa 2016

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

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The 2016 Cross Country MTB World Cup

Videos, photos and other media from the XCo races – and from the Elimination and Relay

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More things we saw this week

Video about the 2016 Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, last month

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