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!
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
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.
Hi 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
Such a huge opening weekend to the 2016 Road season – and we have videos, photos and more media from the races, and from Evelyn Stevens breaking the UCI Hour Record in Colorado.
As usual, there’s very little to see of the women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad, which is a huge shame as it sounds like a great race. What we do have is a short highlights video from Sporza, with interview with winner Lizzie Armitstead at the end. And here’s another interview with Armitstead from Felix Mattis:
The women’s cycling road season starts with a bang this weekend, and we have three big races on – the Omloop van Nieuwsblad, Evelyn Steven’s Hour Record attempt and the Omloop van het Hageland (aka Tielt-Winge) – and starting the 2016 season the way we mean to go on, two of them are live!
So much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe. Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.
(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)
As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)
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This week’s racing
Full results and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup website
All the videos, links and things over here, including Loren Rowney’s blog on that crash from her perspective
So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and I talk about the results of Le Samyn, Hageland, the Drenthe world cup series, and the coverage that goes with it – including the new commitment from the UCI to a quicker turnaround on race footage and a race highlights package with commentary from Ant McCrossan and Rochelle Gilmore. We also talk about Clara Hughes and her big ride around Canada in support of awareness for mental health issues and that Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will be joining her for some of this 12,000 kilometre, continent-spanning expedition. We also discuss how much fun it is to bicker (and how good we are at it) along with a whole lot more stuff as well!! Strap yourselves in, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the shenanigans! (59:42 MIN / 57.40 MB)
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Things we talked about this week include…
Le Samyn – full results – photos – ORICA race report & photos
Omloop van het Hageland – results – photos – ORICA report & photos
Lex Albrecht won the Tour de Murrieta
Here’s Sarah’s guide to watching the Ronde van Drenthe, which includes the UCI trailer for the Road World Cup – and her interview with Annemiek van Vleuten about the race, on Podium Café.
And here’s the UCI trailer for the MTB World Cup: