This week we catch up on the opening races of the classics season. The Omloops (het Nieuwsblad and van het Hageland aka Tielt-Winge), and Le Samyn des Dames. It’s been a great opening to European racing with diverse pelotons and results! There’s a lot to unpack and enjoy, there’s also track racing to catch up on and some other news from around the traps. Remember to park for a clean getaway and then settle in for a hell of a listen. (1:32:02 MIN / 84.26 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and the Omloop van het Hageland
Le Samyn des Dames
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.
This week we preview the first of the Spring Classics! Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tielt-Winge are on this weekend (the weather looks horrendous!!!!! Yay!). We review the Cali Track World Cup and the results from the last cyclocross race of the season in Leuven. There’s some tougher news that we need to talk about, but it’s positive in the sense that good journos like Laura Weislo are doing some great work in following up on these stories. Most importantly it’s time for round two of our kit vote, so make sure to get in and vote for your favourites! (1:36:14 MIN / 88.11 MB)
NOTE: We do apologise for some background noise on this week’s recording – there were builders working next door to Sarah….
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Things we talked about included
Don’t forget to vote in Part 2 of Sarah’s 2017 women’s cycling Best Kit vote! Tibco-SVB won Part 1, the vote for the WorldTour teams (the top 20 UCI teams who get automatic invitations to the 2017 Women’s WorldTour stage races) – this is a selection of smaller teams, all of whom have been nominated by readers/twitterati, and there are some great designs in there.
This week’s racing
UCI Highlights and full broadcast from the Round 3 of the 2016/7 Track World Cup, in Cali, Colombia.
Yesterday I put up my podcast interview with Classics star and cycling tactical genius Loes Gunnewijk, and I know I’m biased, but you should really head over and listen to that, because I love the way Loes talks about winning Classics, her London Olympic experience, and the sheer enjoyment in her voice when she talks about racing on tough cobbles in cold, windy, nasty weather!
But because I know you’re not all podcast people, I’ve adapted parts of it below for you to read, including her tips for racing the Classics, the problems for the Dutch at the Olympics, her descriptions of the Spring World Tour races, retiring from cycling and more.
It doesn’t have everything, so you’ll have to listen for Loes’ experiences on the UCI Directeur Sportif course, and tons more. And with the second Women’s World Tour race, the Ronde van Drenthe taking place tomorrow, we’ll start with her talking about racing – and winning – at Drenthe.
ProWomensCycling: We’re in one of the most exciting times of the year, right at the beginning of the season. I always thought of you as a Classics rider, but I look at your palmares and you were good at all kinds of races. Which did you like best?
LG: Spring Classics! I love them, especially when you have spring weather – and my spring weather is different from what a lot of people would call nice spring weather! My ideal spring racing weather is 6-8º, windy, maybe a little bit of rain. Especially for the races with cobbled sections, that’s wonderful. It has to be cold and windy – not sunny, calm and 15º, that’s for summer style.
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: