This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)
Following on from last week’s episode we round out our review of the 2016 season and talk a little more about how we think things will shape up in 2017. There’s been a fair bit of movement among the teams, with some really interesting new line ups. Can Boels Dolmans dominate again? Will they achieve the same level of winning as their astonishing 2016? Will some other team step up to challenge their dominance? What will Marianne Vos’ new team look like? And how will other teams find their feet? We discuss all of this and more, including the important new investigation from the Dutch federation. There’s lots to cover, just in time to round out the year! (Also, Dan wants to note that yes, he’s given this Part 2 episode a different title from Part 1 because he’s a lovable rogue who enjoys breaking conventions so you’ll just have to deal with it). (1:07:55 MIN / 62.19 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
- Pauline Ferrand-Prévot talked about her awful 2016
- Former Road World Champion Petra de Bruin talked about the sexual abuse she endured in her cycling career
- The Ladies Tour of Qatar has been cancelled for 2017
- Marianne Vos won her first Cyclocross World Cup in nearly 2 years, at Heusden-Zolder. Highlights and full race replay:
DVV Trofee Azencross Loenhout, 29th December 2016 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, (the Bay Crits!) 1st-3rd January 2017, Australia
DVV Trofee GP Sven Nys, Baal, 1st January 2017 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
Worlds week makes me so happy, especially because it’s so easy for people who aren’t hardcore fans to get engaged with women’s cycling. It’s right there on tv, there’s tons of media around, so I like to do my bit to help, by giving people unfamiliar with the sport some riders to cheer for. People tell me who their favourite male rider is, and why they like him, and I give them the equivalent rider in the 2015 women’s road race World Championships – or if they’re completely new to cycling, their favourite kind of sports/person. I call this Equivalenting, and I’ve already made a Richmond 2015 post, full of riders who have fun, push themselves, are good team players and are underdogs, and you can see posts from previous years as well.
In this post, equivalents of Peter Sagan, Matti Breschel, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy,
Alright 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)
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing:
Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:
- Days 1-4 (Eliminator, Relay, Trials Junior & u23 Cross Country)
- The elite cross country and downhill finals – great videos there, but Sarah especially loves the GoPro from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
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!
WOW that was amazing racing – with cycling legends made, and some really TOUGH courses.
There’s been so much great content from the 2015 Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, in Vallnord, Andorra already, and I’ve posted the women’s race action from Days 1-4 here (Trials Semi-finals and Cross Country Eliminator and Relay and u23 XCo videos, results and photos) but it didn’t stop there – here’s what I’ve found from the women’s junior and elite Downhill Finals, and the Elite Cross Country races… OMG! WOW! AMAZING!
First, the Vallnord highlights from each day:
I was going to make a mega-post, but really, there’s so much content coming out of the 2015 Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, in Vallnord, Andorra, that I’m going to have to split my post into (at least!) two. So this post covers Days 1 to 4, including the Cross Country MTB Eliminator and Relay finals, the Trials quarter- and semi-finals, and the Junior and u23 Cross Country finals. It’s been fantastic racing, and it’s not going to stop – here’s a reminder of how to watch the elite women’s and men’s Cross Country and Downhill Finals on 5th and 6th September, with the rest of the race schedule and how to follow everything else…
Here’s Claudio Caluori’s helmetcam preview of the course. They had an unfortunate power cut, so the full race replay video has a LONG period of nothing in it – the races start again after the gap at 1:37:15:
The finals start from 3:30:41 (watch here) or you can just watch the UCI women’s highlights & Vallnord’s Day 1 highlights, with some (men’s) Trials and the XCE
The GP de Plouay-Bretagne is always one of the best races on the calendar, and the 2015 edition didn’t disappoint – NON-stop attacking, non-stop action, and we have a LOT of videos to watch!
Here’s the full last 50 kilometres on the UCI youtube – click through and watch, it’s glorious! And here’s the highlights – from the UCI and from Wiggle Honda.
Results and photos below, and I’ll add more videos as I see them – anything you see and like, leave me a comment, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll add them in