This 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)
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):
- NOS (Dutch) Van der Breggen interview – and more clips at the bottom of the page, including highlights, medal ceremony, post-medals interview, responses from Vos and Van Dijk, Vos playing domestique, and clip about the awful Van Vleuten crash (it’s traumatic)
- BBC Brit-focused report, with the final kilometre highlights
- Sporza’s clips from Belgium: Highlights and Van der Breggen’s post-race response (may not be restricted) – and more videos down the side of the page, includinghighlights, Van der Breggen talking about Johansson, post-race responses from Kopecky and Vekemans,
- SBS Video with reactions from the Australians
- More clips in Ella Cycling Tips‘ post-race piece
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.
This 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)
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!)
Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:
We’ve had a week off due to migraination and so there’s twice as much racing to get through. We take a romp through La Course, Thuringen Rundfahrt, Tour de Pologne and the BeNe Ladies Tour, all while discussing the finer points of multi-year growth plans and the overall development of the sport. Of course, this is all a precursor to the climactic Olympic Games racing that is just around the corner, but first we preview the Prudential Ride London Classique coming up on the weekend. So many things to discuss, it’s an epic episode! (1:07:23 MIN / 61.60 MB)
This week we catch up on all of the remaining stages from the 2016 Giro Rosa including the infamous Mortirolo stage. There’s drama, there’s intrigue, there’s a few questions about what the hell actually happened. In the end though, we get a winner and a race that truly ticked all the boxes. There’s a huge amount of other things we manage to briefly mention, but as always, hit the post on our website to get all the videos and stories from the week of women’s cycling! (1:26:04 MIN / 78.81 MB)
We didn’t get around to talking about all the other news and racing we saw this week – so in the post below, we’ve got a collections of videos, articles, news and more things we saw this week.
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos and other media from Stage 5; Stage 6; Stage 7; Stage 8; Stage 9 – and last week’s podcast, covering the first five stages (and that week’s women’s cycling news!) with the usual ton of links, is here.
Sarah’s collection of videos, photos and media – and we’ve just seen the helmetcam from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Sarah really likes these race videos:
This week Sarah and Dan swear not to talk politics (it’s too depressing) but they do tackle the wealth of national championships results that occurred over the weekend. There’s a lot of really interesting results from Europe, Asia and around the world. We also dig deep into a preview of the Giro Rosa and who will (and won’t) be there, and what will make the race interesting. One thing we know is that it’s going to be super exciting and interesting! (1:13:24 MIN / 67.21 MB)
Things we talked about
Sarah’s video collection from the 2016 National Road Championships weekend.
The 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour was a fantastic race, and Dan and I talked about the racing action in our latest podcast (spoiler alert: so exciting!) – but I had a pretty unique view of the race this year, because I was doing commentary for ITV4. I was doing the “as live” commentary with Hugh Porter, while cyclocross superstar and general all-round cycling guru Helen Wyman did the presenting at the start and finish of each show with Ned Boulting. I had so many questions about her experience – so we chatted about it all, with a foray at the end into how the TV coverage of women’s cyclocross has already changed the sport after one season – have a listen!
If you missed any of our TV commentary, they’ll be archived for a few more weeks here on the ITV Hub. You can also find tons of clips from the race, including highlights with some of me, on the Aviva Women’s Tour YouTube – and of course more fantastic media on the race website.
As always, I am funded to do this kind of thing by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much! You can join them from as little as £/$/€ 2 a month, over here.
This week we’re back after Sarah’s been working doing the commentary for the television coverage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. We discuss all things British stage racing. We also catch up on the Giro del Trentino and the North Star GP. We take a quick look ahead and start to prepare ourselves for the excitement of the Giro Rosa. Our title this week is a tribute to the amazing Alison Tetrick who raced most of the Women’s Tour with four cracked ribs. (1:11:19 MIN / 65.3 MB)