Watch the 2017 Prudential Ride London Classique LIVE!

Saturday 29th July 2017

The WorldTour moves on, and Round 14 is just for the sprinters, a short 66km race on a 5.5km circuit taking in some of the top tourist attractions of London.

This is the biggest money race on the women’s road calendar – a total prize pot of €100,000, with €10,000 for the winner, and €1,000 for the first rider across the line at each of the 3 intermediate sprints plus an extra €3,000 for the overall sprint competition winner.

But best of all, the whole thing is live on TV!

It starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 CEST; midday USA EDY and 2am Aussie AEST) and the first hour is on the BBC Sport website, on this page (or via the BBC Sport Cycling page), and “web-enabled red button” – then the last 45 minutes will be live on BBC 2.  You can also see BBC2 on Filmon, and there could be streams here, here or here.

There is some information on the race website, but frustratingly, not that much, so I’m using the Cycling Fever startlist.

If you can’t watch live, it should be updated on the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, with updates from the UCI WWT and Ride London twitter accounts – and of course you can ask me anything in the comments below, or on twitter.


Giorgia Bronzini’s on-bike film from the Prudential Ride London GP

One of the things I’ve loved about the 2014 cycling season is seeing so much on-bike/Go Pro/helmetcam video footage from races – I’ve written about how much I love it, and rhapsodised about Marianne Vos’ bike-cam from La Course, and the Rachel AthertonManon Carpenter side-by-side downhill MTB runs (two here from the Leogang and Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cups), so of course I love this – film from Giorgia Bronzini’s bike at Sunday’s Prudential Ride London GP:

And there’s more! The Wiggle Honda race video includes footage from other riders’ bikes throughout the race too, as well as the usual rider interviews.  Love it!

There’s only one thing that would be better, and that would be if we could get the footage from Marianne Vos’ bike-cam put side-by-side with this, like the Manon-Rachel videos.  Vos did have a camera on her bike…  Oh my goodness, that would be amazing!  (Don’t worry, I’m happy enough with this!)

This weekend’s live women’s racing – Windham MTB World Cup & the Prudential Ride London GP

Continuing the summer theme of “OMG, there’s live women’s cycling to watch every weekend!”, I’m here to bring you news of what to watch this weekend – fantastic MTB action from the USA, and from London, a live crit featuring Marianne Vos, Giorgia Bronzini, Lizzie Armitstead, Tiffany Cromwell, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Dame Sarah Storey – and we can watch it all live!

Windham 2014 MTB World Cup #6, 7th-10th August

I know, it was only last weekend we had the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, and we’re already heading south for the next one!  Windham is in New York State, and it’s looking a bit wet and very green so far.  Here’s how to watch all the live racing – click through the links to get a countdown to your timezone, race video, and after it’s over, the full coverage archived to watch again.)

  • Women’s and men’s Eliminator – Friday 7th August, Windham is in USA Eastern time, and the race starts 5:50 their time (10:50pm UK BST; 23:50 Euro CEST; 2:50pm USA PST; 7:50am Australian AEST)
  • Women’s and men’s Downhill – Saturday 8th August, 2:15pm EST (7:15pm BST; 20:15 CEST; 11:15am PST; 4:15am AEST)
  • Women’s Cross Country – Sunday 9th August, 12:45pm EST (5:45pm BST; 18:45 CEST; 9:45am PST; 2:45am Monday AEST)
  • Men’s Cross Country – Sunday 9th August, 3:15pm EST (8:15pm BST; 21:15 CEST; 12:15pm PST; 5:15am Monday AEST)

If you want to get into the mood, there are links to tons of videos and photos from Mont-Sainte-Anne in this week’s women’s cycling podcast post – scroll down past the road, and then keep going if you’d like to see some recent Enduro MTB too!

There’ll be fantastic pre-race coverage as usual, including practice runs and preview videos – keep an eye on Red Bull Bike, the UCI MTB World Cup facebook, Dirt Magazine (here’s their downhill preview and trackwalk gallery), Pinkbike (their trackwalk gallery), Vital MTB and of course, the race website and twitter.  Red Bull Bike already have some good stuff up – their live blog of rolling coverage, and Claudio Caluori’s superb-as-always GoPro preview of the downhill course – just wow! UPDATE!  And an awesome track preview with superstar Rachel Atherton

Two British Cycling video interviews about the cross country – Beth Crumpton and Alice Barnes.


Prudential Ride London GP, Saturday 8th August

I know, it’s really annoying that the “Olympic legacy” cycling London-Surrey race has a lovely long road race for the men over the 2012 Olympic road course, and no road race for the women, instead having a crit the day before, but in silver lining time, at least this will be streamed live.  It’s not UCI registered, but it has a great line-up with real stars, and we get to watch it all live – it will be on BBC2 from 5pm on Saturday (18:00 Euro CEST, 12pm USAEST, 9am USA PST and 2am Australian AEST), and streamed live on the cycling page of the BBC Sport website or on BBC iPlayer, and if you can’t see the BBC, there are likely to be solutions – try here or here, or something like Hola or Tunnelbear can help you watch the BBC stream.  And we’ll have a livestream on Podium Café on the day, where doubtless people will help find other options.

As it’s a crit, it’ll be an hour of racing round the 1.3 mile circuit around St James’ Park, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.  Here’s the startlist and more information about everything happening over the weekend on the race website, facebook and twitter – I’ll be at the race and tweeting photos as @_pigeons_, if you’re down there, give me a shout!


As always, come back to the blog afterwards for any videos and things I find from the races – and remember, the next live women’s racing is the last round of the MTB World Cup in Méribel, France, 22nd-24th August, and the Open de Suède Vårgårda Road World Cup will be streamed live by Swedish tv, and, according to the UCI, on their Youtube – watch this space for more information nearer the time!

If you loved La Course by Le Tour de France and want to see more live women’s cycling….

Here’s what’s coming up next in live women’s road cycling:

  • Commonwealth Games – 31st July the ITT and 3rd August the Road Race.  I’ve got the full guide to watching the races here – but there should be streams, hopefully.
  • Sparkassen Giro, 3rd August – the 5th round of the Road World Cup – it’s not live but we can follow on twitter, and there’ll be a 20min UCI videos from the race within a week.
  • Prudential Ride London, 9th August – women’s crit race, Armitstead v Vos on the Mall in London, shown live on the BBC, so there should be streams too.
  • Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups – the team time trial World Cup on 22nd August won’t be live, but the World Cup road race on 24th August will be streamed by Swedish tv, so hopefully we can watch it live, because it’s a hilly lap race, can be won in all sorts of ways.
  • GP de Plouay, 30th August – the final round of the Road World Cup, and it’s usually streamed live by French tv – always a superb race.
  • Road World Championships, 21st-27th September, there are almost always some streams.

That’s what we should see live – there should be lots of videos in the intervening races too – I love the CyclingFever calendar for their great information, and Velofocus for race previews.  I’ll be putting posts up about how to watch the road and the MTB live nearer each race – here’s the section for that – and you can see videos I find from the races with the video tag.  And for more advice on how to follow women’s racing as it happens, here’s a guide I wrote.

Podcast 2013 Episode 25 – Good news everybody!

Podcast logoThis week Sarah and I discuss races in London and France (along with some others). Then I fail at live-ish Twitter searching and we discuss a whole bunch of ways in which you can help make the sport better. It’s good news everybody! (Also don’t forget to check all the links below, especially the things we forgot to mention in the podcast, particularly the links to live coverage of the junior track worlds!). (59:39 MIN / 57.27 MB)

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