Highlights and full race replay (may be geo-restricted)
This week Sarah and Dan recap the Trophee d’or and GP Plouay races along with a broader discussion about the summer block of racing and how it’s gone this year with the Olympics. Sarah manages to “dan” the results of at least one race and we also preview the impending cycling at the paralympics. We get stuck into the latest news in transfers and also talk about a couple of interesting new teams on the horizon. (52.52 MIN / 49.40 MB)
Things we talked about this week included:
- The WorldTour GP de Plouay – videos, photos and media here
- The new team, Africa Rising – and to catch up with all the other transfer news, head over the Cycling Fever collection
- Megan Fisher talks about what Para-cycling and and Paralympics mean to her, in this great Ella piece
- And handcyclist Karen Darke is crowd-funding to have a film made of the Rio Paralympic experience – you can support that over here.
- Jill Kintner dominated Crankworx
- Boels Rental Ladies Tour, 30th August-4th September, the Netherlands. Follow the race with the @ladiestour twitter account and the #BRLT16 hashtag. The final stage might be shown live on Dutch channel L1, and Sarah will update about that nearer the time.
- Tour de l’Ardèche, 1st-4th September, France. Follow live with the @TCFIA twitter, though they mostly seem to post links to their facebook, and possibly the #TCFIA hashtag.
- Vallnord MTB World Cup, 3rd-4th September, Andorra – there’ll be tons on media, and the Downhill and Cross Country Finals will be streamed here on Red Bull TV – and Sarah’s guide to watching the races, with amazing pre-race media full of beautiful mountains (sigh!)
- Lotto-Belgium Tour, 6-9th September, Belgium. Follow live on the race twitter and with the #LottoBelgiumTour hashtag.
- Downhill MTB and Trials World Championships, 6-11th September, Italy – thre’ll be tons of media, and we’ll do a guide nearer the time, but the Downhill Finals will be streamed live on 11th September, here on Red Bull TV.
- Paralympic Games Track Cycling, 8-11th September, Rio – we’ll put up a guide to watching nearer the time.
- Giro Toscana, 9-11th September, Italy
- Chrono Champenois ITT, 11th September, France – may be streamed live – if it is, Sarah will put up links nearer the time
- Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 11th September, Spain – this will be shown live, & Sarah will put up a guide to watching it nearer the time.
- Paralympic Games Road Cycling, 14-17th September, Rio – we’ll put up a guide to watching nearer the time.
I’m very excited about the Aviva Women’s Tour, starting in a fortnight, because it’s still SO amazing to me that the best riders in the world get to race on British soil. But it also reminds me of all the great fan interaction I’ve seen at the previous two races, and especially seeing kids and adult fans in team kit having great interactions with the riders and teams from those kits – especially the teen girl who ended up riding with Marianne Vos, after Vos saw her in the Wiggle Honda kit!
So, in case you’ve always wondered where you can get women’s cycling pro team kit, here’s Part 1, kits from the teams that get automatic invites to the Women’s WorldTour day races – I’ll be back with UK teams and USA teams soon. And if a team’s not here, it’s because I can’t find their jersey for sale, so if you see it somewhere, please do let me know, so I can edit it in… And if you want to see more of the team kits, I’ve got links in the 2016 WorldTour kit vote post.
Before we start with the teams, though, the Aviva Women’s Tour has a shop, where you can buy the race yellow jersey and Queen of the Mountains jersey, and all kinds of racewear from hoodies in black and blue to T-shirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve!
Alé is a cycling clothing brand, and the team kit is a version of the Bubbles design, which is available without team branding for women and men – not in short sleeve right now, but it’s for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket. You can also buy the 2014 team kit in women’s sizes.
Hi team, so far at worlds in Richmond it’s been Time Trials. Team ones, Junior Women’s ones, Elite Women’s ones, trying to un-geoblock UCI video ones. So we talk about all that and a bunch of other hilarity as well (this may be a code for Dan swears a lot as we discuss socks in Vegas and all the ways in which they just don’t work)! Anyway, it’s a great episode with lots of things to be excited about and celebrate. (1:15:22 MIN / 72.37 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and links from:
Race highlights – and here’s the full race replay on the UCI Youtube
Great photo gallery from Balint Hamvas and on the race site; more photos on CX Magazine, and their video interviews with Eva Lechner and Sanne Cant; full results and some more great stuff from In The CrossHairs – video interview with Katerina Nash, their CrossVegas radio show with Georgia Gould and their video scrapbook.
Other things we talked about this week
We thought the women’s 2015 Team Time Trial at the 2015 Road Cycling World Championships would be the most unpredictable TTT Worlds yet, and wow, it was even better – excitement all the way to the end. So if you missed it, you might be kicking yourself…. but that’s OK, I’m here to help with videos, results, photos, rider reactions and more!
First, the UCI highlights
And the full race replay, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ant McCrossan.
There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.
On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia. In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole. And over in Kazakhstan it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it. Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!
Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…
The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course. You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:
We cover all the latest transfer news and what the hell it means for all these teams. (Who’s going to lead what now?) And more importantly what it means for us fans (MORE EXCITEMENT!) There’s racing to discuss, with the end of the MTB enduro series and the beginning of the European cyclocross season. This week it’s Sarah’s turn to go on a rant! (I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it’s about para-cycling.) Also, we preview the 2015 racing calendar and declare it an early victory with more race days on the cards AND some very exciting looking new races to look forward to. (1:09:48 MIN / 67.01 MB)
Links and things we talked about this week
The UCI road calendar for 2015 is here (you might need to play with the drop-down menu to get to the women) and UPDATE! here’s part one of Sarah’s posts about it on Podium Café – with diagrams and tables, and comparisons with 2014.
Sarah’s collecting all the transfer news in a Podium Café post, and there’s tons of gossip, speculation and conversation in the comments. This week’s big news was Wiggle Honda’s announcement that they’re hiring two-time Giro champion Mara Abbott and young British champion Anna Christian for 2015. And Sharon Laws is another rider moving to Bigla