In this episode we take a look at the changes in races, race days and race types from the 2017 season into the 2018 season. There’s been some interesting changes in different global regions and specific countries. We look at which country has the most races and several surprising countries should probably be doing much better. Then right at the end Sarah causes Dan’s brain to melt and the episodes in a minor medical emergency… so, enjoy! (51:41 MIN / 47.33 MB)
A recent tradition in women’s road cycling has been for the UCI to announce the women’s road calendar for the following year around the Road World Championships…. and then add and take away and move races throughout the entire year, so the calendar is never actually confirmed until after everything’s been raced. It’s frustrating, for teams, riders, media and fans – and for other races, when they think they’ve got a great empty spot on the calendar, and suddenly 2 more races clash with it. So I thought I’d have a look at how it might have changed since I last looked at the 2016 calendar, back in October, when I wrote a mini series (how the 2015 calendar changed between being published and raced; a first look at the 2016 season; changes to the calendar over time, and the podcast where Dan and I talked about all this). I was expecting changes, but not THIS many changes, and I’ll tell you about them below, why it matters, why it might have happened, and what extra changes are in the pipeline.
Team – you would not believe how crazy busy Sarah’s been this past week as she’s romped happily through spreadsheet hell. It’s not normal. Seriously. She’s been comparing the calendar for the 2016 Women’s World Tour with the racing we actually had in 2015 (and to what we saw in previous years). Then she’s broken it down by type of races and and which continents/countries races are in and all so you can get an accurate and complete sense of whether 2016 is going to be a net gain or not! It’s an impressive amount of information about the number of races, the type of races and number of race days we get to see. Also, Dan swears a lot from very early on, which can be horrifying/impressive depending on your mood and outlook on life. Anyway, listen in and find out everything you need to know! (1:17:07 MIN / 74.04 MB)
Handy Links to Enhance Your Listening Experience
Sarah’s done up an amazing series of posts that explain all of the calendar stuff in detail and have handy copies of the spreadsheets and nice images etc. So visit these posts to get all the additional info you could possibly need:
- The Women’s UCI Cycling Calendar Terminology – explaining the types of races and demystifying the whole thing
- Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 – the first breakdown of how many actual races we got this year and what’s predicted for next year
- 2016 Shape of the season – how many races clash, what parts of the world are visited at different times of the year and more
- How the Women’s Cycling Calendar has changed over time – looking way, way back to see how women’s racing has changed since 2006.
Things We Mentioned You May Want to Click On
Here’s the Q&A with UCI President Brian Cookson where he discusses the Women’s World Tour.
Also, from what we can gather, Hanna Solovey may well have been suffering under an unhealthy influence from her coach. Here’s the original article in which she speaks about it and here’s a translation via VeloRooms. As Sarah mentioned on the podcast, while we’ve complained about the manner in which Solovey has been able to come back from her ban with ease and little scrutiny and been critical of testing and so on, neither of us has held anything against her as a person. We’ve long suspected that a rider who was caught doping so young had to be encouraged and possibly even coerced into doing so and if true, these allegations simply make an already incredibly sad story even more disappointing.
BUT dear friends, we’d never leave you on such a depressing note so here’s…
How to Watch Women’s Cyclocross Live
Sarah’s neatly collected all the info for you in this post on how to watch live women’s cyclocross this season.
And Don’t Forget, Upcoming Racing
Giro dell’Emilia, 10th October
Bpost Bank Trofee Ronse Cyclocross, 11th October
Chrono des Nations ITT, 18th October